Posted on September 26 2019
Why DIY your skincare products?
The question should be why not? First of all, making your own products can be fun. Tinkering in your kitchen whether you do it alone, with your kids or your best gal pals and adding a pinch of this or a sprinkle of that really taps into your creativity and ingenuity…. and voila! You have created some skincare magic.
Second, creating your own products is a form of self-care and seriously who doesn’t need more of that? But hands down some of the best reasons to DIY your products are sourcing and cost. When you make your own products you know exactly what goes into them. There aren’t any hidden additives, preservatives or fragrances lurking in your creation because, you get to decide exactly what you want to put on your skin. You can create elegant and effective homemade products from sustainable organic ingredients at a fraction of the cost you pay for a commercially made product. Kind of makes you want to do a happy dance doesn’t it?
Now that the sun is beginning to set a little earlier and there is a slight chill in the air, it means fall is just around the corner. As we approach the third quarter of the year, rather than viewing the shift as summer coming to an end, I’ve always viewed autumn as a time of new beginnings. The leaves begin to change and take on an elevated vibrancy and vitality, the kids start a new school year, and activities kick into high gear.
These changes serve as an invitation to take notice of where we’ve been and where we want to go regarding our health, life and even business goals. As your largest organ, your skin tells your story. The dry, scaly, irritated, sun damaged or acne prone complexion is your skin’s way of communicating that it needs your attention focused both on what is happening on its surface as well as what is happening beneath it.
Fall is the perfect time to renew, restore and reconnect with your desire to optimize the appearance of your skin from the outside in and to nourish it from the inside out.
Keep in mind, your skin absorbs upwards of 70% of what you put on it, so be mindful when sourcing your ingredients and choose organic when you can. As with anything you put on your skin, just because it’s natural doesn’t necessarily mean your skin can tolerate it. Before you slather any product or ingredient all over your skin, choose a small inconspicuous spot to test it out and wait 24 to 48 hours to see if you have a reaction. If the test spot area gets red, inflamed or swollen discontinue use.
Below are 3 simple DIY skincare recipes to help renew, restore and rejuvenate your skin and help you reconnect to the best version of yourself.
Zit Zapper Mask
½ teaspoon White Kaolin Clay or baking soda
1 mashed banana
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
To Prepare: Place the clay (or baking soda), banana and turmeric powder into a glass bowl and blend.
Bananas are loaded with potassium, manganese, antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, B3, B5, B6, and vitamin C boosting skin hydration, moisturization and elasticity to give you a youthful glow. For those prone to mild to moderate acne, the vitamin A in banana promotes skin cell-turnover and helps keep pores from getting clogged while the clay/baking soda absorbs excess oil in the skin and the turmeric helps soothe inflammation and ward off acne-causing bacteria.
This basic recipe is intended to be well suited for all skin types. If you want to experiment with different clays here is a quick tip:
- White kaolin clay is a fine-grained clay with mild absorption properties which makes it a good choice for individuals with sensitive, dry to normal skin.
- Red Kaolin, French green clay and bentonite clay, on the other hand, have stronger absorption properties, making them a good fit for oily and acne prone skin and not typically recommended for dry or sensitive skin types.
Coconuts About Coffee Scrub
- 1 c organic brown sugar
- ¾ c organic caffeinated coffee grounds, fresh or used
- ¼ c coconut oil, melted and room temperature (organic, unrefined)
- Combine everything in a bowl and mix.
- Store in a glass jar.
- You can store in refrigerator and remove prior to use to allow oil to soften up
- Use a few times a week as a gentle exfoliant (Perfect for use on the body. Depending on skin type and tolerance, can try to use on face as well)
The antioxidants, stimulants, caffeic and chlorogenic acids in coffee make it a jack of many trades regarding skin benefits. In addition, to the texture of coffee grounds offering great exfoliating benefits, caffeic acid, an antioxidant, may boost collagen levels and reduce premature aging of cells, while the chlorogenic acids in coffee may also reduce inflammation and protect against some strains of bacteria making it useful for those with acne prone skin.
Love ‘Ya Honey Face Mask
1 Avocado mashed
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
Avocados are great for protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids as well as vitamins C, A and E, which are essential for healthy skin( ex. skin cell turnover, collagen formation and wound healing), avocados offer fantastic antioxidant and moisturizing properties. Adding in the honey offers antimicrobial properties and together with the olive oil helps restore the skin barrier function by boosting hydration and sealing cracks between skin cells.
Dr. Keira Barr is a top health expert helping high achieving women address the skin they're in -- literally and figuratively -- to achieve greater physical, mental, and emotional resilience so they can look, feel and perform their absolute best.
Her authenticity has won the hearts of thousands of women during her 20 plus years in medicine who need the fun non-judgmental combo of sage expert, motivating mentor and hilarious best friend, to be the best they can be in the boardroom, the bedroom and in the home.
Blending her expertise as a dual board-certified dermatologist, global speaker and best selling author with integrative wellness, positive psychology and her own health struggles, Dr. Barr brings a unique approach of knowledge, experience and compassion to her work which has been shared on national television, podcasts and publications including SELF, Glamour, Well+Good, Oprah Magazine, MindBodyGreen and Reader’s Digest .