Salad Days: DIY for Gorgeous Skin

by Kezia on May 28, 2008

I love wandering around Walgreens or basking in the well-lit sanctuary of Sephora. The thing is, I’m trying to reduce my beauty footprint by consuming less. Hence, my recent obsession with DIY skincare. If you’ve got a little patience and a well-stocked pantry, try these tempting at-home skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar This folksy wonder tonic is skincare workhorse. It promotes blood circulation for a rosy complexion and contains antiseptic properties that help prevent infection and inflammation. It also regulates the skin’s PH—necessary for strong barrier function.

How To: Apply like a toner or splash. If it’s too strong, dilute it with distilled water.

Combat Dry Skin with Avocado

The fatty acids in avocados can do wonders for dry, parched skin.

How To: Mash the contents of one avocado and smooth it onto your face. Relax and rinse off after 20 minutes.

Tomato Juice Toner

If your skin feels and looks like an oil slick, try a tomato. Naturally acidic tomato juice balances the skin’s PH and alleviates oily conditions.

How To: Apply the liquid like a toner to the oily areas on your face. Rinse off with water.

Olive Oil Moisturizer

Extra-virgin olive oil heals and moisturizes skin with squalene.

How To: Use a high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Apply a few drops to your hands and rub together to warm. Then apply to the dry areas on your skin, using a pressing motion.

Honey Mask

This sweet and sticky facial treatment is a quick way to soften and hydrate rough skin. Honey is natural humectant and contains potent antioxidants. It’s also antimicrobal, which means that it inhibits the growth of bacteria. So, it’s safe and non-drying option for sensitive and acne-prone skin.

How To: Use plain, non-flavored honey at room temperature. Apply a thick amount to your skin). Avoid eyebrows and hairline. Relax for 10 to 20 minutes. Remove honey with a warm washcloth.

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gail May 28, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Ah, apple cider vinegar, a workhorse in all arenas! Growing up, my mom had me soak in a bathtub with vinegar when I had a sunburn to help take the sting out and sooth my skin. She also used as a hair rinse (I still do once in a great while) to help with tangles and shine. The stuff is great! The honey mask sounds wonderful (especially with lavender honey!). Thanks for another informative post!

Dotti May 28, 2008 at 3:16 pm

What a fabulous and reminding post. I should do a detox day so soon, really.

Imelda May 29, 2008 at 5:40 am

I love this post!

During weekends I work in a store that sell beautyproducts and every weekend I buy lots of stuff there.
But home-made is sometimes even better!

July Stars May 29, 2008 at 6:42 am

Vinegar hair rinse works beautifully: it always leaves my hair super shiny … but hell, it stinks!

Curlychik May 29, 2008 at 9:32 am

I do the honey mask 2x a week, but with 3-4 aspirin tablets crushed and mixed in it. The salicylic acid is a BHA that acts as an exfoliant - the result is clear, soft, glowing skin - love it!

Dree May 30, 2008 at 8:51 am

Wow! thank you so much for posting this..what a great topic to cover! I’m actually going to print it out to put on the fridge for a reminder. :)
LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!! You are gorgeous!

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