Health, fitness and Food
3 Natural, Organic, Personal Care Recipes – For Men
Let’s face it: guys are woefully under – represented in the skin care market. While it’s possible to find a smattering of products marketed toward men on the drugstore shelves, they not have come as far as female-targeted products when it comes to those that use natural ingredients. Instead, guys are still left with synthetics and heavy scents, which may not be your thing.
If you want to skip the part of the process where you’re left scratching your head in front of a store shelf, consider making some of your products at home. Knowing exactly what’s going into your aftershave and cleanser can relieve some stress from skin care in general. Here are some of our favorite recipes for clean, smooth skin – naturally, on the cheap, and at home.
If you’re neglecting to exfoliate your skin at least once or twice a week, you could be missing out on smoother skin, a more even tone, and even fewer blemishes. Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells responsible for clogging up your pores, revealing fresher, healthier skin underneath. Consider it a buffer for your skin. The best way to exfoliate is with an ingredient that is slightly abrasive to the skin. Try mixing this together:
- 2 tbsp oatmeal
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp water
- 1/2 tsp honey
Mix the ingredients in an airtight container and leave it in the shower. Once or twice a week, slather it over your face and skin and then rinse away, making more as needed. Exfoliating is perfect as a second step in double cleansing, making your skin perfectly clean every day.After Shave
It’s one of those things that “hurts so good” – that burn you feel after you slap on some after shave. After shave does more than just leave a fresh scent, it helps moisturize your skin after you strip it of natural oil during the shaving process. Unfortunately, most aftershave products contain alcohol, which is why you’re left feeling the burn, and this isn’t great for sensitive skin. Whip up your own recipe and you’ll score the benefits of aftershave without the discomfort of the store-bought brands.
- 1 cup witch hazel
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
- 6 drops sweet orange oil
- 3 drops of your favorite essential oil – sandalwood works well.
Mix the ingredients together and place into a spray bottle (you can pick one up at the drugstore or use a clean one from around the house). After shaving, spray a little over your face or spray onto a cotton pad and wipe it onto your cheeks and chin.
Keeping your skin soft and supple isn’t just for women. It’s a way to take care of your skin, especially since hydrated skin is younger, healthier-looking skin as well. If you’re not using a moisturizer, it’s time to add some to your morning routine. Warding off dry skin on your hands, feet, and even face can help you feel more comfortable throughout the day. Here’s our favorite recipe for at-home moisturizer that works just as well as store-bought brands packed with synthetics.
- 1/4 cup organic olive oil
- 1/4 cup organic sweet almond oil
- 1/4 cup organic grapeseed oil
- 1/8 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/16 cup beeswax or carnauba wax pastilles/granules
- 1/2 cup organic hydrosol of your choice
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
- 8-15 drops of essential oil (mint works well)
Starting with a double boiler, dump in all the oils together and heat on low until the oils are warm. Then, add in the beeswax and whisk. Meanwhile, put the hydrosol and the vitamin E and mint together in a blender and mix until smooth, adding that to your oil mixture and stirring. Dump the finished product into an airtight container – it’ll solidify as it settles to room temperature.
Just remember that you’re not stuck with the line of products on the shelf at the drugstore. By following some simple recipes at home, you can create skin care products that smell and work exactly how you want them to. Without synthetics or strong scents, you can care for your skin without all of the drama.
This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer interested in topics related to health and fitness. When she is not working she likes to travel and read as much as she can. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.