Last week, I shared some tips on natural skin care products that I think everyone should be using everyday for healthy, beautiful skin. Now, after reading all the great responses to that post, I thought it would be fun to share some more of my favorite, natural products that I use regularly. These items are all natural, inexpensive and do wonders for all skin types.
Baking Soda as an Exfoliant: I learned this trick while in cosmetology school years ago. If you want a brighter complexion and clean pores, and to feel super smooth, soft skin, then this will do the trick.
How to use it: Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water in the palm of your hand, making a thin paste. Using your fingertips, gently rub the paste over skin, avoiding the sensitive areas around the eyes. Leave on for about one minute, then rinse with warm water. Remember that when exfoliating, never press or rub too hard because over exfoliation can lead to an overproduction of oil, resulting in acne.
*Bonus! As an acne treatment, mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of honey and apply as a spot treatment on any blemish. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Green Tea for Anti-aging and Sun Protection: Not only is green tea amazing to drink (I drink 4 cups everyday) because of it's natural anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic properties, but it's great when applied to the skin. After application, your skin will feel fresh and clean. The anti-inflammatory properties help to eliminate acne and redness (inflammation) in the skin. However, even though studies have found that green tea helps in protecting the skin against the sun's UV rays, always, always wear sunscreen on your face.
How to use it: There are many ways to use green tea on the skin, however, the easiest and fastest way would be to boil water and add a tea bag, let it cool, then apply directly all over your face. You could also put the tea in a spray bottle and spritz it on your face. Whatever works for you as long as you get the green tea on your skin. Leave the tea on your face for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water (or leave it on, that's what I do).
Lemon as a Blackhead Treatment: Who hates blackheads?! I do, for sure. Lemons are antibacterial and help to fight against and treat acne (I swear, lemons are wonderful for so many reasons!). And since lemons are so inexpensive, this is a no brainer when it comes to skin health.
How to use it: Slice a lemon to get the juice (or use bottled lemon juice) and apply directly on skin, leaving it on for a minute or two. You can rinse it off before applying moisturizer but I like to leave it on at night, as it makes skin look fresh and brighter. But remember to always wear sunscreen with lemon juice as it does make skin more sensitive to UV rays.
*Bonus! Lemon juice is a skin brightener thanks to the vitamin C and citric acid, and can help in reducing dark and age spots. It also helps in reducing excess oil.
Witch Hazel as an Astringent: I love this stuff, really. Like apple cider vinegar, witch hazel can do so many wonderful things for our skin and beauty regimen. As an astringent, it removes excess oil and shrinks pores, also aiding in the decreased severity of blemishes. When used regularly, it works as a preventative agent for acne.
How to use it: Use a cotton ball and apply to clean skin, avoiding sensitive skin around eyes. Witch hazel can be used in the morning and at night for maximum results.
*Bonus! When applied to bruises, witch hazel can help to fade discoloration and speed up the healing process.
I hope that if you haven't tried these natural products on your skin already, you'll give them a try now. Each one can provide even more health benefits than the ones I listed, so look into how each one might help you with other issues, such as hair, nails and teeth. Using natural products on our bodies is always a plus, and getting these items for a fraction of price compared to other beauty products is a major plus. Let me know if you've tried any of these before and how it worked out for you.