There are thousands of skin care products available. Many people don’t realize that most commercially produced products are loaded with synthetic and potentially harmful ingredients, including artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, parabens, fillers, binders, and preservatives, to name a few. It is likely that you don’t know what 75% of the ingredients are when you read the label.
It is possible to have a completely natural skin care ritual using ingredients you can find in health markets and grocery stores. You will be amazed at how affordable these options are compared to the high cost of chemical based skin care products. Let’s take a look at 5 of the best ingredients for your skin care.
Coconut oil is one of the most amazing oils used for nurturing your skin. It is used in culinary preparations because it is a healthy, vegetable based fat that contains anti-fungal properties. Consuming coconut oil can help with both internal and external skin related fungal infections, such as red patches and dandruff related to yeast overgrowth.
This oil is great for moisturizing the skin, healing scars, and may protect from the damaging effects of exposure to the sun. Take care of your complexion by safely removing makeup with coconut oil at the end of a long day.
Cleaning and exfoliating your skin is the first step to getting the dirt and oil that has built up in your pores. A honey based face and body wash is a perfect adjunct to a natural skin care ritual. Raw honey has incredible antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Honey is often used in wound healing and for the relief of eczema.
Here is a simple recipe for a deep cleaning scrub that is also moisturizing. A glass pump bottle dispenser will work well for this.
Honey Face and Body Wash
1/3 cup pure liquid castile soap (plain or with therapeutic grade essential oils)
1/3 cup raw organic honey
2 TBS pure organic argan oil or sweet almond oil
3 TBS filtered water
* 1 TBS of almond meal
Add all of the ingredients into the bottle and shake to mix thoroughly.
*Almond meal is an exfoliating agent that is optional, depending on your skin type.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is another natural anti-fungal product that is terrific for your skin both internally and topically. You can find raw, unfiltered ACV at most grocery stores for a few dollars. ACV can be used to clean your skin or as a toner to tighten the appearance of large pores following a good cleaning. It is also excellent to treat dermatitis of the scalp that causes dandruff.
Rich, fatty avocados contain vitamins A, D, nd E, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. These are all great for reviving dull skin, lightening dark spots, and boosting collagen. You can mash or blend avocados with a little honey and a drop or 2 of lavender or lemon essential oil and apply as a hydrating facial mask. Or, use this on areas where cellulite is visible. This makes for a great weekend morning routine to nourish and pamper your skin.
The pure oil extracted from the jojoba shrub is used as a restorative and protective skin emollient. It is known for its healing properties. It can be applied directly to the skin to help with conditions like psoriasis to reduce scaly patches, redness, and itching. Jojoba oil can also be added to shampoos, along with essential oils to further enhance its effectiveness. This oil is safe to use topically but shouldn’t be taken internally.
Jojoba contains B vitamins, vitamin E, and minerals that may provide anti-bacterial benefits useful in the treatment of acne. The mineral iodine in Jojoba has been found to combat acne. This oil may be a better alternative to harsh acne treatments. Jojoba is a gentle moisturizer that can be used all over on a daily basis.
Your skin is the largest organ on your body. It is exposed to so many pollutants, toxins, UV rays, and harsh weather every day. You need to be kind to this vital organ by nurturing it with a natural skin care ritual that combines a healthy diet, exercise, and chemical-free skin care products. The suggestions here are completely affordable and considered safe.
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