Summer is the perfect time to give your skin the much-needed break it deserves. Besides having a great skincare routine, it's important to drink plenty of water and eat a nutrient rich diet. But what else can be done? Here are some easy at home DIY skin recipes that are great for all skin types.
// ALOE VERA ESSENCE SPRAY
This recipe requires only two ingredients and is a great staple to carry around in your bag when you're needing a little pick-me-up.
1/2 Cup Fresh Aloe Vera
1 1/2 Cup Distilled Water (purified water reduces clogged pores and reduces the introduction of bacteria to the skin)
// Optionally you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as tea tree or eucalyptus.
Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the mixture over a thin strainer or cheese cloth. Then dump the liquid into a compact spray bottle (perhaps an old one left from a skincare toner). Boom you're done!
This also doubles as a great after-sun treatment, just store it in the fridge for a cool sensation.
-If you don't have an aloe plant, then simply scoop out the inside of the leaves and discard the outside skin. If you don't have an aloe plant, then you can purchase fresh organic aloe vera juice at your local health food store. "Lily Of The Desert" is a great brand.
// BOTANICAL FACIAL STEAM
This facial steam is refreshing and is great before a face mask or your regular skincare routine. This recipe is customizable and be can mixed with any aromatics you have on hand.
1/2 Cup Dried Flowers (rose, eucalyptus, chamomile, and lavender are all great options). They can usually be found at a local health food store or co-op.
5-10 Drops Of Essential Oils ( Tea tree, Eucalyptus and Frankincense are my personal favorites. It's important to use a good organic essential oil, such as doTERRA)
4 Cups of Hot Distilled Water
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and place on a table or counter top. Place your face directly over the bowl with a towel completely covering the top of your head to ensure no steam gets out. Sit for 10-15 minutes. Pat down your face with a clean cotton pad and apply a mask or continue with your skincare regimen.
// ANTIOXIDANT GLOW MASK
Face masks are a great weekly boost of nutrients for your skin. They can be beneficial for anti-inflammation and hydration due to its antioxidants and antimicrobial properties.
2 TBSP Organic Greek Yogurt
1 TSP Honey
1 TSP of Matcha ( can substitute for cacao or spirulina )
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and apply directly to the skin with clean hands or a brush. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Follow with any serums or toners you typically use.
Written by Cheyenne Rubens
// XO Brand Manager and Skin Enthusiast