Greek yogurt, coconut oil, Himalayan salt… These ingredients are not only good for us: when applied topically, they work miracles on our skin. And with these DIY recipes collected from the beauty editors of ELLE from all over the world, you can’t go wrong! 

#1 Facial tips & tricks

To fight pregnancy acne

“During my pregnancy, I was struggling with acne flare-ups and I had to pay close attention to what I was putting on my skin. So I turned to manuka honey, which has antibacterial superpowers and even accelerates skin healing. Twice a week, I would make a mask by mixing one tablespoon of manuka honey, two tablespoons of organic plain yogurt, one teaspoon of mineral water and one teaspoon of organic lemon juice. I let the concoction work for 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water. I immediately noticed that my skin had fewer blemishes and redness and was healing faster and faster. A true miracle treatment!” Marie-Noëlle Vekemans, SHE Belgium 

For an outstanding anti-aging mask

“Mix half a cup of olive oil, two teaspoons of aloe juice and two teaspoons of rose water well in a ceramic bowl. Apply generously to face and neck. Wait 15 minutes, then rinse. You’ll be amazed by the softness of your skin!” Mihaela Batinic, SHE Croatia 

For a natural peeling

“The best alternative to acid peels, according to Russian women? A mask made of five layers of yogurt (or sour cream)! The first layer is applied to clean skin. When it is dry, a second layer is applied, and so on until the fifth layer is applied. Then rinse off!” Maria Taranenko, SHE Russia 

For a peach skin

“A colleague recently introduced me to the Greek yogurt mask of the influential beauty Lauren Conrad. The necessary ingredients: four tablespoons of cold plain Greek yogurt, in which the contents of a probiotic capsule are mixed. The mixture is applied to the skin with a cotton ball, left to stand for 10 minutes and rinsed off with lukewarm water. The lactic enzymes in the yogurt dissolve impurities and soothe the skin, while the probiotics tone and brighten it. The result is as good as most sheet masks on the market!” Brooke Le Poer Trench, SHE Australia 

To help dehydrated skin

” I mix three tablespoons of powdered oats (rich in zinc and slightly exfoliating), three tablespoons of milk (soothing) and one tablespoon of honey (moisturizing and antibacterial). I wait a few minutes while the oats are soaked and then I apply it to my face. After 10 to 20 minutes, I remove the mask with a damp cloth”. Barbara Huber, SHE Germany 

For a radiant smile

“For my teeth, I swear by the Ayurvedic ritual, including oil pulling, a technique that promises to give us better breath, a healthy mouth and bright teeth. I take a spoonful of virgin coconut oil and swirl it in my mouth for 10 minutes before spitting it out into the garbage. Do not spit it into the sink, as the oil can freeze and block the pipes. I then brush my teeth with turmeric, which has whitening and sanitizing properties” Anna Machová, SHE Czech Republic 

To fight against inflammation

“Oats contain beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that creates a thin film on the skin and helps preserve its moisture. Oats are placed in a clean cloth, tied into a ball with a rubber band, and infused in a large bowl of water by squeezing four or five times. When the water becomes cloudy, we use it to wash our face and let it dry on our skin in the open air”. Petra Windschnurer, SHE Slovenia 

For ultra-soft lips

“I use a touch of olive oil mixed with a bit of brown sugar – I’m careful about the ratio – to gently exfoliate my lips. It allows my balm to be better absorbed afterwards!” Théo Depuis-Carbonneau, ELLE Québec 

For a soft skin

“Baking soda is my secret to beautiful skin – my mother passed it down to me! I wet a cotton pad, add a little cleanser and baking soda to it, then exfoliate my skin with gentle circular motions and rinse it off. Afterwards, my skin is as soft as a baby’s!” Velina Vasileva, SHE Bulgaria

#2 Hair tips & tricks

For silky hair

“I found that sesame oil works really well – it’s a common practice in Ayurveda. I coat my hair with it occasionally, and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.” Marta Krupinska, SHE Poland 

For a moisturized scalp

“I melt some coconut oil in the microwave (or in a pan), to which I add a few drops of tea tree oil, known for its antiseptic properties. I then massage the mixture into my scalp and leave it on for a few hours – ideally, I do this on weekends, while I do some household chores or read. Then I wash my hair. (A double shampoo is a must!) Once the treatment is complete, my scalp is well hydrated and refreshed, and my hair is smooth and silky.” Théo Depuis-Carbonneau, SHE QUEBEC 

For a well thought-out breakfast

“Millet is a medicinal plant that has been known for a long time. It is considered the “forgotten” cereal, but it has many beneficial effects on the body, especially for women who want to have strong, thick and shiny hair. Just eat it as oatmeal, by cooking it in goat’s milk with almonds (which also help to strengthen hair) or plums”. Petra Windschnurer, SHE Slovenia 

To energize fine hair

“To create what I call my nourishing hair tonic, I boil a cup of water with peppercorns, cloves, a bay leaf and some coarsely chopped red onion. I wait until the mixture has reduced by half before sifting it and adding half a cup of vodka and a few drops of lavender essential oil. This cocktail may not look very appetizing, but it helps to fight thinning hair and split ends, as well as remove any residue of conditioner!” Mamta Moody, SHE India 

To enhance our natural color

“After washing our hair, we rinse it with herbs infused in water: chamomile for light hair and nettle for dark hair.” Maria Taranenko, SHE Russia 

For a voluminous mane

“I started exfoliating my scalp once every two weeks, and the effect is striking. My home remedy removes product residue and dead cells and leaves my hair healthy and full of volume. I mix one part Himalayan salt with one part olive oil and one part lemon juice. Then I massage the mixture into my scalp, rinse it off with warm water and follow up with my shampoo and conditioner” Marthe Jakobsen, SHE Norway 

For healthy hearts

“My grandmother always used to say that our hair is very precious: it needs to be watered and nourished so that it can grow and become a big healthy tree! When my hair is dull and damaged, I turn to extra virgin olive oil, a Greek treasure that acts as a natural conditioner. When I wash my hair in the shower, I add a few drops of olive oil to my conditioner. Afterwards, my mane is smooth, shiny and strong!” Rozina Kouri, SHE Greece

#3 Tips & tricks for body and well-being

To soften the skin

“I am a fan of lymphatic brushing, which consists of rubbing the skin with a dry brush, or with a little oil (coconut, sesame or almond). The result: it is incredibly smooth and has a nice glow.” Katy Young, SHE Great Britain 

For a sensual lotion

“For a body lotion with bewitching aromas, we add a drop of rose geranium essential oil to our fragrance-free cream.” Elisabeth Martorell, SHE France 

For a Japanese remedy

“Japanese fermented foods are beneficial for nourishing both the body and the skin. Sakekasu (sake dregs) can be eaten, but you can also bathe in it. It brightens the complexion by reducing pigmentation spots, moisturizes the body and improves blood circulation. We put sakekasu in a small bowl and dissolve it in hot water before adding it to our bath water. Every morning I also drink amazake (sweet sake), made with sakekasu, because it has repairing properties and also helps to regulate the intestinal transit”. Yumiko Murata, SHE Japan 

For a spa-worthy exfoliation

“My DIY beauty recipe is inspired by a traditional spa scrub with Himalayan salt, which leaves the skin feeling wonderfully refreshed. For my homemade variation, I mix sea salt with coconut oil and add lemon, rosehip or lavender essential oils. I play with the quantities according to the desired consistency. Once the mixture is ready, I massage it into my wet skin to gently exfoliate it, then I rinse it off with warm water. Another quick recipe that works miracles against dimpled skin: mix sea salt with Clarins Anti-Water Oil. The result is really incredible!” Susana Blaázquez, SHE Spain 

To relax the muscles

“Many factors can make our muscles sore, such as stress or exercise. Whatever the cause, I find that the most natural and effective way to relax is to drink this simple tea: a spoonful of rosemary brewed in boiling water and filtered after a few minutes. That’s it!” Mihaela Batinic, SHE Croatia 

For a coffee scrub

“Sometimes I use a body scrub made of coffee grounds and coconut oil. This concoction leaves my skin ultra-soft and moisturized “Mallika Boonyuen, SHE Thailand 


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