Chemicals are damaging to the skin. And unfortunately, many of the products and creams that you find on your supermarket’s skin care shelf are filled with them. Parabens, for example, are some of the most common chemicals found in facial creams and lotions today. They come in many different names (methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, to name just a few). They are used to extend the lifespan of a product and prevent bacteria from growing. Sounds great right? But its not! Parabens are actually comprised of a variety of man-made chemicals that have been shown to cause skin irritations, effect estrogen levels, increase risk of infertility in men, increase the risk of cancer, and even promote skin aging. That’s not to mention all of the other harmful chemicals found in beauty products – propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic colours and fragrances – the list goes on and on. This is why so many people are now turning to more natural and organic beauty products. And while yes, you can buy organic cleansers and creams in specialized stores, you can also make your own at-home skin care products with ingredients that you probably have in your cupboard right now!
Okay, this one should definitely be at the top of your list. Why? There are so many different things that you can do with coconut oil. Firstly, coconut oil is a great moisturizer – and it makes your skin smell delicious! When used on your skin, coconut oil can be used to strengthen tissues, protect your skin from sun damage, provide your skin with much needed moisture, and provide your skin with antioxidants.
But the fun doesn’t stop there, coconut oil can also be used as a makeup remover, to heal wounds, to ease sunburns, to condition your hair, and even shave your legs! And it also makes an excellent lip balm!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply cider vinegar is super cheap to buy and contains acetic acid, potassium, and magnesium that, when combined together, can help to detoxify the body by boosting liver function. When applied to the skin it can help to kill bacteria, cleanse the skin, and battle acne.
Honey is your at-home source of that beautiful ‘glow’ that every woman so desires. It is full of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and acids that helps to moisturize the skin, while at the same time fighting breakouts and promoting healing. When buying honey for your skin, make sure it is raw, natural honey that has all of its nutrients intact – note that you may have to look further than your local supermarket to find high quality, all-natural honey.
Cinnamon holds a number of positive benefits for the skin, but it is best known for its acne fighting properties. It also acts as an antiseptic and helps to plump the skin.
Tip: If you combine honey and cinnamon together, you can make yourself an awesome moisturizing exfoliation treatment!
Avocados contain Vitamins A, D, and E that when penetrated into the skin can help to soothe sunburns and boost collagen production. Avocado masks are super simple to whip up, and when combined with essential oils and honey can help to hydrate your skin and relax your mind!
If you have ever had sunburn you have surely had someone tell you to try applying aloe vera, but did you know that it also has many other healing properties? When applied to the skin on a regular basis aloe can help to fight against bacteria, and soothe redness, itchiness, and inflammation. It can also be used as a remedy for frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores!
We could go on and on all day about the benefits of food and natural products that you have at home. But instead, we will just leave you with a list of a few other favourites and let you start searching your cupboards!
Sea salt, lemon essential oil, argan oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, castor oil, cucumber, baking soda, tumeric, papaya, milk, banana!