From sunscreens, skin toners, scrubs to serums- what you can DIY at home

There is always this thought that crosses the mind when choosing pricey organic, plant based products: can I make them myself?

Well long story short, you CAN. But one, they won’t have as much active ingredient content as specifically extracted for.

Two, you can’t store them as efficiently for longer periods because they are not sterilised for shelf life and we don’t have as many preservative options that are sure to work. So the bottom-line is, you can make your own products if you make them for short term use or in situations where you don’t have your own packed product.

These are easy diy alternatives with available ingredients.

1) Peanut butter and fine sugar exfoliating body scrub.

Have a jar of peanut butter nearing expiry? Don’t throw it out. The following recipe can give you polished skin that is not parched dry.

  • Two – three tbsp of peanut butter .
  • Fine sugar or powder glucose- 3 tea spoons
  • Olive oil or almond oil – 1 TSP

Melt the peanut butter in microwave oven or double heat it in a pan of water until fully melted.

Wait until it cools for a minute and add the oil ( to increase runniness) and sugar/ glucose and whisk.

Apply on skin and scrub gently until the sugar melts away or peanut butter gains thick consistency on skin. Wash off with mild foaming cleanser. Works best when done before shaving with a blade and after waxing to sooth skin.

Note : avoid fine sugar if you have very sensitive skin . Avoid olive oil if you have extremely greasy skin.

Do not apply on face unless you have tried peanut butter on face before.

2) peppermint and rosewater toner:

Visible pores are any woman’s headache and toners are here just to tackle that. In case you run out of your regular toner, you can try this DIY toner with ingredients popularly used in many brands.

  • Rose water : 2 tbsp
  • Ground peppermint juice, strained: 2 tbsp

Mix these two in a bowl, refrigerate for 20 minutes and apply with cotton pad generously over face and neck in upward motion. If there is acne do not apply too much pressure and only gently tap over sensitive areas. You can follow up with moisturizer or your regular serum.

3) calamine and coconut oil sunscreen:

The debate over whether sunscreens are safe, doesn’t seem to have hit an end for now. Carrot seed oil and other natural substances with a fair SPF are now used in many green brands with the only downside, they are pricier than your average sunscreen. But if you feel you could try a simple, DIY mineral based sunscreen, give this a try.

  • Drugstore calamine lotion or the brand “Lacto calamine” , 3 tbsp
  • Coconut oil 1 tbsp
  • Talcum powder 1tbsp
  • Vegetable glycerine 1 tbsp ( optional)

Mix the above ingredients and store in a clean container. Use when necessary throughout the day. (Quantity for one day use)

So wait, what is calamine?

Calamine has been in use since 1500 b.c. It is made of zinc oxide, ferric oxide along with ingredients such as phenols and calcium hydroxide. Originally used to treat a variety of skin irritation and sunburn. The lotion offers a “mineral based” sun protection that sits on your skin rather than penetrating into the skin and offering sun protection.

Inorganic minerals such as titaniumdioxide, zinc oxide and calamine act as a physical barrier to UVB and UVA (especially zinc oxide)”. – Science direct.

4) Hair vitalising serum.

Serums work better than oils in promoting hairgrowth because they get absorbed better and have more active ingredients per ml than an oil does. I looked up many natural growth serums and found they have a lot of common ingredients. You can make your current serum bottle ( I am using Vedix) last longer, if you alternate it with a DIY you can use every other day.

Note: increase the quantity of ingredients by half with every two inch increase in hair length. The recipe below is for my medium length hair for three days.

  • Kalonji seeds or black cumin : 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek seeds : 2 tbsp
  • Cedar wood oil : few drops
  • Rosemary essential oil : few drops
  • Hibiscus flowers 2, ground to paste and strained.
  • Baby ginger root juice 1/2 tbsp.
  • Calamus root or vasambu or vacha powder 1/2 tbsp

Grind the calamus root or the powder with soaked kalonji seeds, soaked Fenugreek seeds and strain them well. Add hibiscus juice, ginger juice, the essential oils and transfer them to a clean glass bottle. Apply over a period of three days ( after which it may loose it’s freshness) regularly with a stopper at hair roots.

What other DIY quick products can you use for makeup and personal care? Do share your knowledge in the comments below.

Published by Shrutthi Shivaswamy Prabhakaran

Documenting unique people |Minimal living |Design harmony and other things that bother me

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