Natural Skin Care does not have To be Expensive Or Complicated at all.
Conventional skin care products usually contain hormone disruptors and many traces of chemicals and heavily processed ingredients. In addition, when you look at the components, they are not cheap at all. The really valuable ingredients are usually only present in very small numbers.
So what is the alternative? More and more estheticians have incorporated non-toxic pure ingredients in their skincare rituals, and have seen a reduction in skin problems among their clients. How can you apply these findings to your own daily beauty ritual?
Here are some secrets that estheticians use to incorporate natural, non-toxic ingredients in the skin care of their clients:
1. Moisturize with a Pure Oil
Use an untreated, extra virgin oil as a moisturizing cream. For example, coconut oil, avocado oil or almond oil. It is important that it is cold-pressed. Your skin will feel a little greasier at first. Make sure you only apply a thin layer, preferably before bedtime.
In the morning, you will have a nice soft skin. After you have followed a natural skin care routine for a while, your skin will regain a healthy moisture balance, and you will need to apply the oil less frequently.
Why Use an Oil to Moisturize?
Pure oil has traditionally been used to take care of and protect the skin. With the popular rise of modern cosmetics in the 1950s, the use of oil as skin care has been discontinued. Oil has made a comeback as a care product because it does not contain any additives and helps to take care of the skin.
Most vegetable oils contain not only fatty acids but also antioxidants. These can keep your skin smooth and hydrated and protect your skin from sun damage. Also, a lot of oils contain substances that are soothing or anti-inflammatory. Additionally, 100% vegetable oils do not need any preservatives, because bacteria and fungi can not live in them.
Surprisingly, oil also removes the excess sebum that can clog your pores. When you clean your face with common cleaning products, you also remove the natural skin oils. Our body does not understand what happens and produces extra oil to compensate for the defect, resulting in a skin that only gets greasier.
Which Oil is Best?
Make sure you use an oil that fits your skin type.
For Very Dry Skin: Rice Bran Oil (Rice Bran Oil)
Rice oil is particularly good to counteract skin aging and pigmentation spots. Rice oil is a slightly thicker and stickier oil, but it will be absorbed eventually. It just takes some more time. After it has been absorbed, a light shiny layer remains on your skin, which is an extra protective barrier for people with a very dry, damaged skin.
For Sensitive to Dry Skin: Almond Oil
The oil is widely used in skin care, as it feeds the skin and works well against dry spots and skin irritations. Almond oil is also full of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, all of which are very beneficial for your skin. Mix this oil with olive oil or sunflower oil for cleaning, because almond oil can be very concentrated.
Do you suffer from dark spots under your eyes? A few drops of almond oil can make dark spots lighter and prevent them from occurring in the future. Use just a little and apply it carefully, because the skin under your eyes is very sensitive. It is also a great remedy for fading under eye wrinkles.
For Mixed to Oily Skin: Walnut Oil
Walnut oil contains mainly moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Walnut oil is a “drying” oil, which means it is absorbed quickly by the skin and leaves no layer. It is, therefore, an ideal face oil for people with mixed to oily skin.
Walnut oil is a source of vitamins B, C, and E and consists of a relatively high percentage of linoleic acid (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3). Linoleic acid helps prevent excess moisture from evaporating from the skin, thus contributing to hydration of the skin.
For Oily Skin: Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Oil
This is a fairly light oil that is easily absorbed by the skin and is very suitable for the somewhat greasier skin because it does not clog the pores and dissolves tallow. Due to the relatively high concentration of vitamin E and the absence of unsaturated fatty acids, your jojoba oil can last longer than most oils.
Scientific research shows that jojoba oil can work anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and UV-protective. If you suffer from acne, you can also add some drops of tea tree oil as this oil has an antiseptic (bactericidal) effect.
2. Clean with Honey
If you want to clean your face, do this with pure honey. First, splash your face with some lukewarm water, and apply a thin layer of raw, organic honey. Leave this for about a minute, before rinsing it off with lukewarm or cold water. You can do a honey face wash under the shower, to avoid getting it in your hair.
Why Wash Your Face with Honey?
Honey has many advantages and has been used for years by women around the world. Honey removes grime and impurities from your skin without damaging or drying it out. Honey has an antibacterial effect that is great for blackheads and acne.
Honey is a good cleanser for your skin when you are not wearing makeup and also works well on sensitive skin. It also acts as a quick moisturizer and makes your skin feel very soft. In addition, raw honey contains natural AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that makes your skin radiant and fades (acne) scars. This will also reduce pimples without drying them out like aggressive acne-treatments usually do.
Which honey is Best?
Most of the honey’s good qualities are found in raw organic honey: Raw honey still contains all the effective enzymes and nutrients, and its organic production will ensure no harmful pesticides or other chemicals are present.
3. Gently Remove Makeup with Oil
You do not need an aggressive makeup remover; just use a soft oil, for example, almond oil or olive oil. This works especially well when you use a natural mascara so that you can easily remove it. All you need is a cotton pad and some oil and you are done.
4. Take a weekly Aloe Vera Mask
Use an aloe vera mask occasionally, and make sure you get the real deal. Not something that has 1 percent of aloe in it, but something that contains 99% or more organic, raw aloe. And avoid aloe vera gel with alcohol or any other chemical ingredient!
Why Use Aloe Vera for Your Skin?
The Aloe Vera plant is related to the lily plants, but in appearance, it looks more like a cactus. It consists of 95% of water and 5% of active substances (including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants).
The plant grows in dry, stony areas with a warm climate, for instance in Asia, America and countries around the Mediterranean. The part used for cosmetic products comes from the inside of the Aloe Vera leaf, a slimy substance called Aloe Vera gel.
Aloe Vera has long been known for its healing effect. There are more than 400 species with only a few having healing qualities.
Aloe Barbadensis Miller is considered to be one of the most active species and is also best researched. This species is also used in cosmetics. Aloe Vera offers many positive features. For example:
- helps with skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis;
- has anti-aging properties;
- helps cure insect bites, small burns and sun damage;
- calms the skin and reduces skin irritations;
- has anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
The Vitamin A, C, and E in this plant can explain the anti-aging effect and the healing effect of the damaged skin. Vitamins A, C, and E are antioxidants and neutralize free radicals. The gel of the Aloe Vera plant also contains a small concentration of anthraquinone. This works pain-relieving, antibacterial, and aids in killing fungi. In high concentrations, anthraquinone is toxic.
The sterols (lupeol, campesterol, and I?-sitosterol) and polysaccharides (pectin, hemicellulose, glucomannan, acemannan, and mannose derivatives) in this plant have an anti-inflammatory (anti-inflammatory) effect on the skin. These substances can calm the skin and help reduce irritation. Substances like amino acids, lipids, tannins and various enzymes also contribute to the beneficial effects of Aloe Vera.
In a study of the treatment of mild to moderate acne, Aloe Vera (in a concentration of 50%) in combination with tretinoin was compared to tretinoin alone. The treatment with both ingredients proved to be the most effective.
5. Read Ingredients, Watch What You Eat and Observe Your Skin
The last tips seem a bit general, but in the end, the best thing you can do for your skin is to be very aware of your habits and the effects of those habits on your skin.
Keep watch on the ingredients in your beauty and care products, and notice any changes in your skin. Note what you eat every day, and register any breakouts, irritations or other skin problems. Becoming mindful of your actions and how your skin reacts, is a HUGE step in knowing how to take care of your skin. No person is the same, and you should find what works well for you.
Though we are surrounded by many experts and their great advice, in the end, your health is your responsibility. Listen to your body and how it deals with any changes you make in your lifestyle, including your skin care rituals.