You can actually make super effective homemade facials. The important thing is choosing healthy ingredients. Redmond clay, raw honey and fresh fruit purees work amazingly well for skincare treatments.
I have tried a lot of high quality, expensive, skincare products and I find that my skin actually responds better to the procedures listed below.
Cleansers and Masks
Baking Soda Scrub
Baking soda is a great for cleansing and exfoliating. Simply wet hands, dip in baking soda and rub on your face. You can also mix baking soda with your favorite cleanser and use it to as a gentle scrub.
Sea Salt Cleanser
Sea Salt is great for cleansing and exfoliating. It provides the skin with a perfect amount of minerals.
Mix together and use to rinse or scrub face. Sea salt has the perfect mineral balance for your skin.
Sugar mixed with a little olive oil is a great scrub for body and face.
2 TBS coconut oil/grapeseed oil
1 TBS sugar
15 drops essential oils
Warm coconut oil in double boiler. Mix all ingredients. Rub on face, hands, feet and anywhere you want. Rinse with warm water. The sugar and oil combination gently exfoliate the skin without causing damage or dryness.
Redmond Clay Mask
Redmond clay can serve as a mask and a facial cleanser. It also detoxifies the skin which is a great anti-aging, anti-acne mask.
2 tsp Redmond clay
1 TBS Water
Mix clay and water together in a small bowl to form a paste. Apply to face. Leave on face until completely dry. Rinse off. Skin may appear red. This is because the clay is drawing the blood to the surface, not an allergic reaction. Your skin may become itchy. This is due to the clay tightening the skin and drawing out toxins. Clay is negatively charged. That means it will pull of positively charged toxins out of the skin. This makes it detoxifying and anti-aging.
Raw Honey Mask
Raw honey is an awesome mask. It is anti-bacterial, moisturizing and softening.
1 TBS Raw Honey
10 drops essential oils (orange, lavender, tea tree and geranium are great oils to use).
Warm the honey in a double boiler fashion, do not microwave. Mix in the oils and apply mask to face. Leave on 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Putting warm water on your fingers while applying the mask will help it go on smoother. Raw honey has live enzymes which breakdown old skin cells, is anti-bacterial, which kills acne causing bacteria, and is anti-inflammatory.
Fresh squeezed orange, lemon or lime mixed with fresh strawberries, banana or pumpkin is a fruity, nutritious mask.Fruit Facial-Exfoliating and Nourishing
2 slices cucumber
Smash strawberry until pulpy and juicy. Add the juices of lime and orange. Finely chop the cucumber and add. Apply to face with hands or a cotton square. Leave on 10-15 minutes. It may burn a little due to acids exfoliating the skin. This mask may be rinsed off or you can leave it on and apply moisturizer over it. The fruit contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids which exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells.
Egg white is a great mask. It tightens pores and gives nutrition to the skin.Egg Mask-Pore Minimizing
1 Egg or egg white
Stir one egg or egg white and apply all over face. Leave on 10-20 minutes. Rinse and moisturize. The eggs contains proteins that are great for your skin and the mask will tighten and minimize pore size as it dries.
Organic apple cider vinegar is a great toner. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
Honey Witch Hazel Mask/Cleanser
I have found this treatment to be very effective in treating mild acne.
You will need witch hazel, raw honey and essential oils.
Mix 1 part witch hazel with 1 part raw honey. You may stir it in a glass or mix it in a magic bullet.
Add a few drops of lavender, tea tree, lemon, orange, helichrysum, rose or any combination of the above oils.
Rub on face morning and night. Leave on for ten to twenty minutes and then rinse. I noticed a difference immediately with this mask. Continue doing morning and night to keep skin clear.
I use witch hazel from Mountain Rose Herbs and a variety of raw honeys. Some of my favorite are Really Raw Honey and Prickly Rock Honey.
Jojoba oil is a fabulous moisturizer. Use it as a massage oil for your face. Massage your face brings extra blood and nutrients to the skin resulting in smaller pores and less visible lines. Also gives you softer, smoother skin. For best results massage 15-30 minutes a day
Olive oil and shea butter are great for dry skin.
Jojoba oil is a great moisturizer for oily skin.
Also add aloe vera to any of these oils for a lighter moisturizer.
If you have oily or break out prone skin, you may want to try an oil-free moisturizer.
Nutrition for Great Skin
Making homemade facials and skincare treatments is great for the outside. We also have to focus on the inside.
Sugar is your biggest great skin enemy. It spikes insulin. If your liver isn’t in perfect health, there is usually too much insulin for it to handle. As a result the extra hormones get deposited in your skin leading to acne and wrinkles. White flour and processed carbohydrates are almost as bad as sugar and should also be avoided. Replace your sugar with stevia, lohan, or other no calorie natural substitutes. No artificial sweeteners please! Replace your processed carbs with millet, quinoa, whole grain rice and other whole grain options.
Flax seed and fish oil and your best great skin friends. They provide the essentially fatty acid necessary to produce nice plump skin cells.
Green drinks and green smoothies are full of nutrients and help cleanse the body and skin.
Water is of course essential for great skin. Be sure to drink a filtered water or clean spring water. It is best if water is alkaline not acidic. Natural calcium and magnesium in the water will make it alkaline. Stay away from chlorinated water.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. You will be amazed that you can eat less cooked food and feel completely satisfied if you are eating lots of raw food.