I remember my first homemade coffee scrub. I was overcome with pride at my accomplishment. I felt like when I cooked my first meal (in my defense, it took just as much effort). For me, being able to make my own skincare products gives me a sense of security, because I know exactly what ingredients are going in it. Every week it seems the FDA is questioning a new ingredient or an unknown substance pops up in a product thought to be safe. When you made your own products, there is no doubt of what you will be exposing your skin to. And with the summer heat only getting warmer, it’s important to ensure safe, healthy products so the sun and sweat don’t damage skin. William Myers, spa director at Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago, shares two skincare recipes to ensure clear skin this summer.
- 1 tsp of Kaolin Powder
- 1 tsp of Sandalwood Powder
- A few pinches of turmeric
- A few pinches of poppy seeds
- 1 to 2 tbsps of Milk (for dry skin)
- 1 to 2 tbsps of Curd (for oily skin)
- 1 to 2 tbsps of Cucumber juice (for normal skin)
- In a small dish, mix equal quantities of kaolin powder, sandalwood powder, and a few pinches of turmeric and poppy seeds.
- Dilute the dry ingredients with the appropriate liquid for skin type—with milk (for dry skin), curd (for oily skin), or cucumber juice (for normal skin). Mix together and massage on the face in a circular motion.
- Wash off with warm towels to reveal fresh and energized skin.
- 1 tea bag of Tulsi tea (certified organic from local grocer recommended)
- 1 tsp of Organic neem leaf powder (found at health food store or organic grocer)
- 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh mint (about 8 to 10 leaves total)
- 1 liter of water
- Combine all ingredients and boil.
- Wait until half of the liquid evaporates, then store, and apply whenever needed.