6 All Natural Items That Can Save Your Skin

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You guys know by now I am a lover of all things skincare. During my teenage years I had no idea how much I could avoid embracing acne just by using the right products.

Everyone’s skin is different, however I have come to realize almost everyone skin type reacts the best to natural, or near natural, products the best. You can have amazing skin by just using products you can find in your kitchen.

Although they sometimes do work, human skin wasn’t built to absorb chemicals and lights. Our ancestors had to use whatever was available in nature to maintain their skin and health.

So for the past month I decided to switch all of my factory made and chemical filled products for all natural products only. Most of the things I am about to mention can be found online or in store, but if you can find them in nature even better.

After the switch I realized how quickly my skin improved and healed. It was like my skin was saying “Finally, thank you!”.

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Daily Cleanser: Black African Soap

I have been using black african soap for a couple years now. It’s my go too when I want to really clean all the dirts and oils from the day off my skin. If you have oily skin this is great because it really absorbs. If you have dry skin plain black african soap may over dry it but there are more moisturizing versions, such as lavender and mango. If you can find 100% organic handmade black soap online or at your local natural store that’s preferred. However, Shea Moisture carries a black african soap bar that is partly organic but a little less harsh on the skin.

Toner: Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is the holy grail of natural skin care favorites. You can tone and cleanse your face and your body with it, and it cost way less than a typical acne product. It fights acne and detoxes the skin, due to its antibacterial and antifungal fighting acids. It’s also great for balancing PH in dry and oily skin. I have been mixing half water and half apple cider vinegar to create a toner I use at night. If you want extreme results you can also injest it for the same healing effects.

Moisturizer: Aloe Vera Gel

Anyone who suffers with scarring after a breakout knows that the acne scars that come afterwards are kind of more annoying than the acne itself. I have tired SO many dark mark/acne mark medicines over the years and for the first time ever I have seen my acne scars disappearing thanks to aloe vera gel.

“It works on hyper pigmentation by encouraging the skin to regenerate new skin cells. As the new skin cells form, the old ones are sloughed off, leaving a fresh, new area free of the unsightly dark spots. ,” according to Aloe Plant Info.

Aloe vera plant can also treat stretch marks, acne, and sunburn. It’s pretty much a healing plant. I was lucky enough to have an aloe vera plant in my backyard, so I just cut off a few leaves, extracted the gel, and have it storing in a mason jar. But you can also buy 100% organic aloe vera gel online or your local grocery story for a really affordable price. If you want an endless free supply of aloe vera gel go pick up a potted aloe vera plant!

Makeup Remover: Coconut Oil + Vitamin E Oil

I have extremely oily skin. Yet, the skin is a magical and mysterious creature and actually really likes oil, like a lot. Natural oils gives skin that “glow” and reduces signs of aging. Oily skin can actually be balanced by adding more oils to it. This combo of oils is also great for treating hyperpigmintation and acne.

“The antibacterial properties of coconut oil protect the skin from potential pathogens. More importantly, it can reduce the risk of bacterial infections worsening acne. It is mainly the lauric acid in the coconut oil that acts as the antibacterial agent.,” according to NaturalLiving.com.

I have been using a mixture of coconut oil and vitamin e oil to remove makeup and as a light moisturizing after washing.

Exfoliator: Baking Soda + Warm Water

Although baking soda isn’t technically a super natural or organic ingredient it’s better for the skin compared to a traditonal exfoliator. It’s effective when mixed with water or rose water. When applied it kind of feels like a paste but do not be alarmed it’s very gentle on the skin. Baking soda is good for removing dead skin cells and also balances PH levels.

Mask: Sea Salt + Honey

I’ve mentioned this mix before but I’ve recently rediscovered my love of the this DIY mask. It smells good, it’s kind of taste good, and it’s an stoned cold acne killer. Sea salt is a great anti-bacterial product that pores react really well too. The honey acts as a paste for sea salt but it’s also full antioxdiants and moisturising ingredients that just makes your just skin glow.

Thus far none of these items have caused me to breakout in anyway. Natural products have honestly improved my skin health so much and highly recommend you try switching for a week and seeing the difference. Feel free to leave a comment below any other natural skin care remedies and tips!

 

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