It is estimated that many individuals use about ten skin care products each day, which means that we expose ourselves to hundreds of chemicals through these products. Many of the ingredients in our skincare products are toxic and use lots of energy to produce. The good news is that it is possible to have great skin without all the risks of the conventional products. You can do it right in your own home!
Skin cell renewal slows as we age, so dead skin cells build up on our face. Unless the dead skin cells are removed, clogged pores and a worn, dull complexion can occur. A natural, favorite way to exfoliate is making a paste of baking soda and water in the palm of the hand and gently buffing the neck and face.
Dehydrated skin not only feels unappealing it looks gray and lifeless. Dehydrated skin should not be confused with oil dried skin. Even oily skin can be dehydrated. It is important to drink lots of fluids, no matter what time of year. To help the skin on your face look hydrated, make a mask using organic honey as the base and mix in ½ a mashed avocado and one egg yolk. The honey alone is also a wonderful mask. Keep it on for at least 20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
Making a beauty mask at home dramatically cuts costs. There are many recipes available, but this one is a very popular one we discovered.
- Combine 1/4 peeled and seedless tomato chopped finely, 3 teaspoons of yogurt, 1 teaspoon peeled and grated cucumber, 1 teaspoon of aloe gel, 3 teaspoons of oatmeal ( finely ground. )2 mint leaves (fresh and crushed so the essential oils run out of the leaves).
- Mix together and apply to your face as a beauty mask.
- Keep the mask on for 15-25 minutes, and then rinse using alternating warm and cool water.
For those who suffer from eczema, try using a hot, wet towel on the affected area to open pores and apply a paste made of organic oatmeal and warm water. Oatmeal contains an amino acid called beta glucan, which is wonderfully calming for tender skin.
Dark circles have a variety of causes such as heredity, lack of sleep and nutrition. Finely grate some cucumber and freeze them in a mold such as an ice cube tray. Massage your under eye area with frozen cucumber cubes to reduce puffiness and dark circles. You can even freeze plain cucmber slices too. Potatoes have the best reputation for helping to rid eyes of dark circles. Simply grate some potato and put about a tablespoon of it in a piece of cheesecloth and apply to eyes for 15-20 minutes. You can use this up to five times a week.
For the occasional acne eruption, try a dab of tea tree oil at bed time or apply toothpaste which will draw up infection as well as dry up oil.
EnviroCitizen.org suggests you try these methods or research your own to create eco-friendly, natural beauty regiments to help you attain brighter, healthier skin.