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6 NATURAL REMEDIES TO IMPROVE YOUR SKIN

Posted on 23 Nov 18:01
It’s surprisingly easy to look after your skin without buying any commercially made skincare products.

Many of the products we think we need on a daily basis, aren’t really necessary at all. In reality, the best things we can do for our skin are staying hydrated, exercising regularly and having a healthy diet.

Despite this, we’re sold all kinds of different scrubs, creams and lotions, many of which are expensive and don’t exactly have the most skin-friendly ingredients…

However, daily cleansing and moisturising, as well as regular doses of some extra nourishment, are great ways to make your skin really glow.

If you also want to save money and reduce your waste, all whilst improving the health and appearance of your skin, why not have a go at making your own natural skincare products at home? It’s much easier than you might think!

Here are 6 truly natural and eco-friendly remedies to improve the appearance and health of your skin.

 

1. Face Cleanser

The first step to beautiful skin, is to gently wash away the build up of dirt, oil and toxins from your face. Combine the following ingredients together in a bowl and mix well, before storing your homemade cleansing lotion in jar or reusable bottle.

Castile soap is made from natural, plant-derived ingredients which are often organic and sourced using fair trade principals. It’s environmentally friendly and gentle on skin, but it can also be used as a multi-purpose household cleaner! Bentonite clay is made of aged, volcanic ash, and provides a world of health benefits.

- 2 tbsp of liquid Castile soap
- 2 tbsp of aloe vera gel
- 1 tbsp of jojoba
- 1 tsp of vitamin e oil
- 1/2 tsp of bentonite clay
- 10 drops of essential oil, eg. frankincense

 

    2. Face Moisturiser

    Once your face is feeling fresh and free from impurities, adding some extra nourishment, moisture and protection is the next step towards beautiful skin. Firstly, add coconut oil, Shea butter, almond oil and wax beads together in a small bowl.

    Although coconut oil has many skin-friendly benefits, you may want to consider leaving the coconut oil out if you have acne prone skin, Instead, add an extra tablespoon of almond oil and an extra 1/4 teaspoon of the soy wax.

    Next - place this bowl over a pot of boiling water to melt the ingredients together, before pouring the mixture into a blender. Add your favourite essential oil, or a pod of vanilla beans and allow the blended mixture to completely cool to room temperature.

    Once it’s cool, begin blending again on high speed, and add the aloe vera gel. Watch as the consistency begins to changes, and once it becomes nice and creamy, it’s ready to be transferred to a small, re-usable container.

    - 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil
    - 1 tbsp of Shea butter
    - 2 tbsp of almond oil
    - 2 tsp of soy wax beads
    - 1 tsp of vitamin e oil
    - 3 tbsp of aloe vera gel
    - 5 drops of essential oil or a 1-inch pod of vanilla beans

     

      3. Face Mask 

      Every so often, our skin is going to need a little extra love.

      Cold weather, too much sun, lack of sleep, and even stress - are just a few of the many factors that impact the health and appearance of our skin. This is where a homemade face mask can come in handy - and this one is super simple.

      All you have to do is combine the following ingredients together in a bowl, adding a little water until you get the consistency you want. Then comes the fun part - apply the mixture to your face, just like a mask.

      You might scare a few people with this look, but at least your skin will be happy! Once your mask is completely dry, rinse it off with warm water to reveal your hydrated, fresh and supple skin.

      - 3 tbsp of bentonite clay
      - 1 tsp of almond oil
      - 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
      - 5 drops of essential oil, eg. Lavender
      - Add a little water to achieve the desired consistency

       

        4. Lip balm

        The skin on our lips is some of the most sensitive skin on our entire bodies, making our lips one of the first areas to suffer when exposed to the elements, stress and other internal and external factors.

        Fortunately, there is a simple and natural remedy you can make at home that uses similar ingredients as your homemade moisturiser, including Shea butter, which is very soothing and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.

        Simply place the following ingredients in a small bowl and melt them together over a pot of boiling water. Once melted, pour the mixture into a small cosmetics container to set and use as required.

        - 1 tsp of Shea butter
        - 1 tsp of coconut oil
        - 1 tsp of vitamin e oil
        - 1/2 tsp of soy wax beads
        - 20 drops of essential oil (food grade) or another flavouring – e.g. cocoa or vanilla bean

         

          5. Body wash

          Keeping our bodies clean is usually a daily task - but how often do we question what we’re putting on our skin and washing down the drain?

          With this eco-friendly, affordable and nourishing body wash recipe, you can help save the environment and have beautiful, healthy skin that smells deliciously fruity.

          Combine the following ingredients together in a bowl and mix well, before storing your homemade body wash in a recycled bottle.

          - 1/2 cup of liquid castile soap
          - 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
          - 2 tbsp of jojoba oil
          - 20 drops of essential oil, eg. tangerine or frankincense
          - Grated citrus zest
          - Optional for a thicker mixture - 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

           

            6. Body Lotion

            Just like your face, the rest of your skin can benefit from some extra nourishment, moisture and protection.

            Similarly to the facial moisturiser, this body lotion is made by combining coconut oil, grape seed oil and soy wax beads in a bowl, then placing this bowl over a pot of boiling water to melt the ingredients together before pouring the mixture into a blender.

            Add your favourite essential oils and allow the blended mixture to completely cool to room temperature.

            Once it’s cool, begin blending again on high speed, and add the aloe vera gel. The consistency of the body lotion should be waterier than the facial moisturiser, but thick enough to be stored in a jar.

            - 3 tbsp of coconut oil
            - 3 tbsp of grape seed oil
            - 1 1/2 of tbsp soy wax beads
            - 3 tbsp of aloe vera gel
            - 20 drops of essential oils

               

              All of these skincare recipes can be personalised to perfectly suit you, so feel free to experiment a little with these natural, nourishing ingredients.

              In addition to enjoying your beautiful, homemade skincare products, be sure to stay hydrated and get regular workouts in, as well as eating an abundance of these nutrient-dense, skin-loving foods.