Everyone wants clean, clear, and beautiful skin. I know I do. However, most products aside from lotion can cost you an arm and a leg. There are plenty of DIY options, though! You can make your own scrubs, masks, and shampoos for a fraction of the cost of some store-bought products. It’s easy to do, too, and can leave your skin feeling softer than Rod Stewart’s hair looks.
Now, keep in mind that there are different conditions, and each requires different care.
- Acne – as everyone knows – is a beacon of puberty, announcing to the world that a teenager’s body is changing. Acne can be worsened by oily skin, so it’s a good idea to clean it up, but you don’t want to dry yourself out. Use a honey mask, mixing equal parts honey and sugar or salt, or try one part honey to two parts oatmeal. Let your mask dry and peel it off or, if you’ve prepared a scrub, wash it off with cool water. Keep in mind, some people with sensitive skin may have a minor issue with irritation from the scrubbing of salt or sugar (like me!) so using milk in a honey or sugar scrub can help a ton since milk has proteins that can help repair the skin.
- Blackheads, which are similar to acne but instead are open-pored, are treated in a similar fashion. You can make your own blackhead mask with a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of milk brushed or smeared onto a peace of cotton or non-sterile gauze. Let the mixture dry and peel the strip away from the area. I’ve also created my own scrub out of my kitchen’s ingredients. I used equal parts Dawn dish soap, water, and baking soda. The water thins out the mixture and brings it to a pasty consistency. This scrub can be used on the body or face, as long as you take care to keep it out of your orifices. It wipes out whiteheads pretty easily, too.
- For cold sores, bug bites, or big zits, you can simply mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide with a Q-tip! The baking soda can help draw moisture out of the area and reduce itching, size, and redness and the peroxide kills bacteria.
- For dry skin, you can use milk cream to make a sort of salve with a few drops of lemon juice and apply it to the dry areas. Or, if you’re feeling more on the side of relaxing scrubs, you can mix three parts brown sugar, two parts olive oil, and one part honey. Scrub your dry skin with the mixture and then hop in the shower! The sugar helps scrub away the loose cells and the olive oil and honey act as moisturizers.
- Now, for dandruff you can use olive oil and half as much lemon juice and massage it into your scalp. Leave it in for about a half-hour and wash it out. The oil re-hydrates and the lemon juice has plenty of vitamins in it and also exfoliates by acting as a gentle acid.
(NOTE) Make sure not to use anything harsher than salt or sugar in your scrubs. Sand can cause microscopic cuts that let in bacteria, and the last thing you want is some gnarly skin infection or lemon juice from your scrub getting into a tiny wound. And also keep in mind that sugar eventually dissolves in water, so water-based scrubs with sugar don’t have a very long shelf life. It may be best to only make your mixes in amounts you’re likely to use immediately.
Now, go forth and use these tips to make your skin so flawless, strangers will be drawn to touch it! Maybe not without your permission, but they will be tempted, and so will your partner (or partners.) Your skin, after using these methods and taking care through regular cleaning (read: showering) will practically glow.
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