It seems that (especially for women) switching from regular skin care products to natural skin care versions is one of the toughest natural living steps to take.
It’s hard to break free of the age defying, wrinkle reversing, acne preventing claims of conventional products and switch to a natural option, even though the natural options are often cheaper and work better!
Below are some of my favorite natural skincare recipes to help you make the switch more easily!
Natural Face Wash
I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for a couple of years, and I’d still highly recommend it, but I’ve recently switched to a faster, easier and even cheaper option: Microfiber. My favorite company makes a natural body cloth with silver wound into the thread so it is completely antibacterial. It takes off makeup, food (kids faces, not mine!), dirt, etc. without any soap at all (which is great since soap strips the natural oils in the skin). It is also completely safe to use on babies and kids (which would be especially helpful for any kids with eczema) and the cheapest/most environmentally friendly.
You can also use pure, organic Liquid Castille soap in water to naturally cleanse the face. A few drops on a wash cloth or in a sink full of water will naturally clean your face.
Natural Make-Up Remover
Microfiber actually works great for this too and removes even mascara without soap or oils.
Plain olive or coconut oil will also remove mascara (even waterproof) and will remove other make-up as well but isn’t as ideal if you have oily skin.
For oily skin- Liquid Castille soap in water will remove makeup without adding oils to the skin or stripping the natural ones.
Lotions and Moisturizers
For most people, pure coconut oil is all that is needed for moisturizing the face. It is naturally full of collagen supporting lauric acid and is easily absorbed by the skin. Even for oily and acne prone skin, coconut oil’s natural anti-bacterial properties make it a great option.
For those with dry skin or who want to prevent aging naturally, a homemade lotion bar is a great (and naturally SPF 5) option. You can even add zinc oxide to make a sunscreen bar if you need the extra protection, or alter into a natural deodorant.
A sugar/oil scrub is great for most skin types when extra exfoliation is needed. Just mix equal parts oil (coconut, olive, etc.) and sugar (white or brown) and use as a whole body exfoliator.
For more oily skin, plain baking soda can be used to exfoliate skin and remove blackheads or dirt.
There are a ton of anti-aging products available but the best options are the ones you take internally. All of the collagen products that are supposed to firm up skin don’t take into account that collagen must be produced internally and is too large to absorb through the skin.
To promote natural collagen production, I’d suggest using coconut oil as a moisturizer and taking Gelatin, Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Blend and Vitamin C to support natural Collagen production internally.
Most people prize bronze skin, but not everyone wants to use tanning products that can leave marks or cause other undesired effects. It can be very difficult for someone with fair or light skin to get a nice-looking natural tan, but it can be done. The key is to limit your exposure to solar rays to reduce the risk of sun damage.
- Put on sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before you go in the sun. Use sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) of around 15. This is to keep your skin from being overexposed while tanning.
- Avoid tanning in the bright midday sun. If you do this, you’ll be more susceptible to burns.
- Set an alarm of some sort for about 15 minutes and put a towel or blanket out in a sunny part of your yard. Lie down face up at first to tan the front of your body. You actually don’t need to do this in the yard. If you’re going to the beach, you can tan there.
- Reset the timer for another 15 minutes after it sounds. It’s now time to flip over and get your back tanned as well. This will give you an even, natural tan.
- Get out of the sun when the alarm sounds for the second time. Go inside and shower. If you have to continue to be outside, wear a higher-SPF sunblock. This is to not only protect your pale skin but the tan as well. An amazing tan can easily be ruined by overexposure to the sun because it will turn into a sunburn.
- Repeat this process daily for a couple weeks. Even the lightest of skins should show a good natural tan after this time. After you’ve attained the desired results, repeat the steps only for maintenance a couple days a week. This isn’t the quickest or fastest way to get a tan, but when you have pale skin, you must take things gradually.
Keeping a complexion smooth and having a youthful appearance is difficult with the best of skin types but with oily skin it is even more difficult. You can wash it, cleanse it, watch after your skin all the time and still get nowhere. Try to treat the oily nature in a natural way to keep it looking youthful and beautiful.
- Keep your skin clean. Limit washing your skin to two to three times a day but try to keep it free from dirt and grime. These can cause pores to clog and gives acne a foothold. Use hot water as it dissolves the oil better than warm or cold water. Also use a highly mineralized water, not tap water. Choose a soap that is lightly medicated or has antibacterial cleansing lotion in it. Don’t rub the soap into the skin hard as it can help clog the skin pores.
- Use a toner on the skin to close those pores. The heat of a summer day and hot water used in washing your skin only serve to open the pores wider allowing more oil to flow out. Close the pores with the toner and for an even better cool feeling store it in the ice box.
- Apply an oil-free moisturizer after thorough washing and cleansing. This will help the skin tighten and look younger.
- Avoid most acne creams and lotions. They have a drying effect on the skin and causes more oil to be excreted. Use a deep cleaning exfoliant once a week to deep clean the skin if scaliness becomes a problem.
Sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation in the skin. Hyperpigmentation is when the skin gets areas of increased melanin, causing it to have dark spots. The dark spots make the skin look blotchy. Using natural skin whiteners made out of products normally found in homes, you can lighten your skin and reduce hyperpigmentation without the risks of chemical burns that are associated with some commercial skin whiteners. Step 1:Wash your skin twice a day with a mild soap and a washcloth. Use the washcloth to rub the soap in the skin and to rinse the soap off the skin. The washcloth mildly exfoliates the skin to encourage the shedding of dead cells.
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Step 2:Apply a skin-brightening tomato and lime juice mask to the skin every morning before you wash. To make the brightening mask, blend 1 tomato and the juice of 1 lime in a blender. Apply a thin layer of the brightening mask to the skin and leave on for 15 minutes. The extra amount of brightening mask can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. After 15 minutes, rinse the skin with cold water. Wash skin with a mild soap and a washcloth. The tomato and lime whiten the skin and give it a bright appearance. The lime juice may cause a stinging sensation on the skin; this is normal. With regular use, skin becomes accustomed to the lime juice, and the stinging sensation lessens.
Step 3:Apply a moisturizing honey and lemon juice mask before bed every night, before you wash your skin. To make the mask, mix 1 tsp. of honey with 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Apply the mask to the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rinse the mask off with warm water. Wash skin with a mild soap and a washcloth. The honey moisturizes the skin, and the lemon whitens the skin. The lemon may cause a stinging sensation on the skin while the mask is on; this is normal. With regular use, skin becomes accustomed to the lemon juice and the stinging sensation lessens.
Step 4:Apply organic aloe vera gel to the skin twice a day (morning and night), after washing. Aloe vera gel is a moisturizer that heals skin irritation and lightens the skin.
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Step 5:Exfoliate your skin once a week with sugar and olive oil. Mix 1 tbsp. of olive oil with 1 tbsp. of white granulated table sugar to make a paste. Use your fingers to gently rub the paste into the skin with a circular motion. Be careful around the eye area to avoid getting the paste into the eyes. The exfoliant removes dead cells off the surface layer of the skin, exposing new, fresh skin and encouraging the growth of new skin.
Acne is one of the most common things in every day life. dealing with it can be hard specially if your a teenager. Most people go to heavy medication for acne and other products that may damage your body and skin. So what’s healthy ways to getting clear skin? Follow these steps in this article to see noticeable clearer skin.
Everyone knows the number on thing to clear up acne is water! water, water, water! Water helps clean your body of all the toxins. So cleaning the inside helps the outside look awesome.
Hygiene is always important. The number one thing people will acne forget to do is CHANGE YOUR PILLOW CASE! Your pillow case is one of the most dirtiest things on your bed. Because your hair and hair products sit on the pillow from previous night of sleeping and also make up and other people who may lay on your bed bacteria and products go on your pillow and when you sleep it just sits on your face. This is why it’s important to clean your pillow case and wash your face, hair, and body before resting. Be sure to clean your sheets and covers too to prevent any body acne.
- Diet and exercise!
Changing the way you eat and adding more exercise helps a lot. And you probably are asking How? Because exercising gets the blood flowing. Which basically for shorter terms wakes up the skin. Changing your diet helps not only your skin but your body. Remember keeping the inside healthy will show on the outside. So eat those vegetables and fruits.
Moisturizing your skin keeps your skin healthy look and also soft. Even if your skin is oily or seems like it does not need moisturizing.Go to your local beauty store and try on some good lotions and find the right one for your skin type.
- Avoid harsh chemicals as well!
Try not to put really cheap facial cleansers on. This might help the chance of getting break outs etc. Before trying any facial cleaners only work a little bit on a small part of your skin. This way if you are allergic or have a reaction to the product its only on a small part of yourself and not your whole face.
If you could use a photo airbrush as a tool in your beauty bag of tricks, nobody would ever know you have pores. But life is not a photograph or a movie and real people have real pores. Pores help the oils we need for hydration reach the skin’s surface. The good news is you can minimize the appearance of your pore size, not with smoke and mirrors, but with basic, consistent cleaning methods and natural products. Those tiny pores which look large to you can also be tightened, making them appear smaller.
- Wash your face daily, as gently as if it were a baby’s skin. You may not be a baby anymore, but your skin still needs gentle care. Overwashing, or vigorous washing, or scrubbing the skin can damage the pore’s lining and worsen skin pore problems according to chemist and formulator of natural cosmetics, Robert Rister. Apply a cleanser to clean fingertips, not a face cloth to clean. Pat, don’t rub the face dry.
- Exfoliate skin twice a week, advises Karen Bruno of WebMD. Visible pores may be simply due to poor exfoliation and improper cleaning. “Too much surface oil and remnants naturally shed skin cells can collect around the edges of pores, creating the illusion of the pores being larger than they really are,” according to Audrey Kunin, M.D. Mix your own exfoliator by mashing 8 tbsp. of oatmeal into warm water. Leaving it whole can clog the drain. For a stronger exfoliant, add 1 tbsp. each of honey, apple cider vinegar and ground almonds. Use a circular motion to exfoliate skin with the mixture. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
- Apply a natural astringent or toner to the skin with a cotton ball or face cleaning pad to minimize pores. Use a toner with apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or mint or green tea, and cucumber. Store the toner in the refrigerator, advises businesswoman and former model, Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy. Make your own simple toner with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water.
- Wear a mask, not to go out, but at home, at night, when you’re alone. Steam clean pores by filling the bathroom sink with hot water. Place a large towel over your head and hover over the sink, allowing the steam to penetrate the skin. Wipe the skin with a cotton ball to remove any dirt. The last thing you want to do is apply a mask over a minuscule object lodged in a pore, because it will erupt into a painful pimple. Apply a mask to your skin weekly. Slather on a thick clay mask to absorb excess oils and smooth skin.
- Moisturize skin to keep it healthy and apply it at night only. Hydrated skin looks pleasantly smoother, reducing the appearance of pores. Use an oil-free, non-comedogenic product containing either vitamin C or retinol. These ingredients stimulate collagen production and help tighten and shrink up pores. Other pore-tightening natural ingredients found in moisturizers include aloe, rosewater and cucumber.
- Smooth on pore refining gels under foundation before heading out for the day. Gels and creams are also available and they can be used all over the face or just in problem areas, including the forehead, chin, nose and cheekbones. Choose matte foundation to smooth the look of skin.
Taking care of the skin is of great concern to most people. Making sure African American skin has an even skin tone and looks its best can be done naturally without spending a lot of money on expensive skincare products. One of the most important things to remember is that what you put inside of your body is just as important as what you put on your skin. Here are some tips that will help you always put a winning face forward.
- Drink lots of water. Most doctors and health care experts suggest drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. It may not always be the easiest thing to do, but you can get in all eight if you plan accordingly. If you make sure you drink at least two glasses of water at both breakfast and lunch, you’ll be halfway there by the middle of the day.
- Use sunscreen. Dark spots and freckles often appear on the skin as a result of damage from the sun. Most dermatologists now recommend sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Apply it all over your face and neck.
- Shea butter is a natural moisturizer that can help even out skin tone. It is a natural fat that is derived from shea trees. Shea butter is often credited with helping fade scars, dark spots, and blemishes.
- Watch your diet. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables can help improve the appearance of your skin. Eating these healthy foods can also help protect your skin from free radical damage, according to Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa in his book, Food as Medicine.
- Exfoliate your skin. Using an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week can greatly help improve your skin. Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells. Instead of spending a lot of money on an expensive exfoliator, try mixing baking soda (1 tablespoon) with water or your favorite facial cleanser. Gently rub it all over your face, rinse it, then follow it up with a moisturizer.
The skin needs moisture to repair and renew itself. While the skin produces it own oil through the sebaceous glands, sometimes extra moisture is needed. Oily skin produces too much oil, while dry skin does not produce enough. It is dry skin that is most prone to wrinkles, lines and the visible signs of aging. Skin needs to be hydrated either internally or topically to be soft, supple and smooth. Herbs and essential oils are the best natural moisturizers for the skin.
- Apply camellia oil. Camellia oil is a sweet smelling and edible oil used for cooling in China and Japan. The oil is gentle on the skin because it has no harsh chemicals. Camellia oil has vitamin E, a well-known antioxidant that removes free radicals, which are harmful substances. Free radicals also damage the skin. One of the best things about camellia oil as a moisturizer is that it can block UVB light. The oil can be used as a sunscreen to protect against the harmful rays of the sun, which causes age spots and wrinkles.
- Use cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer made from cocoa beans. It is basically a vegetable fat with traces of vitamin E. This oil is often recommended as a way to remove stretch marks and other scars. Cocoa butter is also an antioxidant. The antioxidant property helps to give cocoa butter a natural preservative. Cocoa butter is available as a stick, lotion and cream that can last for 1 year.
- Take vitamin E supplements. Vitamin E is a good internal and topical moisturizer. This fat-soluble vitamin is an antioxidant and protects the skin from the damage of pollution and ultraviolet light. Vitamin E also helps with the absorption of vitamin A, another good skin vitamin. Foods rich in vitamin E include tomatoes, almonds and sunflower seeds. As a supplement, the vitamin is available in both synthetic and natural forms. According to the National Institute of Health, the natural version is twice as effective as the synthetic. Vitamin E oil can be applied topically to moisturize the skin and to help fade or remove scars.
- Apply baby oil. Baby oil is very gentle oil that is useful for adult skin also. It has no harsh chemicals, although many commercial baby oils contain mineral oil. There are some baby oils that are made of only essential oils. To find a baby oil that has no mineral oil, read the ingredients label before buying.
- Add flaxseed to the diet. Flaxseed is a plant that contains essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are not manufactured in the body. Eating foods with EFA, such as fish, or taking flaxseed oil supplements are the only ways to give the body these nutrients. Applying flaxseed oil to the skin can not only moisturize it, but it also helps with various skin problems, including acne. According to Herb Wisdom, “The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to the EFA’s anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties.”
The health and appearance of your complexion is partly due to genetic factors that are beyond your control. However, you can help achieve a much-coveted clear and glowing skin through a balanced diet, effective skin care routine and healthy lifestyle choices.
- Follow the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Daily Food Guide for a balanced and healthy diet. These include 6 to 11 servings of whole grains, 2 to 4 servings of fruit, 3 to 5 servings of vegetables, 2 to 3 servings of dairy foods and 2 to 3 servings of protein foods.
- Eat two portions of oily fish, such as salmon, sardines or mackerel each week, as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit skin health.
- Drink the recommended daily amounts of fluid, which the American Skin Association lists as at least eight glasses of water. Even minimal dehydration will leave your skin looking dry and dull.
- Get outside each day for small amounts of unprotected sun exposure to top up your levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D production is triggered in the skin by sunlight. Do not burn however, and wear sun protection cream if you plan to stay in the sun for longer than 10 to 15 minutes.
- Cleanse your face at the beginning and end of each day with cleansing cream or face wash. Massage facial moisturizer into your skin after each wash. Pat eye cream gently around the eye area with your ring finger.
- Follow a relaxing bedtime routine to help you relax and drift easily into sleep. For example, take a warm bath, then dim the lights and read a light novel for about 30 minutes before retiring. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night as skin regenerates while you sleep.
- Engage in moderate, aerobic exercise, such as walking briskly, swimming or dancing, for about 30 to 60 minutes each day. Exercise improves circulation and the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a healthy glow.
African Americans need to look beyond the makeup counter and drug store facial aisle when looking for skin care remedies. The reason is that while many of the products may be adequate, many are not designed for use with African American skin. African American skin not only contains more melanin that Caucasian and other skin types, but it is also more oily, and quicker to reveal sensitivity to certain products.
- The best way to treat African American skin is to keep it very clean. African American skin responds well to natural, organic products. Many store-bought soaps contain artificial ingredients that can aggravate the skin. Dark skin will reveal reactions to artificial products through discoloration, which isn’t always apparent with lighter skin. Some of the best organic cleansers for African American skin are shea butter soap, olive oil soap and African black soap. (Black soap can stain your shower though). If you prefer store-bought products, look for a hypo allergic, non-concomedegenic cleaners such as face Aveeno clear complexion cleansing bar. For astringent, use straight all natural witch-hazel (found near the alcohol and peroxide) in the grocery aisle.
- African American’s of all ages get acne. To make matters worse, on African Americans, dark scarring can last long after the outbreak. To treat acne on African American skin, you should first avoid using hair oils that run onto the skin, or be very diligent about keeping them away from the face as this is a major reason for acne on African Americans. Regular cleansing as mentioned does wonders for stopping acne. For stubborn outbreaks, dab a bit of tea tree oil of the blemish before going to bed.
- Razor bumps are a difficult and painful problem for African Americans. They occur when freshly cut hairs curl back and pierce the skin resulting in painful and unsightly bumps. The best natural remedy for razor bumps is to stop shaving. When this is not possible, you can make a paste strawberries and sour cream or mix honey, aloe vera, water and crushed aspirin and apply it to the affected areas.
- Many African Americans suffer from discolored and uneven skin tone. Even the smallest trauma or allergic reaction can cause light or dark splotches on the skin. You can treat hyper-pigmentation through gentle exfoliation. Use an oatmeal and honey facial scrub that you mix yourself with equal parts of each ingredient. Other gentle exfoliation treatments are a mask made of almonds that you soak overnight and then grind into a fine paste.
Your skin is a mirror of your body’s overall health. Taking care of your skin keeps you looking young and beautiful, and should be a part of your daily beauty ritual. Over-the-counter skin care treatments are often expensive and full of chemicals and artificial perfumes. If you want naturally beautiful skin, natural home treatments are healthy, economical and fun. Read on to learn how to care for skin with natural home treatments.
- Exfoliate your skin before showering to remove dry, dead cells. Stand in the shower with the water off and gently brush your skin with a soft-bristle skin brush, moving in circular motions toward the heart. That is, begin at your feet working towards your abdomen, at your fingertips working towards your torso and at your back, working towards your stomach.
- Wash your body with castile soap instead of harsh soaps that contain strong chemical perfumes, which can dry and damage your skin. Castile soap is usually made with either olive oil or vegetable oil and is scented with natural, healing essential oils, a much better alternative for natural skin care.
- Moisturize your skin after your shower with natural almond oil, nature’s best skin care remedy. Almond oil is used as a relaxing agent in aromatherapy, and a pain reliever in massage, but also soothes and softens the skin and can help improve complexion. A little almond oil goes a long way, so don’t overdo it. Purchase small amounts of almond oil and store it in the refrigerator, as it goes bad faster than other oils.
- Apply a weekly natural skin conditioner to help combat blemishes, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and deeply moisturize your skin. Place the juice of one whole lime, a quarter cup of whole yogurt and a half of a large cucumber in a blender, and blend until creamy. Apply the conditioner to your skin and allow to set for 20 minutes before rinsing in a lukewarm shower.
You probably use lemons as flavoring in your food and drinks all the time, but if you’re like most people, you’ve never thought about using them as a natural skin care and beauty treatment. Lemons won’t fix your skin overnight, but they can help treat certain problems and may even help prevent serious skin conditions. Using lemon juice topically for a short period of time doesn’t have long term side effects, either.
- Like smearing toothpaste on pimples, lemon juice is sometimes mentioned as a quick home remedy for getting rid of acne. Unfortunately, there’s little evidence that lemon juice can really make acne vanish overnight. However, lemon juice can help lighten acne scars if used sparingly. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to areas of acne scarring with a cotton swab or pad in the evening after washing with a mild facial cleanser. Avoid getting lemon juice on the rest of your skin – it can be very drying.
- Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic. When lemon juice is used as part of a facial mask, it can help to clear dirt and bacteria on the surface of your skin that can cause pimples and breakouts. Oleda Baker, author of “29 Forever” suggests making a mask from fresh lemon juice and chilled oatmeal. To make the mask, combine 1 cup of cooked, chilled oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply the mask to clean skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Baker recommends using the mask once per week or less. If the lemon juice mask is too drying for your skin, use it once every 10 days to 2 weeks instead.
- Lemon peel, when added to hot black tea may protect your body from skin cancer according to BBC News. Researchers Iman Hakim and Robin Harris of the University of Arizona found that people that drank hot tea with lemon peel had a 70 percent reduced risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma. Study participants that drank hot black tea without lemon peel only had a 40 percent reduced risk. Drinking tea regularly may also help reduce the risk sunburn too, but more research needs to be conducted in this area.
- Lemon essential oil produced through the vapor distillation process can be used on the skin to help rejuvenate dull skin according to Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics.” According to Close, the best way to use lemon essential oil on your skin is to mix 1 part lemon essential oil and 10 parts natural carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil. Apply the mixture to clean skin in the evening. Close also recommends limiting sun exposure while you’re using lemon essential oil topically, because it may increase photosensitivity.