The very best part of DIY skin and hair care is the flexibility. You can measure and mix your ingredients however you need them. You are not limited to the prescribed concentrations provided by this or that product line. Use the following ingredient guide to determine which products you may need for your own perfect beauty regimen. If you desire to add essential oils, please consult an expert for allergen information and proper usage guidelines. Milk and yogurt – moisturizing, contain alpha hydroxy acids. Will soften and smooth skin when used regularly, as well as brighten skin tone.
Banana – softening, moisturizing
Honey – moisturizes, contains anti-microbial properties. Perfect for acne-prone skin
Oatmeal, sugar, salt – excellent exfoliator when used as a scrub. Also very hydrating and emolliant, and good for reducing itch associated with eczema.
Apple cider vinegar or witch hazel – excellent gentle toners.
Papaya – combats free radicals and improves skin cell turnover
Pumpkin – moisturizes and conditions.
Aspirin – salicylic acid, combats acne, increases cell turnover.
Tea tree oil – excellent anti-acne product, also good for fighting dandruff
Cider vinegar or lemon juice – strips product buildup from hair
Aloe Vera – skin soother, topical anti-inflammatory
Apple Juice – astringent, contains some AHA to aid cell turnover rates
Chamomile tea – moisturizing, soothing, toning
Coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil – emollient, moisturizer, softener
Cucumber – anti-inflammatory, soothing, reduces swelling (particularly under eyes)
Grapes – contain flavonoids and anti-oxidents
Kaolin clay – removes impurities
Lavender essential oil – soothes and promotes healing (excellent for acne-prone skin)
Egg – emolliant, moisturizing, high in protein
Avocado — moisturizing
Dry skin ingredients: milk and yogurt, banana, honey, oatmeal, pumpkin, aloe vera, chamomile tea, coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, egg, avocado.
Acne-prone skin ingredients: milk and yogurt, honey, witch hazel, aspirin, tea tree oil, kaolin clay, lavender EO.
Aging skin ingredients: milk and yogurt, papaya, apple juice, cucumber, grapes, dry skin ingredients.
Dry hair ingredients: honey, pumpkin, olive oil, avocado, egg.
Dandruff ingredients: apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil.
Product buildup – apple cider vinegar, lemon juice.
While not all of these products will work in concert, most are mix-and-match. Experiment with the ingredients you need for your particular skin (or hair) type to determine the recipes that are perfect for you. Try these two recipes on for size.
Dry Hair Intense Conditioner: blend the meat of one avocado with one very ripe banana. Add in two tablespoons olive oil. Apply to hair, cap, and sit for 30 minutes (under the dryer for extremely dry or damaged hair). Rinse out, wash with baby shampoo (or SLS-free shampoo), and condition as usual.
Eczema Bath: Mix one quart of milk with two tablespoons honey. Run under bath water. Add two bags of chamomile tea and yourself to the tub. Steep both for about 30 minutes. Pat dry, follow up with a generous amount of cocoa butter (eczema in particular responds well to natural ingredients, since chemical treatments can actually further irritate already-damaged skin).