Figuring out the right skin care products with so many on the market can seem like an impossible task. Do you choose the bargain generic brand at your favorite drug store or do you blow your entire skin care budget on some super expensive moisturize recommended by the latest out of touch celebrity? If you have an bottomless budget good for you, but the rest of us need to look good without breaking the bank.
If you’ve ever had to make it work on a shoestring budget then you probably know there’s a great little shop to get some of your basic skin care needs; your kitchen.
The truth is that it isn’t just price that’s a factor for most of us interested in having the best possible skin. Many of the beauty products sold in stores are packed with synthetic ingredients that end up doing more harm to your skin than good. Avoiding unpronounceable ingredients, added fragrances and chemicals is a good place to start.
One way to ensure the purity of some skin care items is to look a little closer to home: your kitchen.
I know what you’re thinking…salt? But yes, sea salt specifically, is loaded with so many nutrients (calcium and potassium to name two) and minerals that’s been absorbed from sea water. That’s something ordinary table salt (MSG) doesn’t have.
Every woman knows the benefit of a good skin scrub. It removes dead skin cells so you’re left with a glowing complexion, balances oil production to reduce breakouts, anti-inflammatory properties that sooth blemishes and scars. Another surprising benefit of sea salt is that it helps skin retain its natural moisture.
When I say sea salt I mean sea salt. Pink Himalayan, Celtic or Pakistani sea salt has the properties your skin needs. Add raw honey or coconut oil (see below) for a budget and skin friendly scrub that will leave your skin even and glowing.
Lemon is probably the most surprising item on this list but this little fruit has earned its skin care stripes. Both the juice and the skin have special properties your skin needs to look its best.
Adding fresh lemon juice to hot water to help heal your skin from the inside out by purifying the body of toxins that contribute to acne breakouts, oily skin, blemishes and a dull skin tone. Well known for it’s antioxidant properties, lemon also aides in ridding the body of toxins and free radicals—both internal and external—that harm your skin.
As a topical application lemon (juice and oils) help remove dead skin and lighten skin discoloration and aging spots. The acid found in lemon is an essential part of good skin healthcare because it absorbs the oil in your skin and cleanses the pores without disturbing the natural oil balance in your skin.
Make a great homemade peel using water, lemon juice and baking soda.
Rather than spending good money on skin care products that claim to contain honey, dig up that bottle of rarely used raw honey and add it to your bathroom beauty station. What’s so great about honey, you ask?
Raw honey is an excellent (and natural) source of vitamins, skin boosting acids and nutrients the skin needs to look healthy, young and glowing. In addition to reducing acne breakouts, honey is a great cleanser for sensitive and combination skin types which is why it is such a popular ingredient in store bought skin care products.
Raw honey has healing properties, anti-allergy properties and it is an excellent moisturizer which is an essential part of all skin health. They key to making raw honey work for you? Make sure it’s raw which means unheated, unprocessed and unpasteurized. You’ll pay a little more but when it comes to honey a little goes a long way.
If you’re like me you have a giant tub of coconut oil you bought for stovetop popcorn and it’s still there…a year later. Dust off that jar because coconut oil isn’t just the latest skin care product du jour. Nope it’s a veritable rock star of strong, healthy looking skin.
Not only does coconut oil strengthen epidermal tissue but it also removes dead skin cells, protects against sunburn and has antibacterial as well as antioxidant properties. Here’s the biggie; research has shown that coconut oil has the power to fight chronic skin diseases like atopic dermatitis.
How do you use it? Simple. Coconut oil can be used as a simple makeup remover or skin moisturizer, you can use it to replace cocoa butter to heal and minimize the appearance of scars. Best of all, combine it with other kitchen ingredients for a refreshing facial scrub!
You can’t talk about skin care without talking about something so essential to all living things, whether skin or plants: water. Without water the things that require them won’t perform at their best which means skin will be too tight, dry and flaky. Dry skin doesn’t heal as well as healthy skin, it’s less resilient against everyday damage and it’s more prone to wrinkles and other signs of aging.
We all know we should be drinking significant quantities of water each day so I won’t bore you with specifics but the truth is that your skin needs water just as much as the rest of your organs so in addition to regular showers and/or baths, you should add some form of hydrating moisturizer—lotion or facial moisturizer—within minutes after your bath or shower.
Now that you know what a treasure trove of skin health your kitchen can be, you can feel confident about your new all-natural skin care regimen!
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