By Guest Author Fatima of Wellness of Eve
The majority of store-bought cosmetic products are full of artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives, and stabilizers. These chemical substances are easily absorbed through the skin’s pores, causing a range of long-term negative effects (especially if your diet isn’t as healthy, which may allow toxins to enter from your mouth and skin at the same time).
If you want to live a healthier life, you should consider natural skin care products. With limited natural skin care products available in stores, you won’t feel overwhelmed by too many choices. Yet, the options only become more scarce when you’re traveling. Despite limited availability in stores, natural skin care products are consistently growing as more people are learning the benefits along with the excellent price-quality ratio.
Instead of heading to the store, you can create your own skin care products at home! The ingredients you need may already be in your kitchen, waiting for you to benefit from their miraculous effects. Here are some ideas:
- Coconut, almond, argan, castor, and jojoba oils: Very nourishing and hydrating. Each one has its variation of vitamins and amino-acids; hence, make sure to alternate them or mix your selected ones together before heating the mixture. You can either put it on your skin or hair. Make sure to give it at least an hour for absorption and remember to wash your hair thoroughly afterwards.
- Raw honey: It heals acne along with many types of skin wounds by killing bacteria and expediting skin repair.
- Apple cider vinegar: Diluted in water, it’s very refreshing and cleansing as a hair rinse. Use it as a shampoo and/or conditioner.
- Avocado: My favorite fatty fruit. It’s super duper moisturizing. It also produces collagen and serves as an anti-aging ingredient. It even soothes sunburned skin. I also mix it with some raw honey or my favorite oil to hydrate my skin (although I often enjoy eating it as well!).
- Tea tree, lavender, and lemon essential oils: Very powerful as they’re concentrated vitamins and enzymes extracted from their origin plants. Lavender essential oil is soothing and reduces stress. Lemon essential oil has multiple purposes; it can be used to heal a cough or cold, whiten teeth, and even clean your house! Make sure to dilute it before usage: 1 drop in 20 ml of carrier oil (of your choice) is sufficient.
- Argan oil: This oil is one of the reasons why I’m proud of my country, Morocco! I LOVE putting a bit of Argan oil on my face and hair, especially at night because it makes a perfect moisturizer that naturally softens my skin and hair. However, I don’t actually put it on my body when I’m out and about.
- Sea salt: Rich in minerals, sea salt makes a great scrub when mixed with raw honey. I love it in a sugar scrub because sea salt rejuvenates and exfoliates my body at the same time.
- Aloe Vera: I used to consider it as just another great moisturizer; however, upon research, I found that it can also be used to remedy numerous skin conditions. For instance, its gel (found in the center of its leaves) and latex (extracted from just beneath the leaves) can heal psoriasis, frostbites, cold sores, and even fungal diseases. Want another bonus? When consumed, it can also help you detox as it cleanses the liver, spleen, and bone marrow!
- Shea butter: Another effective moisturizer. Originated from Africa, shea butter is capable of reducing flakiness, peeling, and redness. You can use as a lip balm by mixing it with lavender and mint essential oils (check out this homemade recipe).
I know not all of these ingredients may be available in your area, but you should be able to find at least a few at your local stores.
In addition to these natural skin care products, you must know that good sleep, reduced stress, a healthy diet (especially reducing or eliminating toxin-sources like white sugar and dairy), and hydration will immensely improve your overall well-being and give you that sought-after glowing appearance. You can also try probiotics, supplements, and collagen proteins since they contribute to the restoration of your skin and hair.
If you travel frequently, be sure to take with you some of your favorite homemade natural beauty products in a small bag. Labeling it “My Beauty Secrets” (or any name to your liking) can motivate you to use them over store products that you may encounter in your shopping wanders!
Fatima is a passionate healthy living coach. She helps women transition into healthy lifestyles. Read her latest articles on her blog http://www.wellnessofeve.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn.