Do you have oily hair? Dry skin? Chapped lips? Sure you can head to the store and pick up a pricey product to help combat such a condition. Or you can take matters into your own hands and whip up a DIY beauty treatment at home. And even though many have access to an assortment of products, some of today’s top beauty influencers jump at the chance to toss a little DIY into their skincare routines.
Parade.com caught up with some of these influential Instagrammers who shared their recipes for their favorite do-it-yourself beauty solutions.
In the past when I wanted to grow my hair faster, I used to do this DIY hair mask that works like magic!
The ingredients are very simple:
- 1 tsp castor oil
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp hot water
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp sugar
You press it all together and then put on roots of your hair for 15-30 min like every week. I was able to grow my hair from above shoulder length to almost to the waist in a year. It not only stimulates growth but also makes your hair very healthy and shiny!
Almond Oil Makeup Remover
I often use plain almond oil on my skin as a pre-cleanse makeup remover. The oil breaks down the hard-to-wash makeup like waterproof mascara or eyeliners. I rub all over my face, then wash afterwards with a gentle cleanser. The oil hydrates my skin while removing makeup.
My favorite DIY beauty routine is my inversion method hair concoction. To explain that jumbled mess of words, the inversion method is a nightly routine in which you hang your head upside down for four minutes at a time and massage your scalp with heated oil. It sounds totally crazy, but after shaving my head nearly a year ago now, I swear by it! Personally, I use a mix of jojoba oil, rosemary oil and diluted peppermint oil. Not only does it help my hair grow, but it’s super relaxing!
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My favorite DIY beauty routine is my secret process to get shiny straight hair for curly hair textures. It has one main, odd ingredient that is necessary! This is my tried and true step-by-step to bone straight hair from curly hair.
Step 1: Wash hair with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.
Step 2: Wash hair with shampoo of choice.
Step 3: Condition hair with conditioner of choice.
Step 4: Dry hair with cotton t-shirt.
Step 5: Spray hair with heat protectant of choice.
Step 6: Blow dry hair in tiny sections, using the comb-through method with a barrel brush.
Step 7: Smooth blow dried hair with dime-size amount of castor oil.
Step 8: In small 2-inch sections, straighten hair on high heat, using the comb-through with a rat tooth comb.
Step 9: Part and style as desired for the smoothest, shiniest, fresh press out!
My favorite DIY beauty tip is curling my hair with newspaper! It is my favorite damage-free technique to get the perfect volumizing curls. I get so much heat damage through modeling but I love my hair in curls! My mum used to do it for me as a kid if I was going to a special school disco or something lol. She would never want to damage my hair at a young age and I’ve always held onto this trick, even when I grew up. Here’s my Instagram tutorial of me doing it!
Hibiscus skin moisturizer:
Hibiscus makes for a great skin moisturizer. It’s a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are known to help exfoliate the skin, control sebum and encourage cell turnover. It’s also rich in antioxidants that help protect the skin from environmental stressors and helps the look of pores appear smaller. I love this recipe because I love how my skin feels and looks afterwards and I’m all about the ease of cleaning too.
I always like to mention that the strength and efficacy of DIY recipes doesn’t compare with store-bought products, but it’s still nice to incorporate clean recipes into the weekly routine because they can definitely add value. I also like to remind folks that they should always test any new recipe or new product on a small patch of skin first and allow for 24 hours—to make sure no irritation occurs. And always seek the approval of a board-certified dermatologist.
Here’s my DIY mask for hyper-pigmentation:
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1.5 Tbsp of organic honey
- 1 tsp milk or yogurt
Mix: In a small bowl, mix the turmeric powder, lemon juice, honey and milk or yogurt. You’re going for a paste-like consistency that will stick to your face without dripping.
Apply to face: Before applying your turmeric face mask, wash and dry your face to remove any makeup or impurities. Keep in mind that turmeric will turn fabric yellow; so consider putting on an old shirt that you don’t mind getting stained during your turmeric spa session. Apply the mask using your fingers or a makeup brush, careful to avoid the eye area.
Rest: Allow the mask to sit on your face for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse: Rinse off the mask with warm water. You can also use a washcloth; but remember, it will get stained. Speaking of staining, don’t be alarmed if your skin is still looking a little yellow after you remove the mask. The turmeric might temporarily stain your skin if you’re pale, but it will go away in a few hours. You can also use a simple cleansing oil to get rid of the yellowish hue.
My favorite DIY beauty routine is definitely creating my own avocado hair mask!
I use half of a fresh avocado, my favorite deep conditioner at the time (right now it’s the DevaCurl Heaven in Hair Mask!) and pure jojoba oil. This cocktail strengthens my hair and gives me maximum definition and shine. Whenever I want to take this DIY hair mask to the next level, I sit under some heat for about 30 minutes. Once this cocktail is rinsed out, my curls end up looking extra shiny, healthy and defined!
Lip and body scrubs! They are so easy to make, and the best part is you can use stuff you probably already have lying around the house. For the lip scrub, I use 2 tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of honey. For the body scrub, I use brown sugar, almond oil, lavender essential oil and just a touch of Vitamin E oil. It works wonders on tired, dull skin!
Aloe vera gel
I love this trick because it’s so simple, easy to do, yet it is so effective and completely natural. All you need is an aloe vera plant. Just place it somewhere in your house.
Step 1: Whenever you feel like your skin could use extra hydration, simply cut off a piece off the plant and with the cut side down, put it in a glass. Leave it there for a few hours (at least one). An orange-brown compound will separate from the leaf. This step is important because that juice is the plant’s natural defense and contains Aloin, which is irritating your skin and in big amounts, even toxic.
Step 2: Cut off an extra few centimeters off the leaf to get rid of all the Aloin.
Step 3: Slice up the leaf and scrape out all the healthy gel. Another option would be peeling it with a vegetable peeler. You can now directly apply the gel onto your skin or, if you want it to be more smooth, use a blender.
For a cooling and wound healing effect, the gel can also be stored in a glass container and put in the fridge. It is usable for about two weeks. Aloe vera naturally helps produce collagen and therefore helps reduce signs of aging and wrinkles.
DIY Exfoliating scrub:
I love DIY! My favorite DIY is so simple because it includes 2 staple ingredients that you likely already have at home. All you need is coconut oil and some sugar. Mix it up well and scrub/exfoliate away. So many brands sell scrubs for a crazy price when it’s so easy to make. It smells great and does the job!
My favorite DIY routine is using Manuka honey as a 5-minute face mask. There are a lot of DIY honey face masks out there, but there are a lot of different types of honey that may not contain the healthy bacterias that are good for your skin. Using Manuka honey is key ingredient. It has numerous benefits, including reducing redness and blemishes, and being a great antioxidant. I try to do this face mask at least once a week.
My favorite DIY beauty routine would be my easy, simple teeth whitening regimen. While I am a Jersey girl at heart, my roots expand to the deep south where my grandparents and great-grandparents were born/raised. Many of my beauty regimens were passed down from my grandmother (which still work to this day!) What I do to whiten my teeth is take the inside of a banana peel, scrape the residue off of the peel and rub it on my teeth for about 30-45 seconds. Surprisingly, your teeth will brighten right up (smile!) And to top it off, this remedy will cost you less than a dollar. Trust me … it works!
Personally I suffer from sensitive skin and always need to be cautious on what I put on it. So to help with inflammation, redness and making sure my skin is clean, I use a homemade mixture of coffee concentrate, apple cider vinegar, Aztec clay, orange juice (no-pulp, fresh squeezed) and garlic. I know it sounds like a terrible mix but each ingredient is known for its properties on skin issues and combining them makes a super mask to help battle all issues.
15. Dr. Anna Guanche, board-certified dermatologist and author of Seven Days to Sexy: Insider Secrets from a Celebrity Beauty Doctor.
As we transition seasons to the colder, dryer months I often use a humidifier, emollient moisturizers applied after shorter, cooler showers, lip balm, always sun protection and physical protection from the elements. Also elbow and heel care needs to be increased in the winter. One of my favorite DIY scrubs is mixing brown sugar with coconut oil and a touch of vanilla to leave the skin moisturized, exfoliated and smelling very attractive. Another scrub I enjoy for an anti-cellulite treatment is to mix coffee grounds ,olive oil, sugar, vitamin E oil, glycerin and vanilla. Scrub your skin with the mixture and wrap your legs and arms with saran wrap for a few minute then take a nice shower.
My favorite DIY beauty treatment is giving myself a facial. This consists of steaming my freshly cleansed face over a bowl of hot water and then applying a mask. My skin has been super dry since being on Accutane, so I like to mix together a hydrating mask. The hydrating mask is a 1:1 ratio of Manuka honey and aloe vera gel. Both products have moisturizing properties that leave my skin looking refreshed and dewy.
My fav DIY is based on the beauty secret of the Dominican women. They take fresh garlic, chop it and add it to a bottle of clear nail polish. They let it stew for about a week, then polish their nails with it—which makes your nails harder than acrylics. I travel with a bottle of garlic infused clear nail polish to keep my nails strong and healthy. You can also add two cloves of garlic to your shampoo to slow down thinning hair and to make it stronger!
A clay mask with a boost.
I’m a big fan of mixing ingredients. If I’m using a clay mask, I’ll DIY it and add a few drops of tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar. Easy, household products that enhance an otherwise simple clay mask. It makes my skin feel so clean and refreshed and something I’ve been doing for years!
My eyes can get sensitive to most lash serums, so I created a DIY lash serum from natural oils to help rejuvenate my lashes after putting so much makeup and falsies on them.
- 2 parts castor oil
- 1 part sweet almond oil
- 1 part vitamin E oil
- 1 part coconut oil
You can watch me make it here.
I have been making this Coconut Coffee Body Scrub since high school! It’s great exfoliant, while bringing circulation and moisture to the skin.
- Coconut sugar
- Coffee grounds
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice