Drugstore Diaries: Haute Homemade Beauty Basics

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Welcome to Beauty School!  Every Monday, JET experts will teach you how to preserve your sexy.  This week, make-up and hair expert Dre Brown offers insights on fabulous homemade beauty products for your skin through her “Drugstore Diaries” series. 

Dre Brown

Daddy’s mac and cheese, mama’s cold concoctions, grandma’s this and Miss So-and-So’s that — growing up in the South, I recall the wonders of homemade miracles. There was a warm and fuzzy belief that some things are best when you make  them yourself.

The same could be said for beauty solutions; especially when headlines warn us daily about the dangers of toxins, parabens, sulfates, preservatives and the like found in some cosmetics, skin, and haircare products. So, why not throw on an apron and turn up the creativity for the chance at a custom fix for your everyday beauty needs?

Smooth Operators:

With the holidays inching closer, so increases the anticipation of sweet smelling stocking stuffers from your favorite body care retailer. But, why wait? Whip up a body scrub or butter of your own to hold you over.

Remove dead skin daily with a rich mixture of sea salt or turbinado sugar and your favorite body oil. Mix two parts granules with one part liquid and buff over skin with a shower mitt or washcloth for ultimate exfoliation.


Keep suppleness sustained with your own scented butter blend. Combine raw versions of your favorite oils (coconut, olive, shea) in a saucepan over low heat, then allow to cool and firm once fully blended. Once your signature creation reaches room temperature, it’s ready for a rub.

Face Fixes:

Detox, hydrate, and tighten your face with a couple grocery list go-to’s.

Soften and smooth dryness with the pulp of one avocado pureed and painted on. Apply and set for 10-15 minutes to boost hydration and elasticity. Oils within the flesh of this fruit work wonders and play nice with the natural oils present in skin.

Finally feel good about being caught with “egg on your face” by priming your makeup with a potion of egg whites and water to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Whisk equal parts water and egg whites, then apply a thin layer with a foundation brush to freshly moisturized skin. Allow mixture to dry and tighten before makeup application.


And once your makeup’s complete and you’re on the go, refreshing your look can be easy with a hydrating mist made from filtered water and muddled cucumbers. Strain mixture into a handy travel spray bottle and pump on lightly to set and hydrate after touching up with powder.

Your turn: Have you ever used homemade ingredients for a beauty concoction?