Long before Cover Girl, Avon, Revlon and Oil of Olay, women have been figuring out ways to enhance and improve the appearance of our skin. Not to discount the plethora of beauty products that abound in department stores throughout the world, but Mother Nature has her own complete line of skin care products that women have been using throughout the ages to moisturize, exfoliate, care for blemishes, and combat the signs of aging.
Some of these natural skin care remedies may sound a little odd if the only beauty products you’ve ever used came in a tube or a jar, but why limit yourself to assembly-line skin care? Try something different, something natural, something where you don’t have to be concerned about dangerous chemical additives, child labor or animal-testing. Here are a few great natural remedies to help you have beautiful skin:
Moisturize from Within
Keeping your body properly hydrated from the inside is one of the most important factors in skin care. Drink plenty of water every day to help keep your skin from drying out and getting a shriveled texture that can make you look much older.
This is a wonderful method for exfoliating your skin and achieving a luminous, healthy glow. Papaya contains a natural enzyme called papain that works to break down dead skin cells and speed up the growth of new skin cells. This natural exfoliator helps slough off acne marks and smooth away wrinkles. Make your own natural papaya peel by putting the fruit of one papaya into a blender or food processor with a tablespoon of dry oatmeal. Smooth this mixture over your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Remove it with a damp cloth that you use to lightly scrub your face in a circular motion. Rinse and then pat dry gently.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has several fantastic healing and cleansing properties that are good for your skin. Organic vinegar is more effective than pasteurized vinegar, and works wonderfully to care for a variety of skin conditions. Check out these amazing apple cider vinegar facts:
- Vinegar can be used to reduce inflammation.
- Vinegar can be used as an antiseptic to disinfect and help heal blemishes and sores.
- Vinegar contains malic acid, a natural hydroxyl acid that can unclog pores and exfoliate dead skin.
- Vinegar contains potassium which promotes new skin cell growth.
- Vinegar is an antioxidant, it balances PH and promotes circulation.
You can relieve dry, itchy skin and sooth irritable skin conditions like eczema, hives, chicken pox, poison ivy, sunburn and even dandruff by bathing the area with apple cider vinegar. If you wash your face with a solution of 10% vinegar to 90% water, you can relieve acne and blemishes. The vinegar breaks down oil, unclogs pores, and balances your PH for an improvement you can see in just a few days.
Honey, Love your Lips
Those industrious little buzzers have made their way into the production of all kinds of products. Beeswax is used in everything from candles to lipstick, but did you know that honey is a natural exfoliant, antiseptic, cleanser and moisturizer?! Your lips are vulnerable to chapping from cold weather, sun exposure and dehydration, but you can give them a smooth, plush, glistening beauty with this simple natural honey skin care remedy:
- Make a paste of 1 tsp. honey, 1 tsp. baking soda and a couple of drops of olive oil.
- Rub the paste onto your lips, let it sit a few minutes.
- Wipe off gently with a warm, damp cloth.
After this treatment, use one of these natural moisturizers/ lip gloss to prevent future chapping and have lips that are kissably soft: dab on a little plain honey, or olive oil, or unsalted butter.
A True Peaches-n-Cream Complexion
One of nature’s best anti-aging remedies is an easy Peach Facial Mask. This recipe can be adjusted to accommodate any skin type, normal, dry or oily, and will help to leave your skin soft and elastic. This fragrant fruit will add moisture to your skin, while its acidic properties help to refine pores.
- Peel and then mash up a whole peach.
- Stir together with ¼ cup whipped cream.
- Spread the mixture over your face and leave for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water, then pat dry gently.
For skin that is a little oily, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the mask recipe. For dry skin, add a teaspoon of olive oil instead.
Mother Nature has provided quite a few items that have more than one use. Plenty of things that we think of as food can be used to nourish the outside of our body as well as the inside. Giving yourself a facial can help to improve the health and beauty of your skin by moisturizing, relieving inflammation, fighting acne, and smoothing wrinkles. You can make a mask out of any of these fruits, vegetables and other natural products:
- Egg Whites
Just mash, blend or put in a food processor with a dash of cream or olive oil and you’ll have your own natural facial mask that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Things to Avoid
Natural skin care remedies are wonderful solutions for some of the issues we all face at one time or another with our skin. We deal with blemishes and wrinkles and dryness and uneven skin tone as best we can, and it’s great that we can help take care of our skin with things we find in nature. But it’s also important to protect our skin from further damage by avoiding some of the things that are harmful. Sun damage is one of the leading causes of early aging of the skin. Avoid over exposure to the sun and even to tanning beds by making judicious use of sunscreen. You should also avoid excess sugar intake, alcohol, and smoking- all of which dry out the skin and cause wrinkles.