Top 10 Naturally Powerful Face Products
Natural Skincare is the Best Skincare
Suffering from damaged skin
Using natural and naturally sourced products on the face and for general skin care to control and minimize common skin blusters such as; acne, acne scarring, excess sebum and prevention of breakouts is always preferred over the harshness of drug store products.
Before I had ever known about natural skin care, I was about sixteen when I had a sudden breakout of moderate to severe acne. This was the first time I had ever had anything more than just a bump on my forehead. This was full-blown, all over my cheeks, forehead, chin, you name it. As if being a teenager wasn't already tough enough, my face had turned into a swollen, painful, red mess.
It had gotten to the point of my dad, who, is usually completely oblivious to all things hygienic, recommending that I buy new acne creams. Being the stubborn child that I was and refusing to subject my skin to even more abuse, I scoured the internet for an alternative option.
What I found was that some of the best natural skin care products were sitting in my kitchen!
1. Jojoba Oil 2. Baking Soda
Jojoba oil closely resembles the oil that our skin naturally produces, called sebum. Using jojoba oil, even on already oily skin, can trick your skin into thinking that it has produced sufficient amounts of sebum thus halting the production and giving your face a break. On dry skin, jojoba can add the needed moisture. Jojoba oil is also the oil to use for unclogging your pores, but if you're thinking about coconut oil stop right there! Coconut oil is a comedogenic oil meaning it will actually cause or aggravate acne and clog pores.. No matter how terrifying slathering oil on your face sounds, I definitely urge everyone to try jojoba oil.
When you're in need of exfoliation, use baking soda. Who would have thought! I personally use baking soda for my homemade toothpaste and shampoo! To use baking soda on your skin I recommend a mask. Using the powder and enough water to make a creamy, smooth consistency apply mixture directly onto pimples or spots. Let dry. Rinse with water. This removes the excess oil from the area. Follow up with a light moisturizer.
MSM, or Methylsulfonylmethane cream, has been my fallback guy. This is the only natural product I have found that repairs deep acne scarring like no other. MSM is basically sulfur, which is found all throughout our bodies and is a critical element in the health of our hair, nails and skin.
A 4oz container of MSM cream ranges in price from $8.00 to $30.00 depending on the added ingredients, such as vitamin E or grapefruit seed extract, making it a pretty good bang for your buck.
4.Witch Hazel 5.Lemon Juice
These two treasures are my go-to astingents when I feel my skin is in need of gentle cleansing action.
Witch hazel comes from a flowering plant, but the part we use on our skin comes from the leaves and bark of the plant. Before modern medicine, witch hazel was boiled to produce a treatment for swelling and inflamation (hint, hint, severe acne is swollen and inflamed). I usually use this before going to bed to wipe off all the sweat, oil and dirt of the day.
Lemon juice as an astringent is particularly useful if you're interested in lightening your complexion. Simply rub a wedge across your face. For a powerful scrub slice a lemon in half and dip it in sugar, then gently rub on your face. Another option is to take a teaspoon of lemon juice, mix with some organic honey (no pesticides!) to create a mask.
6. Dr. Bronner's Soap
Ok, the thing about using soap on your face is that you shouldn't.
Dr. Bronner's amazingly versatile soap is top notch. It's no wonder that it's the best selling natural soap in the US. With 100% natural, certified organic ingredients, bio-degradable, recycled materials in the packaging. You don't get any more green than this. Customers have used this soap for their skin, hair, brushing their teeth, on their floors, for the dishes, you name it and Dr. Bronner's has done it.
This is the only soap I would ever dream of using on my face and I recommend it to everyone who feels they can't give up their suds.
Natural Acne Care Guru: Tracy (TheLoveVitamin)
8. African Black Soap
There are few instances when you can believe the hype. African Black Soap is such an instance. African Black Soap is literally made from the leaves and bark of plantain, cocoa and palm plants that are burned into ash. Oils and are then added to the ash and left to cure for two weeks.
Surprisingly, it's good for use on all skin types. If you're looking for a legit black soap, make sure that it is crumbly and smells funky. That's how you know you've got the real stuff. Do not use liquid and remember that chunks of bark or ash are normal.
Honey is the perfect natural ingredient to use in masks for your skin. A mixture of baking soda and honey makes a wonderful exfoliant mask.
Honey is a natural anti-bacterial, so it's perfect for drawing out bacteria from your acne and killing it. It's also a natural moisturizer while still removing excess oil from your skin.
Keep in mind....
Your skin may take time to adjust to these cleaner, more gentle products. If you've been abusing your skin for years with harsher chemical based products expect there to be a period of transition.
9. Natural Sunscreen
Natural sunscreen is a must! We all know the benefits of wearing a sunscreen by now but to kick it up a notch buy a product made with 100% natural ingredients. There are even claims that regular sunscreen contains toxic chemicals that actually cause cancer with reports saying that since a rise in sunscreen use there has been a rise in skin cancer rates. The truthfulness of these statements is debatable but just to be on the safe side, go with the natural products and read every ingredient. Another option would be to create your own! A quick google search will turn up a ton of fantastic recipes.
I remember when my acne was at its worst and what helped me the most to sooth and gently exfoliate my skin was a mask of milk, oats and honey.
Oatmeal has soothing properties which is perfect for severely inflamed and/or painful acne.
You can simply cook up a pot and let it cool to lukewarm and apply the mush to the face or spot-apply to only the affected areas.
The Best Natural Products
Do not use any ingredient that you are allergic to, synthetic or natural, it's always best to apply a small amount to your skin before you slather up your entire face and risk a severe allergic reaction.
**In particular watch out for oatmeal and honey from this list. While neither are very common, remain aware.