While there are obvious benefits to branded, for-purchase skincare products—like the company’s knowledge of chemistry, hard to find ingredients and of course, convenience—there are some natural skincare ingredients that are worth DIY-ing. Here are our favourites and how to use them.
Basic green tea is a great antioxidant and is anti-inflammatory. Want even better results? Try trendy latte infusion Matcha powder. Matcha is a finely ground powder of green tea leaves. It’s a powerful antioxidant and is great for soothing redness from irritation, rosacea or even acne. You can easily make your own Matcha mask by mixing the powder with water and applying to skin.
Chia seeds are high in omega fatty acids, which we know are good for our bodies. But those fatty acids are also good for our skin and can help reduce sebum production without leaving skin dry. While chia oil is a hot commodity these days, you can also make your own chia seed exfoliant. Mix a teaspoon of chia seeds, half a cup of water and a couple of teaspoons of honey. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes while the seeds absorb the moisture, then apply to skin.
While you probably won’t find rosehip oil in your local supermarket, it is a natural skincare ingredient made from the seeds of the rosehip plant. You may find it as an ingredient other skincare products but you can also buy the straight oil and use it on your skin. High in Omega-6 fatty acids, rosehip oil is touted as a sort of natural retinol, softening fine lines, improving skin complexion and moisturizing. Apply it directly to skin or mix with your favourite moisturizer to give it a boost.