We all dream of it – radiant, glowing skin with no blemishes, wrinkles, or dark circles. Flawless skin is so coveted in our society that we spend thousands and thousands of dollars on expensive skin treatments every year. However, what most people don’t realize is that there are actually plenty of do-it-yourself solutions for skin gripes of all kinds. Just one look around your kitchen or bathroom, and you’ll likely see plenty of ingredients that you can use to make DIY skin treatments. Here are some of the best DIY skincare hacks.
1. Toothpaste Spot Treatment
This is a classic skin care hack, but it works. Take a traditional white toothpaste and apply it to any acne you may have before bed. The toothpast will actually dry out your zit overnight, helping it heal faster.
If your skin has suffered some serious sun damage, plain yogurt can actually help it heal faster. Apply some aloe vera first to help soothe the pain and redness, then apply a thin layer of yogurt to the affected areas. It will help the skin rejuvenate and reduce sensitivity, plus the coolness and the smooth texure of yogurt will feel soothing on the skin.
3. Aspirin and Honey Mix
To make an inexpensive and effective skincare treatment, you just need two ingredients – aspirin and honey. Honey has long been known to have positive effects on acne-prone skin, but combining it with aspirin helps to reduce swelling and redness even more. Crush up one aspirin pill and combine it with honey, then apply very small amounts to blemishes for five minutes.
4. Egg Whites
If you have stretch marks you would like to get rid of, you can lessen their appearance over time with egg whites. Apply some beaten egg whites to your stretch marks for about fifteen minutes a few times a week to minimize their severity. This is because egg whites contain collagen, which helps your skin stay full and supple.
5. Tea Bags
If you can feel a pimple growing under the skin, apply a warm tea bag to help open up the pores so that you can extract the whitehead or blackhead. Once the pimple has been popped, wet the tea bag and apply it again to help it heal faster. Tea has many soothing properties that are good for your skin (and your entire body!)
6. Tomato Pulp
Tomatoes contain loads of Vitamin C, which works really well to brighten up dull and lifeless skin. If you are struggling with dull skin or clogged pores, try making a DIY scrub or mask with tomato pulp. It can help prevent whiteheads and cystic acne.
7. Hair Conditioner Shaving Cream
If you’ve run out of shaving cream for your legs or underarms, hair conditioner works great in a pinch. Since it’s so moisturizing, it actually will leave you skin incredibly soft and smooth. Most hair conditioner also has a pleasant and appealing scent.
8. Peach Eye Cream
In a small bowl, mash together peaches and plain yogurt to create a DIY eye cream. Apply the mixture under the eyes, and you’ll notice a reduction in dark circles and wrinkles. Peaches are high in vitamins, giving them many restorative properties.
9. Sea Salt Spray
Sea salt can be purchased at many natural grocery stores, and you can make a surprisingly effective toner just by mixing it with water and putting it in a spray bottle. Sea salt has many antiseptic properties, which means that it will help your skin heal more quickly. This will have positive effects for acne, dark spots, scarring, and wrinkles.
10. Sugar Lemon Exfoliant
If you struggle with blackheads, there’s an easy DIY exfoliant that you can make at home in your kitchen. Take a lemon and cut it in half, then sprinkle sugar on top of it. Rub the lemon gently over your face to get ride of dead skin cells. The lemon’s citric acid is also great for evening skin tone and reducing spots and scarring.
11. Pineapple and Mango Mask
Citrus fruits have many brightening and soothing properties for damaged skin. Blend half of a pineapple and half of a mango with a tablespoon of honey. Apply the resulting mixture to your skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Your skin will likely feel a bit tingly, but after you remove the mask, you’ll notice that your skin feels full and healthy.
12. Apple Cider Vinegar
When combined with water, apple cider vinegar can work as a very effective toner. It has a positive effect on many different skin conditions, from dark spots to acne to wrinkles. This is because it contains alpha hydroxy, which is a natural chemical exfoliant. It also has antibacterial properties, and will even balance your skin’s pH.
13. Coconut Oil Moisturizer
Coconut oil is all the rage these days, and for good reason. Coconut oil has many positive effects on the skin, hair, and nails, and works particularly well for those who suffer from dry skin. Just apply a small amount as a moisturizer to dry areas throughout the face and body, and rinse of any excess.
14. Cold Spoon
If you struggle with puffy undereyes and dark circles, put a spoon in the freezer before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, apply the spoon to your closed eyelids for a few minutes to decrease inflammation. You’ll notice that you look much more bright-eyed.
15. Oatmeal Bath Salts
If you struggle with dry and cracked skin, especially during the winter, try adding oatmeal to your bath. It has long been known to have soothing properties for damaged and inflamed skin. Just crush up the oatmeal in a blender or food processor, and then add it to your bath.