There was a time when I would be easily impressed with those advertisements of skincare products that made their way between my favorite TV shows. The happy ladies in the ads using various kinds of face washes, scrubs, cleansers, moisturizers and what not; they made it look so enticing. Yet, did these products really work as they were shown to? Did they actually make your skin smooth, give you the glow you desire, rid you of wrinkles and prevent sagginess? Well, not always. While it would be harsh to judge all brands as being useless, because, to be very honest, some actually do live up to what they promise, there are plenty out there that just do not deliver what they advertise. Besides, how can anything artificial be good for you? The completely organic ones easily break the bank and thus are not an option for all of us, so let’s skip them.
I hate to break it to you but these skincare products have certain ingredients in them that you would not consider healthy for your skin. Yet, they are there and people continue using them, mainly due to lack of knowledge. That is not all. Certain products are even harmful for the environment. Imagine the earth having to pay for your indulgence. Scrubs, for instance, contain micro beads that when washed into oceans, pollute the water and harm the marine life.
It was after I researched about the adverse effects of such products that I started wondering whether there is an alternative to these and yes, I did find out and come up with recipes through which I could prepare my own products.
I got the following recipe off DIY Natural.
- ¼ cup liquid castile soap
- ¼ cup organic chamomile tea
- ¾ teaspoon grapeseed, sweet almond, hazelnut, avocado, or olive oil
- 8 drops essential oils
- several drops of Vitamin E oil – optional, but recommended
All you have to do is make tea, cool it down and mix the remaining ingredients together. Use it like a typical face wash. You could also just make do with organic liquid castile soap. The rest of the ingredients are recommended because they are good for your skin. Just make sure that you are not allergic to any of these. If you have any doubts, it is better to avoid that.
There are a variety of recipes available for homemade, natural face mask and the one you choose depends on your skin type and what you are actually hoping to achieve after the ‘treatment’. One such is the Janice Cox’s Basic Oatmeal Mask for which you require ½ cup cooked oatmeal, one whole egg, and one tablespoon of almond oil. Mix everything and spread the mixture on your face and leave for 15 minutes. You could also add some fruit pulp, maybe berries or carrots.
If you are not up for preparing a facial mask mix, you could even just mash up any fruit and apply that to your face. Bananas do the botox work, apricots brighten your face, oranges prevent wrinkles, avocados have proven to have anti-aging properties; basically every fruit has its own benefits. Even plain yoghurt and honey work well.
Vinegar has been doing the job of a toner since times immemorial. The fancy products that have taken over the market today are not any better, so why not prepare one yourself? All you would need is 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water. Rinse your face with this mixture after washing it. It helps with skin tightening.
You can whip up a homemade moisturizer through a number of recipes. One such involves mixing half a cup of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon liquid vitamin E and 12 drops of lavender essential oil. Although this is great for your face, it can be practically used anywhere on the body considering that it is absolutely chemical free.
If you are looking for a simpler option, go for pure coconut oil that will moisturize your face like any other expensive lotion in the supermarket. Fully ripe avocados also contain moisturizing properties.
Sugar is the perfect alternative to the scrubs available in the market that contain micro beads. Mix equal parts of sugar and an oil – such as coconut or olive – and use the resulting scrub for exfoliating purposes. If your skin is already too oily you might want to skip the extra oil and instead use baking soda to scrub. It also helps with blackheads.
You probably know this but I am still going to say it since people tend not to always adhere to this. Never, and I repeat, never ever sleep with makeup on. Use a natural makeup remover to rid your face of those excess and unwanted chemicals. While makeup wipes may seem convenient, they contain chemicals that might irritate your face or eyes. Instead, use coconut or olive oil with a soft cloth. Milk also helps with the cleansing.
Commercial sunscreen products can easily contain carcinogenic substances, obviously not good for us. Make your own sunscreen lotion by mixing 2oz Shea butter and 2oz coconut oil. You would have to warm them. Then add 1oz zinc oxide and let the mixture cool before using. It is important to keep yourself safe from the sun considering the hazards it poses, and if you cannot avoid the sun, your only option is using a sunscreen.
There is nothing more important than taking care of yourself. Everyone wants to look and feel good so much so that we are even willing to shell out huge amounts for the purpose. What we do not realize is everything is available for us in nature. The above discussed natural items are what we need, not the branded, expensive, and fancily packed products we feel attracted to. Keeping it natural is the best way. You can also read derma nova pro reviews, which is also very effective and recommended skin care product.
Batool Ali is a passionate blogger who loves to write on health and medical related topics.