If you like to read labels and know what ingredients are in the products you consume, it could be time to make the next step and begin understanding what is in your beauty products. Often the ingredients are unpronounceable and complicated. Get back to basics with these simple beauty methods that are made from natural and environmentally friendly items that are often already found around your home.



A simple facial cleanser for any skin type can be made by using oatmeal. Applied topically, oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory with both soothing and hydrating properties. Simply blend 2/3 cup rolled oats and 2 tablespoons of powdered milk to a fine powder. Add a few drops of rose hip seed oil if you like and store it in an airtight container. To use, mix about a tablespoon with a few drops of water until it becomes slippery. Use like any other face wash and rinse thoroughly. If your skin is on the dryer side, a natural cleanser like extra virgin olive oil can help restore your skin to its natural balance. For an in-depth tutorial with pictures, read here.



To further cleanse and tone the skin, beauty gurus praise the benefits of witch hazel. Witch hazel has skin tightening abilities which reduces pore visibility, so it’s an absolute must for any toner. On some skin types witch hazel can be drying and astringent, so try it out before committing. For a detailed recipe on making your own toner wipes, click here.



Moisturizers have a thicker consistency than lotions and are generally used to hydrate the skin. Use a combination of aloe vera gel, sweet almond oil, turmeric and lavender oil for an aromatic face moisturizer. Read the full recipe here. Lotions are a type of cream with a lighter consistency than moisturizers. If you are ready for a challenge with a few more specialty ingredients, a tried and true lotion recipe can be found here.


Turmeric oil has been promoted to protect and repair the skin. It can be used to treat wrinkles, acne, scarring, and other skin issues. Just mix 4-5 fresh organic turmeric roots with 1 ½ cups of extra virgin coconut oil. To read the full recipe and more benefits of turmeric root read here.



Face masks are a perfect way to rejuvenate your skin from the daily routine of makeup and sun damage. The right mask can hydrate your skin, improve the appearance of your pores, reduce redness, and balance your skin’s oils. Lemon, coffee, and honey have more uses than you’d think! For more information based on your skin type, read an article called “9 Beauty Masks Made from Food” here.

If you’re ready to make the jump from chemicals and other complex materials, or just wanting to experiment on a budget, try some of these simple recipes made from natural ingredients. Use the best that nature has to offer to help your skin return to natural, glowing condition.