Looking after your skin doesn’t mean buying expensive lotions or products. You can do it all through natural means. Not sure where to start? Well, we have the complete skin care guide. This is the one place to get every single natural remedy and item that your skin will need to glow.
You may be surprised to find out just what you can use on your skin. Many of these items you will already have in your home. It can be as simple as turning on the tap! There are some that you will need to look for in a store. The great news is that the majority are completely affordable.
These items can be used together. That’s one of the benefits of natural skin care products. There are no chemicals to act against each other. They’re also effective, active steps that you can day to look after the health and not just the appearance of skin.
So, here’s the complete guide that you need to create your DIY natural skin care routine.
Drink Plenty of Water
Let’s start with something that you want to do daily for your overall health, not just for your skin. Your body needs water. If it doesn’t get enough, it will pull it from places that aren’t as necessary. Of course, your skin is one of the first places that will lose water. Your skin isn’t as important as your inner organs, including your kidneys and your brain. This leaves you with dry and flaky skin.
When you get plenty of liquid daily, your skin won’t need to lose moisture to support the rest of your body. This will balance out the hormones, meaning that your oil production is also balanced. You won’t find that you have natural oils releasing too frequently, leaving you with a greasy look.
At the same time, the pores will be cleaned out easier. There is less chance of the pores clogging with bacteria that causes acne breakouts.
Your body needs around eight glasses of water daily. This will increase if you live in hotter temperatures or you do a lot of exercises. As you sweat, you lose water, so you will need to replace it.
Wash and Moisturise Daily
Make sure you wash your face and skin daily. You don’t need to exfoliate daily, but you should wash with some warm water.
Your pores become clogged throughout the day, even if you don’t use makeup or any skin care products. The daily dirt and grime collect, along with natural oils and dead skin cells. These all create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and you will find your skin suffers from more breakouts.
When you wash daily, you keep your pores clear. Even if you have oily or dry skin, you want to wash daily. Don’t use harsh soapy products. Lukewarm water and an oil-free cleanser will be perfect. Finish off with a blast of cold water (especially on your face) to help tighten the skin and close the pores, preventing them from getting blocked.
Once you’ve finished, you will need to add some moisture back to your skin. Even with oily skin, you want to use a moisturizing cream. You tell your body that the skin is getting plenty of moisture, so it doesn’t need to produce as many natural oils daily. Find an oil-free moisturizing cream to help balance out the natural oils.
Use Sunscreen Daily
Your skin is at risk of UV rays. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, there are some UV rays that will get through and affect your skin. While the sun’s rays have some benefits, there are also some serious problems for your skin. The rays damage and destroy the cells within the skin. The cells become more at risk of changes due to free radicals in the body.
Changes to the skin can lead to skin cancer, age spots, blemishes, and pigmentation changes. The best thing you can do is protect your skin from this by using sunscreen daily, especially in the areas that are never covered from the sun. Even if you wear makeup, you want to use something with sunscreen in it—there are moisturizers and foundations that have added SPF.
The amount of SPF you need depends on your location, your skin, and the expert! Some people say wear at least SPF 15, and others say wear at least SPF 50. The consensus is that most people can wear factor 30 daily, unless in an area of strong sun. If you have fair skin that is easily burnt, you will want to consider factor 50.
Don’t Overlook the Power of Sleep
Sleep is a powerful thing. I know that we hear about this all the time, but it is true. A good night’s sleep will repair so much damage to your body. Of course, it’s not always easy to get that good night’s sleep.
While you can change the way, your body works or always switch off your mind, there are some things you can do to make your body feel tired. Let’s start with creating a bedtime routine. Babies thrive because of regular routines. They know what to expect because of the action that comes before it. The brain works the same way.
Follow a routine that helps you unwind, relax, and get ready for sleep. This can involve washing your face, brushing your teeth, and applying moisturizer to your skin. As your body gets used to the routine, you’ll start to feel more tired sooner and find it easier to get to sleep.
With a good night’s sleep, you will find your hormones balance. That means your skin produces the right amount of oils, and your body absorbs all the nutrients it needs.
Use Sanitizer on Your Phone and Headphones
Sanitize anything that goes close to your skin daily. We tend to overlook some of the worst offenders for harboring bacteria, including our phones and headphones! Bacteria collects on them throughout the day, and many experts say that the phone has more bacteria than your toilet seat!
They are constantly close to our face. The bacteria instantly transfer into our pores and create the perfect space for acne breakouts. Then there are other health problems linked to the bacteria on our items.
Make sure you sanitize them daily. You can get small packs of wipes to use on a morning or night to make sure they are ready for the next use.
Don’t Forget About Your Vitamins
Getting the right diet is essential for healthy skin. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E will help to support your skin cell reproduction and fight off free radicals, while vitamin A helps to protect the tissues and boost the collagen production. When you have all the right vitamins, your skin will keep its flexibility and look healthier and brighter.
Eating right is essential, but it’s not the only way to get your nutrients. You can also take supplements. These are often recommended for those with diets that have some restrictions (whether out of choice or health needs) that can lead to a deficiency in certain vitamins.
Always make sure you get enough vitamin D to help protect your skin and overall health. You’ll be surprised in the way that it helps, and it’s not just the sun that gives you it!
Exfoliate on a Weekly Basis
Moving on a weekly basis, you want to start exfoliating. There is no need to do this daily.
Don’t use harsh exfoliating products on your face. The skin here is fragile and easily damaged compared to the rest of your body. You’ll want to find something that is designed specifically for the face or make your natural exfoliate.
You can use sea salt or sugar crystals to help exfoliate your skin naturally. Add them to some coconut oil or slice a lemon in half and dip in. Both options will help you cut down on cost and add extra nutrients directly into your skin. The benefit of the coconut oil is the antibacterial properties to cleanse out your pores, while the lemon has vitamin C to support your skin cells.
Exfoliating will help to clean out the pores deep down. You remove the dead skin cells to allow the fresh ones to stand out and make the skin look brighter and healthier.
Have a Facial and Massage
Don’t forget about booking a massage and having a facial. Both will help you improve the look and feel of your skin.
Let’s start with the facial. Do this on a weekly basis to add nutrients to your skin. You’ll help to support the collagen production and improve the moisture and flexibility. The deep nourishment also gets right into the skin cells and helps to stabilize the natural oil production.
Once a month, you want to book a massage. This will help to boost the amount of blood circulating your body and closer to your skin. You’ll get a rosier look, while also boosting the flexibility and collagen. They body need the blood flow to get more oxygen. Remember your skin is an organ!
Massages will also help to release stress and relax the muscles. That reduction of cortisol in the body helps with the release of happy hormones to balance out the oil production. You’ll also feel healthier within yourself, finding it easier to get enough sleep on a night.
Don’t Forget About the Exercise
Exercise is essential. Doctors recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. This can be broken down however you want, although most people choose to do 30-minute intervals daily and take two days off to rest and recover.
You want to exercise for the overall health, but also for the skin health. When you exercise, you boost the amount of blood flowing through your body. Like with the massage, your skin will get more oxygen.
Make sure you wear the right equipment and clothing for your exercising. Watch out for too many high-impact exercises, like running, as they will mean your skin stretches and starts to sag. There are plenty of options available that won’t lead to this negative side effect.
Touch Up Your Roots and Do Your Eyebrows
Did you know a good beauty routine will also help your skin? Make sure you touch up your roots if you dye your hair and do your eyebrows. It’s also worth getting a trim on a monthly or six-weekly basis.
Doing these will help to cleanse the hair thoroughly. Many hair salons will offer a mini head massage while washing the hair through, helping to boost the blood flow to your head—and it must flow all the way through your skin to get there.
You’ll also feel food when you look after yourself. Getting “me time” is essential, but as women, we tend to overlook it. We’re so busy looking after everyone else!
Check Your Moles Regularly
Look out for any changes to your moles monthly. Too many of us overlook the slightest changes, but a change in a mole is a sign of skin cancer. Keep an eye on your skin to know if new moles are forming.
Moles shouldn’t be raised, crusty, or change color during their lifetime. Red moles are necessarily a bad thing (some appear like that right away), but they shouldn’t suddenly turn red from brown.
If you are worried about your moles or any other blemishes on your skin, make sure you talk to your doctor. You should also check your breasts and other parts of the body for lumps and signs of this awful disease.
On a yearly basis, get yourself checked professionally for any signs of cancer. You should also get your blood tested to make sure there are no other health problems.
Clean Out Your Makeup Bag
It’s not just your phone and headphones that harbor bacteria. Your makeup bag will too. Your brushes will be one of the worst offenders aside from your phone. We tend to overlook them. It doesn’t matter how good or expensive your daily routine is. Poor brush and bag management will lead to bacteria passing through your skin.
Clean out your makeup bag monthly. Give your brushes a good clean to get rid of makeup build-up and bacteria. Wash out your makeup bag and look at replacing any items of makeup that you’ve had for a while. Broken Foundation, dried out mascara, and clumpy liquid eyeliner will all need to be replaced.
If you’ve had an eye infection, you’ll want to consider replacing your makeup sooner. The bacteria from the infection will live on your brushes and in some of your makeup. Anything you can’t clean fully will need to be discarded and replaced to protect your skin and eyes from repeat infections.
Switch the Products Around
One of the top celebrity beauty tips is to replace products regularly. This is best done every three to six months, depending on the type and amount of product you have left. Never stick to the same brand to avoid your skin getting used to the ingredients within it.
When your skin is used to a product or brand, that product becomes less effective. This involves natural products too. The skin starts to build a resistance to it. Nutrients aren’t absorbed as well, and breakouts will occur more frequently.
The great thing about this is that you get to try out different types of natural ideas. You can also make sure you save money on new products, rather than putting up with the cost increase from your usual brand.
Enjoy a Spa Day
Every year treat yourself to a spa day. You can do this alone or with a friend. Booking into somewhere professional is essential to make the most out of this DIY natural skin care tip.
Your spa day will help you get the deep tissue massage that your body needs. You’ll get rid of all the built-up tension throughout the year, boosting the blood flow to your skin and improving the balance to your hormones. At the same time, you get away from the stresses of everyday life!
Spa days will usually involve some essential oils. These are perfect for cleansing out the skin and adding the right nutrients needed to repair thedamage done by everyday toxins.
Following the above guide will help you create the perfect skin care routine without spending a fortune. There are some options that you’ll need to spend a little bit of money on, but it’s every few months or once a year. They’re also more than worth it for the beautiful and flawless skin daily. Put yourself first for a change and look after your skin.