Returning to nature and finding ways to reconnect it with it is always the right choice, and it can be incorporated into every aspect of our lives. One of those aspects can be skincare. You can use natural skincare remedies that your grandma’s great grandmas were using to solve the most prevalent skin issues without irritation and drawbacks. Keep reading about some of the best natural ingredients, their benefits, and the ways to use them.
Coconut oil is a wonderful natural ingredient that is amazing for everything: cooking, haircare, skincare… Coconut oil can:
- provide antibacterial protection
- reduce inflammation
- slow skin aging
- help repair the skin’s outer barrier
- provide antioxidants
- promote healing
Application: On its own, coconut oil is a great, highly-hydrating moisturizer, but it can be a great exfoliator too. Just add some sugar, salt, or baking soda into the melted coconut oil and scrub the dead skin away. Coconut oil can also be a great deep conditioner if left on your hair overnight and washed out in the morning.
It turns out that honey is not only for your tea but also for your skin. Honey nourishes and protects your skin, and it acts as a moisturizer and acne treatment.
However, it is crucial to keep in mind that you should use raw, unpasteurized honey that still contains healthy bacteria in order for it to benefit your skin and solve your skin issues.
The bacteria present in honey work with your body’s immune system to reduce irritation and inflammation and diminish the bacteria that cause acne, heal, and lighten acne scars.
Application: Honey is good in all of the scenarios. You can use honey alone, but you can also mix it with other ingredients for multiple skincare benefits.
A good example of honey-based acne treatment: mixing three parts honey to 1 part cinnamon. You should leave it on for 8 to 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera has been used for centuries, and if something is around for that long, it must be good. You have probably used an aloe vera gel to soothe a sunburn before, and you did not even know it.
Aloe vera offers a moisturizing ability that allows it to be used in a place of face lotion. Aloe vera is packed with antioxidants, vitamins E and A, and healthy enzymes. Aloe vera quickly absorbs into the skin, which means, if you have oily skin, you can use it without worrying about breakouts.
Aloe vera gel is very cool and soothing, which is why it can also be used to treat sunburn, cold sores, frostbite, and cuts. Overall, aloe vera gel is worth storing in your medicine cabinet.
Application: The best way to get the purest aloe vera gel is to get your own aloe vera plant, cut open one of the leaves and squeeze out the fluids that you can now apply them directly to the skin. The easiest way to use it is to buy an over-the-counter aloe vera gel, but if you decide to do so, you should make sure to get one that lists only pure and natural ingredients. Avoid gels that are loaded with fillers, especially parabens.
These are just some of the many natural ingredients you can use for younger, fresher, and healthier skin. With the ingredients being natural and its raw state, you can avoid irritation from artificial colouring, chemicals and fillers.
Let us know your favourite natural ingredients and what works best on your skin in the comments below.