It can be tempting to jump right into the deep end, but before you do, here’s some beginner DIY skincare project ideas to get you started.
Beginner DIY Skincare Project Ideas
There is an immense amount of oils, hydrosols and preservatives out there, so as a beginner, the easiest thing you can do is skip all of that. Start with dry, powder based products such as face masks, dry shampoos, and bath powders.
My rose inspired clay mask would be a great starting point, and you could cut the ingredients back to include just the clay and a single extract if you’d like. It’s a simple recipe, great for all skin types, and something you could even make with friends. This green comfort mask by Lisalise also looks like a wonderful choice.
DIY dry shampoos are typically made out of corn starch, and a simple bath powder formula could be a mix of dried milk, collodial oats (purchased from a cosmetic ingredients supplier) or finely blended oats, and dried blended flowers.
When it comes to dry ingredients, you are truly spoiled for choice.
The next step up is to introduce yourself to carrier oils! There are many, many oils to pick from and they each have unique benefits and textures that they bring to your products. Learning these will take time, so just pick a few oils suitable for your skin type to start with (we will discuss this more later).
The best beginner project you can do with oils is a facial oil. They are all the rage right now in the ever growing natural beauty movement, and are surprisingly adaptable so as to suit even oily, acneic skin types. You can go as simple as you’d like with a single oil, or even go with five! Though keep in mind that the more you use, the more the individual benefits get diluted. Less can truly be more. When I was younger I used avocado oil from the cooking aisle as my moisturiser, although argan and rosehip oil are more popular currently. Marie’s pomegranate and evening primrose facial oil could be a great starter, though be aware that depending on the supplier, pomegranate oil can have a strong natural fragrance. Don’t want a face oil? Don’t worry, body oils are great too!
Once you’ve conquered the face oil, try adding some candelilla wax or beeswax to make a balm, or purchase some shea butter to whip into a fluffy body butter. Lisalise is the master of all things balmy and whipped and has written extensively on the topic here.
Throw in Some H20
You have clay all over your vanity, you’re gleaming with oils.. I think it’s time to add some H20 to your new DIY routine. You’re all grown up now and have the basics down, so I think you are ready to begin using some preservatives.
I have one recommended beginner DIY skincare project idea for this category: a simple toner.
There are a lot more items you can make in this category, but there are exciting things ahead so we won’t spend too long here.
A simple formula for a toner could be:
- 35.5% Water
- 60% Hydrosol of choice (i.e. real rose water)
- 3% Vegetable Glycerine (from your local supermarket)
- 1% Extract of choice (for example this one)
- 0.5% Liquid Germal Plus
We have added water to the toner as this aids in keeping the formula botanically balanced, and also prevents the hydrosols from being too strong. This is a very basic basic formula, but it will get you started. To make, combine the first three ingredients in a heatable bowl, heat to 72 degrees celsius, then once cooled add your extract and preservative, stirring with a clean spoon. Use a small digital scale for the preservative to ensure accuracy. Bottle, and enjoy.
And now combine everything!
Congratulations! You have now learned the basic components of the main phases to any cosmetic formula. You are ready to make a lotion, where a heated oil phase is combined with a heated water phase using an emulsifier and a stick blender. This is how any commercial cream is made.
This is where things get a bit more complex, so we’ll dedicate the last two posts in this series to the beginner ingredients you will need for your first lotion (and for the other projects mentioned in this post). I hope this post on ‘Beginner DIY Skincare Project Ideas’ helped you on your DIY journey!
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