Many skin care and cosmetic products currently on the market contain harmful chemicals and can damage the skin. You can actually use homemade natural skin care products to improve the overall appearance of your skin and give your face a healthy, radiant complexion. However, apart from using natural products, you should also avoid factors that can damage your skin. If you want to avoid all these harmful chemicals, there are many ways to make skin creams from natural ingredients that are safer for the skin.
Method 1 of 3: Making a Natural Skin Cream
Step 1. Determine your skin type
Each different skin type requires different care. You can consult a dermatologist to determine your skin type and check for any other skin problems. This information can help you avoid foods, medications, supplements, and skin care products that can make your skin condition worse. In general, the skin can be classified into several types as follows:
- Normal skin has little or no sensitivity, very small pores and a fair skin tone. Normal skin is neither too dry nor too oily.
- Combination skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others. Usually, the nose, forehead and chin are oily areas. This can lead to very large pores, the formation of blackheads, and an oily film in certain areas of the skin.
- Oily skin is usually characterized by large pores and is prone to blackheads, acne, and other skin problems. Those with oily skin type have a dull or shiny skin appearance.
- Dry skin is characterized by lack of elasticity, red patches, visible wrinkles and lines, barely visible pores, and a dull appearance. Factors such as hormonal changes, dry weather, prolonged hot showers, medications, UV radiation, and ingredients used in skin care products can make skin drier. This causes the skin to appear scaly, irritated, inflamed, or peeling.
Step 2. Choose the right material for your skin type
If you want to make your own cream at home, it's important that you know what ingredients are right for your skin type and what can make your skin condition worse. In general, you should wash your face at least twice a day to keep it clean. This step helps prevent problems caused by bacteria, fungi, and free radicals.
- People who have dry skin should use creams that contain moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera, cocoa butter, olive oil, or honey. These ingredients help repair cracked skin and reduce scar formation. Hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by the body, can restore the condition of damaged skin while retaining moisture. Hyaluronic acid can also be found in some skin care products. Several studies have shown that hyaluronic acid can also prevent skin aging and reduce scars and other skin blemishes.
- If you have oily skin, choose a low-comedogenic oil, or an oil that barely clogs pores. Salicylic acid is a natural cleanser produced from willow bark and can neutralize bacteria and absorb excess oil on the surface of the face, helping to prevent acne. Essential oils that contain citric acid, such as lemon oil, help control oil levels in the skin while promoting skin repair. Tea tree oil is also very beneficial for oily skin.
- Some skin-refreshing ingredients such as cucumber, aloe vera or rosewater can help relieve inflammation and discomfort that those with sensitive or combination skin often feel because of their refreshing effect. Lactic acid, found in milk or yogurt, helps fight free radicals and harmful bacteria, removes dead skin cells, and gently moisturizes the skin.
Step 3. Make a cream for dry skin
To make a cream for dry skin, mix cup almond oil, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons beeswax, teaspoon vitamin E oil, and 1 tablespoon shea butter in a glass jar. Heat the water in a pot about 7, 5-10 cm (do not boil). Place the jar in the water until all the ingredients are completely melted. Then, stir all the ingredients in the jar until well blended. If you want to store it, transfer the cream into a smaller jar.
- Leave the cream at room temperature until it cools and hardens. Once cool enough, close the jar tightly.
- Store cream in a cool and dry place. You can use the cream for up to three months.
- These ingredients are perfect for fighting psoriasis, eczema, and scars on the skin. In addition, these ingredients also have anti-aging properties.
Step 4. Prepare cream ingredients for combination skin
Heat 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil, and 1 tablespoon of beeswax in a double boiler until all ingredients are melted and well combined (about 2-5 minutes after heating). Pour the mixture into a large bowl and let it rest for an hour or two until it reaches room temperature. While waiting for the mixture to cool, mix cup of aloe vera gel and 5-7 drops of an essential oil of your choice.
Once the mixture has cooled, take a hand mixer and start whisking the oil. Slowly add the aloe vera and essential oil mixture while whisking. Keep adding the mixture until you get a thick cream (about 10 minutes). You may not need to add the whole aloe vera mixture. Once you get the desired consistency, stop the whisking process. Pour the cream into a glass jar
Step 5. Make a cream for oily skin
Heat 5 tablespoons of jojoba oil, 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil, and 1½ teaspoons of beeswax in a double boiler until all ingredients are melted and well combined. Then, remove the double boiler from the heat and allow it to cool until it reaches room temperature because at that temperature the mixture begins to harden. Then, using a hand mixer, start whisking the oil. Add 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel and a few drops of lemon or tea tree essential oil. Keep whisking until the mixture is quite thick. Transfer to small jars.
Jojoba oil and flaxseed oil are low-comedogenic, which means they're great for oily skin because they don't clog pores. Aloe vera helps soothe the skin without increasing oil production, while lemon or tea tree oil will help get rid of excess oil on the face
Method 2 of 3: Using Other Natural Skin Treatments
Step 1. Try a hydrating moisturizer
Take a small bowl and mix egg white with 1 teaspoon of honey and almond oil. Egg whites help tighten skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Almond oil gently moisturizes the skin, while honey can retain that moisture. Honey is also known to be able to disguise blemishes and scars.
Apply the mixture to the face every day in the morning and evening after first cleansing. Wash your face with warm water and dry it carefully
Step 2. Use carrots
Carrots contain lots of vitamins A, C, and B6. It is a natural vitamin that helps maintain healthy skin and maintain its natural hue. To make carrot moisturizer, boil 1 small carrot in a saucepan for 5-7 minutes, then strain. Mash the carrots in a small bowl and let them cool.
- Add 1½ tablespoons of yogurt to the mashed carrots for a cooling effect. Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth texture. Put the cream in an airtight jar and store in a cool, cool place. Apply twice a day on a cleansed face.
- To get a better facial skin appearance, consume carrots and drink carrot juice regularly to provide important nutrients to the body.
Step 3. Try milk
Clean your face with high fat plain milk. The lactic acid in milk gently exfoliates the skin and helps get rid of dead skin cells. Lactic acid even helps to even out skin tone and reduces scars and blemishes. Almond milk which is rich in vitamin E, a substance that moisturizes the skin, can also be used and is recommended for those with dry skin.
- To use milk, all you have to do is dip a cotton ball in a tablespoon of milk and apply it to your face in circular motions for 3-5 minutes. This step is very effective for cleaning the pores.
- If you have swollen pimples or oily skin, mix milk with a teaspoon of large flour or garbanzo. Apply the mixture to your face and massage gently with your fingers. Rinse the mixture with cold water, then pat dry.
Step 4. Make an avocado mask
Avocado contains various ingredients that help stimulate collagen production on the face. The content of vitamins A and C in avocados has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Both help protect the skin from harmful free radicals. Vitamin E, which is also found in avocados, helps reduce scars and moisturizes the skin.
- To make an avocado mask, peel an avocado and crush it in a bowl. Apply the avocado paste on your face for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cold water and dry gently. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use an avocado mask every day. Use only twice a week if your skin is oily.
- To help fight aging, mix avocado, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, teaspoon plain yogurt, and 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a small bowl. Mix all ingredients until it forms a soft thick cream. For best results, use ripe avocados.
- Apply a little cream on the face. Put the rest in an airtight container and store in a cool and dry place. Make sure you make a new cream every week because the ingredients used can spoil. This cream is perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin.
Step 5. Use a sea mud mask
Sea mud is a kind of mud that contains sea salt. Typically, marine silt is found in coastal areas and contains sulfur, unsaturated fatty acids, and algae. The content of these ingredients makes sea mud has calming and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, sea mud also helps refine skin texture by removing dead skin cells and bacteria. One more benefit of sea mud is to disguise blemishes and scars.
- Sea mud is sold in the form of face masks and can be found in shops that sell natural products. This mask is usually recommended to be used twice a week, but it never hurts to consult a dermatologist to find out how many times you can safely use it based on skin type.
- If you have dry, sensitive or combination skin, be aware that the sulfur and salt content in the mask can irritate and exacerbate swollen scars.
Method 3 of 3: Natural Skin Care
Step 1. Avoid stress
If you want to improve the condition of your skin, try to avoid stress. When you are stressed, your body produces hormones that can cause your skin to become more sensitive to external irritants. Stress also increases the production of sebum (oil produced by the skin). This oil can cause acne and other skin problems. Stress will also slow down the healing process, trigger irritation such as hives and fever blisters, and interfere with daily activities. Try to avoid stress by doing the following:
- Exercise regularly as it can improve your mood and keep you physically active and fit. Try to walk at a moderate pace for 10 minutes each day or take a leisurely 20-30 minute walk at least five times a week to improve your mood.
- Sleep at least 7-8 hours every night because lack of sleep can accelerate aging and make skin look tired.
- Practice some stress management techniques such as yoga, deep breathing exercises, or meditation.
Step 2. Drink green tea
Green tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants that repair skin cells and stimulate collagen production in the skin. It also helps give the skin a healthy glow and protects it from free radicals and harmful ultraviolet rays. These polyphenols also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and reduce stress.
- Brew green tea with warm water (80-85°C). Add 2-3 grams of green tea leaves to warm water for 3-5 minutes before straining them. You can enjoy this green tea brew two to three times a day.
- You may be able to find topical skin care products that contain green tea, which will benefit your skin by reducing blemishes and treating other problems.
- You can also use ready-made green tea bags instead of tea leaves.
Step 3. Follow a healthy diet
If you eat well, the condition of the skin will improve from within. Consume lots of fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains to improve facial skin condition. It would be even better if you eat foods that are very rich in vitamins A, C, and E as well as zinc to reduce acne and dermatitis problems. Here are some types of foods that contain the vitamins mentioned above:
- Red paprika
- amaranth leaves
- Radish leaves
- Sweet potato
- machete gourd
- Honey gourd
- Orange melon
Step 4. Protect skin from radiation hazards
The ultraviolet rays produced by the sun can cause blemishes, freckles, wrinkles, and other skin problems while increasing the risk of cancer. There are many ways to protect yourself from ultraviolet exposure, including:
- As much as possible try to take shelter and wear clothing that protects the skin, such as long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to prevent wrinkles around the eyes.
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen. Those with dark skin should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, while fair skinned people should use a product with an SPF of at least 30.
Step 5. Don't touch your face too often
If you have combination or oily skin, don't touch your face too often. Dirt and bacteria on your hands can clog your pores and cause blemishes. If you have frequent acne breakouts, wipe off excess dirt with a soft, oil-free facial tissue.
Try not to squeeze the pimple. This action can cause scarring and spread bacteria to a wider area
Step 6. Use skin care products that do not contain parabens
Parabens are preservatives that disrupt the hormonal balance of the skin and increase the risk of cancer in women. If you have acne or eczema, parabens can also cause skin irritation and inflammation because they are potential allergens.