There are so many skin care products on the market today and just like with everything else, I believe getting back to basics is critical for our physical AND mental health. With so many different options available and all of our busy lives, searching for the safest, most natural products can become an added task.
You know the drill, you get to the store with the best intentions determined to read every ingredient on food and product labels, but somewhere through the seemingly endless, hard-to-pronounce ingredient lists you just give up. I have been there many times and either I put the product back or I make a decision to buy with the limited knowledge I have. Let’s get real folks, if you’ve made it to the store you likely NEED to get something and will settle for the path of least resistance.
What I have found is that if you treat buying personal products just like how you buy food, you can reduce the amount of toxic ingredients that you and your family come in contact with. Our skin is our biggest organ and quickly absorbs anything you put on it, so looking for unprocessed ingredients that do not have harsh chemicals or anything artificial is the way to go. We know toxic chemicals can wreak havoc on the body leading to hormonal issues, allergic reactions, immune system depletion, and can even put us at risk for Cancer. It is likely if you are searching for organic skin care products you may already be experiencing unwanted skin conditions because certain chemicals in conventional products can limit your skin’s natural healing processes and actually irritate and breakdown healthy skin.
If you are at this stage, you are probably ready to make the switch to using organic skin care products. But if you aren’t at this stage, why wait? The good news is that you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone. When you grocery shop pick up these 5 Ingredients known to support healthy skin and hair. Why not clear up skin and strengthen hair naturally AND eat the left overs?
Raw Honey is one of my favorite natural beauty solutions that works awesome on all skin types. Not only does it heal skin from many issues such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and redness, it is an antiseptic that can kill bacteria. We use it on our cuts to heal them quicker. Raw Honey has a natural pH level of 4.5, which is what skin experts say is a naturally healthy pH range for skin. It also contains important minerals that can help support healthy skin when ingested.
Raw honey contains up to 80 different nutritional substances including all of the B-complex vitamins, A, C, D, E, and K vitamins, minerals and trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorous, iron, calcium, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. So reach for the honey when your face could use some sweetening up!
Raw Honey Face Mask
- Cleanse skin
- Add a layer of honey on your face
- Relax for 10 to 15 minutes
- Rinse and pat dry
Raw Honey Face Cleanser
- Add a tsp or more to wet hands
- Massage on skin
- Rinse and pat dry
Aloe vera is a healing plant that has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation and can be used to treat burns, psoriasis, acne and eczema. It is also an excellent moisturizer as it is rich in Vitamins A, B12, C, E, Folic Acid, Choline, Beta Carotene, and Amino acids. It’s ability to lighten blemishes and dark spots are what it is usually touted for. Aloe can be great for hair and scalp especially if you suffer from dandruff. The vitamins in the plant can stimulate hair growth and bring shine back to dull hair. Not only does Aloe nourish skin it also does wonders from within the body. It helps digestion, provides essential nutrients to your cells, and boosts immune functioning. It is commonly used in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine and the whole plant can be eaten either cooked or raw, but it can have a natural laxative effect. Buy or grow an organic aloe vera plant and get back to beauty basics!
Aloe Vera Moisturizing and Lightening Skin Treatment
- One leaf from an aloe vera plant
- ½ Lemon (optional)
Trim a leaf from the aloe vera plant then cut lengthwise and open. Scoop out the aloe and place in a bowl. Add the juice from ½ lemon and mix together. Place aloe and lemon mixture directly on skin. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse off and pat face dry
Aloe Vera Hair Masque
- ¼ cup of aloe vera
- 1-2 tbs of Coconut Oil
- Add a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil (optional).
Shampoo and rinse hair. Mix all the ingredients together and massage into hair and scalp. Let it sit for 2-5 minutes and rinse.
Avocados are jam packed full of the good stuff and are an excellent source of nutrients. In fact, each avocado contains vitamins B, C, E and K, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, lutein, beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and anti-aging antioxidants. They contain more potassium than bananas and are high in fiber and monounsaturated fatty acids (good fat). So, eating avocados alone will improve your skin and hair from within, but when applied directly the power of the avocado is magnified. Avocado’s contain oleic acid (a healthy fat) and chlorophyll that help reduce inflammation and redness. They are high in Vitamin E which deeply moisturizes skin and can help prevent wrinkles. Avocados contain between 2 and 6 micrograms of biotin (biotin is part of the B complex vitamins). The B vitamins are critical in maintaining healthy skin and hair. This is such an easy recipe to bring back that glow naturally.
Avocado Face Masque
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tsp Raw Honey
- 1 tsp coconut oil
Cut open the avocado, remove the pit, and mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to clean face for 30 minutes. Rinse off and pat skin dry
Avocado Hair Masque
- 1 ripe avocado
- 3 tbs coconut oil
Massage into the hair and scalp for several minutes. Leave on for at least thirty minutes before washing as usual.
Green Tea gets all the hype because it is filled with antioxidants and nutrients, which have powerful benefits for overall health and beauty. EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is one of the antioxidants that scientists confirm have healing and protective properties. Green tea can increase memory and concentration, boost energy levels, aid in weight loss and improve immunity. When it comes to skin health, drinking green tea has been found to delay aging, protect the skin from UV rays, improve skin tone, and reduce acne. Other antioxidants in the tea help prevent free radical damage which can cause signs of premature aging like age spots, wrinkles, and sun damage. Green tea reduces inflammation and acts as a natural skin healing agent so not only is it great to consume daily it should be added to your skin care regime. Drink and be merry!
Green Tea Face Masque
- 2 tbs of brewed green tea (cooled)
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- a pinch of turmeric
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Use a cotton ball to pat the masque onto a clean face Wait 3 minutes for it to dry and repeat until most of the mixture is used up. Leave on face for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
*Always test skin for allergies first!
Apple Cider Vinegar is made by fermenting pressed apple juice until the sugars turn to vinegar. ACV creates malic acid which has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties and can be used to heal all kinds of health issues from digestion to hair loss. ACV contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E and has an alkaline effect in our bodies, and can be used to regulate pH levels. The more alkaline our body is, the healthier our immune system will be. Drinking a glass of water with ACV before a meal curbs appetite and also stimulates hydrochloric acid, which we need to break down our foods for digestion. ACV is also high in acetic acid, which helps our bodies absorb nutrients effectively. Needless to say, ACV is one powerful healer! When applied to skin, ACV reduces age spots, fights acne, pimples and blemishes. Adding ACV to your daily beauty regime is a 100% natural and organic way to keep your skin healthy and nourished and is totally cost effective.
Apple Cider Vinegar Face Toner
- 1 tbs ACV
- 3 tbs warm water
Mix together. Use a cotton ball to apply to skin. As skin gets more comfortable with ACV you can adjust this up to a 1 to 2 or even a 1 to 1 ratio.
Hair Strengthening, Conditioning and Growth Recipe
- 1 cup of water
- 3 tablespoons of ACV (If your hair is on the drier side you may want to start out with two tablespoons of vinegar per cup of water. If you have oily hair or dandruff, 3-4 tablespoons can be used.
Lesson of the day: Organic skin care products don’t have to be costly and can be found at your grocery store. Mother nature always has our back, we just need to get back to the basics.