Creative, Natural and Inexpensive DIY Beauty Solutions
What You’ll Need To Do It Yourself:
(1) RED WINE
Why you’ll love it: Red wine contains high levels of antioxidant polyphenols, which are beneficial in keeping skin healthy. Red wine (when used in skin care products) is said to:
– fight free radicals
– stimulate blood circulation
– rejuvenate and firm skin
– Increase skin elasticity
– ease the nerves
– leave skin bright and glowing
Why use it in this recipe: The above stimulating properties mean that red wine should soften wrinkles and fine lines and therefore should be very useful in battling the effects of aging skin. In the cases of acne and eczema, red wine is also considered to be good for detoxifying the skin and in this way, helping the skin against these kind of disorders.
I use whatever wine i have lying around the house at the particular time that I am making the cleanser. Box wine works just as well as any expensive wine!
What’s the alternative: White wine. White wine contains the same qualities as red wine, but in more subtle quantities. If you’ve got really sensitive or really fair skin, I would advise that you use white wine in this recipe.
* Consideration: Whereas red wine is good as an anti-aging skin toner, white wine is just as (if not more) effective for the tightening of any open pores and preventing the recurrence of acne. White wine is also said to work wonders on dry skin and red wine on oily skin.
Why you’ll love it: It took me a while to figure this one out because I felt the wine wasn’t quite enough . . . Thank goodness I finally have the answer! Vinegar is filled with naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), which originate from sugars in certain plants. AHAs have properties that improve the skin instead of just temporarily making it look better. So, AHAs are basically nature’s facial cleansing gift to us!
Why use it in this recipe: The AHAs exfoliate the skin by dissolving the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. This removes dirt, oil and blackheads, while also allowing the natural emollient oils to surface. This promotes the growth of new cells, which results in healthier skin that is more flexible and even in tone, less wrinkled, more hydrated, and smoother.
* Note: Vinegar is a Class I Preservative. This means that together with refrigeration, adding vinegar will help keep this wonderfully Refreshing Red / White Wine Facial Cleanser fresher for longer.
What’s the alternative: You may substitute say, regular vinegar with apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar . . . any vinegar will do. Generally you should use a red wine vinegar for the red wine cleanser and white wine vinegar for a white wine cleanser. However, if you can’t get these just use any regular vinegar you have in your pantry!
(3) LEMON JUICE / EXTRACT (FRESH!)
Why you’ll love it: Just like vinegar, citrus fruits like lemons are filled with naturally occurring AHAs.
Why use it in this recipe: For the awesome natural cleansing properties of the AHAs.
What’s the alternative: If you’re unable to squeeze your own lemon juice (which is what I recommend), you could buy a bottle of freshly squeezed lemon juice from a grocery store. Make sure that you get 100% fresh juice that is neither sweetened nor enhanced with anything. You could also substitute this with the fresh juice of an orange. However, i recommend lemon juice.
(4) EMPTY BOTTLE or CONTAINER
I cleaned out a 177ml bottle that previously contained an olive oil hair moisturizer. (Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!)
The reason I liked and picked this particular bottle is that the plastic screw cap had a tiny hole to allow small amounts of the liquid to pour out at a time. It was ideal for my bottle of homemade facial cleanser!
If you do recycle (and please do), be sure to thoroughly clean and dry the bottle and cap/lid.
How To Do It Yourself:
This is possibly the easiest recipe . . . Ever!
Combine the following *ingredients in your empty bottle or container:
Shake the contents well and . . . that’s it! This recipe if kept well refrigerated will keep for six to eight (6 – 8) months without going bad. However, I prefer to make it in small batches and with frequent (once daily, 3 to 4 times a week) use, this recipe lasts about 6 months.
Because I do not have sensitive skin, I prepare both the Red and White Wine Cleansers, and vary the use depending on oil or residue build-up on my face. When very oily, I use the Red and when dry and cleaner, I use the White wine cleanser.
* Feel free to alter the ratio of the ingredients depending on the size of container you are using. Remember for every 2 tbsp of wine, use 1 tbsp of vinegar and 1 tbsp of lemon juice.
How To Use Your Refreshing Red or White Wine Facial Cleanser and Toner:
1. Clean your face thoroughly – you may want to steam your face after cleansing to open up your pores.
(* Tip: Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to the hot water or cloth that you intend to use to steam your face. This will open up your sinuses and help you relax. You may also mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oils with the cleanser.)
2. Use cotton wool / cotton balls to apply the cleanser all over your face, avoiding contact with your eyes.
3. Allow the cleanser a few minutes to dry. Your face may get a little bit sticky once the cleanser has dried on.
4. Gently rinse off the cleanser with warm water
5. Dab your face dry, and moisturize
And… It’s as easy as that!
Hope you all love this!
Feel free to comment, ask questions or send me feedback. Tell me how your Refreshing Red / White Wine Cleanser and Toner turns out!!
* Bonus 1: Make a simple wine face mask with leftover wine. Take 3-4 tbsp of red (or white wine), 1 tbsp of honey and 1/2 tbsp of aloe vera gel. Mix well and apply to the face and neck. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and rinse off.
* Bonus 2: When you’re done, you can go here to check out some great ideas for cocktails made using your leftover wine.