During the warmer months of the year, it’s fairly easy to keep your skin hydrated. Once fall and winter roll around, though, things get a whole lot trickier. Cooler weather, and all that comes with it, calls for an update to your summer skin care routine with a focus on hydration. Instead of purchasing a bunch of new products, why not try making your own skin care solutions at home with natural ingredients? There are lots of reasons to give it a try: You’ll save money, it’s more eco-friendly (thanks to zero packaging), and you’ll know exactly what you’re putting on your skin (so you won’t have to worry about problematic ingredients). Treat yourself to some self-care this fall with these DIY skin care recipes. Your skin will thank you.
DIY Body Whip
First on our list of DIY skin care recipes is this homemade, natural body whip from Green Thickies. The recipe is super simple, but it delivers awesome results. The whip includes olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax, all of which can be super moisturizing for you skin. Just be careful — the oiliness of this cream means it can be a little greasy after you first apply it, so give it a couple of minutes to soak in, and be sure to massage it into your skin.
Homemade Face Mask
Face masks are so much fun to make yourself. Here are a few we’ve shared before. Another more festive option is this pumpkin face mask from Well+Good, an ideal choice for *spooky season*. The mask provides a big moisture boost thanks to the nourishing properties found in sweet potato and honey along with pumpkin and Greek yogurt. Instead of throwing out your pumpkin guts when you’re creating a jack-o-lantern, save them and make this mask instead.
DIY Face Cream
This homemade face cream from Good Housekeeping is one of our favorite DIY skin care recipes that we’ve tried. The cream is made with ultra-hydrating ingredients, including shea butter, jojoba oil and aloe. It also has some rose water to calm your skin and reduce inflammation and redness. The aloe also offers antibacterial properties. Cleanse your face, then apply this rich face cream for soft, hydrated skin all season long.
DIY Oatmeal Bath Soak
You may remember taking an oatmeal bath as a kid when you had the chickenpox. But you can utilize the soothing properties of oatmeal anytime, especially if you struggle with dry skin issues like eczema, according to WebMD. When you need to unwind, a warm soak in your tub can be a huge stress-reliever, and this DIY oatmeal bath recipe from Well + Good will take it to the next level. Make sure to grind the oatmeal down to fine powder in your blender so that it won’t clog the drain.
DIY Foot Scrub
When it comes to self-care, foot scrubs can be life savers. Our feet work for us all day, every day — they deserve some pampering once in a while. This homemade foot scrub from Story of Five is just the thing you need to revitalize dry, sore feet. This one also uses oatmeal, along with sugar, honey and coconut oil. The sugar acts as a great exfoliator on tough, dry feet, while the honey and coconut oil softens the skin.
DIY Lip Scrub
Chapped lips are one of the most irritating things that can happen in cold weather. A good lip scrub will exfoliate the dead skin and leave you with a soft, smooth pout. This DIY brown sugar lip scrub from Cosmopolitan works great, and you can whip it up in a couple minutes with basic ingredients. You’ll just need coconut oil, honey, and some lip balm in addition to the brown sugar.
DIY Cucumber Eye Mask
For irritated eyes, try this DIY cucumber eye mask from The Kitchn. You’ll just need coconut oil, cucumbers, and cotton face pads, plus a blender to make it. Optional additions include vitamin E oil and arnica gel. Once ready, these little eye masks will hydrate and de-puff your tired, dry eyes.
Coconut Cuticle Oil
Cuticles can easily get chapped and dry during the fall and winter months. Our favorite solution requires zero work — simply massage some pure coconut oil into your cuticles to hydrate and heal them from the effects of harsh weather.
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