With pollution, ever-changing weather, and now the dreaded ‘mascne’ (breakouts caused by wearing a face mask) to name a few, our skin faces some severe challenges. We have some recipes for you to try in your acne skincare routine.

The multi-billion-pound skincare industry would have us believe that for every challenge, there’s a whole range of new products in which you need to invest.

In reality, all you need are a few key ingredients and a dedication to working out what is best for your skin. And you’ll save plastic and money in the process.

During the lockdown, I started assessing my single-use plastic consumption and questioning the ingredients on the back of my skincare products.

I was shocked and confused at what makes up the cleansers, masks, and washes I love. I felt betrayed by the products that promote natural benefits but had no natural ingredients.

Green-washing victim no more, I set myself the challenge of taking control of what I put on my skin and making my own products. My acne skincare routine was born.

Honey and Oil Moisturising Mask 

It has taken me years to make peace with my oily, olive skin. I did it not by buying the scariest looking, acne-destroying facewash from Boots like I would when I was a teenager, but by being kind and giving my skin the oil it needs.

After years trying to dry my skin out, I now substitute moisturiser for a good lather of Argon or Olive Oil before bed when my skin deserves a treat. 

This mask is an excellent middle-ground if you are new to using oil but want to start reducing reliance on your shop-bought moisturiser.

I use Argon Oil for this one, but you can swap that out with any other oil and would suggest you do your research as they all have their benefits.

If you do have problems with acne or breakouts, you should avoid Coconut Oil (however good it smells) as it is highly comedogenic.

  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Argon Oil 
  • ½ tsp Rose Water
  • 2 tsp Cornflour 

There is no getting around that this is a sticky recipe. It does, however, smell delicious and have all the benefits for your skin.

Even with the cornflour, this mask is quite runny. So, to stop yourself from looking like a melting waxwork, it is best to use a lot less than you would a thicker mixture.

Apply evenly, leave on for 30 minutes and remove using a flannel and warm water. 

Bentonite Clay and Tea Tree Cleansing Mask

If I could suggest one purchase, it would be Bentonite Clay (also known as Indian Healing Clay). This is great for any acne skincare routine.

Kardashian approved, it has natural anti-bacterial and inflammatory properties, so no wonder people have used it for thousands of years.

This mask is quite strong and potentially quite drying. I tend to use it when my skin is breaking out and would say if you have sensitive skin.

Either dilute or swap out the apple cider vinegar for water and considering removing the baking powder.  

Getting the consistency for this recipe is tricky business. Hence, even though I have set out quantities, pour the liquids into the powder slowly. Mix as you go until you reach a smooth but not runny consistency.

  • 2 Tbsp Bentonite Clay 
  • ½ tsp Tea Tree Oil
  • 3 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Rose Water
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder

Slowly mix ingredients in a bowl using a spoon, taking care to stir out any lumps. Apply using clean fingers or a facemask brush.

Keep on for no longer than 15 minutes. If you do feel any irritation, wash off immediately with a flannel and warm water.

After removing, make sure to moisturise. 

Tea Tree and Charcoal Cleansing Facewash

For me, moving to homemade facewash was the most challenging transition and the most demanding recipes to get right.

However, this recipe is simple and a gentle solution for breakout-prone skin. Since lockdown, I have used Rose Water as a cleanser before I moisturise (with reusable cotton pads such as these) and have loved incorporating more and more in my skincare (and cooking for that matter). 

I tend only to make enough for a few days usage of this and store in a small squeezable bottle which I keep in the bathroom as the charcoal powder can make it quite messy. 

  • ½ tsp Activated Charcoal Powder
  • ½ tsp Tea Tree Oil 
  • 1 Tbsp Argon Oil 
  • 2 Tbsp Rose Water 

Pour all ingredients into a squeezable bottle and shake before use as the ingredients can separate. 

Oats and Honey Exfoliating Face Wash 

I love this recipe; it smells like a delicious floral porridge and doesn’t feel harsh on the skin like some exfoliators.

Honey is anti-bacterial and filled with antioxidants, and I notice a glow in my skin after using this.

Oats can also help soak up any excess oil on your skin, so it is excellent as a kinder acne solution.

As with most exfoliators, it’s best only to use it once or twice a week and make sure to moisturise afterwards. 

  • ½ Tbsp Ground Oats
  • ½ tsp Honey 
  • ½ tsp Rose Water 

I make this up in a bowl or plastic tub and tend to use it while I’m the shower as it can be quite messy.  

There we go, some super simple recipes to get you started with your homemade skincare routine.

If you are considering changing up your beauty habits and making some transitions more sustainable solutions, check out my tips for giving up shampoo and going ‘no-poo’ here – 4 Homemade Shampoo Recipes To Start Your Eco Hair Routine

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