4 Herbal Skincare Treatments You Can Make At Home

When the seasons start to change, you need to change the way you nourish and care for yourself too. During the summer, your skin needs cooling ingredients for relief from the heat and protection against the sun's bright rays. But in the fall, your skin is often prone to dryness because of all the time spent in the heated indoors and the harsh winter air.

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This means your skincare routine should shift from coolness and protection to exfoliation and hydration. While you can go out and buy a ton of products from the store to meet your new skincare routine needs, there is a simpler, natural and more cost-effective way: doing it yourself.

DIY has become more popular in the beauty world today, and for good reason. It's generally less expensive than pre-made items, and when you make your own products, you know exactly what the ingredients are and where they came from.

As covered by Dr. Aaron Tabor for Healthy Directions, there are many dangerous ingredients in manufactured skin products, from the skin-damaging emulsifier to the potential carcinogen of parabens.

Create the skin products you need with natural ingredients by trying these four herbal skincare treatment products you can make right in your very own home!

1. Whipped Body Butter

Body butter is a great way to calm and repair dry skin even if your skin is sensitive. Use the whipped recipe below to create a smooth, rich butter that soothes and heals the skin.

What You Need

1/2 cup each of the following: unrefined coconut oil; unrefined healing butter, such as cocoa or mango; unrefined shea butter and hemp seed oil
1/4 cup of your preferred herb for healing skin, such as oat straw or marshmallow root
1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder

What To Do

Combine your liquid oils, coconut oil and your herbs in a double boiler. Bring this mixture to a boil, and then set on a low simmer, allowing your herbs to steep over low heat for one or two hours. Put this mixture into a bowl for now, and clean out the boiler. Once it's clean, combine all your butters into it and melt down.

Take your melted butters and place them into an empty bowl that's set over another bowl full of ice for a quick cool down. While that's happening, take your previously combined oils and mix the arrowroot into them. Use a fork to make this step easier!

When your butter is hardened about halfway, take the other combined ingredients and pour them into the butter. Use an electric mixer or emulsion blender to blend this mixture completely until there are no chunks left. Spoon your new butter into your storage containers, such as airtight jars, for later use.

2. Easy And Natural Lip Balm

Chapped lips can strike at any time but are a particular problem in the winter. Use this lip balm recipe so you have moist, soft lips all year round! This recipe will make about 15 tubes weighing 0.15 oz. each.

What You Need

15 to 20 drops of essential oils of your choice
2 tablespoons each of the following: coconut oil, beeswax pastilles and shea butter
Lip balm fill tray
Containers, such as empty lip balm tubes or small jars

What To Do

Take a pot and fill it with water at about two inches high. Set the heat on low.

Put your beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter into a dry and clean mason jar. Place the jar into your pot of water, and melt the ingredients inside on a low heat, stirring as needed. It will take around 10 minutes for a full combination of ingredients.

Turn the heat off once your jarred ingredients are fully combined, but let the jar stay in the water to cool so the mixture doesn't harden too fast.

Put your lip balm tubes into your filling try, and then add your oils to the jar mixture and stir. Immediately begin filling your lip balm containers so the balm doesn't harden before you get it into your tubes or jars. Once it hardens in the containers, it's ready to use as often you need it.

3. Oatmeal Bath

Oatmeal is wonderfully soothing for the skin and can even help with skin conditions such as eczema. Try this simple oatmeal bath recipe to get relief in the winter and the summer!

What You Need

1/4 cup of a milk powder, such as coconut
3/4 cup of oats
1/2 cup of baking soda

What To Do

Place your milk powder, baking soda and oats into a food processor or blender. Blend until everything is combined, with the oats fully powdered. That's actually it—all you need to do now is store the bath treatments into tightly closed, dry jars and keep in a dry place.

When using, simply run your bath water at full force and add in 1/4 cup of your bath mixture underneath the running water. If any oatmeal settles at the bottom of the tub, go ahead and stir it up so it blends into the water. Soak in the water for at least 20 minutes to get the full effect.

4. Dandelion Facial Serum

Dandelions may be labeled as weeds, but this plant is actually packed with nutrients such as vitamins C and D and minerals, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Harness this plant's benefits by making your own facial serum from its bright yellow flowers, stems and leaves.

What You Need

5 to 6 fresh dandelions, with flowers and leaves
1 teaspoon of Vitamin E
1/2 cup of aloe vera gel

What To Do

Put your dandelion and aloe vera gel into a blender or food processor. Pulse five to ten times, and let this mixture sit for at least 30 minutes to steep.

4-herbal-skincare-treatments-you-can-make-at-home-pinUsing a cloth or mesh strainer, strain your dandelions from the gel, squeezing out the aloe. Add the vitamin E to the strained-out aloe, and store the serum in a dark container with a lid. This can keep for about six to twelve weeks after you make it.

Make sure you use this serum after your toner but before you moisturize. Use about eight to ten drops of the serum on your neck and face, and then allow it to dry, followed by your moisturizer. Note that some people are allergic to the sap in the flower and stem of the dandelion, so if you end up with a rash, stop using and stick to leaves only for the next serum batch you make.

Use the above DIY natural beauty remedies to create a safer and more natural skincare regimen without sacrificing results. Chances are there is a natural equivalent to all your commercial skincare products, so start re-imaging all your beauty treatments today!

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