My Natural Skincare Regime
My Natural Skincare Regime
Natural skincare is when you use natural homemade products or, natural store bought products for your skin. Most commercial branded skincare products contain chemicals such as, sodium lauryl sulfate and petroleum. These ingredients can dehydrate the skin and cause premature ageing. In some cases they can cause allergies, and eye irritation. There is an increasing need for more natural products with natural, organic ingredients. You can make your own skincare products with cheap, readily available ingredients. Such as, olive oil, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, turmeric and lemons. Here are some of the benefits of certain natural ingredients.
Olive oil has been used in cooking and for the skin since the Ancient Egyptian civilization. It has various excellent benefits for the skin, and it is far more nourishing than products which contain a high level of chemicals. Here are some of the benefits:
- Anti-inflammatory Properties
Olive oil contains vitamin A and E, one of the components found in olive oil is hyrdoxtyrosol. This is a very powerful antioxidant, it helps to protect the skin from sun damage and it heals the skin tissues. It soothes rashes, and inflamed skin it can be an excellent remedy for rashes and irritated skin. It also has anti-ageing properties which is why it is found in many commercial brands. However, many commercial brands have extra chemicals and additives added to the natural ingredients.
The antioxidants found in olive oil can help to moisturize the skin and prevent skin dehydration. The antioxidants found in olive actually help to protect the skin from free radicals and help to seal the moisture into the skin. You can add olive oil to your face mask to create a soothing, moisturizing skin mask. You can also add it to your face scrub to add moisture and prevent drying of the skin.
Lemon contains plenty of vitamin C and phytochemicals which help to fight bacteria and prevent inflammation. The antioxidants found in lemon can help to tighten the skin and alleviate the symptoms of hyper-pigmentation.
Turmeric is an ancient spice and is used in Asian cooking as a food colouring. It is also known as curcuma longa and it is excellent for the skin. It has been used in India for centuries as a skincare miracle. It is often used on Asian and East African brides prior to their weddings. It can also be consumed in a beverage or a soup to help to cleanse the system and freshen, and brighten the skin.
Turmeric has anti-ageing properties and can be used as a face mask containing milk and gram flour. (chick pea flour) If you want to use turmeric for anti-ageing leave the mask on your skin for half an hour and rinse off with lukewarm water. Use olive oil mixed with lemon as a moisturizer.
Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used if you have swollen or inflamed skin. It is also excellent for skin rashes and irritation. Apply it to your skin with cold milk and olive oil as mask or face wash.
Using turmeric on your skin is like giving yourself a cheap chemical peel. Minus the chemicals. It is so easy, all you need to do is add a couple of teaspoons of turmeric powder to gram a tsp of gram flour, 2 tsp of milk, 1/2 tsp of lemon juice. Mix it into a paste and put it all over your face as a mask. Leave it on your face for about 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Then splash your face with cold water, use olive oil on a wet face to moisturize your skin.
There are thousands of natural skincare remedies that you could try and experiment with. Most natural skin preparations are easy to make and are far more nourishing for your skin. Start with a simple olive oil and baking soda scrub and migrate to other more complicated skin preparations.