I don’t like to buy skin care products. They tend to be either ridiculously expensive or full of sketchy industrial ingredients (yes, even the ones in health food stores).
The thing is, it’s really easy to make very high quality skin care products from things that you already have kicking around your kitchen.
Today I made a lovely yogurt and green tea facial scrub. I think I’ll be using this one for a while. The ingredients? Yogurt and green tea. Yes, that’s all. Just grind up some green tea and mix it with enough plain yogurt to get the consistency you want. You can add a pinch of vitamin C powder if you have it, or a drop of essential oil if you want to scent it (though I like the fresh green tea smell, myself).
I use this concoction as a combination facial scrub / mask. I rub it on with circular strokes, letting the little bits of green tea do the scrubbing. I leave it on for a few minutes to give the lactic acid and cultures in the yogurt a chance to work on my skin. Then I just rinse.
The combination of yogurt and green tea is soothing, cooling and gently exfoliating. It’s wonderful for sensitive, irritated skin. (Some of the most expensive skin care products on the market are based on green tea or lactic acid. This homemade version is cheaper, fresher, and better.)
If you put this stuff in a little jar and put a ribbon on it, you have a great Christmas gift. (Just make sure the recipient knows to keep it refrigerated.)
Here are some other simple facial scrubs / masks (and potential quick-and-easy gifts):
Honey mixed with ground almonds and a bit of oil. (A nourishing scrub.)
Milk and honey and powdered rose petals. (Moisturizing and soothing.)
Yogurt and chopped mint leaves. (Cooling, soothing and stimulating.)
Yogurt and ground basil. (Soothing and invigorating.)
Oat flour and plantain infusion. (Incredibly soothing and healing.)
Oat flour and rosemary infusion. (Healing and stimulating.)
You get the idea. Why not make up your own recipes?