DIY shower gels
You know your skin type better than anyone else, so why not try making a bespoke shower gel?
We all have specific requirements when it comes to our bodies and certain products can dry or irritate. The great thing about whipping up your own shower gel is that you know exactly what’s gone into it, so there are no hidden nasties. It’s also really easy and all the recipes featured below will only take a few minutes to put together. This week we look at creating cleaning lotions for dry, oily and normal skin types.
“The best way to make a shower gel is to use Liquid castile soap,” Janey Lee Grace, author of Look Great Naturally Without Ditching the Lipstick, told Cover Media. “You can choose to add your favourite essential oils if you want something scented.”
Anyone with a normal skin type should try Janey’s revitalising shower gel, which will leave you feeling fresh and energised.
“Simply mix half a cup with a tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of vitamin E oil or Jojoba oil and add some essential oils, grapefruit is refreshing, lavender is calming,” she explained. “Whisk up in a high-speed blender or in a mixing bowl and pour into a plastic bottle.”
By swapping a few ingredients, this recipe can also be used on oily or parched skin.
Adding lavender, chamomile or Ylang Ylang essentials oils will help to hydrate dry limbs. To make this recipe work for oily skin, simply swap the lavender for rosemary, peppermint, lemon or tea tree. Any of these essential oils will help reduce breakouts.
You could stick with one essential oil or try a combination – experiment with five to ten drops at a time until you are happy with the scent.
For a richly moisturising body wash, mix three cups of distilled water with one tablespoon of shea butter, ¼ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of coconut oil and ¼ cup of aloe vera gel. Blend in a processor on a high setting for around a minute, then stir in a cup of castile soap.
Shea butter, olive oil and coconut oil are all natural ingredients and deeply moisturising. Aloe vera – known as the ‘plant of immortality’ – boasts beta carotene, vitamin C and E to help improve the skin's natural firmness and hydration levels.
Wherever possible, it’s best to use pure oils, which are usually labelled as ‘cold-pressed’ or ‘extra-virgin’, as they will offer more moisturisation.
Most homemade gels need to be shaken up before use and should be used within a month.