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Essential Natural Ingredients for Your DIY Beauty Projects

“Every woman should learn how to be her own skincare expert.”

Bobbi Brown

The best part for making and creating your own skincare products is knowing by yourself what are the ingredients that you going to put into it. And most of the ingredients that you need are more likely coming from your own pantry. And you will be ready to become your own beauty scientist. Here are some of my natural beauty ingredients for your next projects. Stock up on these simple staples, and you’ll be well prepared to whip up any soap, lotion, hair treatment, or skin remedy your heart desires. When you can, buy organic to avoid nasty chemicals.

ALOE VERA

Known as the plant of immortality, aloe-vera gel fresh from the plant contains high levels of amino acids, minerals, and vitamins that benefit skin and hair. Reach for aloe’s soothing, cooling effects when you have sunburn, an itchy scalp, or another skin irritation. It’s also effective for hydrating skin, healing acne, and lightening skin discoloration.

APPLE-CIDER VINEGAR

The main ingredients in apple-cider vinegar is acetic acid, but contains lactic, citric, and malic acid as well. All those natural alpha hydroxy acids work together to gently exfoliate by dissolving dead cells. Applying apple-cider vinegar to your face also delivers beneficial enzymes, proteins, and good bacteria deeper into skin. It’s antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic, and it help balance pH-thus it’s considered a great remedy for acne, dandruff, and other skin and hair issues.

AVOCADO

Rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, avocado and avocado oil are both deeply moisturizing for skin and hair. This fruit’s omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids hydrate and soften skin, while its plant nutrients and vitamin A, D, and E repair environment damage.

BAKING SODA

Who knew that one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredients is also the least expensive? An easy cleanser for all skin types, baking soda absorbs anything it comes in contact with and that includes excess oil and gunk in your pores. And adding baking soda to a bath can ease sunburn pain, itching, and inflammation.

BEESWAX

Often used to thicken beauty recipes like balm and salves, this natural bee product hydrates dry skin and creates a protective barrier to seal in all that nourishing moisture. Beeswax also has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties

CARRIER OILS

These plant-based extracts come from a nut or seed. They’re ideal for moisturizing and protecting skin and are often used to dilute essential oils. Types argan, castor, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, olive, rosehip-seed, sea buckthorn, sunflower seed, sweet almond, and tamanu.

CASTILE SOAP

Castile is a plant derived, biodegradable soap that can be used as a base for DIY beauty products, like body wash and hand soap, as well as on its own as gentle household cleaner.

CLAY

Known for its ability to draw out toxins, oil, and impurities, clay also tightens and tones skin. Many are absorbent and rich in minerals, and they can jump-start circulation to reduce puffiness and large pores. Types kaolin, bentonite, French green, and Moroccan red.

COCOA BUTTER

With a delicious chocolate scent, cocoa butter coats skin and protects against moisture loss. Rich in vitamin E, it helps stimulate collagen production, which can improve skin tone and help prevent stretch marks.

DAIRY

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Your skin will love organic, whole-fat dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cream. The fats hydrate and soothe skin, the lactic gently cleanses and exfoliates, and the prebiotics help inhibit acne outbreaks.

ESSENTIAL OILS

These distillations of your favourite botanicals have incredible healing and soothing properties that , when put to good use, can transform skin. That’s because the molecules in essential oils are much smaller than those in most skin creams, so they can penetrate pores more deeply to nurture skin from the inside out.

HONEY

This natural beauty wonder is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic, and its ability to heal and repair skin, make it a go-to beauty ingredients. Honey is also natural humectant, which means it helps your skin draw in and retain moisture to keep you glowing. Try to find raw, organic honey-it’s the most beneficial for facial care.

LEMON

The juice from this bright citrus is an effective astringent that cuts through the oil on your skin and scalp. Its alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate, reducing the appearance of sun and age spots, as well acne scars. Lemon juice can kick-start the cleansing of your body’s lymphatic system (which helps purge waste from tissue), while lemon essential oil acts as diuretic to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

OATS

Along with fiber, oats are also packed with healthy fats and antioxidant that hydrate and rejuvenate skin. Often used in gentle cleanser, oats exfoliate dead skin, while their natural saponins create soap like foam to draw out and absorb dirt and toxins. A natural anti-inflammatory that also balances skin’s pH, oats make a soothing addition to baths when you’ve got irritated skin.

SALT

While great for cleansing and exfoliating skin, natural sea salts can also deliver a dose of skin-loving vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium. Epsom salt is particularly rich in magnesium sulfate, which helps your body produce energy and impacts at least 300 enzyme systems. And salt baths and scrubs allow your body to absorb these nutrients through the epidermis, as well as improve circulation and skin tone.

SHEA BUTTER

Softer than cocoa butter, shea butter has a silky texture that’s easily absorbed into the skin. Its vitamin A and E help restore elasticity, relieve conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and protect from environmental damage.

TEA

White, green, and black teas contains powerful antioxidants that help combat sun exposure by absorbing UV rays. And after sun exposure, tea’s tannic acid and antioxidant catechins and polyphenols can reduce inflammation and help reverse the aging effects of the sun. They also make fantastic natural hair dyes and can play a soothing role in cleansers, toners, and masks.

WITCH HAZEL

Witch hazel is a common astringent used to cleanse skin and tighten pores. Made by steaming twigs from the witch hazel shrub, the extract delivers skin-healing antioxidants-plus a cooling sensation that soothes irritated skin and calms conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Look for pure witch hazel that isn’t diluted with skin-dying alcohol.

Those are my essential natural beauty ingredients. Do you have any other ingredients? if you have to, please share in a comment.

Hugs 🤗

VE

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