Natural Beauty Treatments For Skin

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In the age of "more," sometimes it's best to go with less.

We spend a ridiculous amount of money on products designed to make our skin and hair cleaner, brighter, stronger, and softer. Our bathroom cupboards and closets are becoming clogged with tubs, bottles, and jars, as are our landfills. There is also growing concern over the number of chemicals and artificial ingredients we use, and what the long-term effects may be. Replacing just one store-bought product with something homemade will save you money, reduce packaging, and give your skin a respite from all the unnatural ingredients you put on it. Let's take a look at some easy options for an natural, healthy glow.

Dry Skin

Dull, dry skin can make you look tired, but often, store-bought exfoliating products can irritate the skin, leading to red, blotchy skin. Neither look is attractive, but an easy and natural answer can be found within your kitchen cupboards. Take some sugar and olive oil to make a great facial scrub, which not only removes dead skin but also moisturizes at the same time. For even more effective exfoliation results on feet, knees, and elbows, try salt mixed with olive oil.

Oily/Spotty Skin

Many people with oily skin attack their problem areas with stringent, chemical-based cleansers to completely remove the oil from their skin. Ironically, this often has the opposite effect and encourages the skin to replace the lost oil with even more, leading to further oily skin and spots.

For a natural answer for oily skin, choose your ingredients carefully. Olive oil is probably out of the question here, so instead mash some leftover cooked carrots and mix with honey for a cleansing yet gentle facial mask. As honey is a natural antibacterial, it will stop the formation of spots caused by infected pores, while the carrots provide rich antioxidants and vitamins A and C. 

Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize

Most women follow this night-time routine to remove their makeup, refresh the skin, and restore lost moisture. Store- bought products are often full of chemicals, which may unnaturally dry out the skin and offer insufficient moisture. Again, the kitchen cupboard is the place to go for a more natural night-time beauty regime. To cleanse, use watered down lemon juice to remove dirt and clogged oil from your pores. You can also use your leftover lemon to naturally whiten your teeth, without the need for whitening toothpaste. To tone, use apple cider vinegar, which improves circulation and, to moisturise, use that old faithful again—olive oil.

Make your own: General ingredients for gorgeous natural beauty

Milk, oatmeal, yogurt, avocado, eggs, and baking soda are all things that can be utilized in your beauty regimen, and they each possess properties that are beneficial to different skin types. 

As you can see, you don't have to spend a great deal of time concocting complicated recipes to reap the benefits of natural beauty treatments. Once you start experimenting, you will probably be amazed at the number of items you already have on hand that can be put to use. You may even decide that you want to try more ambitious mixtures and see what happens. Experimentation is key; depending on your skin and hair type, you will find that some ingredients yield better results than others. This is true of conventional store-bought products, too, of course; but with those you can end up spending a lot more money finding something that works than versus using natural ingredients.

There are a lot of reasons to simplify your lifestyle: the economy, the environment, and our own health will all benefit. The sheer number of chemicals and potentially harmful substances that we surround ourselves with and use on our bodies is astonishing. Doing what you can to reduce this number will help you feel good and help you look good, too.

Becky Mackay is an online writer, with a keen interest in health and lifestyle. For more top tips visit her Twitter page @FreshHealth11.