I’ve been trialling out different natural and homemade skincare products over the past few months now looking for a natural skincare routine that leaves my skin looking healthy and clean, but without the need of harmful toxins that are found in most skincare products. Most are packed with chemicals and artificial ingredients that may have a temporary positive effect on the skin, but over the long-term can have negative effects.
These artificial ingredients can also be absorbed by the skin and the toxins within them build-up in the body overtime.
Here’s the good news though! There are, in fact, natural, inexpensive, and simple options you can use that actually work better than most commercial products you see on the market, and they don’t contain any of the harmful ingredients. How good is that?!
As a whole, the natural oil cleansing method is a wonderful solution for any skin type, however the combination of oils used varies depending on your skin type (I’ll share the amounts below).
Here are some natural ingredients that can help remove excess oil and prevent breakouts.
Cleanser: Oil cleansing is a great cleansing method that works for any skin type. As a (general) rule, those with oily skin will need a higher amount of hazelnut/castor oil compared to the other oils to keep skin from becoming too oily during the transition period. Combining a half and half mix of hazelnut or castor oil and olive oil or even a 2/3 hazelnut oil and 1/3 olive oil mix appears to work best.
Moisturising/Toning: Those with oily skin will need less moisturising as skin adjusts, and often will find that the natural oils from oil cleansing are enough. If not however, a very light layer of coconut oil works well, or if it’s too oily, a diluted apple cider vinegar toner helps prevent oil build-up on the skin. Simply mix together 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water and apply to face. You can store this toner in the fridge until ready to use.
If your skin is tends not to be either oily or dry, and responds well to different types of products, then you have combination skin. Having this skin type usually means your skin will adjust quite quickly to natural skincare alternatives, so you can use a variety of different options and still have good results.
Some people who previously had oily skin have found that since transitioning to natural skincare options, their skin has become more of a combination type.
Exofilator: Using a homemade sugar scrub works well as a natural exfoliator.
Cleanser: Oil Cleansing works really well for every skin type, but is very balancing for combination skin. Mixing together 1/4 hazelnut/castor oil and 3/4 of another oil (olive, almond, etc.) works well, but can be adjusted if needed to suit individual skin. Here is the full rundown on Oil Cleansing.
Moisturiser: Those with combination skin often do not need any additional moisturising. However, if needed, a dab of coconut oil or shea butter alone works well for this skin type, or you can use a tiny amount of homemade lotion.
Those with dry or aging skin often benefit almost immediately from natural skincare alternatives. It has been found that, often, using natural oils on the skin helps to balance oil production and stop skin becoming too dry.
Exfoliator: Exfoliating is often not needed for this skin type, but if needed, a gentle homemade sugar scrub may help to add natural oils to the skin and remove dead skin cells.
Cleanser: Hazelnut/castor oil tends to be the more drying oil used in oil cleansing, so only a very small amount is needed. Mix together around 1 tsp of hazelnut/castor oil in 1/4 cup of another oil like olive or almond.
When it comes to skin health, I am a firm believer that what you put into your body is just as, if not more, important that what you put on it. Some wonderful supplements that help with skin health are:
- Gelatin – This is a precursor for collagen and can help make hair, skin, and nails noticeably stronger (it’s also great for cellulite too).
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil – This contains nutrients like vitamins A,D, and K, Omega-3s and antioxidants, which are all great for the skin.
- Magnesium Oil – This mineral is often lacking in people’s diet and is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. Applying topical magnesium oil appears to be most effective for skin health.
Natural Anti-Aging Options
There are loads of anti-aging products on the market, but the best ones are those you take internally. The collagen products available that are said to help firm up skin don’t take into account that collagen is too large to be absorbed through the skin and must be produced internally.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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How do you take care of your skin? What natural alternatives do you use? Share in the comments below!
Wells, Katie. (January 23, 2019). Finding a Natural Skin Care Routine. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/8283/natural-skin-care-routine/