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DIY skincare that's good for your skin

Avoid harsh chemicals by making your own skin-care products

When you're accustomed to doing things the way you always have, you may not see why you would want to switch up your routine. Natural body care is based on the philosophy of working in partnership with nature to nourish and support our bodies through all of life's phases. Nature offers us many choices for effectively grooming ourselves with wholesome ingredients, many of which we already have in our kitchen. 

It is widely known that chemicals, artificial colors, and fillers in skin care products and makeup can cause redness, irritation, and breakouts. Many people are even allergic to chemicals commonly found in conventionally produced products. Natural makeup, skin care products, and body products work with your skin instead of against it.

Our DYI recipes are sure to delight the hearts of anyone who is interested in some easy to make products that will be sure to become a must have product made by you in the comforts of your home. 

Recipe 1

Honey and Oatmeal Homemade Face Wash

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup of uncooked oats 

2 tbsp honey (raw and local is best) 

1 tsp nutmeg 

10 drops lavender essential oil 

10 drops tea tree oil

Directions: 

In a food processor, process the oatmeal until almost a fine powder.  Combine with the rest of the ingredients, and keep in a clean container with a lid.  (This should stay good for about 2 weeks).  Rub gently into face, using circular motions, for 1 minute, then rinse clean.  

If you need a little more grit and scrubbing power with your homemade face wash, this is a good recipe, because there is a slight abrasiveness with the oats.

Recipe 2: 

Overnight Shea Butter Hand Mask

Ingredients:

2 oz (roughly 4 Tbsp) shea butter

2 oz jojoba oil

2 oz coconut oil

2 oz beeswax pellets

5 drops lavender essential oil

Directions: 

Combine everything except the lavender oil in a pan over low heat and melt completely. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before adding the lavender essential oil. Pour the mixture into a small jar or tin and allow to cool for several hours. 

To use, apply a thick layer of lavender and shea butter balm to hands, nails, and feet, and then put on a pair of socks and cotton gloves. Crawl into bed and let the oils work on repairing your dry hands and feet.

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