If you’re looking for a way to do a little self-care without breaking the bank at your local cosmetics counter, consider the DIY tips below. Stress and worry can be hard on your skin. It’s been a nervous time! Pamper yourself.
1) Create Your Own Toner
If heat and humidity have done a number on your pores, invest in some organic thyme and a small bottle of witch hazel. Mix these in a sterile jar and let the mixture steep somewhere cool and dry for at least 24 hours. Strain the amber liquid through a coffee filter and funnel it into a mister bottle or apply it with a cotton ball. This gentle thyme toner will fight the bacteria that causes acne and clear away oil.
2) Pamper Your Feet
We’ve all heard of soaking your feet, but treating yourself to a foot scrub can be even more invigorating and clean away dead skin. Mix
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
This scrub is gentler on your skin than those made with salt. However, if you have never applied an essential oil to your skin, make sure and do a patch test on the inside of your elbow.
3) Cannabis Face Scrub
Mixing honey, oil, and an exfoliant has long been a popular method for brightening the skin on your face. Adding cannabis products can reduce inflammation and kill bacteria that cause blemishes and breakouts. Invest in pure CBD tincture oil from a reputable supplier.
For the liquids, you’ll need just
- 1/2 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp jojoba oil
- 1 gram CBD oil
Depending on your skin type, you’ll need a dry product to add a bit of abrasion. If you have
- oily skin, use baking soda
- combination skin, use brown sugar
- normal skin, use coffee
- dry or sensitive skin, use oatmeal
Mix the dry product into the liquid mix until it’s sticky, then gently scrub it into your skin. Use your ring finger to avoid tugging on the skin. Scrub for a few minutes, rinse the scrub away with cool water and let your skin breathe for a time.
4) DIY Body Butter
You’ll need a double boiler for this, but you can make up large batches and store them or give them as gifts. To start, add 1/2 cup each
- shea butter
- cocoa or mango butter
- coconut oil
- jojoba or olive oil
to the double boiler. Stir to melt and combine the ingredients, then take it off the heat and let it cool a bit. If you choose, add no more than 3 grams CBD oil and up to 30 drops of essential oil.
Let the mixture come to room temperature and use a mixer to whip the products into a luscious moisturizer with great soothing powers. Store in glass containers at room temperature.
5) Nail Soaks
If your nails are weak, use the juice of one lemon with 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil in a wide, flat bowl. Microwave just until the mixture is warm, then soak your nails for ten minutes. This will not only strengthen you nails, but it’s a great moisturizer for dry hands. Do this twice a week to strengthen your nails. If your hands need some exfoliation, work a little brown sugar into your skin at the end of your soak.
If your hands are dried out and sore, mix one cup of warm milk and two tablespoons of honey in a flat bowl and soak your hands for ten minutes. Pat hands dry to let the milk soak in fully, then rinse your hands.
You don’t have to go to a spa to care for your skin and your spirit. Many of the products above can be easily incorporated into your daily and weekly routines. Some can even be wrapped up and given as gifts to someone else who needs a bit of pampering!