Natural Beauty: How to Spice Up Your Skincare Routine

by Christina Cannes

Beauty doesn’t have come in a plastic tube—it’s all around you but most importantly it’s inside you (wink, wink).

Skincare shouldn’t cost the earth and harm animals in the process so always use your purchasing power to buy ethically produced beauty. But to save yourself some money and the jump on green bandwagon, try these all natural beauty hacks that work just a treat!

  1. Lemon juice

Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals (anti-aging) as well as ascorbic acid which acts as a powerful alpha hydroxy acid (an exfoliate used in chemical peels). Used to brighten age spots and heal scarring, lemon juice can be applied directly to the skin, but it is very strong and if used too often can harm the acid mantle (protective barrier). Rinse off with water after a few minutes and apply a healing oil such as rosehip to protect and moisturise the skin. Or combine with water to create a DIY toner.

  1. Aloe Vera

Grow your own, this powerful plant not only heals sunburns, and other skin burns, but is great for soothing irritated skin, eczema, acne and healing wounds and scars. Snap off a spikey branch from your plant and slice it open. Apply the slimy goodness from inside the leaf directly to your skin. Follow up with a moisturising oil or lotion if it becomes too drying.

  1. Honey

Raw, organic, unpasteurised honey is packed full of healing enzymes and nutrients. Naturally antibacterial, flowing with antioxidants and perfect for moisturising and soothing, it’s great for acne, aging and irritated skin. It can be applied to problem areas directly and used as a mask (rinse after 30 minutes) or mixed with jojoba oil and used as a face wash.

  1. Coffee

Ground coffee is perfect for a yummy body scrub. Mix with coconut oil, lemon juice and add lemon + orange essential oils to create a fresh smelling scrub! Please do not use this on your face—best when stored in the fridge and used after a few days.

  1. Yoghurt

Yoghurt isn’t just good for the gut—it’s awesome for the skin! Lactic acid from the milk, combined with probiotics, make yoghurt a line-reducing, skin healing face mask. Apply directly for anti-aging and skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema. Wash off after 30 minutes.

  1. Salt

Used as a scrub, or poured into the bath for a good soak, salt heals and clears emotional distress (or at least that’s what I believe when I swim in the ocean). For the bath, use sea salt, Himalayan pink salt or Epsom salt. Epsom is especially great as it contains high amounts of magnesium which helps sore muscles and soothes emotional stress.

  1. Oats

The humble oat is recommended by dermatologists for sensitive, allergy or eczema-prone skin. Oats are an excellent moisturiser with skin healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant benefits. Make a face mask, scrub or bath soak with organic, steel-cut oats!

  1. Roses

The universal symbol of love, roses smell amazing, look beautiful and can be used to make facial toners or just sprinkled in the bath for a relaxing soak. To make toner, buy yourself some stems, pick off the petals and put them in a pot with enough distilled water to cover the petals. Boil for 20-30 minutes and remove the petals from the water. Store rosewater in fridge for cooling toner!

  1. Papaya

Full of alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes like papain that break down dead skin cells, fresh papaya is perfect for a DIY facial peel. Mix with yoghurt and honey to create a yummy face mask. Leave on for 30 minutes and then wash off.

  1. Coconut oil

Used for anything and everything skincare, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, an excellent moisturiser and smells delicious! Some do not recommend using coconut oil on the face, as it’s too heavy, but it is great for moisturising the body.


 

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