We talked in our prior post about tips for maintaining naturally beautiful skin, and so much of it has to do with what you eat and using food as medicine.
That’s what makes natural skincare not only more beneficial for your overall health, but so much easier and cheaper, as you can find most of the ingredients you’ll need already in your fridge, pantry, or backyard.
And whatever you don’t have will just require an inexpensive trip to the grocery store, mostly the produce section, or your local farmer’s market or plant nursery.
So let’s get into some simple, easy, and effective natural remedies for your skincare routine!
Aloe is a fantastic moisturizer, especially for acne-prone or oily skin, that’s a powerhouse to have around your home for so many skincare needs.
It’s light and absorbs very quickly, relieving irritation and redness. It’s also the perfect after-sun moisturizer and sunburn remedy, and helps heal other burns, rashes, itchy skin and so much more.
It’s antibacterial and extremely soothing for many skin conditions.
For puffy or swollen eyes, green tea is a great remedy that’s a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Simply brew two green tea bags and let them cool enough to squeeze the excess water out. Use them while warm, or put them in the freezer for 15 or so minutes to cool off, and then use them as a compress over your eyes as you relax for 15-20 minutes.
Oats are a wonderful remedy to treat dry or irritated skin and are excellent for eczema, psoriasis, redness, and itchiness.
And honey is a powerhouse on its own as well for many skin treatments and it excels in its powers of nourishment, helping moisturize your skin, reduce wrinkles and balance your pH.
Combined, these two ingredients pack a beautiful and soothing punch to nourish your skin.
Simply combine a tablespoon or two of oats, either raw or crushed, with enough honey to coat it, about a teaspoon or so. Then spread this healing mixture onto your face and let dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse off and feel how soft and soothed your skin feels.
Very generously moisturizing and great for dry or chapped skin, you can use coconut oil anywhere and everywhere on your body, including your scalp, hair, nails, and lips- anywhere that can use a good dose of hydration.
It absorbs well on freshly washed skin to act as a moisturizer, and can even be used as a deep conditioner for your hair.
You can use it on dry, cracked skin, on scaly patches, eczema or psoriasis, and even to help heal scrapes or rashes, as it’s anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.
A cleansing powerhouse to have in your beauty routine, apple cider vinegar can be used for many skin issues and is also a great rinse for your hair and scalp.
Antifungal, antibacterial, and detoxifying, it’s great to use on skin, diluted with some water, to treat acne, fungal rashes, or sores.
You can also ingest it for an inside-out purifying treatment to aid in the liver’s detoxification and help balance gut bacteria for overall health, which only adds to your natural beauty and glowing skin.
A wonderful way to use this prolific grower in your garden, you can use mint as an under-eye pick-me-up! You can also find mint in your grocery store or plant nursery, and it’s easy to grow in a pot on your porch or windowsill.
For this youth-boosting eye treatment, simply take a few rinsed mint leaves, crush them up, and apply them to your under eyes. Rest for 5 minutes while you feel into the tingly, cooling sensations, then rinse.
This treatment increases blood circulation which helps alleviate dark circles and bags under the eyes.
Olive oil and sugar are something many of us perennially have on our shelves at home, and this is a super easy to whip-up treatment to exfoliate dry, flaky, or irritated skin and deliver a dose of moisture and refreshment.
Alternatively, you can use salt instead of sugar, Epsom or coarse sea salt are good options. Simply use a two-to-one ratio of olive oil to sugar or salt, and combine.
After cleansing your skin, spread the scrub anywhere you’d like to remove dry skin cells and bring out the fresh, radiant skin lying beneath.
This works great to smooth the elbows, knees, feet, and even your lips. Simply rinse off after you scrub and see how soft it leaves your skin.
As you can see, it’s actually pretty easy to start ditching the chemical-laden drugstore products, and start to use real, whole food and natural ingredients as the powerful, nutritional treatments they are!
Start simple, and start with what you already have right at home. The results will speak for themselves and will help motivate you to keep the changes up.
And the more healthy and happy you look and feel, the more confident you’ll be to shine your radiant self in the world!