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How to Have a Healthy Complexion: 5 Steps with 5 Natural Skin Care Recipes

Updated on February 18, 2013
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Natural Skin Care Tips and Recipes

Our lovely faces are constantly under attack by everyday stress, heavy pollution, very little sleep, poor diet and maybe just a bit too much partying. Just a little bit of time spent taking care of our skin will keep it healthy.

Listed below are five basic steps to take to keep your face beautiful. Also listed below are very simple recipes you may want to try to go along with each of the five steps, as well as more additional tips for facial skin care.

Note: Always know your facial skin type - such as dry, oily or combination - so you can use the right products. Then do a patch test if you are applying the product to your face for the first time.

Five Steps for Basic Skin Care

1 - Cleansing -- done daily will get rid of all the day's dirt, excessive natural oils and any makeup

2 - Steaming -- done weekly will help open the pores in order to do a deep cleansing, while it also increases blood circulation

3 - A Face Mask -- done periodically, a face mask will help remove dirt and oils deep down in your pores. It will also help replenish essential vitamins and minerals.

4 - Toning -- gentle toning can be done daily to help tighten the pores and give you that even skin appearance

5 - Moisturizing -- daily moisturizing will help replenish lost moisture and also offer a protective coating against the harsh elements

Some Suggested Recipes for Each Step of Facial Care

1- A Cleanser -- for oily skin

Use a simple apple cider vinegar wash if your skin is oily - it quickly removes dirt

- 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar

- 2 tbsp distilled water

Mix ingredients together/ apply with a cotton ball/ then rinse in mild water and gently pat dry

2 - Steam Suggestion -- for skin that is acne prone and oily

Steam the face with lavender to normalize secretions of the sebaceous glands

- 6 drops of essential lavender oil

- 1 gallon nearly boiling water

In a large bowl filled with the nearly boiling water, add the essential oil/ drape a towel over your head and once you determine the water is not too hot, put your face over the bowl of water and oil - about 12 inches away. Steam for about 10 minutes, then gently pat your face dry.

3 - A Face Mask -- for all skin types use honey

Because honey is a natural humectant, it can attract and maintain moisture in your skin. The anti-oxidant properties of honey help protect skin from UV (ultra-violet) sun shine. Darker honey is more potent.

-- Organic honey

Always cleanse the face before doing any face mask. Next, warm the honey to make it more liquefied. Gently smooth it on your face and neck without pulling (I use my hands to have better control, but you can use a spatula)/ relax, leaving the mask on for about 15 minutes. Wash with warm water and then splash with cold. Pat dry.

If you are not going to use a toner now, then apply a moisturizer to seal in the moisture.

4 - Simple Toner -- (a favorite) this super easy green tea tonic is good for tired and aging skin

- 2 tsp loose green tea

- 1/2 cup water

Steep tea for 10 minutes and let cool. Apply with a cotton ball. This tonic is gentle enough to use daily. Store leftovers in the fridge and you'll have a cool refreshing summer skin tonic.

5 - Moisturizers -- Would you believe a particular margarine is an excellent moisturizer? Here are a few simple suggestions, including the margarine

a - Recipe for rose water and glycerin moisturizer

- 2 parts rose water

- 1 part glycerin

Mix together to create a lotion and apply nightly

Glycerin, like honey, is also a humectant and will attract moisture into your skin

b - One of my old favorites is a safflower margarine that I purchased at the health food store. It was made by Hain and sold in stick form. I never used it for anything else but as a skin moisturizer. And I was very pleased - even surprised at the good results.

I've since moved on to Shea butter which requires no refrigeration, keeps incredibly well, is better priced and has a multitude of uses and amazing healthy benefits.

c - My all around moisturizer of choice is Shea butter, which is not only excellent for moisturizing but also has many other healthy benefits. See the link below for more information

Note: Many cooking oils also work well to moisturize the face. This includes olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and more. See link below about using cooking oils as massage oils and more.

Additional Tips for Skin Care

-- When doing a steam always cleanse your face first, be sure the water is not too hot and do it once a week for best results.

-- When doing a treatment on your face include your neck. The skin on your neck ages just like the skin on your face.

-- Certain areas of your face are more prone to lack moisture. Therefore, be sure to moisturize the areas above your upper lip and atop your cheekbones, but stay below the eye area.

-- Adding certain foods to your diet will help lubricate and heal your skin. Add foods with vitamin A; this includes carrots, pumpkin, spinach and cantaloupe. Foods with vitamin E will help improve elasticity. This includes eggs, broccoli and leafy greens.

Also see other links for simple beauty treatments that you make yourself:

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      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      aminahchahine - Nothing is lovelier than well taken care of skin. You can't fake it with cosmetics. Thanks for the vote!

      Marie Flint - Thank you so much for adding all the extra tips. Everything matters. Our life and how well we treat ourselves is shown on our face. We are up against so much harm - in our colons as well. And thanks for the reminder about meditation. I know it works and I have to regularly include this in my life.

      Kevin Peter - I'm so glad you liked the hub and thank you so much for commenting. I'm glad we are returning to what is not only simple but works!

      liesl5858 - honey is absolutely amazing!. My 20 year old granddaughter uses it and I haven't seen her in several years - and wow! Her skin was perfect!

      delighted - So true! We have all we need. And it works!

      annitakison - I'm so glad you found the hub helpful. Yes, let's keep it simple! It usually works!

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      Anni Takison 4 years ago from california, USA

      Hello TheListLady,

      Regularly I find out skin care tips on internet. Your tips are really simple to implement and less time consuming. My skin is oily and i do some extra efforts to maintain my skin fine. You hub help me a lot.

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      delighted 4 years ago

      Love the toner! Will try some of these, as I do want to go natural. We have all we need without buying expensive creams and 'potions' the beauty industry keeps creating.

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you TheListLady for sharing your great hub about skin care . I like the idea of using honey for face mask.

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      I liked the hub on skin care. Every method mentioned in the hub sounds very easy and practical. I will surely try these methods. You have mentioned properly on what to be used on different skin types which help a lot. Great and useful hub!

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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      This skin-care hub is well written and hits home to anyone who remotely cares about their skin and how it looks. It's a matter of taking the time to formulate some sort of skin-care ritual and using it.

      Our attitude toward life is so very important in maintaining health and radiant beauty--not for the sake of gaining attention, but to be what the Creator intended us to be. Meditation and affirmations help keep the skin youthful.

      Colon cleanliness is also very important in maintaining beautiful skin. Habitual intake of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, excessive sugar, preservatives, artificial food coloring and sweeteners leads to poor skin health.

      There are a lot of good tips here. Thank you for reminding me of these simple, inexpensive skin-care tips.

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      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      So glad you like the article bookworm35. And thanks for sharing your personal experiences - this makes such a difference for readers. I'm natural all the way too!

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      Sheene Kirlew 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Great article! I use apple cider vinegar and honey on my face on a regular basis. The apple cider vinegar works great for my acne, and leaves my skin smoother and more even- toned. I only use natural products on my face, and was in the market for a moisturizer. Great information!

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      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks so much for the wonderful comments. I'm going to check out your writings - right now.

      And Mattie Mae that honey really is so sticky. It seems if I apply to to a very slightly damp face it washes of much easier. Maybe that will help.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks for sharing TheListLady. I will try adding more vitamin A and E to my diet, carrots, spinach, eggs, etc. I've been breaking out lately so I'll try some of your tips and see if I notice any improvement. I think it's the lack of sleep, so I will try getting more of that as well (-;

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I'm certainly glad I found your hub on how to have a healthy complexion with natural skin care recipes. I'd forgotten I used to use honey on my face as a mask. My skin felt soft and looked healthy after its use. It's time to get back to the basics.

      Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      TheListLady,

      thanks for the steps on how to make your own natural skin care products

      I never knew it to be possible or at least have never thought of it until now

      thanks for the valuable information

      Voted up and shared.

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      KatNance 4 years ago

      great hub..Love all your ideas and suggestions..they are very heplful thanks

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      Crystal Goss 4 years ago from Grapevine

      great read

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      Imam hossain rony 4 years ago from Dhaka

      nice article. it is very helpful. i will share your hub on my google+

      thank you

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      Aida Garcia 4 years ago from Anaheim, CA 92801

      Wonderfully informative and right on time! Take the time to look at some of my articles we need to support each other. I shared yours on my facebook is really wonderful!

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      GhazalisDaughters 4 years ago from Kansas City

      I already use ACV in my hair. Haven't tried it on my skin, but I will. Thanks!

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      Mattie Mae 4 years ago

      Great hub and very informative. I have tried a few of those tips, like using olive oil as a moisturizer. I also mix it with sea salt to make a scrub. Two quick questions: Do you have a cleanser suggestion for combination/dry skin? I have never used honey as a mask, but my question is, isn't it really hard to remove, being so sticky and all?

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      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      You're welcome and thanks for commenting!

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      Taking care of our skin everyday is very important. Thanks for sharing all these effective tips.

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      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks younghopes! Your tips are great and I am enjoying your wonderful hubs and glad to be a follower!

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      this was really an interesting hub with lots of good tips all the more because they are natural and hence do not have any side effects, you can even use unboiled milk as a cleanser for your skin , it is said to be quite effective in helping you get rid of dirt and impurities, with regard to skin toner tomatoes too serve as a good option because they not only give you a healthy look but make your face radiant too. i have tried and it has worked wonders. thanks for article

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      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks so much for the great comments. I injured my back and have been off line for several months. I am so glad I have hub pages to return to, new people to meet and comments to enjoy. What a pleasure.

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      viveresperando 4 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      Enjoyed reading this. Nice!

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      JessBraz 4 years ago from Canada

      Very lovely Hub. :) I've done the steaming thing a few things before but I wasn't aware that you should wash your face first... I never have. I assumed it would dry my skin out to the max.. But now that I think about it, I suppose steaming an uncleansed face would make you sweat all the yucky stuff out and just reclog your pores.. Don't know why that never occurred to me before... Thanks for the tip!

      I especially appreciate that these ideas are natural and can be made at home.. I'm a long time proactiv user and I've been trying to find ideas to use on my face so that I can stop using it... My skin really wasn't that bad before I started using it, but a weird side effect that I've read a lot of people have had... Once you start using it, as soon as you stop, your face just explodes... It actually made my skin worse when I stop using it. I'm going to try your rose water moisturizer suggestion.. I think rose water is good if you have pink skin.. it helps to calm the redness (which, again, didn't have before proactiv.. urgh)

      Anyway.. I think I've rambled on enough. lol.

      Very nice hub.. Well done and thanks for the ideas!

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      What lovely healthy and simple ways to care for our skin. I must try some out. I imagine honey would feel rather strange and sticky, but it is renown for its healing properties. My dog my try to lick it off!

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      Nick DeArcangelis 4 years ago from Illinois

      Maybe I'll give moisturizing a try! I never really thought about it until I read it here. Voted up!

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Love the simple, easy-to-make skin treatments - will definitely have to give some a try!

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      I also like shea butter and that it comes from a nut and not from any animal products.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great ideas for easy and wholesome DIY beauty products. Great Hub. Voted very useful and shared!

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      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      Ah yes MarleneB, consistency is the key. I've become pretty consistent with being consistent and what a difference this makes. Shea butter is making my skin - well, just beautiful!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I have heard some wonderful things about shea butter. I think I'll try it. I really enjoyed your list of things to do for healthy skin. You have covered the subject quite well and I learned a thing or two about consistency. I need to get better with that. Thanks for the reminder. Excellent hub!

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      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      Richawriter - you are so right about oily skin. Now that I am 63 I do not have a wrinkle anywhere - thanks to all the oily young days.

      Oooh thanks for those tips snigdha.5. I used to keep rosewater on hand to add to glycerin for a hand lotion. Will shop for the water soon. Love natural products - they do work.

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      snigdha.s 5 years ago from India,mumbai

      Very well written Hub. I usually use Green coconut water or rose water as a toner after washing my face when I am in a hurry. Thanks for sharing such wonderful tips.

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      Richard J ONeill 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Right. Write this comment here and then I'm off to steam my face with lavender to get rid of this oil!!!

      Useful hub you got here and it gave me a way of helping tone down the oil on my face!

      I don't suffer from spots or acne, just oil. Although I am glad in a way because it keeps my skin young and supple too, I think! ;)

      Nice job!

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      So glad you liked the tips anglnwu! I need to do more of the same - and thanks for the rating!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I love these tips. Green tea toner seems like a very natural way to tone the skin--never thought of that. Thanks for showing us how to keep our skin healthy and will try to incorporate these ideas into my routine. Rated up.

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      It is so easy mighnightbliss and works so well. Just lovely!

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      Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      the green tea toner is a great way to use my leftover green tea leaves after drinking it everyday. thanks for the tips.

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you gchicnotes! I appreciate the vote and sharing!

      You're welcome Better Yourself! Thank you for commenting!

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      Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub - Thanks for all the details on how to do each step!

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      gchicnotes 5 years ago

      Super hub! Love the info. Shared and voted up!

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      You're welcome maxravi - and thanks for the vote!

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      Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for nice tips.voted up!

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      Glad you liked the tips TransferAmerica. And I think you will enjoy them!

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      Glad you liked the hub urmilashukla23 - and thanks for the vote!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great information on skin care.Enjoyed this Hub. Voted up!

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks omarjakelfit. I'm glad to find safe products that work so well!

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      omarjakelfit 5 years ago from Connecticut USA

      I think you have saved a few people thousands of dollars a year on facial / skin care products :)

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      CountryCityWoman - I am so glad you like the recipes. Thanks too for the rating.

      debbiejj - I love that toner too. Sooooo easy.

      Good for you Leanna McCarthy- yes, let's move away from all that toxic stuff. We'll look better and save a ton of money.

      I'm glad you liked the tips adrienne2. I have a friend that does totally natural everything and she just glows. Hair and skin. Recently she came over and reached for my jar of powdered turmeric and did a turmeric facial - it's supposed to be excellent for acne. There are some links above to very easy recipes here on hub pages. And now I am going to look into hair masks and more.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      Excellent article on how to have a healthy complexion. Awesome recipes for the skin, and do plan to bookmark your article for future reference. Voted up, and awesome. I love using healthy skin suggestion to help keep the skin, healthy and glowing. I always use vaseline as a moisture which works great for me. You had some excellent tips on using honey as a mask I love this tip, and do plan to make it part of my skincare regiment. Thanks for sharing! Also going to check out your other articles on skincare.

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      Leanna McCarthy 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Really interesting. I'm trying to move away from toxic facial cleansers and go natural. Thanks for giving me some tips to get started!

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      debbiejj 5 years ago

      Good article. You touched on some of the best and easiest recipes. The toner is one of my favorites as well.

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      CountryCityWoman 5 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      This is great. I want to go all natural and these ideas are getting me started. Rated up and thank you!

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      I'm glad you liked the hub healingsword! And thanks for the vote.

      Thanks for commenting christina82709.

      Glad you found it great gchicnotes! And thanks for the many votes.

      I agree with you BkCreative. The elder women in my family all had the best skin and they never bought all the junk we buy today. Thanks for the votes.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know I'm sure life was meant to be easy, breezy and healthy - not to mention inexpensive. But somewhere along the way we bought into the okey doke. The buybuybuybuy nonsense.

      Love all your ideas and suggestions and I am so ready once again to steam my face and do the tonic as well, I love shea butter. Winter is a perfect time to get back into the groove.

      Thanks again and again and voted up and more.

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      gchicnotes 5 years ago

      Great info and very detailed instructions to follow. Love all the natural ingredients. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      christina82709 5 years ago from Victoria Tx

      Good info on skin care .

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      Ann Wehrman 5 years ago from California

      Well-written Hub with excellent information on natural skin care. Easy to follow directions, very detailed. Voted up!