For as long as I can remember, I’ve been attracted to beauty products. Let’s face it they’re packaged to grab your attention, make you promises, look and smell great. And celebrities endorse them so they must do the job right? Well the truth is the majority of store-bought, commercially-produced beauty products come packed with artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives and stabilizers that can easily be absorbed through the skin’s pores, potentially causing a range of negative long-term health effects. Not to mention, being hard on the budget.
And not only that but some of these beauty companies do horrible experiments on animals for these products. There’s a whole host of natural skincare products that are available commercially as well as in our own kitchens that have been used for centuries to beautify and help with any type of skin issue.
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There are more natural skin care products available now than ever, and their long list of benefits beyond even great looking skin might come as a surprise to you. When you use natural products like this regularly, not only are you beautifying your skin, but you’re also absorbing antioxidants, enhancing your skin’s UV resistance, and stimulating your immune system, and saving you a whole lot of MONEY.
Applying unprocessed, whole-food ingredients onto your skin — many that you likely even have already, will make you love your skin, even if you are someone who has sensitive skin or has struggled in the past with clearing up difficult skin-related problems.
After taking a deeper look at the products I was using, I did some research and decided to bring it back to basics, reinventing my skincare routine from start to finish.
Serums, face masks and exfoliants aside, here’s my daily-tested routine for simplified natural skincare—plus a few go-to products and lines that are helping me save face, every day.
Wash your face twice a day.
It’s not a revolutionary concept: washing your face removes dirt, grime, and excess oil, while minimizing shine and keeping your pores clog-free. But are you cleansing your face in the morning and at night? I wasn’t. I thought going to bed with a fresh face meant waking up with one. Remember to start your day with a clean canvas because your skin can accumulate a gross amount of bacteria while you sleep.
My Pick: Apple Cider Vinegar.
An extremely versatile and inexpensive natural skin care product, apple cider vinegar benefits include helping to kill pathogens (like bacteria), clearing skin problems caused by gut issues, cleansing the skin and helping to stop acne, plus providing antifungal properties. The use of ACV for skin problems dates all the way back to Hippocrates (460-377 BC), considered “the father of modern medicine” and a believer in the use of anti-fungal ACV and raw honey for cleaning ulcerations and treating skin sores.
It also contains highly beneficial acetic acid and certain vitamins like potassium and magnesium that make it a detoxifying agent when consumed internally, since it boosts liver function and helps balance bacteria in the gut.
Really remove all of your makeup.
I am a full face makeup kind of gal. While I love experimenting with new products (especially foundation), not all makeup removes the same, and not every cleanser can get that makeup out of the crevices. Instead of opting for wipes, I’ve gone the oil route.
I use a tsp of castor oil with a 1/4 cup of coconut oil, rub into my face, let sit and then rinse with warm water and wipe away gently with a soft micro cloth. Believe me it gets every bit of make up off and it leaves your face wonderfully moisturized.
The more moisturizer, the better.
The hunt for the perfect face moisturizer is a never-ending quest. But after trying almost every commercial product on the beauty store shelf, I’ve realized that the natural ones are helping me fight wrinkles the best while hydrating my skin without a sign of greasy residue.
Argan oil. Native to Morocco and used there for generations, argan oil is so healing because it’s rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, various antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. Argan is not only great for gently moisturizing skin, but it also boosts the shine and health of your hair.
A little goes a long way. This works for your budget too. Apply a small amount of argan oil directly to normal or troubled skin twice daily to help heal irritations such as acne, bug bites, eczema and psoriasis, leaving skin feeling and looking youthful. I had a rough time with eczema recently and the Dr. wanted to give me steroids so I tried my own recipe blend and wouldn’t you know. The itchiness and redness disappeared almost overnight!
Here’s another natural skin care recipe I use on my face, elbows & (any other dry spots) that works wonders for moisturizing, keeping wrinkles at bay and smells amazing!
½ cup shea butter
⅛ cup jojoba oil
½ cup coconut oil
20 drops essential oil (choose oils based on scent of choice)
Large glass jar or small glass jar
Put shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil in glass bowl then place that bowl in sauce pan that is filled with water.
Heat stove to medium and mix oils together
Once mixed, put in refrigerator for an hour or until solid
With a regular mixer or hand mixer, beat the oils until they are whipped and fluffy. Add essential oils and mix in
Fill container with body butter mixture and store at room temperature
Always have a skin pick-me-up on hand.
With work (and life) comes stress. With living in FL my skin tends to get dehydrated and tight throughout the day. And when I lived in CT the Winter would dry my skin out something fierce!
A nice thing to do is to carry a little homemade skin refreshing spray with you. If you don’t care to make your own, I recommend one from True Botanicals. They have an amazing nutrient mist that’s packed with antioxidants.
Facial Spray with Rosemary Herbs and Green Tea
Add three tablespoons of fresh or dried rosemary herb, four green tea bags, and one teaspoon of olive oil in a cup of mineral water and heat the mixture for about five minutes. You may also include three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and lemon peel if you have an oily skin.
Next, put a tablespoon of honey in it and stir. Allow it to cool. Finally, pour the solution in a spray bottle after removing the tea bags and straining the rosemary leaves.
Misting your face with this spray is just like an insta-spa. Giving you a dewy luminosity that makeup artists swear by, one spritz will hydrate and illuminate your skin.
I use Collagen protein powder. I put it in my coffee in the morning! It’s flavorless or comes in different flavors, in powder, liquid, pill or even gummy form. I get it at the organic pharmacy but you can even buy it at Walmart or TJ Maxx! It is growing in popularity as one of the best natural skin care supplements available today. Collagen helps build healthy skin cells and is partially responsible for skin’s youthful elasticity, softness and firmness.
While many topical products add collagen to their formula to boost its appeal, it’s actually much more effective when taken internally. Collagen is actually too large to absorb through the skin and must be produced internally for the best results.
I also take an Omega-3 daily. They are loaded with healthy fatty acids that help keep skin moisturized and elastic. They also help regulate hormone function, nervous system health and immune function. Cod liver oil is also a great source of skin-loving vitamins A, D and K, omega-3s and antioxidants.
And of course, don’t forget to hydrate plenty throughout the day, watch your alcohol and caffeine intake and get a good nights rest! Your skin will thank you!