Beauty doesn’t come in a plastic tube—it’s all around you and inside you (wink, wink).
Skincare shouldn’t cost the earth and harm animals in the process so always buy ethically. To save yourself some money and the jump on green bandwagon, try these all natural beauty hacks that work just as well—if not better than—the store-bought potions.
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals (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 moisturize the skin. Or combine with water to create a DIY toner.
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 moisturizing oil or lotion if it becomes too drying.
Raw, organic, unpasteurized honey is packed full of healing enzymes and nutrients. Naturally antibacterial, flowing with antioxidants and perfect for moisturizing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Used for anything and everything skincare, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, an excellent moisturizer and smells delicious! Some do not recommend using coconut oil on the face, as it’s too heavy, but it is great for moisturizing the body.
Words + pics Christina Cannes
Christina Cannes is the founder & publisher. She launched sunshine kollectiv because she believes everyone deserves to live in a happy, healthy community. And she wants to turn the media world on its head by changing the story—always choose love over fear!