Beauty Recipes for all Skin Types using Fruit and Vegetables
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cosmetics are natural beauty products made from fresh fruit, vegetables
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are filled with chemicals that can often do more harm than good to your
hair and skin.
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people may be allergic. Therefore, at no time do we suggest that you
these beauty recipes without carrying out a patch test on
your skin first. We have no control over these recipes from other
readers and you use them at your own risk.
In days past, before commercial beauty
products women had home recipes for their natural cosmetics, creams,
lotions and cleansers that were as common as their cooking recipes.
Most of the homemade beauty recipes here can be made in your kitchen
with common ingredients.
My one bit of advice would be to make small batches as there are no
preservatives and you won't want them to go bad. To keep your
ingredients fresh, store them in the refrigerator.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for the Skin:
Your skin is your largest organ, and needs to be fed and pampered to
look good. You will be surprised what ingredients can be found in your
fridge and fruit bowl that can do wonders for your skin.
I have been interested in homemade beauty products since I was about
15. It was at that time that I was getting skin breakouts, and needed
to find a quick and cheap fix to my skin problems. What better way to
treat your skin with healthy and natural foods that one can find in
your fridges and kitchens.
Since then I have always relied on
natural recipes for my skin. Now that I am older and have started
developing fine wrinkles I have begun using papaya on my face, with
I have yogurt and papaya for breakfast most
mornings, and so once I have peeled the papaya I take the skin and
gently rub my face, neck and the back of my hands with the fleshy side
of the papaya. I leave this on for about 15 minutes, and then rinse
Even my husband asked me the other day what I was using
on my face. When men notice something like that, you know that it has
So, don't be afraid to experiment. You might find something useful on
Strawberries are also very good for your skin. Here is a simple recipe
that is very good.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Sallow Skin:
1 cup organic milk
Crush the strawberries well, soak in milk for 2 hours. Strain, put in a
sealed jar and use the strawberry milk as a cleanser. Keeps in fridge
for several days. Use the crushed strawberries as a face mark, leaving
it on while lying down for 20 minutes.
You can also use the leftover strawberries to whiten your teeth. Rub
the paste all over the teeth. Leave for a minute or two and rinse off.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Natural Cleansers
Cleaning your face should be done with a mild soap. Nothing cleans your
face as good as this. However, we also know that there are people out
there, and my daughter is one such person, who has sensitive skin, and
you may be looking for an alternative way to clean your face and skin.
If you are looking to remove that make-up including eye-liner and
mascara then any vegetable oil will do the trick. I like using olive
oil. Simply put a little bit of olive oil on a cotton wool pad and
gently clean. Almond oil and coconut oil also work just as well.
The recipe above for strawberry milk is also a good cleanser for the
skin, but won't do the job the oil will do in getting rid of heavy
Yogurt and Lemon Cleansing Lotion
1 tablespoon natural yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix together and spread on skin. Wash well with warm water after 3
minutes. This will not keep in the fridge and is best made fresh each
time you want to use it.
Cucumber Cleansing Lotion
1/4 pint organic milk
Extract or squeeze the juice from the cucumber. Add to the milk. Use
with a cotton wool pad to cleanse the skin. This will keep in the
for a few days.
Another recipe for cucumber cleansing milk it to cook the cucumber.
Grate a half cucumber into 1 cup milk. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool,
strain and bottle. Use to clean skin. Refrigerate the balance. Will
keep for a few days.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Skin Fresheners
Skin fresheners help rinse away any residual fats and oils on your skin
left behind by soap or creams. They also help to reduce the size of
skin pores and restore the skins pH balance.
and toners all do the same job. The difference between the 3 is that
fresheners and toners are simple herbal applications used on normal
skins. Astringents are stronger and used for oily and blemished skins.
Put on a cotton wool pad and wipe the skin accordingly.
Simple Skin Freshener Recipes
: Add a teaspoon to 1.5 cups
Rub the skin with a slice of raw
Rub the skin with a slice of lemon.
: Squeeze the juice from 2
cucumbers. Heat to boiling point. Remove scum and bottle. Keep in
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Moisturizers
Moisturizers are there to protect the skin against the harsh sun and
environment. They do not feed the skin, but do keep the skin smooth and
supple. Apply your moisturizer after cleansing and using an astringent
Simple Homemade Moisturizers
A thin coating of vegetable
oil such as almond oil, coconut oil or olive oil over the face and
skin. Smooth over and blot dry with some kitchen towel.
Cover the face with the juice.
Homemade Moisturizer Recipes
2 teaspoon pure honey
6 drops olive oil.
Mix together, pat onto thoroughly clean face. Leave for 20 minutes.
Peaches and Cream Moisturizer
2 ripe peaches, peeled and mashed
equal parts of double cream
equal parts of elderflower water
Mix to a rich cream and use as a moisturizer after cleaning.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Skin Conditioners
Skin conditioners feed the skin and help prevent wrinkles and fine
lines. This should be done every day, especially as you get older. Just
a thin film is necessary to do the trick as long as you massage it
gently as you apply it.
Simple Skin Conditioner Recipes
Moisten face. Massage in the
honey. Keep on face for 20 minutes. Rinse off.
Honey and Cream:
Mix 1 teaspoon
honey with 2 tablespoons light cream. Beat together. Massage into the
skin. Leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off.
Spread mashed fruit over face.
Leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off.
1 egg white
2 teaspoons honey
4 drops almond oil
Beat the egg white and add it to the honey. Stir in the oil. Use and
then put the rest in the fridge. It will keep for a few days only.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Exfoliators
Exfoliating the skin is important to remove the dead skin cells and
allow new cells to come to the surface. If you don't exfoliate the dead
skin cells clog up the pores and the skin becomes uneven, rough or even
So if you want a glowing skin, exfoliate once a week using a cleansing
scrub. This is usually done after cleansing. After
exfoliating you can finish off with moisturizing the skin. Of course,
scrubs are not limited to the face, you can make body scrubs as well.
Simple Homemade Exfoliating Recipes
Rub the face with either
almond, coconut or olive oil. Dab on warm water mixed with cider
vinegar. Rub this mixture onto the skin with circular movements to
remove the dead skin cells.
Salt acts as an abrasion and so is
perfect for all skins, except thin, delicate skins. Sprinkle either
directly on to a wet face cloth and apply, or add to some oil. Apply
with a gently circular action.
Brown or raw sugar also is a
perfect scrub ingredient that will leave the skin feeling lovely and
soft. Add a light oil such as sunflower, almond or olive oil to your
sugar before massaging it into the body.
Refreshing Facial Scrub
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon raw, sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon fresh mint leaves
Blend all ingredients in a food processor and process until you have a
fine powder. I like using a small coffee grinder for this.
Mix together a teaspoon or two of water to make a paste, and
massage into damp skin. Rinse well with warm water, followed by cooler
Anti-Cellulite Leg Scrub
Coffee grounds have long been known to tone the skin and help to
stimulate circulation when rubbed into the thighs, helping, in turn to
reduce cellulite. Along with a good diet and exercise, the
anti-cellulite scrub should be part of your a weekly health regime for
1 cup cold coffee grounds
1/2 cup raw brown sugar
1/2 cup coarse sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
Mix altogether and rub into the tops of the thighs with long, circular
stroking motions. Do this for at least 5 minutes to help boost
I have known people to wrap their legs in glad wrap with this mixture
on their legs after the massage, who swear that it makes the
difference. I leave it up to you to decide. I have found that doing the
massage is enough to make a difference. This is not a quick fix,
however, and it is several weeks before you will notice a difference.
Rosemary Salt Scrub
2 cups coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
1 cup light oil
Mix sea salt and rosemary together. Add the oil til you have a paste
that you can use as your body scrub. Massage into your skin, and rinse
off with warm water. This sea salt scrub will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Gentle Facial Scrub for Sensitive Skins
If you, or your family have sensitive skin, then this is for you. I
have a daughter with incredibly sensitive skin, and she has to be so
careful what she puts on her skin, otherwise it will end up burning
rather than soothing.
Cucumber juice, chamomile flowers and aloe
vera are all cleansing and soothing for the skin. Cornmeal and oatmeal
are scrubbing ingredients that are both mild and can be used on all
2 inch piece cucumber
1 tablespoon cold chamomile tea
2 inch aloe vera leaf (remove outer spines)
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
the first 3 ingredients into a blender or food processer and puree. Add
the cornmeal. Massage into a damp skin. Rinse well with warm water,
followed by cool.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Facials
Facials not only cleanse and stimulate the skin, but they also nourish,
increase circulation, and often have ingredients that draw out skin
impurities and toxins. Facials are your homemade face masks although
you can also use steam for facials. I prefer face masks, but then that
is just a matter of choice.
Simple Homemade Facial Recipes
Mash strawberries and apply.
The strawberries will soften and lighten the skin and helps to restore
the pH levels. You can add finely ground oats if the mixture is too
Chop up 1/4 pineapple in a food
processor until mushy. Apply directly to the skin. Leave on face for 10
- 15 minutes. This homemade facial will help remove dead skin cells.
Mash fresh apricots to a pulp. If you have dry
skin add 1 teaspoon honey. For oily skins add a whisked egg white.
Mash and mix with honey and lemon juice. Apply
to skin for 10 - 15 minutes.
Juice some cabbage leaves to extract the
juice. Heat slightly and apply to the skin using cotton wool pads.
Whisk an egg white until
stiff. Brush onto face.
Beat and combine with a
tablespoon honey and a teaspoon of almond, coconut or olive oil.
Add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/2
teaspoon lemon juice together. Apply.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Dry Skin
Some of us have dry skin, which is a lot easier to sort out than oily
skin, in my opinion. The one drawback of having dry skin is that it
does result in premature aging. So one of the easiest ways of sorting
out dry skin is to add a few drops of vegetable oil to your bath water
Almond oil is very good for dry
skin. The best fruits and
vegetables for dry skin are strawberries, papaya,
papaya and cucumber. Also use face masks with honey, egg yolks and, or,
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Oily Skin
Oily skin is prone to pimples and blemishes. The main concern
is to keep the pores free from getting clogged. Remove make-up using
skim milk. Take 2 teaspoons of skim milk powder
and mix into 1 cup of
warm water. Oatmeal mixed with lemon juice is also good for cleaning
out the pores.
Fruit, vegetables and foods that are good for oily skins are
lemons, potato, apple cider vinegar, cucumber, yogurt.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Pimples and Acne
No one likes to get pimples, especially teenagers. But help is at hand.
There are a number of natural ways to control pimples and blackheads.
- A simple facial is to finely grate 3 carrots.
Place on skin for 20 minutes. Wash off.
- Another is to use parsley. Steep a handful of parsley
in a cup of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain and apply with a
cotton wool pad to the face. Leave for 15 minutes. Wash off. Apply
until pimples have disappeared.
- Egg white can also be used for
pimples. Beat an egg white and add 2 drops of spirit of camphor. Dab on
pimples ad leave for 20 minutes before washing off. If you
don't have camphor oil you can add 1 tablespoon of finely grated
cucumber, and apply as a facial.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Blackheads
For blackheads there are a number of homemade recipes.
- The first is to use bicarbonate of soda.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of bicabonate of soda in a cup of hot water. Soak
cottonwool pad into the liquid and apply to blackheads. Have the water
as hot as you are able to bear so that the pores open.
- Parsley can also be used for
blackheads. Soak a handful of parsley overnight in mineral water.
Strain and apply to blackheads with a cottonwool pad.
- Mix 1/2 cup of white wine
with a squeeze of lemon juice. Apply to the blackheads with a
cottonwool pad. Moisten with some oatmeal and apply as a paste. Wait
until dried and then wash off.
- Finally, dissolve 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts
in a cup of boiling water. Add 3 drops of iodine. Wait until liquid is
safe enough to apply to skin, but make sure that you apply it while it
is still hot.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Wrinkles
Wrinkles are part of ageing, and although to age gracefully is an aim
for some, one can delay the process. Patting almond oil
around the eyes
will help with the fine lines and crows' feet.
Another recipe uses potatoes
. Peel a
potato and finely grate into a bowl. Add a little whipped cream to make
a paste. Smooth over face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off.
Homemade Beauty Recipes for Freckles
Finally, for those of you with freckles, this is a very old recipe.
Take 2 tablespoons of horseradish
place in a cup of sour milk. Allow to stand for 24 hours. Apply
Here's another. Take pumpkin seed kernels
and grind them into a powder. Add some olive oil to make a smooth
paste. Apply to freckles.
Lifestyles Tip for a Homemade Almond Oil Recipe
As you can see, the above recipes call for almond
oil. For those of you who can't seem to source almond oil make your own.
Grind 25 grams almond kernels in a coffee grinder. Mix with 1/2 liter
distilled water. Leave to steep for 1 hour. Drip through coffee filter
paper. Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar and a few drops of Friar's balsam. Store
in a tightly-sealed, dark colored glass bottle.
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