Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.
You can spend a LOT of dollars on your skin care routine. But, natural skin care doesn’t always need to involve purchasing a whole plethora of products. Many effective and affordable natural ingredients for your skin can be found in your kitchen. And since so many of us are trying to find ways to stretch the budget without skimping on our personal care, it seemed like a perfect time to look at some inexpensive, but amazing, ingredients you may already have in the house.
Castile soap is made from olive oil a safe, simple plant oil, and is generally considered safe for even the most sensitive skin types. Many plant oils (and especially olive oil) are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. These healthy fats help replenish moisture within the epidermis, resulting in supple, glowing skin without stripping your skin’s natural oils. Castile soap is available as a solid bar soap or in liquid form. Dr. Bonner’s liquid unscented Castile soap is my favorite. (We order it from Thrive Market)
Chamomile boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help soothe the skin, reducing redness and blemishes. It can even ease skin irritations like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. The antioxidants also help boost skin health to bring out an inner glow and even fade dark spots and under-eye circles (chilled chamomile tea bags can lighten the under-eye area and reduce puffiness).
Oatmeal is anti-inflammatory and can help soothe a variety of skin issues because of I the vitamin E, antioxidants and ferulic acid it contains. It’s ideal for exfoliating or combined with clay for a face mask. Simple blend in food processor or blender until finely ground. We love this easy facial scrub you can mix up in just a few minutes.
Applying coffee directly to your skin may help decrease the appearance of sun spots, redness, and fine lines. Because of its qualities that signal tissue repair, coffee can play a key role in regulating cell re-growth, leading to better hydration, increased collagen as well as increased skin elasticity.
Baking soda, another great exfoliator, can help you get rid of the dead cells that get accumulated over time. It also helps slightly shrink the size of your pores. It can be drying though, so be sure to use moisturizer anytime you use baking soda.
Try making a paste with baking soda and honey for a quick an easy exfoliating scrub.
We use coconut oil for a lot of different skin care DIYs, but for many people it’s a no go for face care. It is a great makeup remover but beside to follow it up with a gentle wash cleanser afterward. According to Allure, …many dermatologists actually don’t recommend it for use on the face — especially if you have naturally blemish-prone skin — but the body is fair game. “Instead of using it to moisturize your face, which can cause breakouts, you can use it as a moisturizer for the body because it’s rich in fatty acids and has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties,” says board-certified dermatologist, Joyce Park.
Fatty acids in coconut oil help protect and nourish the skin in two main ways, says Finney. “[They] provide good barrier control and help us hold on to our own moisture, which is great because it helps both treat and prevent dryness.”
Coconut oil is a staple ingredient in many salves and lotion bars and many with skin irritations such as eczema find it soothing.
Honey is a powerhouse ingredient for the skin. It can soothe acne, eczema and psoriasis and other skin irritations. Raw honey is also a gentle exfoliator which helps remove dry skin (which is why it pairs really well with baking soda!)
Adding yogurt to skin increases moisture, evens skin tone, reduces appearance of fine lines and acne. Not only is the yogurt cooling for the skin, but its probiotics can help your skin’s microbiome balance itself naturally.
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