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Luxe DIY Skincare Recipes from Organic Beauty Experts

Organic skincare can be expensive as hell, but it doesn’t have to be. We asked three organic beauty experts for their favorite natural skin treatment recipes, all made with easy-to-find pantry ingredients like green tea, turmeric, and rice bran. Load up your grocery cart for the makings of a detoxifying bath “tea,” an invigorating head-to-toe scrub, and a brightening face peel, and then read on for the instructions.


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Detoxifying Lavender Milk Bathtub Tea

from Sarah Tay of Tay Skincare

½ cup dried lavender buds
2-for-1 ingredient that helps to detoxify skin by removing bacteria and calms with aromatherapy.

5 green tea bags
Replace the eliminated toxins with anti-aging antioxidants.

½ cup of baking soda
Baking soda, as sodium bicarbonate, helps to neutralize chlorine to make the water more pure—perfect for your at-home spa.

1 cup natural sea salt (non-iodized)
The magnesium in natural sea salt is one of the most ancient bath methods out there. Helps to eliminate toxins and helps with tired muscles. Finer grains work best.

2 tablespoons organic olive oil
For long-lasting hydration, this oil will be absorbed into deeper layers of skin to help restore elasticity.

½ cup coconut milk
For softer skin, this nourishing ingredient will soothe itchy and dry skin.

1 muslin bag
Acts like a tea bag to hold ingredients. Or you can craft a bag from cheesecloth, old pair of tights, or a thin shoe bag that sometimes come in shoeboxes.

Open the green tea bags and mix them with the lavender. Place these two in the muslin bag over a gallon of water on the stove. Boil water and then let the tea steep. Let tea set for 30 minutes or until lukewarm. Then draw the bath, preferably warm to hot. Add the baking soda, sea salt, and coconut milk to the running water. These should all dissolve by the time the bath is almost full. When tub is almost full, dispose of the muslin bag and then add the lavender & green tea blend to the bath.

Skin Replenishing Head to Toe Scrub

from Yael Alkalay of Red Flower

1 tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil

1/2 cup of organic rice bran

A few drops of 100% natural rose essential oil

Combine coconut oil and rice bran until it becomes a thick paste.  Add a few drops of rose oil to the mixture and combine.  Head to a warm shower or bath. Gently  massage over the face and body  from head to toe and use as you would an exfoliating scrub. This is gentle and reparative for all skin types. Rinse with warm water.

Vegan Antibacterial Brightening Peel

from Negin Niknejad of JustBe

1/2 tsp. turmeric

1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

A few drops of olive oil

Mix the ingredients together and apply to face and neck, avoiding eye area. Leave on 5-10 minutes. Mask should not be too runny nor too pasty. Lemon is a natural alpha hydroxy acid and so it will tingle, therefor test a small section of your skin first and if it feels right, treat the rest of the skin. You may need to leave it on for a few minutes only. Listen to your skin. This mask is ideal for all skin types except those with open sores or open breakouts on their skin.


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