We’ve all heard the statistic about the skin being the body’s largest organ, but opinions about how to care for its extensive surface area range from “leave it alone” to “use all the products!”. I’ve decided to throw my own two cents into the ring and share my sweet, step-by-step DIY skincare regime that happens to fall neatly in the middle of these two approaches – a handful of homemade products and practices that will help your skin look great, naturally.
Before we get started, I feel as though it’s necessary to state that I’m most definitely not a dermatologist, and if you have specific skin issues that may make it challenging to discontinue use of your current products and/or start using new ones, then it’s probably best to consult with your doctor before embarking on this adventure. For those with fairly normal skin, let’s get experimenting!
DIY skincare to the rescue
First things first, we need a clean slate to work with – we need to clean our skin somehow. About five years ago I stopped using any sort of body wash or facial cleanser and I haven’t looked back since. I don’t miss that tight feeling I used to get after washing my face or stepping out of the shower, and I’ve noticed that my skin is way less dry and itchy, too. In the shower, I use natural bar soap for armpits, feet, and around my lady business. For my face, I simply use a hot washcloth to gently steam and then scrub my face. Avoiding detergent-based soaps, cleansers and washes can prevent your skin from having all its wonderful natural oils stripped and then having to produce it excessively as a means of replacement.
Next, we exfoliate! This is more of a weekly thing than a daily regime, but I like to do it on a regular basis to slough off dead skin, and keep skin looking and feeling soft and dewy. For my body I usually whip up an easy DIY scrub by mixing together an exfoliant and a liquid – usually some mixture of the following:
- Exfoliants: White sugar, brown sugar, coffee grounds, salt
- Liquids: Olive oil, coconut oil, honey, water, lemon juice
- Add a few tablespoons of the exfoliant first, then slowly add the liquid until it forms a loose paste.
- Use your fingertips to gently apply to your body and scrub softly, paying particular attention to knees, elbows, and any other rough spots.