9 Best Homemade Solutions for Youthful Hair & Skin

These DIY masks, scrubs, and moisturizers will keep your skin and hair healthy and strong all year long.

December 20, 2016
woman applying face mask

Adapted from Eat Clean Stay Lean: The Diet

When it comes to natural beauty, whole foods are some of the most powerful ingredients around. Whip up these DIY masks, scrubs, and moisturizers for more youthful skin, healthier hair, and a head-to-toe glow.

apple chia seeds honey
For brighter skin

In a blender or food processor, combine 1/2 cup of chopped raw green apple, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Blend or process until smooth, adding a few drops of water if necessary. Massage the mixture into dry skin and rinse well.

Why it works: The antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids in green apples help brighten, soothe, and plump skin, while the chia seeds and honey exfoliate and deep clean.

avocado greek yogurt wheatgrass juice
For dewier, more youthful skin

In a blender or food processor, combine 1/2 avocado, 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of wheatgrass juice. Blend or process until smooth. (You can find wheatgrass juice frozen at natural food stores, or get it fresh at juice bars.) Apply the mixture to your face, let it sit for 20 minutes, and rinse with warm water.

Why it works: Avocado's healthy fats deliver moisture, while its vitamin E helps improve skin's texture. The lactic acid in yogurt gently loosens dead skin cells, and the wheatgrass adds a punch of vitamins A and E—anti-aging powerhouses

More: Top 10 Anti-Aging Superfoods Your Skin Needs

blueberries almonds oats honey and milk
For calmer skin and less redness

In a blender or food processor, combine 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1/4 cup of raw almonds, 2 tablespoons of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon of milk. Blend or process until smooth. Apply the mixture to moistened skin and let it sit for 20 minutes, or until dry. Massage the mixture in a slow, circular motion until it crumbles away. Rinse with warm water.

Why it works: Oats have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness, while milk and honey help cleanse and brighten skin. Blueberries and raw almonds deliver phytochemicals and skin-soothing vitamin E.

avocado honey olive oil
For healthier, shinier hair

In a small bowl, mash 1 ripe avocado with 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey and 3 to 5 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply to your hair from the roots to the ends, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Rinse well.

Why it works: Avocado and olive oil's monounsaturated fats soften dry, brittle hair, while honey coats and conditions your strands, giving them extra shine.

More: 5 Expert-Approved Fats for Vibrant Skin

For more volume

Open a bottle of hoppy beer, like an IPA, and let it sit for 30 minutes to let the bubbles settle. Shampoo your hair, rinse, and then pour on the beer, roots to ends, and massage briefly. Let the beer sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing and styling.

Why it works: The yeast and hops in the brew help swell your hair cuticle, making strands thicker.

chamomile tea mouthwash
For less grease

Brew chamomile tea and let it cool, then combine the tea with an equal amount of clean mouthwash. (Any kind will do.) Shampoo, condition, and towel-dry your hair. Then sprinkle the tea mixture over your scalp, rub it in lightly with your fingertips, and style as usual.

Why it works: Because both ingredients are mildly astringent, they absorb excess oil.

More: 5 'Healthy' Foods That Wreak Havoc on Your Skin

milk brown sugar vanilla
For an exfoliating scrub

In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and a few drops of pure vanilla extract. In the shower or bath, gently scrub your skin using small circular motions. Rinse as usual.

Why it works: Brown sugar acts as a gentle exfoliator, while milk softens your skin. And the vanilla? It smells amazing!

cilantro buttermilk honey
For dry, tight skin

In a blender or food processor, combine 1 cup of fresh cilantro, 2 cups of buttermilk, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Blend or process until smooth, and strain. Pour the mixture into a warm bath and soak for at least 30 minutes.

Why it works: Cilantro has a cooling, soothing effect on skin. The natural lactic acids in dairy products like buttermilk help loosen dead cells, making skin soft and supple. Honey acts as a potent moisturizer and offers up antibacterial properties, too.

More: 6 Refreshing Smoothies For Healthier Hair, Skin & Nails

avocado oil sweet almond oil coconut oil
For allover moisture

In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine 1/4 cup each of avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and melted coconut oil. Shake well and apply from your shoulders to your toes daily.

Why it works: The fatty acids in the oils penetrate your skin to deliver deep hydration.

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