It seems that (especially for women) switching from regular skin care products to natural skin care versions is one of the toughest natural living steps to take.
It’s hard to break free of the age defying, wrinkle reversing, acne preventing claims of conventional products and switch to a natural option, even though the natural options are often cheaper and work better!
Below are some of my favorite natural skincare recipes to help you make the switch more easily!
Natural Face Wash
I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for a couple of years, and I’d still highly recommend it, but I’ve recently switched to a faster, easier and even cheaper option: Microfiber. My favorite company makes a natural body cloth with silver wound into the thread so it is completely antibacterial. It takes off makeup, food (kids faces, not mine!), dirt, etc. without any soap at all (which is great since soap strips the natural oils in the skin). It is also completely safe to use on babies and kids (which would be especially helpful for any kids with eczema) and the cheapest/most environmentally friendly.
You can also use pure, organic Liquid Castille soap in water to naturally cleanse the face. A few drops on a wash cloth or in a sink full of water will naturally clean your face.
Natural Make-Up Remover
Microfiber works great for this too and even removes mascara without soap or oils.
Plain olive or coconut oil will also remove mascara (even waterproof) and will remove other make-up as well but isn’t as ideal if you have oily skin.
For oily skin- Liquid Castille soap in water will remove makeup without adding oils to the skin or stripping the natural ones.
Lotions and Moisturizers
For most people, pure coconut oil is all that is needed for moisturizing the face. It is naturally full of collagen supporting lauric acid and is easily absorbed by the skin. Even for oily and acne prone skin, coconut oil’s natural anti-bacterial properties make it a great option.
For those with dry skin or who want to prevent aging naturally, a homemade lotion bar is a great (and naturally SPF 5) option. You can even add zinc oxide to make a sunscreen bar if you need the extra protection, or alter into a natural deodorant.
A sugar/oil scrub is great for most skin types when extra exfoliation is needed. Just mix equal parts oil (coconut, olive, etc.) and sugar (white or brown) and use as a whole body exfoliator.
For more oily skin, plain baking soda can be used to exfoliate skin and remove blackheads or dirt.
There are a ton of anti-aging products available but the best options are the ones you take internally. All of the collagen products that are supposed to firm up skin don’t take into account that collagen must be produced internally and is too large to absorb through the skin.
To promote natural collagen production, I’d suggest using coconut oil as a moisturizer and taking Gelatin, Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Blend and Vitamin C to support natural Collagen production internally.
Strategies for Blackheads
Blackheads are harmless enough, but if clear skin is what you’re after (and most of us are), try these natural methods for reducing or eliminating blackheads for good. It takes some routine maintenance and attention, but in combination with adopting the natural skin care routine above, blemishes and blackheads should be few and far between.
What is your skin care regime? Is it natural? Let me know below!