We’ve been on a big DIY kick lately, from toners and cleansers to exfoliators and moisturizers. No product or step has been left out of our natural skincare routine.
As skincare enthusiasts, we all get sick of hard-to-pronounce ingredient lists on every moisturizer, toner and sheet mask pack. That’s why we’re going to reveal every DIY recipe that you can do – that is, while still fulfilling the 10 necessary Korean skincare steps.
From experience, natural DIY skincare ingredients provide wonderful all-round results but more importantly, they’re cost-effective options that take no time to make.
From learning about honey and jojoba oil to green tea and cucumber, you could also view these DIY cooking sessions as a lesson in ingredients to look out for when doing your own skincare shopping!
Check out the formulations of any skincare product you buy using handy tools like SkinCarisma. It’s a cosmetic analyzer that objectively delivers information about each and every ingredient contained in that product.
This will save you a lot of time and stress, especially if you’re breaking out and you don’t know what’s triggering it. This goes for DIY or commercial products; nothing in your natural skincare routine is above analysis.
With that being said, it’s time for your homemade natural skin care routine – Korean skincare style.
9-Step Natural Skincare Routine (K-Beauty Style)
Step 1: The Double Cleanse And Making a DIY Face Wash
Achieving clear skin means beginning with a double cleanse that utilizes an oil-based as well as water-based cleanser. This double cleanse method involves starting off using an oil-based cleanser to rid the skin of all bacteria and remove makeup and sebum from the face. Complete the double-cleanse by massaging a water-based, foaming cleanser onto your skin to remove any remaining impurities (like dirt and sweat) to give yourself a clean base.
If you have drier skin, you want to look for hydrating cleansers that don’t produce this foaming effect as it may dry you out even more.
One cleanser option that is great for all skin types is a honey face wash! Historically, honey has been used by the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians who used the sweet nectar to treat skin burns as well as heal wounds. Today we understand why honey is so effective – studies have shown that honey possesses antimicrobial and wound-healing properties.
Why not give it a try? Here’s how you can DIY your own honey face wash at home!
Step 2: DIY Toner For Your Organic Skincare Routine
Another way to treat skin with an all-natural solution is by creating your own toner. Toning is an essential part of any skincare routine as it balances the pH of cleansed skin and prepares skin to absorb the products to follow.
We’ve gathered recipes for different types of toners, for sensitive, oily, acne-prone and normal skin as part of our natural skincare routine series. You’ll find Aloe Vera included in a lot of the recipes as it’s a great anti-inflammatory ingredient that calms any redness and irritation on the skin.
Step 3: A Homemade Exfoliator
Exfoliation, whether it’s chemical or physical, helps clear the face of dead skin cells and flaky skin. This step is great if you want to gently buff the skin to create a brighter and less dull complexion. The most popular method is using AHAs or BHAs for exfoliation, but if you want an at-home solution, we can tell you that the benefits of a homemade sugar scrub are plentiful!
As a DIY exfoliator, a sugar scrub’s little beads will help you scrub away all of your dead skin cells and aid in unclogging pores. In fact, you can use a sugar scrub on your face or body a couple of times a week. The recipe simply involves olive oil, honey and surprise, surprise – sugar. Store at room temperature and use as needed.
Step 4: DIY Face Mist
Another way to save a fortune and know what you’re putting on your face is to create a DIY face mist. It’s very quick to make and involves as little as 1 or 2 natural ingredients, namely a herbal tea and an essential oil.
Generally speaking, you simply use 2 herbal tea bags of your choice to one cup of boiled mineral water and allow the tea bag to soak for 1 hour. Give it a try.
Step 5: Natural Homemade DIY Serum
If you’ve got a love of homemade products, or just want to feel comfortable with every ingredient in your routine, a DIY facial serum is going to be worth a shot.
This recipe is simple, easy, and customizable to your skin type. Serums are usually very lightweight formulas that are packed with ingredients designed to treat specific concerns like wrinkle prevention or sun spots.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective and more natural solution, then a DIY serum might just be for you.
Step 6: Create Your Own DIY Sheet Mask
For ultimate relaxation, we have sheet masks for all: for acne-prone skin with Aloe vera and green tea, for dry and sensitive skin with honey and chamomile and even a recipe with lemon and rice water for dull skin. Sometimes a DIY sheet mask is just the thing you need to round off a great natural skincare routine!
To create your mask, you’ll need a soft cotton facial mask to soak in your DIY skin formula and apply to your face.
Always use a sheet mask after toner, and before using any SPF or moisturizer cream. Ensure you leave the sheet mask on undisturbed to allow the ingredients to intermingle with your skin.
Step 7: Eye Cream For Your Homemade Skincare Routine
As the next stage in your natural skincare routine, we’ve gathered 3 different eye cream recipes to treat dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness.
Puffy eyes, for example, are usually a result of dehydration, lack of sleep and fatigue. The DIY recipe for puffy eyes contains fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that can help counter that.
If you’re concerned about wrinkles, the DIY wrinkle eye cream contains shea butter, vitamin E oil, camellia oil and peach kernel oil to restore elasticity and smooth skin. The third recipe is to reduce those pesky dark circles which consists of vitamin K (from healthy greens and animal products) and walnut oil.
When you’re ready to use it, dot the cream gently under the skin beneath the eyes, onto the eyelids, and onto wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Step 8: Your DIY Moisturizer
If you don’t moisturize regularly because you think you don’t need it, think again. A moisturizer creates a barrier to lock in all the nourishing ingredients you’ve applied, aids in smoothing fine lines and also gives your skin a hydrating boost.
We’ve collated DIY moisturizer recipes for all skin types containing a number of essential oils that your skin will lap up.
Here are some of the most common base oils you can choose from:
- Apricot kernel oil for any skin type, but especially suitable for normal, dry and mature skin
- Argan oil suitable for all skin types
- Jojoba oil good for dry, aging, oily, or acne-prone skin
A little goes a long way. You can make a batch that lasts you months without expiring.
Step 9: Sunscreen
A safe and skin-friendly treatment (botox begone) is to wear sunscreen to prevent premature aging and shield your skin from the sun’s harsh rays. Even on days when the sun is hiding beneath clouds, applying SPF is the important final step to lock in all the products you’ve used before.
There’s a lot of debate out there on whether you should stick with the commercial-grade sunblock or make your own. No solution is perfect, but we’ve done the research for you, so check out the pros and cons of both commercial and homemade sunscreens here. Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons, we’ve included a DIY sunscreen recipe if you need.
There’s the Rose sunscreen for sensitive skin, the Aloe Vera sunscreen for damaged skin and a simple 3-ingredient recipe for normal skin.
Final Thoughts On Your Natural Skincare Routine
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the list of natural skincare recipes we’ve compiled in this ultimate guide. When you use natural products, you have full knowledge and peace of mind of what you’re putting on your skin.
If you have of your own recipes that you’d like to share, please share them with us at @kiseu We’d love to see them!