Looking to pare down your beauty cabinet to a collection of all-natural products? Many effective, luxurious and cost-effective beauty remedies can be made at home from common pantry staples like oatmeal, coconut oil, cucumber and apple cider vinegar. Get ready to glow with some of our favorite tried-and-true DIY beauty recipes.
1. Reduce Puffy Eyes Using Things From Your Kitchen
Bringing down those puffy circles, often caused by allergies, stress or a bad night's sleep, is doable with an age-old cold spoon trick, as well as three other natural remedies.
2. Make a Three-Ingredient Lip Plumper
Soft, luscious lips, what could be more romantic? Now you can attain this look with just a few ingredients, including cinnamon.
3. Mix Up a an Exfoliating Mask
Oatmeal is one of the best ingredients for soothing dry or inflamed skin; it's no wonder an oatmeal bath is a go-to remedy for poison oak. Try making this mask to gently slough off dead skin and reduce redness.
4. Achieve Silky Soft Hair
Years of using heat styling tools and dying your locks may have left them a little damaged. Rejuvenate brittle, dry hair the natural way with carrier oils.
5. Whiten Your Teeth With One Key Ingredient
Would you believe that the key to pearly whites is activated charcoal? It's true! Use it to naturally whiten your teeth without needing to add any extra time to your nightly routine.
6. Brighten Up With a Turmeric Mask
This yellow spice packs a powerful punch, especially when used in homemade skincare products. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can help to improve fine lines and wrinkles, making it a great addition to a face mask.
7. Use Lemon to Get Long-Lasting Curls
This simple trick will help extend the life of your curls. Take a look at this age-old method that eHow contributor Lilly Wallace swears by.
8. Apply a DIY ACV Toner
Using a toner after cleansing your face is an essential but often overlooked skincare step. A good toner can refresh your pores and balance the skin's pH (breakouts often occur when the skin is too oily or too dry). Apple cider vinegar has become one of those cult all-natural beauty ingredients that has helped many people clear up their acne and keep their skin clear.
9. Make a Soothing Chamomile Face Mask
Just the thought of chamomile, whether used in a hot tea or a beauty product, evokes a sense of calm. This recipe for a chamomile face mask is great for anyone with sensitive skin.
10. Eat These 5 Foods for Healthy Skin
As cliche as it sounds, "you are what you eat" is actually really true. Most dermatologists and nutritionists agree that consuming these five foods can benefit your skin, hair and nails.
11. Blend Up This Smoothie for Glowing Skin
I'm in for pretty much anything with coconut. Whether its coconut water, coconut yogurt, or coconut macaroons, there's something so exotic and refreshing about this healthy ingredient. This coconut juice-based, nutrient-rich smoothie tastes great and can be blended up in a flash to help clear your skin.
P.S. Check out the skincare benefits of eating coconut oil.
12. Eliminate These Acne-Causing Foods From Your Diet
Research shows that certain foods can play a role in skin conditions and acne flare-ups. These five types of foods have been studied for their connection to causing acne.
13. DIY a Mask for Any Skin Ailment
Of the many amazing bath and beauty products your can make at home, face masks are exceptionally easy. Some of my favorite DIY masks have included ingredients like avocado and honey, things I always make sure I have on hand. These four homemade masks will give you glowing skin whether you have dull, dry or sun-damaged skin.
14. Make a Chemical-Free Moisturizer
Whenever I make a skincare product at home, I make sure to add in two of my favorite essential oils, lavender and tea tree. Essential oils are great for keeping blemishes at bay, relieving dry skin and promoting cell turnover. This homemade moisturizer is no exception.
15. Swap Your Face Wash for the Oil Cleansing Method
I have really seen a change in the clarity and tone of my skin since switching to a cleanser with jojoba and essential oils. If you've ever been curious about this method, read our comprehensive guide to washing your face with castor, olive or other carrier oils.
16. Make Your Own Dry Shampoo
17. De-puff and De-stress With a DIY Eye Mask
Look and feel more awake with an eye mask you can whip up in just a few minutes. Whether you're looking to reduce puffiness or fine lines, there's a DIY way to get the results you're looking for.
Natalie Way has a passion for creative endeavors and experience in writing, publishing, graphic design and marketing. She is a managing editor at Stampington & Company, and has contributed to various interior design, fashion and lifestyle publications including California Homes and Shortlist magazine. Raised near San Francisco, she now lives in Orange County.