Give yourself a homemade [inexpensive, much-needed] facial!
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As part of my Fall To Do List, the list of goals I have for myself to fully enjoy fall, I aim to add more self care to my weekly routine. And, quite frankly, creating something that actually could be called “a routine” for my weeks.
As part of my effort to add in more self care, I will be sharing a series of recipes you can use to create your own care products! In the next couple of weeks, I will cover an entire DIY facial kit you can make for yourself, as well as oral health, and some detoxing of much-overlooked areas of the body! Gross. But yaaay, because soon it will be so easy to keep yourself more pampered and clean!
First, we’re going to get started with two facial items that you can use daily: Aloe and Coconut Moisturizer and Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea Toner.
In the scheme of the DIY facial we are building up to, the moisturizer and the toner are the last components you will need, however, they are also the most useful products for day to day use, so we’re making them first!
I recommend getting some containers if you don’t already have some. I love small tin containers because they’re light, don’t break if when you drop them, and they block out light from reaching your product. This last point doesn’t matter for all of your creations, but a lot of oils, alcohols, and herbs can get gross when exposed to light, and I’d rather keep containers on hand that work for everything. I use the tin containers below (click the image to get your own!) and love them.
Apple Cider Vinegar + Green Tea Toner
1 part Apple Cider Vinegar
2 parts extra strong Green Tea – allowed to cool
10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
The first thing I did for this was empty out an old Sea Breeze bottle and rinse it out. An old facial toner bottle makes the perfect bottle for a new facial toner! I then poured ACV to fill a third of the bottle. Then I poured the green tea in. I made the green tea with two bags of tea in a regular mug and then allowed it to cool off for about 5 min while it steeped. When you pour in the green tea, leave just a bit of room at the top of your container. About an inch from the top. Then add your essential oils. Screw on the top, shake, et voila! This will last about 2 weeks before it will go off and need replacing.
This recipe was adapted from Reading Wahine’s DIY Facial Toner.
Aloe Vera + Coconut Oil Moisturizer
½ cup Aloe Vera Gel
2 T Coconut Oil
1 T Grapeseed Oil* (see other options below to customize this to your skin type)
2 t Beeswax – melted
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Put your beeswax in a double boiler (a mason jar placed in a pan of water will suffice). Get that melting. Combine the aloe vera, coconut and grapeseed oil in a bowl. When your beeswax is completely melted, add that into the bowl as well and thoroughly mix. Allow this to cool off a bit for 5 minutes. Then add in your essential oils. It’s tempting to shake a ton of essential oils into this. But remember that this is going onto your face to stay for a while and that essential oils can dry out your skin! Mix it all up again, then scoop it into containers. Done!
This recipe was adapted from The Prairie Homestead’s Homemade Face Cream.
You now have a toner to quickly and easily clean your face, and a moisturizer to lock in hydration! Your skin takes a beating from all sorts of elements. Be kind to your skin, and to yourself, and you will reap the benefits of a healthy outer defense system!
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