For many who struggle to find beauty products that work long term, a return to the basics may be necessary. The decision to turn from the makeup counter to your kitchen cupboard may be a bit confusing at first, but you can find ways to tackle frustrating conditions with less fuss, expense, and risk.

Start with Clean Skin
Your skin type will have a big impact on the best cleansers. However, an oil cleanser can be beneficial for both dry skin and oily skin. An olive oil cleanser consisting of

1 egg yolk
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
a drop or two of lemon juice
can help to fight the inflammation of sensitive skin. Olive oil is a natural antibacterial agent, so this cleanser can fight acne. The lemon juice will brighten your skin, and the honey will give the cleanser a luscious blend. Leave it on your skin for no more than 5 minutes before rinsing away.

Treat Blemishes
Blemishes and acne can come from within or without. To balance the bacterial presence on your skin, consider misting your face with witch hazel before applying a light moisturizer.

If your skin is not oily but you do get occasional blemishes, use witch hazel on a cotton ball every couple of days. While witch hazel is effective on acne, it will dry out your skin. For especially oily skin, daily use may be effective.

Reduce Discoloration
If you have dark circles under your eyes, consider using mashed avocado mixed with just a bit of olive oil to make a smooth cream. Apply this to the skin under your eyes and let it sit for 15 minutes. Both of these products are excellent moisturizers and will boost the health of this delicate skin. Incorporate this into your weekly routine for great results!

For those who struggle with red, inflamed skin, mixing CBD isolate into a DIY serum or salve can reduce irritation. In a double boiler, mix

3.5 tbsp jojoba oil
1 tbsp beeswax
and melt until blended. Remove this from the heat and allow it to cool until the beeswax begins to firm up. Stir in up to 6 tbsp of CBD isolate, allowing the isolate to dissolve after each addition. If you can tolerate essential oils, consider adding 2 drops of each bergamot and Roman chamomile.

If you’ve never used essential oil on your skin before, make sure and do a patch test. Blend a teaspoon of jojoba oil with 1 drop of essential oil and dab just a bit on the skin inside your elbow. Monitor the skin for 24 hours before incorporating any essential oil into a product you’re going to put on your face.

Exfoliate
If you’ve ever considered a chemical peel but winced a bit at the idea, an easy DIY home exfoliant may be kinder. In the palm of your hand, mix brown sugar and olive oil into a paste close to the texture of cake frosting. Gently blend this onto your skin from the collarbones up.

All your fingertips can be used on your neck, but as you get closer to your eyes, switch just to the ring finger to lower the pressure. Skip your lids and leave room below your eyes. Once your whole face has been gently massaged, rinse this scrub away with lots of cool water. Pat the skin around your eyes so you can open them, but let as much skin as possible dry naturally.

Moisturize
The exfoliant above will add gentle moisture to your skin. You can also whip up a simple moisturizing cream for sensitive skin that will also serve nearly all skin types.

Heat up 1/2 cup coconut oil until it melts by floating the oil in a glass jar in a bigger bowl of hot water. Add 1 tsp liquid Vitamin E, then add up to 12 drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender, geranium, and rose can all be quite nice, but do patch test your selection to be sure.

DIY beauty products don’t have to take long to make or use. You don’t have to go to a spa to get your undereye circles treated or your dry skin exfoliated. Use a light touch and make sure to test your blends for any sensitivity before you put any products on your face.

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