Homemade Skin Care Recipes

There's nothing like treating your skin to lotions and creams made from wholesome, natural, organic ingredients but often, those are the priciest.  Here are Karen's suggestions for natural DIY products that will have you glowing from head to toe.  

On your next trip to the market or local health food store - be sure to add these essentials to your list:

  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Green Seedless Grapes
  • Baking Soda
  • Yogurt
  • Ripe Papaya
  • Ylang Ylang Oil
  • Patchouli Oil
  • Aloe Vera Gel

Let's start first with a glowing moisturizer for the face - prepare 1 cup of lime juice and 1/2 cup boiled milk. Mix in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well. Then apply to entire face with a cotton ball of cotton pad. This mixture is left on your face, as your moisturizer.

For soft skin (this is my favorite) take lemon juice and a few drops of ylang ylang oil. Mix together or fill up a plastic bottle and shake the mixture (this way helps make the mixture easy to use and will last a bit longer.) Apply all over face, neck and body for a soft feel and a nice smell too. Remember to rub into your hands.

Tip: Ylang ylang oil is helpful with PMS symptoms and is known to help with acne. Moms- pass this one on to your teenage daughters.

For a great body exfoliater to rid your skin of dryness from the harsh sun and heat. Mix together equal parts of aloe vera gel and baking soda. Exfoliate in the shower to get your entire body.

Your wondering why you purchased a ripe papaya? Ripe papaya slices applied to your face for 15 minutes will help with wrinkles. If papaya is hard to find; apply green seedless grapes (halved) for 2 minutes, then wipe off.

Try this facial paste to soften and neutralize the skin: one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of salt and 2 drops of patchouli oil. Mix well and apply to your face and exfoliate for 2 minutes- then leave the paste on for an extra 2 more minutes and rinse off.

For hydration and to tighten: chop that cucumber finely and add a half cup of yogurt. Mix well and leave on for 15 minutes. Also, apply the mixture to your neck and chest while your at it! Then rinse off.

Karen Scott is a Los Angeles makeup artist and eyebrow shaper extraordinaire. After working for both Estee Lauder and Chanel, she has created her own makeup line called Karen Scott Cosmetics.