As many of you may know that I have my exams going on so getting out of the house has drastically reduced. Since I spend most of my time at home studying or procrastinating, I feel the need to ‘invest’ time in pampering my self once in a while. Now that winter has finally set in, for the majority of us our skin is dry and lathering ourselves in body butters sounds like the best option (not the cheapest though). Today, I am sharing with you super quick and easy winter skin DIY’s for which majority of the ingredients you would have in your kitchen pantry! There are a few basic ingredients like yogurt, honey, oats, coconut oil which are used multiple times across the recipes so do make sure you’re stalked up
There are all the ingredients you need for ALL the recipes [Specific quantities are mentioned in each DIY recipe]
1. Oats – It contains avenanthramides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin. Oatmeal is also great for acne-prone skin because it absorbs oil from the skin’s surface.
2. Egg – Brilliant for skin tightening, removing white-heads and oil blotting.
3. Honey – Natural cleanser, brightener and scar remover, moisturizer and is packed with anti-oxidants
4. Cocoa Powder- High antioxidant content, increased blood flow, has many vitamins such as A, B, B COMPLEX. Make sure, the darker the chocolate- more benefits.
5. Yogurt- It contains lactic acid which helps in exfloitating the skin, reducing wrinkles, clear blemishes and discoloration.
6. Banana – Gets rid of dark spots, hydrates and moisturizes the skin, diminishes appearance of wrinkles and evens out the skin.
7. Papaya- Containing Vitamin A and Papain enzyme, papaya helps remove dead skin cells and inactive proteins, thus rejuvenating your skin. It also reduces blemishes, heals sore or cracked heels. Finally, it can also be used in a hair mask for controlling dandruff
8. Coffee – It contains caffeic acid, which has anti-inflammatory effects and can boost collagen production.
9. Normal Sugar and Brown Sugar- Natural exfoliants. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid, that fights bacteria. It is a natural humectant so it absorbs moisture from your environment and deposits it into your skin.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar Balances hair and scalp pH, removes product buildup, and treats dandruff and hair loss.
11. Mayonnaise – Has L-cysteine–an amino acid and powerful antioxidant found in eggs that can give your hair strength, shine and structure. It also has oil which is a really good conditioner
12. Coconut Oil
13. Almond Oil or Almonds
14. Olive Oil
15. Vanilla Extract and/or Cinnamon (Optional)
Note: All the photographs are for reference and are NOT the exact measurements. Please look at the instructions that I’ve written for each DIY!
1) Classic Oatmeal Face Mask
1 cup Raw oatmeal flakes,
1 tablespoon of honey
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply on your skin for 15-20 mins. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry
2) Chocolate Face Mask
-1/3 cup cocoa powder
-1/4 cup honey
-2 Tbsp plain yogurt
-3 tsp oats
Place all iingredientsinto a blender, and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have a blender/mixi , just mix it by hand untill it reaches a nice smooth consistency). Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry. [In this picture I have used regular unsweetened cocoa powder, but try your self to get your hands on the purest form possible , ie absolutely unsweetened with a very high percentage of cocoa].
3) Papaya, banana and yogurt Face Mask
1 mashed Banana
Half a bowl of mashed Papaya
3 tablepsoons of Yogurt
Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry.
1) Coffee Body Scrub
2 cups coffee grounds
1/2 cup raw sugur
¼ cup coconut oil
Combine them in a small bowl (You can also add brown sugar, cinnamon, or vanilla extract for making it smell yummy). Apply to wet skin in a circular motion and wash it off like you would normally, in a bath.
2) Sweet Almond Body Scrub
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup almond oil OR just take almonds and grind them in a bowl.
2 tsp honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 up coconut oil
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Massage the scrub into your skin in circular motions, concentrating on rough or dry areas of the skin. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry [If you’re using almonds then use 1 small cup coconut oil. If you’re using almond oil, then use half a cup coconut oil]
1) The Cleanser Mask
2 tablespoons of Honey
1 cup of Olive Oil (depending on the length of your hair)
1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix them in a bowl and apply it on your hair for atleast 1 hour. You can also take a hot towel (Simply immerse a hotel in extremely hot water and rinse of the excess water) and wrap it around your head for the time you have the mask on. Wash off normally with a mild shampoo.
2) The Conditioner Mask
1.5 cups of Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of Honey
1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil – Though Mayonnaise has oil, I do like using coconut oil for that extra nourishment.
Mix these ingredients in a bowl and apply the mask on to your hair- focusing on the body of the hair and not the roots. Keep the mask on for about 30 minutes and wash it off normally.