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Seasons change and so does our skin. With autumn knocking on the door, it’s about high time you prepare a skin care routine that can soothe and nourish your skin. The summer season may be all about light and fresh, but cold winds and dry skin are headed our way.
Toning your skin and owning two types of moisturizers may seem enough to you, but it’s not. There are other ways in which you can nourish your skin, detox it, and cleanse it of impurities and excess oils.
The best thing about it? You can make it all by yourself, on a budget, with only natural ingredients. Have a look at three luxurious and easy recipes that will rejuvenate, nurture, and give your skin a healthy boost!
Uplifting Lavender Facial Scrub
Sometimes I love a good facial scrub in the morning, sometimes I just need it when the day’s gone sour. For those of you who need an occasional kick of energy, this scrub is for you!
It’s very easy to make this scrub. The essential oils will lift up your spirits, while the lavender and salt will help to detox your skin and remove any impurities and dirt.
Do you exfoliate often enough? Don’t worry, a few times a week will is more than enough. Plus, you get to benefit from regular exfoliating scrubs, because they help you to:
- Remove dead skin cells, impurities, oil, and dirt
- Improve your complexion and circulation
- Radiant and healthy looking skin
- Minimizes pores and reduces breakouts
- 4 TBSP sweet almond oil
- 5 TBSP Himalayan pink salt (finely ground)
- 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drop grapefruit essential oil
- 5 drop lavender essential oil
- 2 TBSP dried lavender petals
- Combine salt and oil in a jar, stir well
- Add essential oils and dried flowers; make sure everything is well combined
- Apply to your face in circular motion with gentle strokes
- Store the scrub in an airtight container. Use a few times a week!
Note: use steam-distilled grapefruit oil, which is considered safe. It’s not phototoxic unless it’s expressed!
Nourishing Herbal Facial Steam
Earlier this year I got an herbal facial steam sample with one of the beauty boxes I ordered. I must say, I’ve never really considered that a hot water with herbs could prove beneficial for my skin. Don’t get me wrong, I love tea! But steaming my face with the same thing that I drink just seemed…odd.
Obviously, that changed. Now, I’ve been a propagate of facial steams for almost a whole year, and you should give it a try as well. Facial steams are beneficial because they:
- Naturally cleanse the skin, removing impurities, dirt, and bacteria from your skin
- Improve circulation, provides your cells with oxygen, which leads to healthy and radiant skin!
- Promote the production of collagen and elastin with increased blood flow. Consequently, they also improve complexion, giving you a younger-looking skin.
- Help prevent acne (with proper use of herbs)
- Are hydrating!
- Have pampering and relaxing properties
- 1 TSP rosehip fruits (nourishing, soothing, and moisturizing)
- 1 TSP coriander seeds (promotes healthy skin, rejuvenating)
- 1 TSP chamomile flowers (excellent for dry and irritated skin, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial)
- 1 TSP lemon peel (detoxifies and softens the skin and the pores)
- 1 TSP linden (soothing for parched skin)
Additionally, you need a pot of boiling water, a large towel, and a heat safe bowl (ceramic/glass).
- In a pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil
- Throw in the herbs once the water boils, stir them with a wooden spoon
- Cover the pot and reduce to a simmer
- After 2 minutes, turn the heat off
- Transfer “the brew” into a heat-safe bowl and place on a flat surface
- Place a large towel over your head, shoulders, face, and bowl (keep your face 6-8 inches away from the steam)
- Steam your face for 8-10 minutes
- Rinse your face with lukewarm and then cool water
- Pat your skin and apply your favorite serum or a moisturizer
Note: start with freshly cleansed and washed skin. You can do this facial once a week, it’s more than enough. In case you’re out of dried herbs, you can substitute them with essential oils. In that case, you can add them to the steam in step 5.
Hydrating Serum for Autumn Skin
Ever since I‘ve made my first serum at home, I haven’t really bought another one from the beauty store. I love the fact that I can combine my own ingredients to my personal preferences, tastes, and scents.
Now, since autumn is on our doorstep, I decided to make this serum a blend of oils that are perfect for normal to dry skin. It’s enriched with essential oils that are gorgeous and will only bring out the best from your skin!
- 3 TBSP grapeseed oil
- 2 TBSP avocado oil
- 1 TBSP rosehip seed oil
- 5 drops geranium essential oil
- 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 5 drops rosewood essential oil
- A dark glass bottle, 3 oz.
- Measure the carrier oils
- Pour them into the dark glass bottle
- Add the essential oils and close the bottle
- Slowly roll the bottle between the palms of your hands
- Apply the serum on a clean face, a little goes a long way!
- Gently massage it in with small soft upward strokes
Note: you can use plastic bottle in case you are in a hurry and have no glass bottles at hand. Still, I’d recommend using dark amber bottle, it helps to preserve the serum better!
Well, there you go, a combination of recipes for your skincare regimen. These products easily complement each other. You can start with a scrub, continue with a steam, and finish off your evening with the fragrant facial serum.
What is your favorite autumn skincare treat? Let us know how you enjoy the facial steam! Give it a try, you won’t regret it!
Katja Orel is a blogger behind Wild for Nature, a blog which is all about natural and organic ingredients that can be used in the simple vegan DIY projects she commits to. Also a part-time freelance writer, Katja focuses on health and beauty benefits of plants, herbs, and ways to improve the quality of her lifestyle.