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DIY Natural and Vegan Skin Care

By Fredrica Syren:

Are you, like me, tired of skin and beauty products containing harmful chemicals? I am fed up with that as well as how pricey natural and chemical free products are. So I have started making my own. Besides using safe products that also save me lots of money, the bonus is that they come with a lot less waste, so it’s good for a zero-waste lifestyle.

Makeup Removal: Forget old-fashioned makeup remover in bottles and wipes; instead, say hello to super easy DIY makeup remover. First, you can try the old trick of a wash cloth with water and some bulk soap. If that does not work, you can use homemade makeup removal pads. I use this recipe from CoconutMama.com:

   Instructions:

  • Place cotton pads in the glass jar.
  • In a small bowl, mix the fractionated coconut oil and castile soap together.
  • Pour mixture over cotton pads.
  • Press down on the pads so the soap and coconut oil evenly absorb into them.
  • Pour distilled water over pads, just enough to wet the pads.
  • Place the lid on the jar and shake (this helps to evenly distribute the liquid over the pads).

Face Mask and Moisturizer:

Moisturizer: Coconut oil is a wonderful, light, natural moisturizer, as is shea butter and almond oil. Be sure to find organic, unrefined and fair trade products in glass jars.

Face Mask: It’s super easy to make your own face masks from things you can eat and usually have in your kitchen. Here are two of my recipes for facemasks.

DIY Facial Moisturizing:

Raw coconut butter alone is good for the face, but by adding essential oils to it, you can make a facial moisturizer that also is healing and restorative to the skin.

  • ½ cup virgin coconut oil
  • A few drops of essential oil

My personal favorites:

  • Frankincense-Renews and supports youthful skin. Tones and tightens skin. Reduces appearances of wrinkles. It can speed skin’s healing.
  • Myrrh-Smooths irritated, dry or chapped skin and can help improve skin conditions, woulds and wrinkles.
  • Chamomile–Calming for irritated or sensitive skin. May reduce inflammations.
  • Clary sage-Reduces wrinkles and puffiness.

DIY Lip Balm

  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon High Quality Olive Oil
  • A few drops of essential oil, like lemon, mint, lavender and tangerine (my favorites).
  • 1/2-1 tsp beet powder (optional)

Over a double broiler, melt the cocoa butter until it’s liquid. Stir in the olive oil and a few drops of essential oils. Pour into tins or jars, and let cool on the counter overnight.

Avocado Face Mask—Avocado contains vitamins B and E, and amino acids, which all help soothe and moisturize your facial skin. Avocado is great for skin care, especially for dry, red, itchy and rough skin.

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ olive oil

With the back of a fork, mash avocado with honey and olive oil into a smooth paste. Apply to clean face and neck, and leave on for 15 minutes. Remove with warm water.

Spirulina is a green superfood, and I eat it pretty much every day to reap the benefits of all the nutrients. But spirulina can be used as a beauty product as well. Since it contains antibacterial properties, it’s great for battling acne. Because spirulina contains vitamin E or tocopherol, selenium and tyrosine (all known to be anti-aging nutrients), it’s excellent for mature skin. Basically, I love spirulina on my skin because it makes it smoother as well as softer.

I buy liquid spirulina at our local farmer’s market, and apply it directly to my skin as a facemask and my hair as a deep conditioner. But if using spirulina powder, simply mix powder with a little water and make a spreadable paste.

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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