Thursday, April 16, 2015

4 More Natural Skin Care Products

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.


38 comments:

  1. I have never used natural skin products besides coconut oil. I've heard so many great uses for baking soda though.. I must look into it! Thank you for linking up with us on Tuesday on the Meet and Greet Blog Hop!

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    1. Yes, try the baking soda. A lot goes a long way! xx

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  2. wooow..I never thought lemon will be great for blackheads. Thanks for the enlighment :)...cheers..

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    1. Lemon is so amazing, please try it! Have a good night! xx

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  3. Ooh awesome! Thanks for the tips! I literally had no idea you could use any of these things as a skin care product!

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    1. Yes! There are so many kitchen/food items that are all natural and so good for your skin. And way cheaper, too! Have a great weekend xx

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  4. Thanks for these awesome tips Ashleigh! That is totally amazing how you can use everyday pantry items as a natural skin care. I especially love baking soda and lemon! They really are so versatile! One of the things I like to add to your list is extra virgin Olive Oil! It's the secret to growing long lashes :)

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I use Vaseline for my eye lashes but I will give the Olive Oil a try for sure! I use OO in my hair when it's super dry and love. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend! xx

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  5. Love these tips! So easy, too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for reading! Have a great night! xx

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  6. This is very cool! I am a fragrant free gal, and being on the sensitive side, my skin doesn't handle many skin care products because of their ingredients. I can't wait to try the green tea for a little anti-aging boost!

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    1. The green tea is great for sensitive skin, so this should really work well for you. Have a nice night xx

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  7. Thanks for sharing. Lemons will never be the same to me. :-)

    Miepie

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    1. Ha, right? Half the food I eat I feel like I put on my hair and face. I have the same products in my bathroom as I do in the kitchen. Thank you for stopping by! xx

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  8. What great tips and all stuff that I have already! I had tried the lemon before and it worked great, but then I forgot about it. Putting that into my routine! Thanks for posting this!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad the lemon has worked for you in the past! Have a wonderful weekend! xx

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  9. Thayer's witch hazel is one of my favorites, but I absolutely cannot do baking soda as an exfoliant. I tried it on my body skin once and broke out in an itchy rash. :(

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    1. Oh no, I'm sorry that happened to you! Yeah, if you had a bad reaction then def don't try it again. You should try the aspirin trick from my other post...that might work better. Have a good night xx

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  10. I have to try the baking soda suggestion. I'm always on the lookout for natural alternatives. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you for coming by and checking it out! Have a great weekend! xx

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  11. Loved your tips...idea of green tea mist is cool...wud try all of them (leaving witch hazel as its not easily available in India, i guess)

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  12. Great tips! Baking soda seems like a magical product that you can count.

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  13. Great advice! I have never tried baking soda as a exfoliant just powdered sugar. The green tea treatment made me really curious - I will have to try it. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. I love finding new recipes for natural skin care products. So happy you linked up with us at Thursday Favorite Things.XO

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  15. These are great suggestions! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  16. Great tips! The only one I knew was the baking soda/honey acne treatment, but I had forgotten all about it over the years!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

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  17. I know I need to start drinking green tea, it's just so hard o break my black tea habit! #wordlesswednesday

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  18. Baking soda is the greatest! It's good for almost everything, but it is great for cleaning your skin..

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  19. Oh wow these are great but I didn't know about baking soda - awesome!

    Thank you for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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  20. You know I've always loved witch hazel and green tea.... and while I use brown sugar with a dab of olive oil to exfoliate my feet...I never considered baking soda for face.

    www.journalofjanedoe.com

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  21. Such great ideas. I will have to try a few out, since I've not done a whole lot with natural beauty care products. Thanks for sharing and hosting Wordless Wednesday.

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  22. These are some wonderful natural ideas... I was looking for Skin Care Products For Oily Skin ... Thanks for this...

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  23. I loved your last post so much, I was so excited to see you had another one. Thank you for sharing all these natural tips and tricks! #MommyMeetUpMondays

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  24. These are wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing over at Motivational Monday!

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  25. I have heard of all of these ideas, but haven't tried them yet. Thanks for linking up at talbertzoo.com. Have a great week!

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  26. At first, the results can be great, but then, overnight, or a few days or weeks later, you see little white bumps, red patches, swollen eyes, or itchy areas that look dry and scaly.Maria

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