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9 DIY Homemade Skin and Hair Care Recipes Straight from Your Kitchen Pantry

Posted by Sarah Otto on
9 DIY Homemade Skin and Hair Care Recipes Straight from Your Kitchen Pantry

Just because we can’t get to the spa these days doesn’t mean we can’t continue doing spa-worthy skin treatments at home! In fact, pampering your skin with just a few kitchen staples is not only easy and comforting, but super healthy for your skin, too.


Here’s why: Using only simple ingredients limits your skin’s exposure to many unnecessary, irritating and potentially allergy-causing ingredients. This ultimately allows you to effortlessly nourish your complexion, without all the extra cr*p!


If you know me, you know I love simple, but better skincare. Keeping it not-so-basic allows you to get the most out of the ingredients that really count! So, I’ve found some of the best luxury spa treatments you can do at home with less than three ingredients each. Keep scrolling for nine of my life-changing DIY hair masks, face masks, scrubs, toners and more!

1. DIY Exfoliating Brown Sugar Lip Scrub for Chapped Lips

Lips feeling dry lately? Give your pout a little love with this lip scrub! This DIY recipe is especially helpful during the winter months and as the seasons change. FYI, honey is loaded with antioxidants, helping your skin retain moisture, while brown sugar uses that gritty texture to slough away dead skin cells. Pucker up!


Ingredients

  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp honey

Directions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin.
  2. Apply to lips and gently scrub or rub lips together.
  3. Rinse after five minutes, max.
  4. Use once or twice daily to remove dry skin on lips prior to applying your favorite lip balm.

2. DIY Nourishing Avocado Face Mask for Dry Skin

As if we needed another reason to love avocado, this superfood superstar is back at it again in our moisturizing face mask! This DIY recipe is the perfect solution for restoring hydration and radiance to dry, dehydrated skin. Pro tip: spread the leftover avo on some toast and sprinkle it with salt. Yum!


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp mashed avocado
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk or rice milk

Directions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin.
  2. Apply to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
  3. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, max.
  4. Rinse off in the shower (things could get messy!).

3. DIY Clarifying Grapefruit Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

Lookin’ at you, breakout babes. This DIY face mask is great for acne-prone skin, or as a regular addition to your monthly routine (aka, right around your menstrual cycle) to avoid hormonal breakouts. And if you’re one of the lucky few who don’t get breakouts (we’re not bitter, promise!), Greek yogurt is loaded with lactic acid which helps soften your skin and probiotics which helps soothe inflammation. You can’t go wrong here!


Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp plain Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin.
  2. Apply to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
  3. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes, then rinse off.

4. DIY Energizing Coffee Body Scrub for Dull Skin

Coffee’s more than just a hug in a mug—this magical bean is also amazing as a body scrub! Use this DIY recipe to help energize and exfoliate your skin in the shower. And for an added benefit, apply your favorite moisturizer or body oil after drying off to hydrate, soften and lock in moisture. Talk about one heck of a morning routine!


Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp leftover coffee grounds or fresh coffee grounds
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Massage all over your body while you’re in the shower.
  3. Before rinsing off, pay special attention to any rough patches of skin around your elbows, knees and feet.
  4. CAUTION: Remember to rinse the bottom of your feet and the shower floor adequately, so you don’t slip!

5. DIY Overnight Blemish Spot Treatment for Dark Spots and Acne Scars

Now that we’re transitioning into warmer days, you might have noticed your skin is a little out of whack! The good news? Those annoying pimples will be gone before you know it. However, as for the scars and dark spots they leave behind? This mask will save the day! Honey has incredible antimicrobial properties while lemon works as an astringent. Together, they’ll help lighten any post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by a breakout!


Ingredients

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin.
  2. Apply a small dab to blemish and allow to dry.
  3. Wear overnight and rinse off with warm water in the morning.

6. DIY Hair Detox Rinse for Damaged Hair

Yep, you’re reading the ingredients correctly—beer in hair! A little nerdy lesson for you: The malt and hops in your favorite beer are rich in proteins, which help repair damaged hair and revive volume. Not to mention, the sucrose and maltose sugars create the shine you’ve always dreamed of! Just make sure you let your beer sit out as long as you can. The flatter the beer, the less carbon dioxide. The less carbon dioxide, the better chance your shampoo will actually work!


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup beer
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Gently work the solution into your hair while in the shower.
  3. Allow it to soak for 5-10 minutes, max.
  4. Rinse out and cleanse hair with shampoo.

7. DIY Avocado Banana Conditioning Hair Mask for Dry Hair

Avocado strikes again! And this time, it brought along its nourishing sidekick: bananas. Rich in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium and protein, bananas offer loads of nutrients to moisturize, hydrate and restore your hair back to health. Combined with the superpowers of avocado and coconut milk, this terrific trio will be your go-to when it’s time to level up your tresses.


Ingredients

  • 1 mashed avocado
  • ½ mashed banana
  • ¼ cup coconut milk

Directions

  1. Mash and mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Apply to hair and leave on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse out in the shower and cleanse with shampoo and conditioner.

8. DIY Make-Up Remover

Let’s face it: make-up remover products can be expensive! Why shell out your hard-earned cash every month when you’ve got everything you need right in your kitchen pantry? Say goodbye to drying, wasteful wipes and hello to your clean, one-ingredient make-up remover: olive oil!


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Cleanse your face by massaging olive oil into skin.
  2. Follow with a cleanser.
  3. Rinse with warm water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.

9. DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner for Dull Skin

Oh, ACV, how we love thee! This simple detoxifying toner helps to brighten and clarify your skin with ease. Infused with anti-inflammatory properties, apple cider vinegar can improve your skin’s texture and appearance, if used correctly (that’s where diluting with green tea or water comes into play)! Plus, it’s known to restore pH levels to your complexion, for a bright, glow-y look. Get glowing!


Ingredients

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup filtered water or green tea

Directions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin.
  2. Swipe over freshly cleansed skin with a cotton round.
  3. Follow with your favorite serum (psst...we have recommendations!)

So, there you have it! Want tutorials of each DIY recipe? Good news! I’ll be jumping on Instagram stories in the next few weeks to show you how to make these simple, yet effective skin treatments. In the meantime, feel free to share your favorite DIY skin remedies below and tag us in pictures of you trying them at home!

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