We must ask ourselves – in food, in life, but especially in skincare – “Why have we strayed so far from what Mother Nature has provided us?” On this lovely planet, we frequently forget that we can find nourishment for our insides and outsides all around us. Everything we could ever ask for when it comes to skincare has been here since the dawn of time! Excuse my Carl Sagan moment, but it’s so, so true.
Remedies exist in nature that are just as powerful as the products we’ve been cookin’ up in labs. I must admit though, I’m a sucker for a good lactic acid or a brightening peel in my skincare routine, and yes, sometimes scientific concoctions may help us faster. However, we can’t forget the power of simplicity.
So, for those of us who feel like a more organic, natural approach to our skin is better, or for those who just want to give it a go, I’ve laid out a few products and methods that you can add to your regimen right now. Try these nature-made skin potions in order to help, heal and rejuvenate your complexion without the intimidating chemical gibberish printed on the backsides of present-day beauty products.
FOR A GLOW
Do you ever wonder how people walk around and seem to just reflect light off their skin? You can have the same radiance by using pure vitamin E oil on your face. I love using Jason’s Vitamin E Oil, which you can buy at Whole Foods. Slather on this thick, syrupy substance at night before bed, or wear it during the day if you want to look like a freshly polished bowling ball – whatever floats your boat! Vitamin E has healing properties that, I kid you not, make you beam. This isn’t the best product for blemish prone skin, but it works wonders on dry or normal skin to give it that extra bounce.
The panacea of natural oils, in my opinion, is rosehip oil. InstaNatural bottles a divine version. By applying pure rosehip oil to your face, you are giving it a potent dose of antioxidants. It will also tighten your pores, reduce redness, and balance your skin – it‘s perfect for all skin types that need a little boost. This natural product is a result-delivering powerhouse, and if there is one thing you should try from this list, let it be rosehip oil. You’ll thank me later.
Tea tree oil is for all my blemish sufferers. Now, we all get pimples every now and then, so please don’t stress out too much over them. Easier said than done, I know. But, you can tackle them with tea tree oil if you can’t stand seeing those pesky bumps looking back at you in the mirror. Mix a little bit of tea tree oil with a drop or two of water (applying it to your face in its pure form is a recipe for disaster). This oil is pretty intense and can burn your skin. Yes, burn. B-U-R-N…burn! So please be cautious, but don’t be scared to use it. Desert Essence’s Tea Tree Oil is a hero, and you won’t know it unless you try it.
If you have a pore obsession, as in, the only thing you see when you look in the mirror are your pores, then give egg whites a try. I’m here to tell you, I’m sure your pores are just fine, but I do know how this head game goes, so egg whites might be your best bet. Believe it or not, applying a raw egg white to your face and letting it marinate on there like a clay facemask will significantly shrink your pores. Don’t skimp out on washing it off thoroughly, unless you want to smell like an omelet for the rest of the day.
Aloe Vera is a clear gel-like liquid that isn’t just for your sunburns. It is perfect for combating redness
and irritation in general. Anyway, use pure Aloe Vera gel on your irritated blemishes, stressed out cheeks or even around freshly waxed brows. Whenever you feel like your skin needs calming or a placating moment, dab on some Aloe Vera. Side note, you can totally use Aloe Vera as a hair gel. It’s the key to a slick bun!
FOR DARK SPOTS
Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahhhhtoe. Okay, you get it. Potatoes are a vital step in my skincare regimen. As an olive-skinned gal, I tend to suffer from hyper pigmentation. What this means is that when I get a blemish and it goes away, it leaves behind a spot that’s darker than the rest of my skin. To reverse this nasty little remembrance gift from my zits, I rub a freshly cut potato on the area for about thirty minutes every night until it’s gone. This method takes time and patience, but at least it’s chemical free!
These are just a few of the most basic, natural skin remedies out there. You could probably spend hours at your local health food store picking and choosing oils or elixirs to slather on your face to see what comes of them. However, to steer you in the right direction, I hope the above is helpful. Whether your skincare journey is just beginning, or your current routine needs a little tweaking, it’s a good idea to start with these simple methods. What are some your favorite natural and organic skin remedies?Let us know!