We’ve all been there….embarrassed to be seen because we were experiencing one of the many possible skin issues that girls experience. Acne is obviously the most common problem and statistics state that an estimated 80% of all guys and girls between the ages of 11 and 30 get acne breakouts at one time or another. Yes…you read that right…. Up until the age of 30 (or beyond!) It’s not only teens! This personally makes me feel better considering I have past my ‘puberty’ years and randomly have my share of breakouts, too. So girls… we are not alone. But let’s stop limiting our lives because of silly superficial bumps and get ready to live! Life is too short!
Nonetheless, I know clear skin will still be your goal even if you get over the embarrassment. Taking care of your skin is easy to do at home without spending every penny you’ve saved up for those awesome heels you rather buy over the expensive eye cream. Although there are tons of available products to buy commercially, I’ve been researching a more all natural skin care regimen from ingredients I already have in my kitchen! By doing so, I will eliminate the toxins that many of the store bought products have in them. Some store bought products are thought to even have ingredients in them specifically to make your problem worse in the long run so you keep running back to buy more (ex. some lip balms have drying alcohol-the lip balm feels good when you first put it on, but over time it only causes MORE drying from the alcohol).
On top of making more healthy decisions to take care of our bodies, making your own skin care products is WAY cheaper and often MORE effective! Below are general steps of skin care most of us already follow and corresponding home-remedies to solve those annoying problems that impact us all!
1. Exfoliate: Most all skin-experts can’t sing the praises of exfoliation enough. It rids our skin of dead skin cells, which allow new ones to come to the top, and therefore is a great anti-aging step. Exfoliating also helps skin care products sink in better since those dead skin cells will no longer be in their way. One of my most favorite exfoliators is sugar scrub. The scrub is useful from head to toe. Here is a recipe I found to make your own!
Sugar Scrub Recipe: 1 cup sugar (regular white or brown sugar both work but make a difference on the way it looks) and ½ cup oil (almond, olive or coconut). To increase the benefits, add 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (or the gel from a few capsules), and add essential oils as well. To keep it fun, you can add pumpkin pie spices for pumpkin pie scented scrub (you know we all love pumpkin this time of year), real vanilla extract for vanilla-brown sugar scrub, several drops of lemon or orange essential oil for a citrus scrub, or ½ tsp vanilla extract and 15 drops of lavender essential oil for a calming scrub!
Baking Soda: Baking soda is a natural way to eliminate blemishes and reduce inflammation while exfoliating. It can help eliminate old scars or left over acne spots. Take a few tsps of baking soda and mix with warm water until it forms a paste. Apply and leave on for about 10 mins to see how your skin responds, but it can even be left on overnight!
Sea Salt Wash: If you’ve never been to the store “Lush,” I highly recommend you go! Their store includes tons of all natural products made from foods and oils, most of which are bottled right in the store. My favorite product is their sea-salt face wash. It has gentle sea-salt crystals to exfoliate while cleaning the face of all impurities and avocado for softening. There are also numerous recipes for this online!
2. Moisturizing is IMPERATIVE for good skin and anti-aging. I can tell a huge difference in my skin if I moisturize properly or if I don’t.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is naturally full of collagen supporting ingredients such as lauric acid. Even if you have oily or acne skin, coconut oil is thought to have anti-bacterial properties to help manage the acne. Rub coconut oil directly onto your skin, or even add it to your bath water for a hydrating, relaxing experience! Regardless, do make sure to get the organic, unrefined variety.
Echo Vie Body Oil: If you rather use a product that is still all natural, yet in a more convenient ready-to-apply bottle, Echo Vie body oil is my favorite. It is made of organic jojoba and sesame oils and is the only product I’ve found that helps my skin RETAIN the moisture all day, and that’s saying a lot because I’m prone to very dry skin. It is loaded with age defying antioxidants and vitamin E. I can’t tell you the number of times someone has said my skin appears to be glowing right after using it! On to top of that, I have even used Echo Vie to help eliminate scars! The scent is light and refreshing from the 10 essential oils that are thought to naturally relieve fatigue, stress, and anxiety. This oil can be added to your daily coconut oil, sugar scrubs, or used alone like I use it.
3. Attack problems:
A. Acne: If you are having an acne breakout, there are also home remedies for that. I personally have more dry skin, so I like to put my topical acne solutions on after I moisturize so they don’t become over-drying. But if you have oily skin, applying the acne solution before moisturizing may be ideal for you.
Tea Tree Oil: Dilute tea tree oil with water and apply it directly to your blemishes. You can reapply several times throughout the day and even wear it under makeup.
Honey: Alternatively, I’ve read that organic honey does wonders to draw out skin impurities and is also a natural moisturizer. Apply the honey directly to your face and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
Lemon Juice: Squeeze a fresh lemon directly onto the problem area to dry up the excess oil. It also works as a natural cleanser.
Natural yogurt or egg whites: put directly onto your face to make a mask either individually or mix together. You can also mix them with honey.
Aloe: Aloe is soothing and reduces inflammation and redness. Apply a pure version of the gel to your skin several times a day. It is ideal to get the aloe straight from an aloe plant for the most pure option.
Apple cider vinegar: This strong natural remedy has both antibacterial and antifungal properties. Dilute a few teaspoons of the vinegar with half that amount of water to reduce the sting. Make sure to use apple cider vinegar that’s raw, unfiltered and says “with the mother” on the label for the most nutrients.
B. Scars: This past spring I got a terrible curling iron burn right on my chin. This played a huge role in the next few weeks of work for me as I had to continue to attempt covering it up for auditions and explain that it wasn’t some fungus or something…embarrassing! I was very worried about it scarring, but then my friend gave me some tips…Just remember, time is of the essence with scars. Attack them with healing nutrients as soon as the wound heels!
Lemon Juice: My friend recommended I try squeezing a fresh lemon right on top of the scar. I instead decided to use lemon essential oil for the same reason, and it really worked! Now, every time I have a spot I think may scar, I add the essential oil to it and it vanishes quickly!
Echo Vie Body Oil: I also kept the Echo Vie body oil on the open and healing burn, and later on the scar. The lemon juice broke down the scar, while the Echo Vie body oil replenished it with vitamin E and essential oils so it stayed moisturized, fighting off the permanent scar I was terrified to get!
Lastly, it is never too early to start an anti-aging regimen. Our bodies slow down production of collagen, which are the building blocks of the skin, before we are even adults!
Collagen tablets: I recommend taking collagen internally through all-natural tablets, most of which can be found at your local Whole Foods or other natural stores. In addition, vitamin C is a basic collagen producer which can be taken internally and/or added to your skin care with a squeeze of an orange. Most of the collagen tablets include vitamin C to target collagen reproduction. You may also be surprised by how your joints hurt less when you take collagen. I’ve noticed this first hand. In fact, many elderly people take it for that very reason!
Tea: Brew a cup of white tea on medium heat, then soak a facecloth in the tea and put it over your eyes. The heat will open up pores and the tea will infuse itself into skin. White tea is a great because it’s loaded with antioxidants and neutralizes free radicals. Its anti-aging properties will help deflate bags under the eyes while also treating the rest of your face. I’ve also heard of people placing the tea bag directly under their eyes or adding it to other homemade skin moisturizers. The caffeine in black tea is commonly added to store bought products and is great as an anti-aging nutrient.
Foods: our bodies can’t have too much antioxidants. Some scientists have shown that eating foods high in antioxidants actually stop our bodies from oxidizing, which is what causes aging. So eat up those berries! Your face will thank you! Some studies also show that dairy can cause breakouts. It may be worth going dairy free (read all your labels, it sneaks in there!) to see how that impacts you.
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