Why DIY beauty?
With so many skincare, hair care, and body care brands out there it can be difficult to know what you should and shouldn’t be buying. But have you ever tried using the brand of you?! DIY beauty is such a great place to start your zero waste journey. Our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs everything you put onto it. If you really want a completely natural beauty routine you can’t go wrong with these easy, cheap and natural recipes.
Have you seen the ‘No-poo’ method? This means avoiding shampoo all together, and sometimes choosing products like apple cider vinegar and baking soda to wash your hair naturally. The idea is that after a couple of weeks you hair gets used to it and you no longer need to use any shampoo!
When you think about it, shampoo and conditioner is actually completely unnatural, and our bodies aren’t designed to be scrubbed with these products every 1-2 days. When starting out it could take anything from 1-6 weeks for your hair to adjust and for your scalp to produce less sebum.
If you don’t want to stick with just water then apple cider vinegar is your go-to. Take 2-4 tablespoons of the vinegar and fill the rest of the jar with water, then pour over your head and massage into your scalp. You can leave it on if you don’t mind the smell, otherwise rinse out and that’s it!
If you’re looking to achieve those effortless beachy waves then salt spray is for you. Salt spray is exactly what it says on the tin, simply take an old spray bottle and put 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt into it, then add some warm water and mix well. Leave to cool and add some essential oils if you fancy. Taadaa! You have a very effective and almost free bottle of salt spray!
If you want to add some shine to your hair then pure argon oil is a great way to achieve this. It’s completely natural and can often be cheaper than branded products containing a small percentage of argon oil!
One of my favourite DIY products (also one of the first I tried) is dry shampoo. It couldn’t be simpler, just take some cornflour and a small amount of bentonite clay, add some essential oils if you fancy.
If you have darker hair add some cacao powder to avoid any of the shampoo showing!
Did you know that lemon is a natural acne treatment?! It’s strong but effective, you only need a small amount applied directly to the problem area, left for a couple of minuets and rinsed off with warm water. Do this daily and you’ll see some effective results!
Face scrubs shouldn’t be harsh on your face, you only need a gentle scrub to feel the effects. By mixing equal parts of oats and almond flour and a few drops of argon oil you have yourself a easy and gentle face scrub.
This all depends on your skin type. Jojoba is good for oily skin, and argon and almond oil works well with dry or mature skin types.
If you really want to up your face oil you can add a couple of drops of essential oils. Tea tree oil works well with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Peppermint is good if you are looking for a calming oil and lemongrass has healing properties.
I would only uses this mask 1-2 times a week because it is so effective but can dry your skin out if used too often. Mix one tablespoon of bentonite clay with enough water to make a paste, apply to you face (clean and dry) and leave to 10 mins or until dry. Wash off with a damp flannel and make sure you moisturise after!
You could go super simple with this one and simply use coconut oil, it smells delicious and is extremely nourishing. If you wan’t to go one up, use a mix of shea butter and almond oil whisked together until fluffy. Mix in some essential oils if you fancy to added luxury. (This makes a really thoughtful gift for someone you love)
To give your body a really good buff in the shower a salt scrub is just what you need. Mix some fine pink Himalayan salt with a carrier oil of your choice (I like almond) and add some essential oils.
Nothing wakes you up in the morning like a coffee scrub! Take some freshly used coffee grounds mixed with coconut oil-simples!