12 Days of Beauty Tips – Tip # 5

Natural Skin Care Remedies!

In all aspects of life, it is better to opt for natural remedies versus expensive store-bought ones that likely use toxic chemicals and fragrances. There are so many skin care options available and if you decide to purchase toners, anti-aging creams, facial masks, moisturizers, eye creams, lip treatments, neck treatments, etc., please make sure you review the list of ingredients to verify they are all natural. We recommend you try testers for a few days to see how your skin reacts and only test one product at a time. Believe it or not, topical creams and toners have been known to cause not just minor issues like acne and early signs of aging but also bigger problems like hormonal issues such as irregular periods, allergies, infertility and even cancer. These are serious reactions to simple, over the counter daily face regimens that you have the power to control just by taking a little extra time one day a week to make your very own skin care line, made especially for you!

Take a look at some of these foods, oils and even spices that can help you look and feel your best. Mix and match them based on your skin type and then let us know how you feel after doing this for yourself for 30 days. We have a feeling you will never go back to store bought brands. And who knows… maybe you will find a miracle combination that you would like to share with the world – package it, market it, and voila – you become the next Clinique, but only better since your brand is all natural and organic! I have literally saved thousands of dollars in product since I started doing this and my skin has been in the best shape it has ever been in.

Coconut Oil removes dead skin cells, protects us from sunburns, strengthens underlying epidermal tissue, and contains antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. It goes without saying that there a also an incredible number of benefits when ingested as well including improved digestive function and improved immune system. Use as topical treatments for your skin and hair to cleanse, moisturize, heal wounds or scars quicker and remove makeup. Use it before shaving to help prevent razor burn.
Olive Oil contains three major antioxidant properties: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols that may help protect the skin from premature skin aging. The Vitamin E in Olive Oil restores skin smoothness and protects agains UV Rays. Much like coconut oil, you can use olive oil on your skin, nails and cuticles. Replace your shaving cream to get a smoother shave or use it as a post shower moisturizer and aftershave. Mix it with Himalayan sea salt or brown sugar to create a natural exfoliating scrub or mix it with any of the ingredients listed here to create your own unique facial or body mask.
Tea Tree Oil Fight breakouts, redness and inflammation on the skin. It reduces harmful bacteria and provides healing benefits. Tea tree oil also has few medicinal uses. It can help you deal with your cuts and burns better. It also helps relieve you from the itchiness of rashes, chicken pox, insect bites. It has been found to assist with hair growth as well. Use it in combination with bananas and a few drops of apple cider vinegar to help reduce and in many cases remove your acne, blemishes and redness or put a few drops of the essential oil in your bath to help kill bad bacteria and fungus. Take few drops of tea tree oil, mix it with walnut oil and simply massage it onto your scalp. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse.
Walnut Oil Walnut oil is high in both vitamins and minerals and a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids that help prevent cell damage. It is a great anti-aging remedy that can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles if used daily. It can be used to fight fungal infections and psoriasis. It is also very helpful in reducing hair loss when applied to the scalp. Add it to your bath or apply it topically. You may want to incorporate it into a facial mask with other beneficial ingredients and was if off after 20 minutes, or apply it alone in the evening before bed.
Apple Cider Vinegar Helps to kill pathogens (like bacteria), clears skin problems caused by digestive issues, cleanses the skin and helps to stop acne, and can also be used as an anti-fungal treatment. It also has major digestive system and liver function benefits when consumed orally. Best used as a facial wash by diluting with water (depending on how sensitive your skin is, you can do anywhere from a 1:5 ratio – 1 TBSP of ACV to 5 TBSP of purified water – to a 1:2 ratio). Take a clean cotton ball and apply the mixture. Then apply to your face and neck using upward motions from bottom to top. Add a few drops to all of your facial mask concoctions.
Green Tea or White Tea Studies show that topical green or white tea can help to protect the skin from cancer. Other benefits include better skin tone and complexion, treat acne or pimples, reduce puffy eyes and dark circles, fights the signs of aging, and stimulates hair growth. There are too many benefits for the consumption of green and white tea to mention here. Check out: https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea/ and https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/white-tea.html for more health benefits. * remember that if you suffer from hypo-thyroidism, green tea is not good for you to consume, you should opt for white tea. To fight your puffy eyes and/or dark circles, place two used tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place on your closed eyelids for 15 minutes. Repeat this twice a day until you see optimal results. To treat acne or pimples, simply brew the tea with warm water. Apply to affected area with a cotton ball and allow to dry. You can also brew the tea with warm water and let cool, add to a spray bottle with a drop of orange essential oil and voila – you created your own skin toner. There are many different types of masks you can make with tea. Be sure to scoop out the used tea contents and mix with your other ingredients such as plain yogurt and turmeric for an anti-aging mask. For hair growth stimulation, rinse your hair with freshly brewed tea. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water. Do this 2 or 3 times a week for a couple of months.
Raw Honey Raw honey is one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids. It can help reduce breakouts, provide moisture to your skin, can be used as an antiseptic treatment, help heal scrapes and cuts, fights allergies, rashes and itchy skin, and helps to reduce scars. Add raw honey to any or all of your facial masks for added benefits and nutrients. To use it as an exfoliator for dry winter skin, try adding two cups of honey to a bath, soak for 15 minutes, then add one cup of baking soda for the final 15 minutes. Your skin will thank you!
Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salts Sea salts contain the same minerals and nutrients like magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium that are naturally found in our skin, which is why it can help to balance, protect and restore our skin. Try mixing two teaspoons sea salt with four teaspoons raw honey and one teaspoon olive oil, then apply the mix evenly to clean skin, rub it gently for 2 minutes, let it stand for 15 minutes and rinse
Turmeric Improves skin elasticity, helps reduce facial hair growth, lighten pigmentation including stretch marks and age spots and even skin tone, help control oily skin, cures acne, heals cracked heels and skin and helps to control dandruff and hair loss. There are so many different benefits and application options that we thought the best way to share it with you is to link to this great page on the Home Remedy Shop!
Cinnamon Can be used as an anti-septic for cuts and scrapes, treats Eczema, nourishes the scalp, cures acne, plumps the skin and reduces signs of aging, softens and soothes dry, dead skin and improves complexion Make a raw honey, cinnamon powder, turmeric and nutmeg facial mask. Or try it in a scrub with ground coffee, sea salt or raw sugar and avocado oil. Before adding cinnamon oil to your mask ingredients, be sure to test it on your skin as some people have complained of allergic reactions to the essential oil. Powdered cinnamon does not have the same affect. I made the mistake of adding a drop to my lip gloss and while it worked to plump my lips, when my girlfriend tried it, she immediately started getting sores on her lips. It wasn’t pretty and she wasn’t very happy with me.
Black Pepper Black pepper is rich in potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamins C and K. It is a great ingredient to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and pigmentation issues when used topically. It can also be used to stimulate hair growth, reduce dandruff and achieve shiny, strong locks. Mix it with plain yogurt and a little lemon juice for an effective exfoliant or mix with lemon seeds and a light carrier oil like jojoba oil or mustard oil, apply to your scalp and hair before shampooing, leave on for 10 minutes and then shampoo away. Remember that pepper can be an irritant, so be sure to test it out before you go full on.
Avocados Avocados are a great source of vitamins A, D and E that are all able to penetrate the skin. It can help soothe sunburned skin, boost collagen production and treat age spots. It also works to reduce inflammation of the skin when applies topically and can do the same internally when eaten. Before adding cinnamon oil to your mask ingredients, be sure to test it on your skin as some people have complained of allergic reactions to the essential oil. Powdered cinnamon does not have the same affect. Make a raw honey, cinnamon powder, turmeric and nutmeg facial mask. Or try it in a scrub with ground coffee, sea salt or raw sugar and avocado oil.!
Bananas High in potassium and vitamin A, bananas will hydrate and moisturize your skin giving it a very healthy and youthful glow and at the same time, help control oily skin. It helps in reducing the signs of aging. There are so many ways to use and apply bananas to your skin for all the health benefits that they would take a very long time to list. Luckily, there are many resources out that that can assist us. Check out http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-and-uses-of-using-banana-for-skin-and-hair/#gref for a variety of applications!
Plain Yogurt Use plain yogurt on your skin to help fight infections, improve pigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fight acne, soothe sunburns and reduce dark circles. It also conditions hair, reduces hair loss and treats dandruff. Add it as a key ingredient to all of your facial masks. Try it in combination with cocoa and raw honey to help moisturize. Combine it with aloe vera gel and coconut oil for a natural hair conditioner. Combine it with oats and turmeric to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Apply it with a cotton ball directly to acne, under the eyes to repair dark circles or add a little lemon juice to fix age spots and pigmentation issues.

We could go on and on with every spice, essential oil, fruit and vegetable you can think of to achieve various health benefits for your skin, hair and nails. If you are wondering about the benefits of any natural ingredient that is not listed here, simply perform a Google search and decide for yourself if it should be added to your own personal skin care line that you create! Try cucumbers, mustard oil, oats, milk, red pepper, grapefruit, lemons, garbanzo beans, eggs, just to name a few that I use frequently in my own remedies.

It goes without saying that we recommend only organic ingredients, but if they are not available to you, non-gmo products will work just fine.

Leslie can help you decide what combination would help you after one of her photo rejuvenation treatments or laser hair removal treatments – just ask her when you come in! Be sure to schedule your appointment today!

Finally, check out this article with some more great natural do-it-yourself skin care options. Write to us and let us know what concoctions work for you and maybe you could help someone else with similar skin properties.

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