Homemade recipes for an even skin tone can offer you the same results as a store-bought brand, but they cost less and leave out all of the harsh chemicals. An even skin tone is essential for healthy-looking skin and flawless makeup application. Uneven skin tone with discoloration, dry spots, oily spots and dull spots can create a sickly appearance whether or not you're wearing makeup.
Homemade recipes for an even skin tone will clean, exfoliate, moisturize and/or smooth your skin to improve its appearance. Homemade recipes don't contain as many preservatives as commercial products and therefore don't keep well, so most recipes should be made fresh before each use. The mixture will need to be applied to clean, dry skin. The exact technique will depend on whether you’re using a homemade facial scrub, mask, cleanser, lotion or astringent.
It’s important to test any new homemade recipe on a small patch of skin before spreading it over your face—the last thing you'd want is an extreme allergic reaction on your face. As a basic rule, anything you’ve eaten without problems can be used on your skin without problems. However, it’s always better to be safe. Use the product on a small patch of arm skin, wait 24 hours and check for a reaction.
A quick and cheap homemade recipe for an even skin tone is for cucumber juice. You can grate, dice, mash or juice the cucumber to create enough liquid. Just dip a cotton ball into the juice and wipe it across your face and neck each night before you go to bed like you would an astringent. Over time, the juice will help fade discoloration and hydrate skin for a smooth surface.
Another easy homemade remedy for an even skin tone is fresh pure aloe vera. You have to have some potted aloe vera plants growing in your home to create this treatment, but the investment is well worth the plant’s benefits. Break a small piece of the plant off each night and smear the gel on your clean skin before you go to bed. This powerful gel will help fade discoloration, promote cell growth, heal scars and moisturize your skin.
To create a slightly more complicated recipe that exfoliates dead cells while hydrating your skin, use an oatmeal-and-yogurt facial mask. Mix together 2 tbsp. plain yogurt, 3 tbsp. rolled oats and 1 tbsp. lemon juice in a small bowl. Smear the mixture on your clean skin and let it dry. Lean over the sink and gently scrub the large clumps of oatmeal from your face to exfoliate your skin. Wash the remaining mask from your skin; rinse well and pat your face dry. Repeat this process once a week.
For a deep moisturizing mask you can use once a week to even skin tone, mix together 2 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. mashed avocado and 1 tbsp. milk in a small bowl. Spread the mixture across your clean face and neck. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash the mask from your skin; rinse well and pat your face dry.