If you’re trying to save space, money, or move away from unnatural, processed ingredients, you might find your new favourite skincare product in one of the more unexpected places: your kitchen. There are plenty of ingredients you probably already have around that you can experiment with for a healthy glowing skin.
Moisturise, regenerate, and fade scars with raw honey
For hydration, use raw honey in a mask. You can even mix it with fresh lemon juice for a treatment to fade dark spots. Make sure you buy raw honey, as regular honey loses most of its beneficial nutrients when it is heated and processed.
Reduce inflammation with matcha
People swear by the clean energy of matcha, the more potent sibling of green tea. Like coffee, the natural caffeine in matcha can energize the skin, de-puffing and brightening along the way. The gentle powder is soft on your skin, and is an easy addition to enhance any of of your favorite DIY face mask recipes.
Brown sugar for a homemade lip scrub
Granular brown sugar is just the right consistency for a homemade lip scrub. There are plenty of sugar scrub recipes online, but the basic formula isn’t too complicated. Mix some brown sugar with coconut or olive oil and exfoliate to scrub away any dry skin. The oil will leave your lips feeling hydrated and soft.
Fight redness and irritation with turmeric
It seems that turmeric is popping up everywhere in beverages, sauces, even face masks (though this is actually an ages-old trick). The spice is revered for its anti-inflammatory properties, so it only makes sense that it would do the same when placed atop your skin. Mix turmeric and raw honey into a soothing face mask when your skin is feeling a little agitated and red. The spice can stain things pretty easily, so be mindful of your surroundings when making this concoction.
Combat puffiness and redness with fresh cucumbers
Thoughts of at-home spa days tend to conjure up images of bathrobes, bubble baths, and cucumbers over your eyes — and there’s a reason this vegetable became a DIY spa staple. Cucumbers are full of ascorbic acid, which decreases water retention. Leave a slice of fresh cucumber under your eyes for about 15 minutes and you will notice the redness and puffiness fading away.