Skincare for the Changing Seasons: Pamper Your Skin with These 3 DIY Recipes for Skincare Treats

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I have a love/hate relationship with my kitchen…


Sometimes, like when I have a long, lazy Saturday afternoon stretched out in front of me and very little on my plate, I enjoy cooking and preparing meals from start to finish. Other times, though, like after a busy day on an average Wednesday night, even the thought of tearing open a bag of baby carrots is enough to wear me out.

Last Saturday wasn’t exactly a lazy day, but I did have a little time to explore the culinary arts. While rooting around the cupboards, I realized that my pantry contained the fixin’s for more than good eats. It also had some great ingredients to make a number of do-it-yourself skincare treats.

All three of these recipes rely on ingredients you may already have in your kitchen at home, and the best part? — they only call for two ingredients each. πŸ™‚

What do you get when you mix two great things together? Well, if they’re olive oil and sugar, you get one heck of a skin scrub. I like to use this rich, moisturizing scrub on my hands, feet and body at least a few times every winter. The gently exfoliating sugar grains buff the flakes away from even my roughest, driest patches, while the olive oil helps to moisturize and repair.

If you happen to be out of olive oil, substitutions are allowed. You can swap it out for body or facial oils, like jojoba or argan.

The quantities listed here should make enough to scrub both of your hands and feet, but if you’re hoping for a full body scrub, you’ll want to use more.


  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil

Mix the sugar and olive oil into a thick paste, which should just take a minute, and then buff where needed using small circular motions.

Rinse with warm water, and follow up, if you’d like, with your favorite moisturizer for even more hydration.

My combination dry/oily skin hates the chill in the air outside, and it’s also not a huge fan of indoor heaters. To show my face some TLC, I like yogurt masks like this one here.

The lactic acid in the yogurt gently dissolves away rough, dead skin cells while the oatmeal soothes.


  • 1 cup of plain yogurt (I prefer Greek yogurt because it’s thick and stays put)
  • 1/2 cup of regular (not instant) oatmeal

Mix your yogurt and oatmeal into a paste, and apply it to freshly washed, clean skin. Let that sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with water or wiping with a warm washcloth.

You can also adjust this recipe, depending on the condition of your skin, or to address specific concerns. Gals with very oily skin can add a couple of drops of lemon juice to help clarify and cleanse, while damsels with dry skin can add two tablespoons of honey for extra moisture.

As much as I like this time of year, my skin doesn’t. For me, holiday stress and dry weather adds up to breakouts (ugh!). If your skin has also been acting up, try this easy-peasy face mask. It combines baking soda to exfoliate, with orange juice to tighten pores.


  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

Mix and stir the juice and baking soda for a few seconds, and apply a thin layer to clean skin. Let that sit and dry for about 20 minutes (try to sit still so the mixture doesn’t slide away), and then rinse with water, or remove with a warm washcloth.

I hope you have fun “cooking up” these or other skincare treats. Now, would someone please pass me something I can actually eat? πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vonvon says:

    They all look good enough to eat! πŸ˜€
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  2. Sara Blythe says:

    I’ve tried the oats with the yogurt and they’re great for moisturizing and soaking up excess oil. I’ve also used honey with sugar but the olive oil’s new for me! It’ll be nice to try sometime. Thanks!

  3. Sunny says:

    Oh my God Karen, the first two look AMAZING! I’ve been using homemade yogurt mask for a while now (mixed with honey and turmeric), and it has worked better for me than all the commercially-available masks I have tried. I’ll definitely give Greek yogurt a go!

    And the sugar scrub!!! It’ll work SO well during the colder months! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Sunny,

      The greek yogurt is really nice because it’s thick and it actually stays on! I’ve tried other types of yogurt and they were just too runny.

      Happy Thursday!

  4. Kim says:

    I’ll have to give the yogurt mask a try – it sounds awesome. I don’t know about the scrub, though. I’ve never met a sugar scrub that didn’t leave me feeling like I’d jumped in a vat of vaseline. πŸ™

  5. peach_ says:

    These photos are AMAZING, Karen! *faint*
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  6. Ruchita says:

    These are great tips. Thanks! I have all these items at home, so I’ll definitely give these a try.

  7. Nina says:

    i already do the oatmeal mask … but i want to try the orange juice and baking soda mask the most!

    i also do an aspriin mask — just crush up an aspirin, mix with some olive oil and apply! scrub lightly before rinsing off. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina,

      Hope you’re feeling better today. πŸ™‚

      I tried the aspirin mask years ago and it made me sneeze! I’ll have to try it again with either olive oil or honey.

      Did you catch Top Chef last night? That elimination was brutal.

      • Nina says:

        i am getting better, thankfully. πŸ™‚ hopefully ill be at 100% again soon!

        so i read up on aspirin masks again after i posted, and apparently, if you use honey instead of olive oil, there’s less asprin particles flying about! that means less sneezies!

        that elimination was one of the worst in TC history. i was sad to see N go and i have come to dislike H so much!

        • Karen says:

          I’m going to try the honey since I have some in the cupboard. Yay for homemade DIY skincare experiments!

          Yeah, both El Hub and I were like “WHAT THE WHAT?!?” at the end. Those two were the last I’d expect to leave at this point in the game. I also can’t believe how H totally threw Bev under the bus! Not cool.

          • Nina says:

            H is such a b**ch (even mild mannered Asian dude w/ a lion’s mane) said so!

            we went to a farmer’s market last week and got some local honey and ive been enjoying it w/ both my tea and coffe w/ a splash of soy milk! yum!

            oh and i also love it on wheat toast w/ a thin layer of butter! this is making me hungry!

  8. DalaLuz says:

    I really like the sugarscrub, I’m a big fan of Weleda body oils so I love the fact that I can turn my favorite oil into a scrub so easily. So much nicer than salt scrubs for me. And if you crush up the sugar so it’s a good bit finer it also works as a lip scrub. Big benefit: it’s all edible! (if you use honey or olive oil)

    • Karen says:

      That’s a great idea, DalaLuz. I have a bottle of Weleda body oil in my cabinet, so I’ll try this next time I need to get my exfoliation on!

      What do you use to crush your sugar? Do you use just the back of a spoon or something?

  9. jessica says:

    I definitely need to try the first and last one. I love how everyone has their own home remedies (reading the comments, i see many). Personally for my face, I use a crushed up aspirin with honey. Its supposed to mosturize and help with acne. Personally, I find it really helps.

    Thanks for the tips!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jessica,

      I’m enjoying reading everyone’s homemade recipes, too. It’s like a big recipe fest up in here.

      I tried the aspirin mask once and remember sneezing like crazy!

  10. Brittany says:

    I literally just made a quick olive oil and sugar scrub and used it this morning! The air in my dorm room is extremely dry, so I made myself a scrub to get some moisture back into my skin. I’ve got baby soft skin now πŸ˜€

  11. Jennifer Austin says:

    I have used brown sugar, honey and olive oil for a scrub for a few years. It is awesome!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      I’ll have to try putting in a few drops of honey. Does it make it harder to rinse off?

      • Jennifer says:

        No not at all, I do add a bit of water to all of the above. The honey kind of melts in with everything. It is kind of messy but it smoothes and soothes my skin afterward. I use all over my hands too. I have tried it in the shower but it makes it slippery in there! You have to be careful.

  12. I love your DIY tutorials and that ingredients are readily available in your kitchen. I will try this scrub today. My skin is wreaking havoc this winter. Thanks for the tips!
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  13. Chris25 says:

    What I love about these recipes is that they only require a couple of ingredients. Most homemade facial treatments say you have to mix in a blender, scoop out avocado, etc etc. I might as well apply spaghetti sauce on my face, considering all the trouble I’d have to go to. πŸ˜›

    • Karen says:

      Haha, Chris! πŸ™‚ When it comes to cooking (and DIY face stuff!) I prefer simple and streamlined.

      Happy Thursday. How are things out your way today? It was raining this morning here in Marin county, but now the clouds are starting to part and the sun’s coming out. Yay!

      • Chris25 says:

        It’s a bit chilly in my apartment today. I’m going to take pics for some upcoming blog reviews later on, and I have to see a friend later tonight. Classes are essentially over (just one more exam to take!) so I’m being a lazy butt and watching Futurama right now. πŸ™‚

  14. Angeline says:

    Can you use any kind of acidic fruit with the baking soda? Say, grapefruit maybe?

  15. Lily says:

    I use the olive oil and sugar mix for a lip exfoliator, it works wonders (and is better than forking over my hard-earned $$ for one of those Lush lip scrubs).

  16. Harshleen says:

    Awesome photos……..these skincare treats look so yummy! I am going to try the yogurt-oatmeal mask for sure.

  17. Em says:

    I also have one of the Lush lip scrubs, the Bubblegum one” and while it tastes deelish I go through it in no time at all. My fave recipe for a lip scrub is mixing sugar, lemon juice and olive oil. It tastes really yummy” like the sweet lemon lip butter from the body shop!

  18. I love DIY skincare, thanks for sharing! I will totally be trying the orange juice & baking soda mask, I haven’t heard of that one before πŸ™‚
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  19. Sri says:

    my skins has been sensitive to chemical skin care, and it caused redness all over my face, yikes, like a tomato..and I’ve been using the tips that you’ve posted for about a month, and my redness is gradually disappear!
    the difference thing is I used the orange juice as a toner after baking soda and castor oil & olive oil mask… Thanks, Karen, I should try the orange juice mask version πŸ˜€

  20. Megan B says:

    I make a version of the oil and sugar scrub but I use coconut oil (the solid white stuff) and make a paste that is easier to use as a scrub….i however do use olive oil on occasion when I need serious moisture. Tomorrow, I am going to try the orange juice and baking soda, I love homemade skin care! Thanks!

  21. Shandi Naugle says:

    I love this! I think the ideas are so cute. I would love to try some out! Now, I just need to buy some olive oil:)

  22. marisol says:

    My skin, especially nose & mouth area, is dry & peely (is that a word?) due to the cold weather. I may try that yogurt & oatmeal mask. I wonder if strawberry chobani would work? hahaha! Nah, I will just get some plain yogurt.
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  23. sesame says:

    My favorite is yogurt with oatmeal flour. It’s easy to mix. Can’t use Greek yogurt because it’s so rich for me! Greek yogurt makes a good body mask though.
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  24. I do this same olive oil body scrub twice a week – but I mix in honey too – it somehow leaves skin even softer and more soothed. And it smells incredible! And is about $40 cheaper than most scrubs you buy – why are they SO expensive??
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  25. Coming from a catering background with a big concentration on fresh ingredients I really like this blog. The information, simplicity, the freshness of the products and also the blog design. I have also researched many recipes for homemade hair masks and conditioner which include a variety of ingredients. The face scrubs I will have to try and making it from home is always a bonus. My favourites at the moment are avocado and banana which also smell good.
    Brilliant stuff. Darren.

  26. Celina says:

    Awesome, thanks Karen! 2 questions for ya – will clementine juice work? I don’t have oranges so I’m wondering if clementines will work just as well. And also, how often do you do these treatments? Once a week or so? Thanks again!

  27. Jenny Fox says:

    Love your DIY beauty tips! You’ve made “cooking” and time in the kitchen a delight again!
    I did a hair DYI which turned into a disaster or more like a cake on my head started baking ha ha. The old talc on my dark roots then got caught in the rain- disaster as it caked up! Well lucky I have a fab mineral hair powder now which doesn’t turn into a baking class on my head should I get some moisture hitting my roots.
    Would love for you to review it yourself and see if you’re in agreeance lovely. I bought it from my local salon, called Spilt Milk Mineral Hair Powder. It’s made from natural minerls and clays, love it even more as its natural. Smells delicious!! FYI- You may want to eat it, it smells that good!!!
    Thanks again for the tips, I’ll be doing your body scrub and following yoghurt face mask!

  28. Arummmanis says:

    This gives me ideas to try during this holiday. Have any of you tried Apple Cider vinegar toner? It’s great for acne. It helps reduces the swelling for my case.

  29. Miss Cali says:

    My gosh Jenny you’re a gem!!! I just bought some of the Spilt Milk Hair Powder online and it is incredible!!!!! Totally relate to the caking thing with talc, hence my keeness to try something highly rec like the Spilt Milk.

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