It’s easy to get overwhelmed when staring at all the skincare possibilities at the cosmetic store. And, while there is nothing better than a good glycolic, and we know vitamin C does wonders for your face, there really are some skincare items that can likely be found, right this very moment, in your kitchen cabinet. Here are some of our favorites when we want to pamper our skin, homestyle.
Grits + honey exfoliation
StyleBlueprint is based in the South, so of course we’re going to start with a quick facial scrub that includes grits! Heavens to Betsy, that’s a no-brainer. Grits. We love grits! But there’s more to grits than just good eating … grab some uncooked grits and add some honey for a fabulous facial scrub — grits add just the right amount of exfoliation. And honey … honey has so much power on the skin. First, it’s antibacterial, so it’s great for acne and purifying the surface. Secondly, it’s filled with antioxidants, so it’s a boost for aging skin. Thirdly, it’s moisturizing, making for a double jab when used with the grits for gorgeous, glowing skin! The following recipe is from HollyBeth Organics:
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon grits (can also use oats, ground nuts, coffee beans)
- 1/2 teaspoon your favorite oil (we like almond and coconut)
Or, if you want this on hand — and you don’t want to mix it up — head to HollyBeth Organics and have it shipped today.
Baking soda + your face wash (or just mix with water)
Add a little baking soda to your current face wash to boost the rewards, found immediately when you pat your face dry. The fine texture of baking soda makes it an age-old favorite for exfoliation. Of course, you can then brush your teeth with the baking soda to boost those pearly whites, and if you are looking for just an exfoliation, add a little water to the baking soda and gently rub the paste around your face (remember to use ring finger pressure near your eyes) and rinse. With no prep time and great results, this is a winner.
- Baking soda
- Enough water to make paste
If you’d rather have a store-bought solution that contains baking soda, this one from Biore gets high marks.
Coffee grounds scrub for cellulite
For many, caffeine, when applied topically, has a temporary effect of diminishing the bumpy look of cellulite. Yes, it’s one of the main ingredients in many of the cellulite lotions. So, if you aren’t a Keurig user, you’re in luck! Take those extra coffee grounds you have each morning, mix in some water and olive oil, and start scrubbing away in the shower. You’ll love the smell, and the caffeine, delivered through this coffee scrub, can deliver smooth results and exfoliated skin! Sadly, the results aren’t permanent. Use once or twice a week.
- 1/4 cup used coffee grounds
- 3 tablespoons warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
For a commercial brand that takes advantage of the power of coffee, this cellulite cream by Brazilian Bum Bum has strong reviews and harnesses the power of caffeine, no coffee grounds needed.
Turmeric mask for acne
Turmeric is all the rage, and this mask may help with acne. I’ve tried it, and it seemed to dry up a pimple a bit faster. Turmeric is known as an anti-inflammatory, so maybe there is something to this! Mix it with equal parts raw, organic honey (antibacterial, filled with antioxidants, moisturizing) and yogurt (it softens skin). Leave on for a few minutes and rinse.
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon raw organic honey
- 1 teaspoon milk (or plain, natural yogurt)
Brown sugar scrub
No DIY list would be complete without a good ol’ sugar scrub! I use this scrub, and my girls do, too. It smells good and soothes the skin. It’s simple to make and helps ensure that your brown sugar doesn’t go hard out of non-use. Make a big cup and keep it in your shower in an airtight container. Replenish as needed.
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup coconut oil (it’s solid at room temperature, which is how you want it!)
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