Natural ingredients for skin

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Natural ingredients for perfect skin care

We are living in an age where consumers are becoming more aware of what is in the products we consume and apply to our body. We’re learning more about the impacts of chemicals on our body and the environment which has caused a shift to more conscious consumption.

You are probably aware that many store bought skin care products contain long lists of chemicals that can potentially cause harm to your body. While many people accept this as the price of looking after their skin, these ingredients are seeping into your skin through the pores and can cause damage in the long run.

Stabilisers, preservatives, aromatic agents and artificial colouring can all have negative effects on the body and the environment.

How do chemicals affect our skin?

The skin is the largest organ in the body in both weight and surface area. The skin has two layers, the dermis and the epidermis. The dermis provides support and structure to the skin. The epidermis functions to protect the body (acts as a shield). Underneath the dermis is the hypodermis which provides insulation for the skin.

Breaking through this barrier with chemical based skin care products puts you at a risk of developing irritations and allergies from synthetic materials.

Luckily, your skin does not have to suffer as there are a wide range of natural options available. When looking at the ingredients on your skincare products, keep an eye out for the below ingredients. We’ve compiled a list of the best natural ingredients for skincare that will help your skin glow.Natural skincare ingredients

1. Coconut oil

Possibly the most famous natural skin care product, it is also the most versatile. Coconut oil can be ingested as well as applied topically and can cause a variety of beneficial effects on your skin, including purging dead skin cells, fortifying skin tissue, and protecting the skin from sunburns.

On top of that, coconut oil is an excellent antibiotic, letting you deal a serious blow to any bacteria, fungi, or even viruses that may have camped out in your epidermis. Coconut oil has even been found to be effective at fighting off skin diseases like dermatitis. This degree of potency and utility makes it the best natural ingredient for the skin in our book. We use this ingredient in almost all of our products! We use coconut oil is many of our hair products, they make them smell great too!

2. Tea tree oil

For hundreds of years, many women have been using tea tree oil to treat breakouts, inflammation and redness on the skin. In the treatment of acne, tea tree is a well-tolerated ingredient without any side effects.

Tea tree oil works well as a natural anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal ingredient. Applied directly to the skin, it is one of the most popular and versatile natural skin care ingredients because of the phytochemicals (chemical compounds that are produced by plants) in it.

3. Grape seed oil

Grape seed oil is a familiar ingredient for skincare products that are all natural. It is a common food ingredient as well. It is squeezed out of grape seeds after the wine ingredient has been extracted.

Just like the all-time favorite natural skin care ingredient coconut, grape seed oil also contains a lot of antioxidants and is rich in linoleic acid. Linoleic acid reduces acne and retains skin moisture.

Grape seed oil, unlike coconut oil, is non-comedogenic, thus it does not clog pores and can be used even on sensitive skins. It can also be used as an eye cream alternative to lighten dark circles. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties. It is a widely used moisturizer for skin that is prone to acne.

The best thing about grape seed oil is, it does not leave any residue on the skin. When applied it easily dries up thus it is a good make-up base.

Grape seed oil contains powerful antioxidants and PTOs (proanthocyanidin) that control free radicals working to prevent damage that may be caused by the sun and the lightning of age spots. PTOs also enhance the production of collagen to reducing the fine lines as well as stretch marks.

4. Rose water

Rose water is an effect ingredient for overall health and beauty. For the skin, rose water is effective in the treatment of acne as well as irritated skin. It can cool and soothe irritated skin. It acts as a cleanser for oily skin and as moisturizer for dry skin. It also serves as an anti-aging ingredient because it can tone, soften, rejuvenate, and revitalize mature skin to bring back its natural glow.

Rose water contains a lot of vitamins and antioxidants to nourish the skin. It also contains a lot of anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties and natural antiseptics. This natural ingredient works well with all skin types.

5. Argan oil

Many regard argan oil as a super skincare ingredient. This is so because it is rich in natural Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It is effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as scarring and stretch marks. It also works well in fighting the early signs of sun damage and aging as well as enhancing the elasticity of the skin.

Argan oil is often an important natural ingredient in facial moisturizers, facial cleansers, eye creams, anti-aging skincare and make-up products.

6. East Indian sandalwood

This essential oil effectively quells the proliferation of bacteria on the skin, and it calms down inflammation as quickly as any commercially available pimple cream out there. East Indian Sandalwood is perfect for treating a particularly rebellious breakout. It’s best applied by mixing it with almond oil, as just slathering it all over your face outright can make you end up feeling quite irritated. About two or three drops of East Indian Sandalwood in 180 mL of almond oil should be enough.

7. Apple cider vinegar

Another commonly known natural skin care product is apple cider vinegar. This substance contains a potent acetic acid, making it brilliant at skin cleansing, killing off fungi, bacteria, and other pathogens in the skin and is a capable stopper for acne. Apple cider vinegar’s beneficial effects even extend internally for when ingested, it promotes a healthy level of bacteria in the digestive tract and even optimises liver function.

8. Sea salt

Mother of all life, the sea has provided every organism on the planet with the means with which to survive. Being such a kickass mom, the sea even provided us with a skin care solution in the form of sea salts.

These little seaborne crystals have accumulated loads of minerals in its journey from the vast ocean onto the shore including calcium, potassium, magnesium, and of course, sodium. These minerals are essential components of our skin cells, which are always looking for spare parts to keep on chugging.

Sea salts should be applied topically, and they work best when mixed into a facial scrub with raw honey and avocado, which are also fantastic antioxidants. A good mix would be one part sea salt for every two parts of honey and avocado, though you can experiment with mixture ratios to find the best one for you.

9. Coffee bean

No skin care solution is complete without a dose of antioxidants, and the coffee bean does exactly that. It apparently has a greater antioxidant capability than even green tea, and the studies surrounding the products seem to support that. In testing, it was proven that coffee bean products caused dramatic improvements in people who have developed wrinkles and pigmentation. We use this ingredient in our anti-aging night cream, and let’s just say, it’s amazing!

10. Bearberries

These little fruits are well-regarded by dermatologists to be one of the most efficacious natural skin brighteners. The chief selling point of bearberry extract is its abundant levels of arbutin, which is a powerful deterrent for the development of dark spots on your skin.

Still, bearberry extract isn’t as potent as the more common hydroquinone, but due to its natural, unadulterated nature, it’s considered to be much safer. Unlike hydroquinone, bearberry extract is safe to use during pregnancy or when nursing.

Ingredients to avoid for sensitive skin

1. Butyl, Ethyl Parabe, Propyl and Methyl.

These ingredients are cheap and have long shelf lifes. They are however toxic and may cause skin reactions and allergies.

2. Synthetic Colors

They are listed in labels as D&C or FD&C followed by the number of the color. Most of these toxic substances are made of coal-tar linked to agents that cause cancer.

3. Synthetic Fragrances

These are often listed in labels as simply “Fragrance” and could be in any of over 200 synthetic and toxic ingredients manufacturers can get hold of. They can cause headaches, rashes, skin irritations and so much more.

4. Diethanolamine (DEA)/Triethanolamine (TEA)

These ingredients work for the adjustment of pH balance. These toxic chemicals can cause dryness of the hair and skin and also eye problems.

5. Behentrimonium Chloride

This is an ammonia compound. It is highly toxic and may be fatal when ingested.

All of these ingredients can enter the bloodstream through skin care products, which can expose the body to carcinogenic substances that are known to cause cancer.

So next time you are shopping for new skin or hair care products, read the ingredients label! Remember the benefits of choosing natural ingredients of chemical and feel confident in the products you are buying.

The Grahams Natural range is naturally formulated and scientifically developed to look after your skin and treat sensitive skin conditions. You can view the full range here.

Store-bought skin care products are loaded with chemicals and can be downright expensive. Make these 10 homemade natural skin care recipes instead.

You don’t have to fork out big bucks for great skin care. In fact, many department-store and drugstore brands of skin care products are packed full of harsh chemicals, toxic ingredients, artificial colors and more. Even so-called natural skin care brands may contain questionable ingredients that you wouldn’t want on your face.

Want to look up the safety of your skin care products? Check out Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Skin Deep database. It has the ingredients list and potential toxins of more than 68,000 personal care products.

I checked on a few products that I used to use for anti-wrinkle skin care and was floored to see the results. Most of the products ranged in the 5-6 range out of a total 10 (with 10 at the highest level of potential hazards and toxins). That’s troubling to consider.

Luckily, I’ve learned to make my own skin care products. It’s easy with products you already have in your bathroom and pantry. In fact, here are 10 natural skin care recipes that can replace an entire skin care regime you’d probably pay a fortune for at a department store.

10 DIY Skin Care Recipes You Can Easily Make

1. Facial Wash

Forget the harsh cleansers. Try this Foaming Face Wash. It’s gentle, yet effective in keeping skin clean and clear.

2. Facial Scrub

Exfoliate your skin with this luxurious DIY Facial Scrub. It’s similar to facial scrubs you’d get in a spa (with the same results), yet at a fraction of the price.

3. Facial Mask

Pamper yourself with one of these 8 Honey Facial Masks to rejuvenate skin and give it a healthy glow.

4. Toner

I can’t believe how much I used to shell out for toners. This DIY Facial Toner will literally cost you pennies and it’s hydrating, pH balanced and excellent for blemish-prone and combination skin.

5. Eye Cream

An effective eye cream doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Try this DIY Eye Cream to hydrate the eye area and fight wrinkles.

6. Moisturizer

Forget everything you know about moisturizers. Oil-free facial lotions can actually make the skin produce MORE oil than regular moisturizers or even facial oils. I have combination and blemish-prone skin, yet I absolutely LOVE this DIY Facial Oil Moisturizer with Sunscreen. It’s hydrating, but not oily – plus the addition of essential oils help to fight blemishes and fade sun spots. Here’s another Homemade Facial Lotion recipe.

7. Lip Balm

Think about how much you pay for lip balm. $2-4 for a tube doesn’t sound too expensive, right? You can actually make your own Organic DIY Lip Balm for Just $0.24 a Tube.

8. Facial Serum

Department-store brand facial serums are expensive – sometimes upwards of $50-$100 per bottle. Nourish skin naturally with this DIY facial serum. It costs pennies to make and includes just a few simple ingredients.

9. Shave Gel

Ditch the aerosol shaving creams (which contain harmful ingredients) and try this DIY Shave Gel. It’s excellent for both men (for facial hair) and women (for legs, under arms, etc.).

10. DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

This DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask removes all those blackheads and impurities from the pores… leaving behind glowing, gorgeous and clear skin. Learn about the benefits of activated charcoal – it’s great for skin care and so many other things.

How to Choose the Right Container for Your DIY Skin Care

Not only is it great fun to choose gorgeous packaging for your homemade skincare, but the right container can also help keep your formula safe and stable for longer. In fact, it’s important to store your homemade skincare in proper, hygienic containers. Luckily there are lots of great packaging suppliers online who will send you containers that are ready to use for your beautiful botanical formulations.

It is easier to contaminate a product that is in an open jar than one dispensed from an air-tight container. When possible, choose pump or spray valves that dispense your formula without the need to open the product container. If it isn’t practical to use a pump or spray, perhaps because of the viscosity of the product, then you might consider adding a drop dispenser or a spatula to help get the product out of its packaging – and help reduce the likelihood of introducing contamination.

How to Make Natural Skin Care Products Last Longer

As it’s almost impossible to know the likely expiration date of homemade skincare products, one of the best tips is to produce small amounts. Not only does this mean your cream, balm or butter will be the very freshest it can be, but you’ll also get to play around with different ingredients regularly to whip up a fresh batch.

When you’re making anhydrous (no water) products that are suitably packaged to minimize contamination, you can make bigger volumes, but always remember to add an antioxidant such as Vitamin E or Rosemary CO2 extract to slow down product degradation.

With unpreserved, water-based products, its is advised you make single-use doses only when you need them. Microbial growth happens fast, especially given the perfect growing conditions found in room temperature.

Top Tips Natural Skin Care Products

  • Make sure to choose the right containers for your products, open air jars are more prone to contamination.
  • Make in small batches – at least in the beginning – is it can be hard to gauge the shelf life.
  • Try a oil free lotion recipe for particularly dry skin.

More DIY Recipes

  • Homemade Bubble Bath
  • 10 Easy DIY Skin Care Swaps
  • DIY Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub
  • DIY Poo Pourri: After You Poo Spray

Did you try these DIY skin care recipes? Don’t forget to comment below to let me know how it went. You can also FOLLOW ME on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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With this book, you’ll learn how to:

  • Make your own organic beauty and skin care products for less than $25 a month!
  • Learn simple techniques to make your own skincare – without the fuss of complicated recipes or hard-to-find ingredients
  • Get tried-and-true recipes that work to nourish the skin and make it look more radiant than ever before
  • Create beautiful gifts for friends and family with the printable labels and gift tags I’ve included with this book

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20 Essential Ingredients for DIY Natural Skincare

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DIY Natural Skincare Essential Ingredients (updated for 2019)

I know from experience, making your own natural skincare products can be intimidating.

There’s a big difference between making natural household cleaners or chemical free candles and DIY natural skincare products.

The difference is you’re placing it on your skin!

Which is actually, all the more reason to try.

When we are expecting our daughter, I thought about our baby taking her 1st bath and it encouraged me to look closer at all the bath and body products I was using.

What was I putting on my skin? Truth be told, I needed more than a dictionary to read most of the product labels.

What did I do?

I dove right into making my own natural bath and body products!

However, the funny thing is, I started with a bubble bath. In light of expecting, a long soak in the bath did wonders for my pregnant body.

As a result, now I make everything from face wash to sugar scrubs.

In the process I discovered something – I really only need a few simple ingredients to make all my natural skincare products.

All things considered, it is easier than you think! Therefore, I compiled this list of 20 must-have ingredients to make DIY natural skincare products as a guide for you.

In addition, I’ve included several of my favorite recipes to help you get started!

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience, read full disclosure policy.

#1 Castile Soap

Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap made of ingredients you can actually pronounce. This soap is gentle on skin and effective against dirt, grease, and unwanted germs.

Castile soap can be used to clean just about anything and everything: your face, your shower, and even your dirty dishes! Yes, I’m a fan!!

#2 Sugar

Natural sugars such as coconut sugar, brown sugar, and pure cane sugar are a must have for creating sugar scrubs.

Sugar works well as a gentle natural exfoliant for the skin compared to coarse salts. It’s a key ingredient for DIY lip scrubs like this one.

#3 Citric Acid

Want to know the secret ingredient to make bath bombs fizz? It’s citric acid and it’s all natural ingredient often used to preserve food at home when canning.

Sometimes you can find it at your local grocery store in a very small spice jar with a very big price. But, I’ve found it here in a one pound resealable bag for so much less. Find it my recipe for garden rose bath bombs.

#4 Essential Oils

Essential oils not only provide a wonderful natural fragrance to homemade skin care products but also contain many skin loving properties.

Learn more about how to get started with essential oils and don’t miss my 10 must have essential oils for home and beauty here.

#5 Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a natural humectant. It’s an incredible moisturizer for the skin among other things.

I use it daily in my cleansing aloe vera face wash and aloe vera face cream.

#6 Witch Hazel

Used for its skin-soothing benefits, witch hazel is a plant-based substance made from the witch hazel shrub. It’s a staple in my homemade facial toner.

I use it in place of water to make bath bombs. It’s doesn’t cause as much fizzing loss to occur when you need to add just a little more moisture to a bath bomb mix.

#7 Fresh And Dried Herbs

I love having fresh herbs within in reach to use in my beauty recipes. Even if you don’t have a green thumb you certainly keep the plant alive long enough to get your money worth or opt for dried herbs.

Herbs not only make our homemade beauty recipes smell heavenly, but they also have a multitude of benefits.

Chamomile, eucalyptus leaves, lavender, and lemon balm are some of my favorites to use.

#8 Carrier Oils

Natural carrier oils can make a big impact on the health and condition of your skin. They are packed with vitamins and antioxidants essential for healthy skin.

There are a variety of carrier oils available such as apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and more – find the right carrier oil for your skin type here.

#9 Organic Tea

This may seem like an odd addition, but loose leaf tea is quite handy for natural beauty and hair care. I love to add herbal teas to soaps and bath tea recipes.

You can simply drop five tea bags into your bath for quick use or make a rich spiced chai latte bath for a relaxing self-care treat.

#10 Natural Body Butters

Body butter comes in a variety of textures rich and thick, soft and creamy, each with purpose and benefit for the skin.

They are all from natural sources such as kernels and fruit trees. Cocoa, shea, mango, and avocado are of my favorites to use in soaps, lotions, lip balms, body washes, and creams.

Each is solid at room temperature with different melting points. Learn all about how to use natural body butter here.

#11 Raw Honey

Take it from the skincare experts at Hello Glow, “There are some ingredients that you almost can’t go wrong with DIY skincare. And honey is definitely at the top of the list.”

It’s a natural humectant that draws in moisture, antibacterial, and full of antioxidants! Pour one cup of raw honey into your bath while it’s filling to moisturize, soften and soothe dry skin.

#12 Vegetable Glycerin

There are so many uses for vegetable glycerin, I always keep two bottles on hand! I love the way it softens everything it touches.

I use it to make handmade soaps, hair de-tangler, bubble bath, and many other DIY natural skincare products.

You can even use it straight out the bottle by adding a teaspoon to your bath to soften skin.

#13 Epsom Salts

Thanks to Epsom salts, bath bombs do much more for our bodies than moisturizing the skin.

Named after a small town in England where it is was discovered in 1618, Epsom salts are known for their powerful ability to relieve aches and pains. They break down the build-up of lactic acid which causes muscle pain.

Add a ½ cup of Epsom salt to your next bath or try them in my recipe for a bubbling lemon vanilla bath soak.

#14 Goat Milk Soap Base

Goat milk soap base is specially formulated to suspend additives evenly throughout the soap.

Meaning if you add lavender buds or chamomile flowers from the garden to your homemade soap they won’t sink to the bottom of the soap like it would in other soap base types.

It’s an all natural skin-loving choice for making soaps. Try in my recipe for lavender goat milk soap.

#15 Beeswax

Natural beeswax is an excellent way to thicken beauty products. I use it to make salves and lip balm.

It’s a strong antiseptic that reduces inflammation and inhibits the growth of bacteria on the skin.

You can find it here in a one pound bag of beeswax pellets. The pellets also known as beeswax pearls are very easy to measure out and use, versus cutting or grating a bar of beeswax.

Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, colloidal oatmeal, and quinoa are great all-natural skin softening additions to the bath.

The cellulose and fiber from the oats make an effective skin soother for itchy, irritated dry skin.

The process of grounding oatmeal and suspending it in liquid creates colloidal oatmeal that is more readily absorbed into the skin. Find oatmeal in my recipe for lavender rose oatmeal bath fizzies.

#17 Pink Himalayan Salt

Popular among health food advocates who seek it for the nutritional value of its abundant trace minerals.

Pink Himalayan salt also contains electrolytes and the ability to relieve aches and pains.

Mineral salts break down the build-up of lactic acid, which causes muscle pain. Indulge in an enriching DIY mint lavender mineral bath made with pink Himalayan salt.

#18 Vitamin E Oil

As an antioxidant, vitamin E oil helps to protect cells from free radical damage. It is a great nourisher and moisturizer for the skin and hair.

Use vitamin E oil to make natural skin care products such as tightening eye creams, hand lotion, and heel salves.

#19 Arrowroot Powder

Arrowroot powder or starch is a powder extracted from the roots of the arrowroot plant.

It is a great herbal remedy for various skin issues, high in potassium, iron, and B complex vitamins.

Often used in talcum powders and cosmetics as a moisturizing thickening agent. Arrowroot powder also absorbs moisture and odors, which makes a great ingredient for natural deodorants.

#20 Rose Water

Rose water is a beauty ingredient like no other. Rose is known to soothe, soften, brighten, and tighten the skin.

It plays a key role in these rose DIY beauty recipes to support the appearance of youthful-looking skin while promoting an overall healthy complexion.

Put it into Practice

You truly can use these ingredients to replace just about any skincare products you are currently using that has an ingredients list you can’t read either.

I’ve included a link where possible in the list above, for some of my go-to places for picking up these staples.

I hope this list of 20 essential ingredients for DIY natural skincare serves as a reference guide for you to utilize anytime. Bookmark it or pin to come back to this guide again.

I forecast my fascination for whipping up homemade natural skin care products will continue to grow well into the future. Undoubtedly, once you begin making your own DIY natural skin care products you may have the same forecast!

Are Natural & Organic Ingredients Better for Your Skin?

Many people believe passionately that natural, organic ingredients are better for the skin but the truth is this belief has no factual basis or scientific legitimacy. The surprising fact: There are lots of natural, organic ingredients that are bad for skin! Many of them are lurking in products claiming to be better or safer because they’re natural or organic. Sad but true.

Whether due to blissful denial or because they don’t know the research, lots of cosmetic companies sell products with ingredients that aren’t really natural or contain natural ingredients that are a problem for skin. Conversely, just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t make it a problem for skin. Let’s set the record straight!

Natural Is as Natural Does

Please know we’re not saying there isn’t a large range of natural ingredients that are exceptional for skin, because there are—lots and lots of them! But the idea that they’re the “best” or only option for skin is not good advice. When formulating products for Paula’s Choice Skincare, Paula and her team only select natural ingredients with a proven track record of being beneficial for skin. We avoid using problematic ones because these aren’t doing your skin any favors. Now that’s natural done right that the best cosmetics companies follow!

We’re not the only ones concerned about the misguided notion that natural = better: Dr. Linda M. Katz, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors stated that “Consumers should not necessarily assume that an ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredient or product would possess greater inherent safety than another chemically identical version of the same ingredient. In fact, ‘natural’ ingredients may be harder to preserve against… contamination and growth than synthetic versions” (Source: New York Times, November 1, 2007).

Joan Shaffer, USDA spokeswoman stated that “…people should not interpret even the USDA Organic seal or any organic seal of approval on cosmetics as proof of health benefits or of efficacy. The National Organic Program is a marketing program, not a safety program. may be but that has no bearing on whether it is safe or nutritious to eat (Source: www.ams.usda.gov/nop/FactSheets/Backgrounder.html).

Natural Ingredients: The Bad

Many natural, organic ingredients used in skincare products can cause significant skin sensitivities that build up over time. Some of them can also be harsh and abrasive on skin. None of that is good, so it’s important you know what to avoid so you can take the best possible care of your skin.

Skin-aggravating ingredients of any kind (natural or synthetic) cause all aspects of skin to breakdown and fall apart. It interrupts skin’s ability to renew and reawaken its natural shape and significantly diminishes its ability to defend itself from environmental damage. This is especially true of fragrance ingredients that often go under the misleading category of essential oils.

All fragrance, whether synthetic or natural, causes trouble for skin. Essential oils may be good for your nose, but they’re a serious problem for your skin. We’re often shocked and dismayed at how many natural products are little more than eau de cologne dressed up as a moisturizer, lotion, serum, or toner.

What’s particularly troubling is the fact that your skin is very good at hiding that it’s appearing to be sensitized. Just because you’re using a product with problematic ingredients but not seeing any signs of surface aggravation doesn’t mean it’s not taking place where you can’t see it.

All of the following common natural ingredients can be a problem for skin in one way or the other. For example, many citrus ingredients can enhance the sun’s negative impact on skin. One other point, many of these ingredients do have beneficial properties (like antioxidant compounds) but they also come with negative ones. There are plenty of natural ingredients that give your skin only the positives and none of the negatives. Those are the only ones that should be in your skincare products!

These ingredients shouldn’t ever be in your skincare products.

  • Alcohol
  • Allspice
  • Almond extract
  • Angelica
  • Arnica
  • Balm mint oil
  • Balsam
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus juices or oils
  • Clove
  • Clover blossom
  • Coriander oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Cypress
  • Fennel
  • Fir needle
  • Geranium oil
  • Grapefruit
  • Ground up nuts
  • Horsetail
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemon
  • Lemon balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Marjoram
  • Oak bark
  • Papaya
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Witch hazel
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang ylang

Natural Ingredients: The Good

Since the list of problematic natural ingredients is so long, you may be wondering what are the best natural ingredients for skin. There are many! Here are the top ones that have only beneficial properties and none of the bad:

  • Clays
  • Chamomile
  • Bisabolol
  • Seaweed
  • Kaolin
  • Amino acids
  • Ceramides
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Grapes
  • Green tea
  • Chocolate
  • Licorice
  • Oats
  • Soy
  • Willow Herb
  • Coconut oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Canola oil
  • Shea butter
  • Honey
  • Mica
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Argan oil
  • Carnauba wax
  • Meadowfoam
  • Rice Bran oil
  • Turmeric
  • Rosa canina Fruit oil
  • Palm oil
  • Omega fatty acids
  • Corn oil
  • Glycerin
  • Lecithin
  • Aloe vera
  • Jojoba oil
  • Pomegranate
  • Algae extracts
  • Sea whip extract
  • Feverfew extract
  • Bearberry
  • Mulberry
  • White tea
  • Cocoa butter
  • Sesame oil
  • Borage oil
  • Ubiquinone
  • Acai oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B3
  • Goji Berry
  • Coffeeberry extract
  • Evening Primrose oil
  • Tamanu Oil
  • Curcumins
  • Silybum marianum extract

Packaging Matters!

Lastly, keep in mind that with natural ingredients, packaging really, really matters! Think of how long a head of lettuce lasts in your refrigerator and you’ll get an idea of how the wrong type of packaging (such as jars or clear bottles) will cause natural ingredients to break down. This occurs from repeated exposure to light and air and contamination from repeatedly scooping out the product with your fingers. Be sure to look for opaque, non-jar packaging that minimizes exposure to these elements. Then you’ll be getting the most benefit from the natural, organic ingredients that can truly help you get (and keep) the skin you want.

Learn more about natural skin care.

References for this information:
Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, October 16, volume 80, pages 226-32
Contact Dermatitis, September 2016, issue 3, pages 129-143; October 2013, issue 4, pages 196-230; and February 2014, issue 2, pages 90-97
Acta-Demato Venerology, June 2016, issue 5, pages 679-683
Annals of Emergency Medicine, April 2016, issue 4, pages 554-556
Cutis, October 2015, issue 4, pages 269-274
Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, December 11, issue 1, pages 199-206
Food Chemistry and Toxicology, February 2011, issue 2, pages 324-341

Here is my natural skin care routine:

After struggling with acne for over half of my life, I recently tried switching over completely to a 100% natural skin care routine. Simple ingredients, homemade remedies, many items you could probably find in your grocery store. I can honestly tell you without any hesitation that my skin has never looked or felt better, and the acne and scars I used to try and hide are fading and gone. It’s hard to believe that I spent years buying product after product with fancy ingredients to clear my skin, and the answer ended up being the most simple, inexpensive products I could find.

I’ve shared a little bit of my experience so far with you on Instagram, and I know you guys are dying to hear what I’ve been using. I wanted to wait until I had tried everything for awhile and could give you an honest, full review, and I’m so excited to share my natural skin care routine with you that has completely saved my skin!

Let me start at the beginning… In my teen years I started getting acne, which turned into some scarring and years of frustration. When I was pregnant with my son, it got so awful that someone actually asked me if I had shingles. (true story… there were a lot of tears. It was on Mother’s Day, and I’ll never forget how embarrassed I felt.) Since then my acne has cleared up a lot, but I still get occasional hormonal breakouts, especially around my chin and jawline.

When I first started trying to treat my acne, I would buy the strongest products I could find and use them religiously. Proactiv, Neutrogena, Clean and Clear… I tried them all. The harsh ingredients would dry my face out, and then I would have to moisturize like crazy to not look like a dried up raisin. It was a constant, annoying cycle that never really cleared up the acne.

I eventually started trying more natural products that did help tremendously from what I was using. Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming cleanser and daily moisturizer were products I used for a long time. Now out of my 20’s and into my 30’s, I am also starting to notice a lot more wrinkles around my eyes, which I already know I am genetically doomed to get no matter how much I fight it. But the thought of spending $20, $50, up to $100+ on eye creams or anti-aging skin care just isn’t in my budget or how I want to spend my hard-earned money.

This brings us to today. I have discovered a few simple ingredients… not products… but natural, inexpensive ingredients that have been a miracle for my skin. They work together instead of against each other to clean, heal, smooth, and moisturize my skin better than anything I’ve ever found.

  • I no longer have breakouts (very few and far between, if any)
  • My skin no longer feels dry and irritated because of harsh acne cleansers
  • My makeup looks so much better now that I have a smoother texture and smaller pores
  • I’m noticing acne scars and wrinkles less and less

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Cleansers

Traditional face cleansers are designed to break down the oils in your skin, but often end up breaking down the natural oils your skin needs to maintain balance. If you haven’t heard of the oil cleansing method, the basic chemistry principal is that “like dissolves like”. Essentially you are cleaning your pores of dirt and bacteria in a natural, gentle and effective manner by replacing the dirty oils with beneficial oils that can heal, protect and nourish your skin.

Here are the cleansers I use:

Hemp Seed Oil + Lavender | Hemp seed oil is anti-inflammatory, which makes it a great cleanser for acne prone skin, as well as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It balances out oily skin without clogging pores, improves and restores skin elasticity, and also has antioxidant properties that help regenerate new cells. I mix 1 ounce of hemp seed oil with 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil, which is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and healing! I keep the mixture in a little amber glass bottle with a dropper, and use about a quarter size amount to wash my face. I’ll use this in the evening to cleanse before I go to sleep.

Coconut Oil | This oil has many of the same beneficial properties that hemp seed oil has, but is generally not recommended for oily skin because it can clog your pores. What coconut oil IS perfect for is removing makeup! It instantly dissolves any makeup I’m wearing, including mascara and eye makeup that normally doesn’t wash off as easily. I’ll use the coconut oil first to remove my makeup at the end of the day and follow up with the hemp seed oil cleanser to make sure my skin is completely clean, balanced and moisturized. I recommend using liquid coconut oil for two reasons: 1) it is easier to use than solid coconut oil and 2) it is less likely to clog pores.

Raw Manuka Honey | In the morning, I use honey to wash my face. I know that sounds crazy, but it works! I’ve already removed my makeup before I went to bed, so all I need is a light, gentle cleanser to get my skin ready for the day. Raw Manuka honey is unprocessed and unpasteurized (unlike what you normally buy at the grocery store), so all the beneficial nutrients and vitamins are kept intact. This honey contains superior antibacterial and healing properties and is also very nourishing and hydrating, but not great at removing makeup, so stick to coconut oil for that step. Raw Manuka honey is a bit thicker than normal honey, so you’ll need your skin to be slightly wet to use this cleanser.

How to use cleansers:

  1. Massage a quarter size amount of cleanser into dry skin (or damp if using honey) for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Wet a wash cloth with hot water and place the cloth over your face, letting the steam open your pores for about a minute.
  3. Gently wipe your skin to remove any remaining cleanser or makeup.

Masks

Once a week I use a mask to deep clean pores, exfoliate dead skin, and rejuvenate my face. Currently I rotate between these two 100% natural clay masks:

Dead Sea Mud Mask with 100% Natural French Green Clay | Absorbs excess oils and impurities, tightens pores, reduces acne and blackheads, exfoliates, promotes blood circulation to cells, balances skin for a matte appearance, and also features jojoba oil, aloe vera and vitamin E.

100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay | Deep pore cleansing and acne reducing. Unlike the mud mask above, this comes in a powder form and has to be mixed with either water or apple cider vinegar (what I choose) to use. I find this mask to be a little more intense while it’s on, and my face is red for about 30 minutes or so after I wash it off. I would recommend only using it before you go to bed at night, but it definitely gives good results.

Toners

Toners were originally designed to rebalance skin after cleansing. They get rid of excess oil, dirt, and leftover makeup after you wash your face and prepare the skin for moisture, the last step in your skin care routine.

Here are the toners I use:

Apple Cider Vinegar | Even though the smell is not pleasant, apple cider vinegar may be one of my natural skin care secret weapons. As strange as it sounds, ACV is antiseptic and antibacterial, which is perfect for acne and getting rid of blackheads, and also balances the pH in your skin. It can lighten age spots, fade acne scars, and the best part… it is SUPER affordable. I do recommend using this raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and mixing it in a 1:1 ratio with distilled water. If your skin is more dry or sensitive, I would dilute the mixture further with a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio of ACV to water. I store the toner in an amber glass bottle with a dropper and use a cotton ball or pad to apply the toner all over my clean face. Note: I use this at night so I don’t notice the smell on my skin during the day and also to allow the vinegar’s properties to work their magic overnight. This is also a great exfoliant, so I would avoid using this toner on days when you use a mask or exfoliator.

Lavender Witch Hazel | I use lavender witch hazel in the morning after cleansing with honey, and this is a much more gentle, soothing toner than the apple cider vinegar. It’s perfect to wake up your skin and prepare it for makeup application (if you choose to that day). Lavender is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, which helps manage acne, calm sensitive skin, and reduce redness and irritation. If the apple cider vinegar is too strong for your skin, I would recommend the witch hazel instead. They also make a Rose Petal Witch Hazel that I use to help lock in moisture during winter months.

Moisturizers

Oily skin that is stripped of natural oils actually produces more oil to overcompensate, creating a vicious cycle. Even though it sounds counterproductive, using oils to moisturize your face keeps oily skin balanced and moisturized without clogging pores and is great for healing and repairing problem skin.

Here is the moisturizer I use:

Jojoba Oil + Lavender | Jojoba oil is perfect for all skin types, nourishing, moisturizing, and very light, which means it is easily absorbed into the skin and doesn’t feel greasy. Jojoba oil is very close to your skin’s natural sebum, so it tricks oily skin types into producing less oil. It is also rich in vitamin E and a great source of antioxidants. The addition of lavender gives it added antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and healing benefits. Just like I did with the hemp seed oil cleanser, I mix 1 ounce of jojoba oil with 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil and keep the mixture in a little amber glass bottle with a dropper. I use about 4-6 drops both morning and night after cleansing and toning. I rub the oil in my hands, smooth it all over my face, then pat it gently into my skin so the oil really absorbs into my pores. I’ll wait about 30 minutes after moisturizing to apply my makeup to give the oil a chance to absorb into my skin. At night I’ll use an extra few drops for added moisture while I sleep and a drop or two less during the day when I don’t want extra oil underneath my makeup. I normally would not recommend coconut oil as a regular moisturizer because it sits on top of the skin instead of absorbing and can cause clogged pores, but in the winter when my skin becomes really dry from the cold weather, I will occasionally add a very small amount of coconut oil to the jojoba oil at night to help heal chapped skin and lock in moisture.

Daily Routine:

AM | step 1: cleanse with raw manuka honey

AM | step 2: tone with lavender witch hazel

AM | step 3: moisturize with jojoba oil + lavender

PM | step 1: remove makeup with coconut oil

PM | step 2: cleanse with hemp seed oil + lavender

PM | step 3: clay mask (only once a week)

PM | step 4: tone with apple cider vinegar

PM | step 5: moisturize with jojoba oil + lavender

MY FAVORITE NATURAL SKIN CARE:

Note: When I first started this routine, I did have a few breakouts due to the deep cleaning of my pores. Don’t be worried if you notice breakouts or more oily skin within the first two weeks or so. Keep up with the routine, and once your pores are clear of the gunk that’s been hiding in them and your skin gets used to the oils (it no longer has to overproduce oil because you are nourishing it with good oil!) and balances, you will start seeing much clearer, softer, smoother, healthier skin. I have been so much happier and less embarrassed by my skin, and even when I apply makeup I can tell it goes on smoother and looks so much better.

The best way to describe the way my skin feels now using this all-natural skin care is this… it feels like skin SHOULD feel. My skin is balanced, more youthful, and I no longer feel the need to buy expensive creams and potions to fix my face. Most of the products in this skin care routine are under $10, and because you are using such a small amount each day, they last a long time. I’ve barely put a dent in them. The most expensive item I bought was the raw Manuka honey, and that’s because you get the most beauty benefits from a higher quality honey.

Other options for oily/acne skin

Everyone’s skin is unique, and some things that work for my skin may not work as well for yours. Here are some options you can use to customize this skin care routine to better fit you:

  • Try rosehip oil or tamanu oil in place of the hemp seed oil and/or jojoba oil.
  • Use rosemary or peppermint oil in place of the lavender oil. I use lavender essential oil in both my hemp seed oil cleanser and jojoba oil moisturizer.

Oil options for dry/aging skin

Cleanser | mix 1 ounce of carrier oil + 10-12 drops of essential oil

  • carrier oil options: argan oil, almond oil, apricot oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil
  • essential oil options: lemon, frankincense, sandalwood, lavender

Toner | rose face mist

Moisturizer | mix 1 ounce of carrier oil + 10-12 drops of essential oil

  • carrier oil options: argan oil, almond oil, apricot oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil
  • essential oil options: lemon, frankincense, sandalwood, lavender

I am so excited to continue healing my skin and trying new natural remedies, and I would love to hear if you try this routine and what you think! If you have any questions, feel free to ask away, and I will keep this post updated if I change and improve my daily routine! If this helps just one person who struggles with acne or oily skin, my heart will be so happy because I know the frustration it can cause. Thank you for following along, sweet friends!

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They come from small red berries and evergreen forests, but these skin-care ingredients can go head-to-head with their lab-grown peers. Meet the natural wonders that are generating buzz — and transforming complexions.

Manuka Honey

You’ve probably seen headlines like: “I Washed My Face With Honey and It Was the Most Amazing Thing Ever.” Though we don’t actually drizzle the stuff on our face as if it’s a parfait, honey as a skin-care ingredient — specifically manuka honey from New Zealand or Australia — is, in fact, amazing. Unlike the antioxidants in other honey varieties, “the ones in manuka honey are very strong, so they don’t get destroyed as easily,” says Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. Add to that the fact that manuka honey is super moisturizing and suddenly smearing it on directly from the jar doesn’t seem so crazy after all. “It’s also antibacterial, which means it’s good for acne,” says Graf. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream relies on the ingredient’s high polyphenol content to protect the skin barrier while moisturizing, and Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm ($38) pairs manuka honey with peptides to soften lines and leave skin dewy.

Bearberry

Also known by what’s surely a Balderdash word (kinnikinnick), the bearberry plant is one of nature’s most potent skin brighteners. In addition to antioxidants, bearberry extract contains arbutin, which acts a lot like hydroquinone (the most effective ingredient for fading dark spots). “Both inhibit the tyrosinase enzyme involved in pigment production,” says Jordana Herschthal, a dermatologist in Boca Raton, Florida. Although naturally occurring arbutin isn’t quite as potent as hydroquinone, it may be safer, she says. (You shouldn’t use hydroquinone when you’re pregnant or nursing.) Bearberry should help fade dark spots in about four to six weeks. Since brightening ingredients are more effective when they’re paired with a retinoid, products with both (like Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial, $114, and Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution, $88) will get you glowier, faster.

Bakuchiol

You may have heard us mention retinol, oh, once or twice. The magical ingredient has been smoothing lines, fading spots, and busting acne since before most millennials were born. Well: “Bakuchiol is like a natural version of retinol,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, who likes it in Whish Recovering Night Cream ($72). The extract comes from the babchi herb, which is used in Chinese medicine to treat skin conditions. “The data is really impressive,” says Wilson. “You get similar efficacy from bakuchiol , without the drying side effects.” And bakuchiol is an antioxidant, so “it can be a better choice when you want both anti-aging and skin brightening,” adds cosmetic chemist Ginger King.

Pine

We’re not talking about any old evergreen. The pine that will transform skin must be the French maritime variety that grows in the Mediterranean region. Research has suggested that extract from the bark of Pinus pinaster can accelerate wound healing and reduce scar formation. “Because it offers powerful antioxidant protection from free radical damage, it’s also great for smoothing aging and photodamaged skin,” says cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta. (Try Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift, $100.) If you’re concerned more about breakouts than crow’s-feet, this specific pine is also astringent and mattifies oily skin. (Try Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, $34.) When ingested — like in the supplement pycnogenol — it delivers a megadose of antioxidants to calm inflammation, protect collagen, and improve hydration levels in the skin, says Cincotta.

The Best DIYs

Laying seaweed on your face isn’t going to do anything except make you smell weird. You have to isolate botanical extracts to change your skin­ — and pulsing an avocado in a Vitamix won’t do the trick, says Graf. The exceptions: six raw ingredients that you can pick up at Whole Foods and smear right on your face for effective DIY skin care.

1. To calm breakouts: East Indian sandalwood oil is an essential oil that’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and ideal for shrinking pimples, says Graf. It can be irritating if you put it directly on skin, though, so dilute one or two drops in six ounces of skin-soothing almond oil.

5 Natural Ingredients for Healthy Skin

While there are plenty of wonderful products to help keep our skin clean, clear and radiant, there’s something to be said for the power of Mother Nature. From improving your skin’s texture to preventing acne and beyond, there are plenty of reasons to incorporate process-free, au naturel elements into your skincare regimen. If you’re already using, say, a clay mask or oatmeal bath to boost your skin’s health and clarity, here are a few other options—including some you might not expect.

Almond
This healthy nut is a veritable powerhouse when it comes to optimum nutrition and beauty. Almonds are one of the best sources of vitamin E, which helps nourish skin, and their antioxidant activity may even help protect skin from the sun’s UV rays. When applied topically during a massage or added to a body scrub or moisturizer, almond oil—which is made from dried almond kernels and called sweet almond oil—is incredibly emollient, meaning it softens and soothes skin. What’s more, the oil’s combination of linoleic and oleic acids makes it less greasy than other oils and readily absorbed by skin, so it’s easier to get the benefits of the nut’s nutrients. In addition to giving you a younger-looking, radiant complexion, sweet almond oil can also help reduce scar tissue from acne, stretch marks and dark spots. Though it is safe to use on your face, if you have naturally oily skin, you may choose to use almond oil on your body only.

Beauty Bonus: Using almond oil during a scalp massage will remove dead skin cells at the base of your hair shafts, which promotes growth.

Amber
The next time you get a massage (or request one from your partner at home), opt for amber oil, which has been shown to prompt the growth of new skin cells. The result of that cellular turnover? Smoother, softer, more even skin. Amber oil also helps deep clean pores and gives your complexion a dewy glow. You can use it on your entire body, or mix two to three drops in a bowl of hot water for a facial steam.

Beauty Bonus: Massage a few drops into your scalp to rejuvenate hair follicles, which can help your hair grow longer and thicker.

Cardamom
This aromatic Indian spice does much more than add flavor to food: When cardamom seeds are crushed and distilled they produce an essential oil with therapeutic effects. Cardamom oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which helps calm and soothe irritated skin, open pores and prevent breakouts; try mixing two or three drops with water to use it as a cleanser. On the other hand, this spice is also known as a stimulant, and when the oil is applied to the skin during a massage or used in a perfume it can jumpstart the senses and even create a warming sensation.

Beauty Bonus: When applied to your scalp, cardamom oil can treat dandruff and other infections, as well as add shine to your hair and help strengthen its roots.

Coffee
Your morning cup of Joe does more than give you a much-needed energy boost: When combined with almond oil, for example, and applied as a paste during a massage or body wrap treatment, ground coffee beans can temporarily tone and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite. This effect is thanks to caffeine, which dilates blood vessels, increases circulation and reduces water retention, helping to smooth uneven skin surface. Plus, the antioxidants in coffee help to release toxins from the skin, which is not only helpful for cellulite but also gives you a healthy glow from head to toe.

Beauty Bonus: Ground coffee can also help remove product build-up from your hair, as well as add shine. If you have dark hair, try rubbing some leftover grounds into wet strands and then rinsing. (Skip if you have light, highlighted or bleached locks, as coffee could darken them.)

Dark Chocolate
You may think it’s a waste to apply this sweet treat topically, but dark chocolate makes an amazing facial treatment. That’s because its flavonoids are powerful antioxidants, helping to neutralize the negative effects of everything from environmental pollutants to packaged foods, all of which can irritate and age skin. Melt a few ounces of dark chocolate (choose a brand with at least 70 percent cacao) and when it’s cool enough to slather on your skin, apply the chocolate like a mask. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse.

Beauty Bonus: Unsweetened dark chocolate can also add shine to hair. Mix some melted, cooled dark chocolate with 2 tablespoons honey and 1/2 cup plain yogurt and apply as a hair mask, covering your head with plastic wrap and letting it sit for about an hour. Wash out with cool water.

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5 Natural Facial Products That You Can Make At Home

Many women over 60 are interested in keeping our skin healthy as we get older, and there is a growing awareness that a lot of store-bought products have unnecessary and sometimes harmful ingredients.

Instead of treating our faces with chemicals, there are options for various natural facial products and natural facial cleansers that we can use to keep looking our best without irritating our skin – and many of these products can be made at home!

How to Make Natural Facial Products at Home

Making your own homemade facial products is a way to express your independent and creative nature, while also helping to save money on cosmetics. Using homemade skin care products allows you to ignore anti-aging products that cost a fortune and make everything you need.

For example, if you are travelling and forget your skin care products, you can just go to a local grocery store and buy coconut oil, olive oil and some sugar – just these simple ingredients will provide makeup remover, cleanser, face cream, lip gloss and scrub!

These types of natural facial products are also a good way to reconnect with some family traditions, perhaps by using a favorite skin care technique or recipe that your mother or grandmother taught you.

Here are a few of our favorite natural facial products – and ideas and recipes to make them yourself!

Natural Homemade Soap

Many commercially made soaps contain harsh chemicals, intense fragrances and other ingredients that can leave you feeling less than fully “clean.” Instead of spending money on abrasive, irritating soap, you can make your own lovely homemade soaps that are infused with the fragrances of nature.

Use this recipe to make homemade lavender-scented soap – the ingredients include glycerin soap base, lavender and rosemary leaves, lavender and rosemary oil, and a few others. You can make soap with fresh herbs that you grow in your garden! This is definitely one of my favorite natural facial products!

Natural Lip Balm

All natural beeswax lip balm can be surprisingly expensive at the grocery store – but you can save money and have fun by making your own lip balm at home! Use this recipe to make natural lip balm from coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil and a few other ingredients. The steps are easy to follow, and it’s fun to watch the lip balm progress from a few simple ingredients to a finished product.

Coconut Oil Makeup Remover

One of the most underrated natural skin care products, which is starting to be more widely appreciated, is coconut oil. Coconut oil makes a great moisturizer for your entire body, but it can also be used as a natural makeup remover.

In this video, makeup artist Kristen Arnett tells us why coconut oil works so well – and offers suggestions for how you can include coconut oil in your daily skin care routine.

Natural Face Cream

You don’t have to use chemical-based moisturizing face cream! There are options to make your own face cream at home using natural ingredients. For example, try this recipe for natural moisturizing face cream made with olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, aloe vera gel and a few other simple natural ingredients.

Isn’t it refreshing and reassuring to think that you could use natural facial products made from ingredients that are literally good enough to eat?

Natural Facial Scrub

Just because a facial scrub is supposed to help you exfoliate doesn’t mean it has to be full of harsh chemicals. Try this recipe for a natural facial scrub made with honey, lemon, yogurt and mashed strawberries! The naturally occurring acids and vitamins in the ingredients will help lighten, smooth and exfoliate your skin, without chemical harshness.

Draw upon your own wisdom and experience – what are some natural facial products that have worked for you? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Want to embrace natural makeup for older women but don’t feel like you have space in your makeup bag? In this video, I sit down with professional makeup artist, Ariane Poole to discuss the benefits of embracing natural makeup that enhances our look without damaging our skin.

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