Most people are unaware of the fact that their favourite skin care products are actually causing more harm than good. They contain many toxins and chemicals that can cause significant health problems such as hormone imbalances that can affect the endocrine system and impact a woman’s fertility and menstrual cycle. Store bought skin care products are packed with stabilisers, preservatives, fragrances and artificial colours that are absorbed into the skin. So, what does this mean for your skin care routine? Not to worry, there are a host of natural products on the market that will treat your skin with the tender loving care that it deserves.
When you are shopping for skin care products, follow the same rules that are applied to following a healthy diet. Look for unprocessed ingredients that don’t contain artificial or harsh chemicals. If you are ready to stop damaging your skin and body with commercial products, keep reading.
Pure Jojoba Oil
This natural oil prevents breakouts by combating oily skin. Kary Grossman is a California-based dermatologist, and she states that jojoba oil has an almost identical structure to the sebum in our skin. This is the natural oil that blocks the pores and causes the skin to breakout. Because of the similar structure to the sebum, the skin is tricked into not producing it. Apply the oil before going to bed at night by rubbing it into the skin to melt away grime and makeup and then wipe it off using a clean, hot washcloth.
Raw Honey Mask
This mask is made up of honey turmeric and cinnamon. Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Turmeric is also an antibacterial, and cinnamon boosts circulation for an extra radiant complexion. To make the mask, combine one teaspoon of each ingredient in a small bowl and mix together thoroughly, apply it to the face and neck and leave it to sit for one hour before rinsing it off.
Coconut oil has several skin care benefits, it contains antiviral, antioxidant and antifungal properties which help to remove dead skin cells, strengthen the underlying epidermal tissue and protect the skin from sunburn. Research has found that it is capable of fighting chronic skin conditions including atopic dermatitis.
You can use coconut oil to remove makeup, cleanse, moisture, and to heal scars and wounds.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to eliminate skin problems caused by gut issues, reverse acne, and kill pathogens such as bacteria. People have been using ACV for skin problems for centuries, it dates back to the time of Hippocrates who was known as “the father of modern medicine.” He believed in using raw honey and ACV to treat skin sores and clean ulcerations.
Exfoliate With Sea Salt
Sea salt is packed with tons of nutrients and minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium. Most of these minerals are also found in the skin cells which is why sea salt can help to restore, balance and protect the skin.
For an exfoliation scrub, use Celtic or Himalayan sea salts combined with other skin-boosting ingredients such as lavender essential oil, coconut oil or raw honey. The salt is also made up of anti-inflammatory properties which calm breakouts, soothe the skin, get rid of irritation, remove dead skin cells, help the skin retain moisture levels and balance oil production.
Make your own scrub by combining 4 teaspoons of raw honey, and 2 teaspoons of sea salt, apply the mixture to clean skin and work it into to face in circular motions. Leave it to sit for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
Avocado Face Mask
Avocado contains vitamins A, D and E, all of which are capable of penetrating the skin to treat age spots and boost collagen production. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. You can make an avocado face mask by combining avocado with honey, essential oils, or a carrier oil. It will make the skin feel fresh and dewy by replenishing hydration.
Tea Tree Oil
Australians have been using tea tree oil as a skin treatment for centuries. It works as a powerful acne treatment when combined with a carrier oil. Tea tree is a natural anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and anti-bacterial. Its phytochemicals make it one of the most popular and versatile natural skin care essentials on the market.
Lemon Essential Oil
Some cases of acne are caused by bacteria getting stuck in the pores, lemon essential oil contains powerful antibacterial constituents that can kill some of the most dangerous strains of bacteria. It is also useful for exfoliating the skin, fighting wrinkles, toning oily skin, brightening and lightening dark patches, and fading age spots and scars.
Africans have been using shea butter as a natural skin care product for hundreds of years. It is a very effective moisturizer for dry skin and helps to reduce peeling, redness or flaking. For a home-made skin care butter, you can mix it with essential oils such as bergamot, eucalyptus, frankincense, or lavender oil.
There are many nutritional benefits associated with almonds; however, almond oil is also extremely good for the skin. It contains antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that are capable of treating dryness, acne and skin rashes.