There are so many skin care products on the market that it can be hard to know which one to buy. These products range from the popular brands to organic face creams and facial cleansers with multi-vitamins. But you need to realize that it has been proven repeatedly that most (if not all) commercial skin care products are made from chemicals while natural skin care products contain, well, mostly natural ingredients.
Many Commercial Skin Care Products Have Allergens
Many popular skin care products contain allergens that can cause problems for those who have sensitive skin or non-Caucasian skin. Alcohol based products, parabens, fragrances, and other non-natural ingredients are known to cause skin problems and allergic reactions. Furthermore, these substances get inside the body through the skin and some of them are medically proven to be harmful to a person’s long-term health.
Choose Natural Products
It is usually best to choose all-natural skin care products instead of commercial ones. Even so, some natural products are better than others. It is still important to read the ingredient list on the product label carefully. Note that the ingredients are listed according to quantity, and so, an ingredient near the top of the list will be found in abundance while an ingredient listed near the bottom will be just a fraction in the product in question. A person who needs facial wipes, cream or a moisturizer for sensitive skin will want to choose products that have as few ingredients as possible. Even so, it is a wise idea to try the product out on a small, not highly visible patch of skin before using it on the face.
Finding the Best Natural Product for Your Skin Type
Those who are looking for high-quality natural skin care products should also take the time to read the product reviews first. There are both professional reviews and customer reviews online, but customer reviews are usually the best source of unbiased information about any type of product. Most good products do not even get 100% positive reviews but they should have a high overall review rating. Natural skin care products are usually better than their commercially made counterparts. All natural ingredients do not harm the body or cause negative reactions such as allergies or overly dry skin. If you are still in doubt about buying all natural skincare products, you can also make your own skincare products using natural ingredients that you yourself can mix. You could say this will be your DIY beauty product project.
And the Best Reason of All Is the Cost
The cost of commercial products is often high because the manufacturing costs and creation of the ingredients already carry a high cost because of the synthetic materials and chemicals used. Naturally, the popular brand puts in a huge amount of time and effort that they deserve to be rewarded for. Plus of course, they will have many business overheads and expenses to pay such as marketing. If you choose to make your own products you don’t have to pay for all these business expenses. All you need to pay for are the ingredients you use and something to package the product in for your use unless you make your products every time you apply them. Making your own products is therefore much more cost effective. A high-quality popular face cream brand that retails for $30 or $40 can easily be made for just $5-$10. Most branded skin care products typically contain 60-70% water so this is one of the reasons they can be inexpensive to make.
The only ingredients you need are:
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp sour cream (not fat-free)
First, beat the egg white in a glass bowl until it is fluffy. Then mix the sour cream with the grapefruit and lemon juice together. Add the mixture to the egg white then apply it to a clean face. Leave the concoction for 15 minutes and then rinse off and dry your face. This natural facial mixture works because lemon and grapefruit are rich in citric acid (AHA) that a natural exfoliates and also contains powerful antioxidants. They both promote a smoother, brighter looking skin. This mask is also ideal for oily skin.
The only ingredients you need are:
- 1 pc. organic tomato
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp honey
First, cut up and then squeeze the tomato in a glass bowl and then mix in the brown sugar and honey. Gently massage the mixture on your face and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse and dry your face. This natural facial mixture works because the lycopene in tomato is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, while brown sugar is great for exfoliating.
The only ingredients you need are:
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp powder milk
- 1 Tbsp freshly brewed chamomile tea
- ¼ tsp organic honey
First, mix the ingredients in a glass bowl to make a soft paste. Gently massage the paste onto wet skin. Leave it on for 2 to 3 minutes and then rinse and dry your face. This natural facial mixture works because the combination of milk with lactic acid for exfoliating with chamomile for soothing, and the cinnamon that stimulates the skin.
DIY All-Natural Clarifying and Toning Foaming Face Wash
You will need:
- 1 cup filtered or previously boiled water.
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap, an all-natural, extremely concentrated soap made from 100% plant oils.
- 5 teaspoons jojoba oil or another facial oil of choice.
- 2 tablespoons raw honey, a wonderful antibacterial that helps to gently eliminate any facial bacteria responsible for breakouts, and also helps calm the skin. This gives the wash its honey color.
- 1 teaspoon tea tree oil, another great, all-natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal that will not only keep acne-causing bacteria in check but also help preserve the wash.
- 15 drops lavender essential oil, great for all skin types as it helps calm inflammation and eliminates bacteria.
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil, another great, all-natural antibacterial.
This combination of ingredients works well for most skin types, but the combination can be adjusted depending on your skin type and color. For example, if you have drier skin, you may need less Castile and more water or more oil. Everybody is different and DIYs can sometimes be a game of trial and error. Luckily, once you have a base such as this one, you can easily add ingredients if necessary for your skin type.
First, add the ingredients in the order listed; take note that if you add the soap before the water, it will become a sudsy explosion. Stir the mixture gently, mixing everything together. The castile soap and honey will cause the mixture to look cloudy. Put the mixture into your foaming soap dispenser and your face wash is complete and ready to use. 1 or 2 pumps is all you need as the castile soap is very concentrated. Use once or twice daily, probably either in the morning or before you go to bed, or both. Discard the contents after a month or if you notice any unfavorable changes. The mixture will separate, so give it a little shake before each use.
Better Than Botox Facial Scrub
You will need:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda.
- ½ tablespoon raw Manuka honey; this type of honey has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties for the skin.
- 1 drop of pure lavender essential oil.
- 1 drop pure frankincense essential oil.
Combine the baking soda and honey together until it looks like a paste. Add one drop each of lavender and frankincense essential oils. Then, place a warm washcloth over your face and hold on the skin for a minute or so to open up your pores. Now, gently rub your face with the facial scrub using small circular motions, making sure to be gentle and not rub in the scrub vigorously on your skin. Keep massaging skin with scrub for 3-5 minutes to fully remove dead skin from the face and to let the essential oils work their magic. Rinse off with warm water. Your face may be red for a bit but this will soon wear off. This is the skin’s natural reaction to the ingredients. Use this scrub no more than once or twice a week. This scrub is high in alkaline to the skin, so to even out your pH balance it is a good idea to splash your face with rose water afterward. This will naturally balance out your skin. As an additional Botox hint, glowing skin originates from inside the body so in addition to this scrub for healthy, firm skin, add some high-quality collagen to your diet. Collagen protein is too large to be absorbed by the skin so those anti-aging lotions and potions are selling you false advertising. To truly get the benefits of collagen you must take it internally.
Nourishing Homemade Body Wash
While this recipe is extremely gentle and luxurious, it must be used very quickly due to the coconut milk. This is a fun DIY to make and freeze, and pull out in small batches to use in the moment. You will only need these ingredients:
- 1/2 cup full-fat unsweetened canned coconut milk.
- 2/3 cup castile soap, preferably lavender or the baby mild.
- 3tsp vitamin E oil.
- 5 drops lavender essential oil.
- 2tsp vegetable glycerin
All you need to do is to combine all ingredients in a bottle. Shake and then use on a washcloth. This body wash has a very short lifespan since it lacks preservatives since it contains coconut milk, so it’s best to keep this body wash in the fridge and use it within a week. If you don’t think you’ll use this body wash quickly, reduce the recipe, or freeze the extra in an ice cube tray to defrost in small batches. The glycerin may be left out if you don’t have any on hand. As an alternative for glycerin, you can use a nourishing oil, like jojoba, almond, or olive oil.
DIY Coffee Body Scrub
You will only need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- ½ cup sugar
- 1/3 cup fresh coffee grounds
- 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil
- 4 to 5 4 oz. jelly jars
In a medium size bowl, combine the coconut oil, sugar, coffee grounds, olive oil, and then mix very well. Add the scrub to your 4 oz. jelly jars for storage purposes. This mixture can make 4 to 5 4 oz. Jelly jars. The recipe can also be made smaller or larger depending on how much you need for a few days or up to a week. Do not use beyond a week due to the presence of coconut oil and the absence of preservatives.
Lavender and Oatmeal Tea Scrub
You will need:
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 2 heaping tablespoons dried lavender
- 15-20 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup powdered milk
- Mixing bowl
First, mix the Epsom salts, dried lavender, and essential oils in a large bowl and then add in the powdered milk. Grid the oats in a food processor or blender to get a coarse powder before adding it to the bowl as well. Mix well and you are ready to use your facial or body scrub.
Use the spoon to scoop the bath mix into a basin of warm (not hot) water. Use 2-3 heaping tablespoons of bath mix for each facial or body scrub. Simply soak a washcloth in the water with the mixture and gently wipe down your face and body, concentrating on the sensitive parts.