Longing for a flawless, clear and younger-looking skin is no crime. What is, however, is not caring for your skin enough to get what you and your skin wants. First thing that you and your skin want is getting rid of all sorts of chemical based skincare products showcasing on your dresser. Have you ever thought what luxury it would be if you didn’t need any of them? That’s exactly the luxury we are gifting you with today. So here’s a natural skincare daily, weekly and monthly D-I-Y schedule for Indian women, so you actually know what goes on your skin and feel confident about it. Here’s how to begin with.
Daily Natural Skincare Routine
You seem to be on auto-pilot mode for your daily skincare routine so we aren’t going to fiddle a lot with it. We will simply replace your chemical products with natural, home-based ones. So it apparently changes everything, yet, nothing at all.
1. Natural Skin Cleansing
Morning skin cleansing is essential to get rid of oil from your skin, clearing your pores, preventing wrinkles over time, freshen up your skin and prepare your face for the day ahead.
Make your daily face cleanser with 1 tbsp of curd and 1 tsp lemon juice. Mix it well, apply on your face and rub it gently for half a minute. Wash your face with lukewarm water and dab it dry with a fresh towel. You will be amazed by the glowing skin and pleasant, citrus after effect on your skin.
2. D-I-Y Skin Toning
Toning is an essential part of your skincare regimen, however, skin toners can be very harsh and harmful for your delicate skin. The purpose of skin toning is closing your pores after cleansing so dirt, grim and skin oil don’t clog your pores. Make your own D-I-Y skin toner and store it in a spray bottle for easy access.
We suggest a Green Tea Toner which is not only easy to make but also suitable for all skin types and different climate conditions. Brew some green tea and let it cool. In one cup of green tea, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil and store once cooled. Shake your spray bottle each time before using.
3. Natural Skin Moisturizing
Hydrate your skin and moisturize it well post toning to keep it healthy-looking. Moisturizing is significant for maintaining elasticity and suppleness of your skin.
You can make your own skin moisturizer in various ways depending on your skin type.
For dry skin, make a coconut oil face moisturizer as follow:
Take half cup virgin coconut oil. Melt it in a cup and add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Pierce a Vitamin E capsule and add to it. Stir well and transfer to a clean and dry jar. Use it as your usual face moisturizer.
For oily skin, make a milk and olive oil face moisturizer as follows:
Mix equal parts of milk and olive oil and apply on your cleansed skin every morning with the help of a cotton ball. Milk will not only calm down your acne but also keep your skin cool and oil free. Olive oil acts as a natural anti-bacterial that not only cure but also prevent acne and other oily skin problems.
4. Homemade Sunscreen
With a homemade sunscreen, you not only save yourself from damaging impacts of chemical-based sunscreen but also avoid sunblock that deprives your skin of the essential rays of the Sun. homemade sunscreen will protect your skin from sunburn and tanning but also allow your skin to breath and formulate Vitamin D with the help of Sun’s rays. Homemade sunscreens may not be as effective as the lab-tested chemical versions, but they still are a safer bet, provided you use a shade or cover to protect your skin from direct and long-duration exposure to sunlight.
1. Nightly Natural Cleansing
Remove your makeup and cleanse your face of all dirt, grime and pollution with olive oil dabbed on a cotton ball. You can either choose to use the same morning skin cleanser or if you have a skin issue to deal with, you can use one of the daily face packs mentioned below:
- Raw Milk for beauty sleep
- Aloe Vera Gel to cure pimples
- Honey for inner beauty
- Lemon juice to fight skin dullness
- Coconut oil to moisturize dry skin
One of these daily face packs can be applied with the help of cotton ball or fingertips and leave for 2-3 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water.
2. Nighttime Toning
Your daily night skin toning can be done with the D-I-Y green tea toner you made. The same toner can be used morning and night for effective results. Apply aloe vera gel or juice on your skin every night after toning. This will heal your skin overnight from any kind of sun burn, wind burn or free radical damage during the day.
3. Homemade Serum
If you wish to use a skin serum every night, you can skip aloe vera gel/juice post toning. Instead, make yourself a nice, homemade skin serum with the following ingredients and method.
Take Jojoba oil, rose hip seed oil, and vitamin E in equal proportions. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil and pour into a dropper bottle, shake well and store it. Use a few drops every night on cleansed and toned skin with the help of a dropper. Massage it well into your skin and let it sit overnight.
4. D-I-Y Eye Cream
And you thought your eye cream couldn’t be replaced with something natural and safe? Here’s the one for you-
You need 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp primrose oil and 1 tsp vitamin E in a glass bowl. Heat some water in a pan and place your glass bowl with oils in water to give it indirect heat. Add a few drops of chamomile essential oil that helps in cell regeneration. Apply this homemade eye cream to cure dark circles, puffy eyes and fine lines. This eye cream will also tighten your under-eye area skin.
5. Homemade Night Cream
For nightly skin moisturizing, you ideally need a night cream. This nourishes your skin overnight, soothes your face and boosts collagen. Here’s how to make one yourself at home.
You need 2 tbsp aloe vera gel, one tsp sandalwood powder and one tsp lemon, orange or any citrus essential oil. Also add a few strands of saffron and a pinch of turmeric to it and mix well. You can store this homemade night cream in airtight jar and place it on your bedside table to be used every night.
Weekly Natural Skincare Routine
1. Safe Exfoliation
Skin exfoliation is an important step of your weekly skincare routine as it helps to remove dead skin cells from your skin and restore the youthfulness of your skin. Make a homemade skin exfoliator with crushed sugar and olive oil. Apply it all over your face and body. Give your face 2 minutes of gentle rubbing and 8 minutes to the rest of the body. This will not only make your skin feel smooth and soft but also brighten up your skin.
2. Natural Masque
Your weekly skincare regimen must be solution-oriented and focus on troubleshooting your skin issues.
Take 2 egg whites and whip them with a fork. Apply all over your face with a cotton ball or face mask brush. leave it on for 10 minutes until dry and stretchy. Rinse with tepid water and moisturize your face with milk and olive oil mixture.
Take 1 tablespoon raw honey and add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. Mix well and apply on your face. Rinse off with tepid water after 10 minutes.
Take 2 tablespoon of oats and add a teaspoon of baking soda to it. Make a paste by adding a few drops of water and massage it gently on your face. wash off once dry and apply coconut oil face moisturizer explained above.
3. Open your Pores
Pores need to be decongested on a weekly basis. You can either do it with the help of steam or hot oil massage therapy. Simply take facial steam for a few minutes and lightly moisturize your skin later or massage your face with warm oil before cleansing.
Monthly Natural Skincare Routine
1. Remove tanning
Use a cup full of papaya paste with 1 tablespoon honey mixed well as a monthly anti-tanning skincare routine. Apply it all over your face and other affected areas and let it dry. Leave it on for about 20 minutes before you wash off with warm water.
2. Bleach your Facial Hair
You can bleach your facial hair with this easy diy trick. Take a few spoons of radish juice and add a couple of drops of lemon juice to it. Apply on the desired areas and leave for 15 minutes. Virgin, non-stubborn facial hair will bleach naturally and become less visible on your face.
3. Assess your skin and skincare routine
As you try an all-together different approach toward skincare, assess your skin and look for changes. You will be amazed by the results of banishing chemical products altogether and shifting to a completely natural manner for skincare. Also review your routine as the change in climate, skin conditions, hormonal changes if any might demand a change in a skincare regimen.