Everyday Natural Skincare
Every now and again my skin gets a little cranky. A little over it. Dull. Spotty. Irritated. Can’t handle life. And whenever my skin gets like this I always go back to the basics. Simple, nourishing, very affordable. Without fail it gets my skin back on track. Happy skin once again!
Here's what I use:
+ + Oats
Oh how I love oats - talk about a skin saver! Whenever your skin is feeling damaged, angry or irritated, whip out some good old fashioned oats and use it as a cleanser morning and night for a few days straight. Put about a tablespoon of oats into a little bowl with just enough water to soak them and once the oats have softened, apply it to your face as you would any normal cleanser. Oats can also be used as a face mask or pop some in the bathtub next time you have a bath. It's a bit messy but that's half the fun :)
* they contain natural cleansers (saponins) that removes oil and dirt from the pores without causing irritation
* they have anti-inflammatory properties that heal dry and itchy skin
* they contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water and leave a fine protective film on the skin. This prevents dull, flaky and dry skin.
* the proteins in oats help to maintain the skin's natural barrier function.
* they improve skin tone and texture
+ + Raw honey
I've used raw honey as an everyday facial cleanser and I love love love it! It feels soooo beautiful on the skin. Keep some honey in a separate container in your bathroom and use it as you would any other cleanser. I find that cleansing twice at night while I'm in the shower is enough to remove my makeup from the day. If you find that isn't enough to remove your makeup, try using coconut oil. Every so often try leaving the honey sitting on your skin for a minute or two before rinsing. Raw honey is a fantastic face mask! Ensure what you're using is raw honey. Processed honey (the regular type you get from the supermarket) loses all its nutrients and live healing enzymes in the pasteurisation process. I get mine from my local health food store.
* it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which helps to heal those pesky spots
* it soaks up impurities and detoxifies the skin
* it is a natural humectant, which means it draws water to the skin
* it's loaded with antioxidants which helps restore damaged skin, even skin tone, and lighten scars and age spots
+ + Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Use 1 part ACV to 1 part water as your everyday toner. Use it twice a day and apply it with a cotton pad. I've gotta warn you though, it smells like vinegar (seems obvious) and it's a strong smell but the odour does go away once it dries. Be sure to dilute it with water because this is potent stuff! Oh and another thing... if you're using it for the first time or on healing spots, it will sting a little. Make sure you use raw, unfiltered ACV because it contains the beneficial enzymes, pectin and trace minerals you want for your skin!
♥ raw unfiltered ACV:
* it restores your skin's natural pH
* it is another product with fantastic anti-bacterial properties and helps your skin to shed dead skin cells at the proper rate so your pores do not get clogged
* improves scarring and hyper-pigmentation
+ + Organic rosehip oil
Use 3 or 4 drops of organic rosehip all over your face and neck as your moisturiser day and/or night. It is so so good for your skin and a little goes a long way! When I first started using it, it did take my skin a bit of time to get used to the oil but it has not ever broken me out and after a while your skin adjusts. It also gives you the most amazing glow!
♥ rosehip oil:
* it contains Retinol, which is a byproduct of Vitamin A, which has anti-aging characteristics to help minimise the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the skin, as well as uneven skin tone
* it's high in Vitamin C which is a very powerful antioxidant. It protects the skin from free radicals to avoid cellular damage. It also promotes collagen production to keep your skin smooth and youthful-looking
* it contains essential fatty acids which helps regenerate skin cells and heal wounded skin tissue
+ + Organic coconut oil
Sometimes I switch up my beloved rosehip oil for some coconut oil for my moisturiser. This stuff is just amazing! There are a bazillion beauty uses for it, but my preferred method is as a moisturiser. My skin soaks it right up but still leaves a beautiful glow.
♥ coconut oil:
* It contains plenty of vitamin E to aid in recovery of skin damage such as burns, cuts, scars, etc.
* it is rich in anti-oxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which makes it a wonderful anti-aging and anti-blemish product
* Coconut oil leaves a protective barrier against environmental and free radial damage on your skin