How to Make Facial Products


Treat yourself to a facial at home with products you can make.
Treat yourself to a facial at home with products you can make.
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Put your best face forward with these natural facial care products you can make yourself. You can tailor these products to your own skin type and needs. For some of the recipes, you'll already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. For others, you can find everything at the grocery store or your pharmacy.

Ready to get started? See the next pages to get tips on how to customize your skin care and learn how to make facial masks, skin softeners, lip creams and skin whiteners.

Normal-skin Mask

Use this mask for normal or combination skin types.

Equipment:

  • Small bowl
  • Wire whisk
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients:

  • Egg
  • Honey
  • Brewers' yeast or cider vinegar

Yield: Enough for one application

Beat an egg in a small bowl, using a wire whisk to blend yolk and white thoroughly. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of brewers' yeast -- or, if you don't have brewers' yeast, 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar. Whisk again to blend. Apply the mask to your face, being careful not to get it in your eyes or on your hair. Let it dry for about 20 minutes, and then rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. Splash your face with cool water and blot it dry.

Dry-skin Mask

Enjoy the scent of this natural mask while moisturizing your skin.

Equipment:

  • Paring knife
  • Blender
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients:

  • Banana
  • Honey

Yield: Enough for one application

Wash a banana thoroughly. Slice the banana and half of its peel into the container of a blender; add 1 tablespoon of honey and blend to a liquid. Apply the mask to your face, being careful not to get it in your eyes or on your hair. Let it dry for about 20 minutes, and then rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. Splash your face with cool water and blot it dry.

Oily-skin Mask

Get a deep cleansing with this fresh, natural mask recipe.

Equipment:

  • Paring knife
  • Blender
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber
  • Yogurt

Yield: Enough for one application

Wash a cucumber thoroughly. If the cucumber skin is waxed, remove it; if possible, however, leave the cucumber unpeeled. Slice the cucumber into the container of a blender; add 1 tablespoon of plain unsweetened yogurt and blend to a liquid. Apply the mask to your face, being careful not to get it in your eyes or on your hair. Let it dry for about 20 minutes, and then rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. Splash your face with cool water and blot it dry.

Clay Facial Mask

To absorb dirt, oil, and impurities from your skin, mix this soothing clay.

Equipment:

  • Measuring spoons
  • Double boiler
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring cup

Ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Anhydrous lanolin
  • Borax
  • Rose water or water
  • Fuller's earth

Note: Buy the ingredients at a pharmacy.

Yield: Enough for one application

Measure 1/4 ounce of beeswax -- about 11/2 teaspoons -- into the top of a double boiler; add 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) of anhydrous lanolin. Stir to blend. Measure 1/2 cup of rose water or plain water; add 1 tablespoon of borax and stir to dissolve. Slowly pour the borax-water mixture into the melted wax and lanolin, stirring constantly until the water is completely absorbed. Remove the mixture from the heat.

Add 1/2 pound of fuller's earth to the blended wax and water, stirring to a smooth paste. Let the mixture cool before using it.

Apply the facial pack liberally to your skin, being careful not to get it in your eyes or on your hair. Let it dry completely, about 1/2 hour, and rinse with warm water to remove all traces of the clay. Finally, splash your face with cool water and blot it dry.

Skin Softener

Many beauty experts recommend cucumbers as an effective skin softener and nourisher. This softener is especially good for oily skin.

Equipment:

  • Sharp knife
  • Blender
  • Spatula
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing spoon
  • Two quart jars with covers
  • Funnel
  • Coffee filter

Ingredients:

  • Fresh cucumbers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Benzoic acid (Buy benzoic acid at a pharmacy.)

Yield: About 21/2 to 3 cups

Thinly peel 2 or 3 large cucumbers and cut them into small pieces; place in a blender and puree to a fine pulp. Turn the pulp into a saucepan and heat to boiling; let cool. Stir in 1 pint of rubbing alcohol and 1/4 cup of benzoic acid; this keeps the cucumber juice from spoiling. Stir to mix thoroughly.

Pour the mixture into a quart jar and cover it tightly; refrigerate it for 2 weeks. Strain it into a clean jar through a funnel lined with a coffee filter; cover tightly. Apply to skin as desired.

Lip Cream

If you spend a lot of time outside, you've probably suffered from dry, chapped lips due to cold, sun, or wind. This simple cream both soothes and heals.

Equipment:

  • Measuring spoons
  • Double boiler
  • Mixing spoon
  • Small jar with cover

Ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Castor oil
  • Anhydrous lanolin
  • Spirits of camphor

Note: Buy the ingredients at a pharmacy.

Yield: About 21/2 ounces

Melt 1 ounce -- about 2 tablespoons -- of beeswax in a double boiler; add 2 tablespoons of castor oil and 1 tablespoon of anhydrous lanolin, and stir thoroughly. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool. When cool, add 1 teaspoon of spirits of camphor and mix thoroughly. Spoon the mixture into a small jar and cover it tightly.

Apply the cream to the lips as needed.

Skin Whiteners

Honest-to-goodness freckles are a permanent fixture, but discolorations and dark spots are easy to remove.

Lemon-Vinegar Skin Whitener: This recipe is simple super to make and to use.

Equipment:

  • Sharp knife
  • Blender
  • Measuring cup
  • Two quart jars with covers
  • Funnel
  • Coffee filter

Ingredients:

  • Lemons
  • Wine vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water
  • Perfume

Yield: About 11/2 pints

Cut 2 or 3 lemons into small pieces. Liquefy the pieces of lemon in a blender. Add a pint of inexpensive wine vinegar, 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 cup of water, and blend for a few seconds.

Pour the mixture into a quart jar and cover; refrigerate it for 3 days. Add a few drops of your favorite perfume until the mixture smells good to you. Strain the mixture into another quart jar through a funnel lined with a clean coffee filter, and cover it tightly.

To use the skin whitener, spread it between two pieces of muslin. Set this poultice on your skin for as long as convenient, preferably overnight.

Natural Face Bleach

This bleach is good for repeated use and gentle enough for the delicate skin on your face.

Equipment:

  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Pint jar with cover

Ingredients:

  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent solution)
  • Lemon juice
  • Tincture of benzoin

Yield: About 11/2 cups

Measure 1/4 cup of colloidal oatmeal into a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of 3 percent solution hydrogen peroxide and stir well; be sure the peroxide is fresh and at full strength. Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon of tincture of benzoin to the mixture. Stir to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a pint jar and cover it tightly.

Apply the bleach weekly; let it dry before rinsing.

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