Discover Radiant, Beautiful Skin - Naturally
Concept of Beauty
We are all familiar with the proverb "Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder" - meaning we all perceive beauty differently. To the world we live in today, beauty is only skin deep, with tremendous emphasis on physical beauty. A while ago, beauty was determined the way it appealed to our five senses and by looking inside a person's inner soul. Qualities such as honesty, kindness, compassion, helpfulness were considered beautiful and enhanced a person's overall appeal.
Sadly, these days beauty is defined by the media, the show-biz industry, by the world of glamour, social media. We aspire to look like Miss Universe, or top models; even popularity of sports personalities are judged in terms of their physical appeal. The market responds to our perception of beauty - by flooding our senses with 'must haves" and "skin essentials" and all sorts of toxic, chemical products which cause more harm to our body. Small wonder skin related diseases are on the rise including dermatitis, skin allergies, eczema and skin cancer.
Tapping into nature
Understanding how hazardous and unethical the chemical cosmetic industry truly is - promotes animal testing, generates toxic environmental wastes, is a leading cause of rising disorders among humans including skin and respiratory issues and makes humans slaves to dangerous products is essential before we move away from these substances back to natural products.
The advantages of these products is manifold:
- Natural products work with nature: Nature has blessed us with abundant resources with natural nutrients essential for our bodies, whether we consume them or use them on our skin - the goodness of these foods can be realised.
- Home prepared products: its easy to whip up these creams, lotions, cleansers in the kitchen using what you have on hand in the kitchen with natural ingredients, resulting in quality, home made products.
- Economical to use: producing healthy, high quality natural beauty products at home is cheaper as you're not paying for a highly priced cosmetic brand - which is likely not good for you. Using what's available in your kitchen will ensure your ingredients are fresh and healthy.
- Free from harsh chemicals: Natural skin products will keep you safe from the harsh effect of chemicals found in cosmetics today - preservatives like BHA and BHT, Paraffinum liquidum, parabens, siloxanes, triclosan, benzoyl peroxide and many others.
Routine for Radiant Skin - naturally!
- Cleansing: using either a cream cleanser or a wash-off cleanser to remove daily pollutants and stale makeup. At the end of your cleansing your skin should feel firm and clean - not overly dry or oily.
- Toning: never miss this step as a good toner will freshen your skin, refine your pores, remove any left over bits of dust, grime and make-up. Also, an important step in preparing the skin for moisturising.
- Moisturizing: Depending on your skin type (dry, oily, normal) you can use an oil based or a creamy moisturiser. A good step to include before moisturizing and hydrating the skin is to apply serum, rich in nutrients such as anti-oxidants and anti-ageing ingredients. Serums penetrate easily into the skin, transporting nutrients required to remain healthy.
- Use a Mask: For the face, it is a good practice to apply a mask weekly - based on the type of your skin.
- Exfoliate: Don't forget this step to remove dead cells and refresh the skin, preparing it to absorb serum/moisturizer better. This can be done two or three times a week.
Natural Skin Cleansers
Make your skin care routine a fun thing by preparing your products yourself! Lets begin with Cleansers - below are a few examples of cleansers you can make easily at home:
Dry Skin: Oil based natural cleanser (with the goodness of coconut and olive oils)
Combine 2tbs of extra virgin olive oil, with 2tbs organic coconut oil, 1 tsp of powdered oatmeal to exfoliate. Mix together over a water bath to make a smooth paste. Cool and add a few drops floral rose water for fragrance for a soothing effect. Pour into a dark sterile jar and store in a cool dark place.
To use: Massage into the skin with circular movements, remove with a soft, cotton ball dipped in warm water.
Oily Skin: with Apple cider vinegar
Dilute 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup distilled water. Add 1 tsp of geranium oil and mix well. Seal tightly to prevent contamination and evaporation in a clean jar and store in a cool place.
To use: dip a cotton ball into the mixture and rub into the skin in quick strokes. There is no need to rinse as the cotton ball will pick up the loosed grime and dirt.
How to make face cleanser for oily skin
Natural Skin Toners
Lets go on to Toning! We begin with natural toner for Oily Skin:
1. Oily Skin: (with tomato juice and natural honey)
Mix 2 tbs of freshly extracted tomato juice and 2 tbs of organic honey into a smooth, liquid like consistency paste. Place mixture into a clean jar - use immediately.
To use: dip a clean cotton ball into the mixture and pat your cleansed skin with brisk strokes. Your skin feels fresh and clean.
2. Dry skin: with Rose and Aloe Vera
Boil 1 cup of distilled or mineral water and pour it over 3 tbsp. of rose petals. Allow to steep for about 15 minutes and strain, add 2 tsp of almond oil and 2 tsp of aloe vera to the mixture and stir until mixed. Pour into a clean bottle and store in the fridge.
To Use: Shake well, apply all over with a clean cotton ball with brisk strokes.
Home made apple cider toner
Goodness of home made moisturizers
There are a number of remedies, and I would like to list a few of my favourites:
Normal to Oily Skins:
- use a light oil such as grape seed oil and massage it gently into your skin. Grape seed oil has anti-ageing, anti-oxidant properties and will keep your skin fresh and soft without the greasy feel.
- Puree one avocado and apply the pulp to your cleaned face. Wash off after 15 minutes, leaving your face radiant and smooth. Avocado is loaded with essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants easily absorbed by the skin
- Mix together 2 tbsp. of jojoba oil, 2 tbsp. of mineral/distilled water, 1 tbsp. of beeswax and a few drops of your favourite essential oil over a water bath. Cool and apply to the face with a clean cotton ball.
- Take your favourite fruit and mix the pulp with a few drops of organic honey, rub it all over. Honey has anti-bacterial properties, which keep your skin clean and soft.
Normal to Dry Skin:
- Creamy cocoa butter moisturizer: Mix 2 tbs of cocoa butter, 2 tbs of almond oil, 1 tbsp. of beeswax and 3 tbsp. of mineral/distilled water over a water bath. Whisk thoroughly and cool. Store in a clean jar, apply to the face with a clean cotton ball. Leaves your skin soft and radiant.
- Yoghurt with lemon: Mix 2 tbs of Yoghurt with 1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice. apply to cleaned skin and allow to soak in. Yoghurt provides the nutrients and moisture the skin needs and lime acts as whitening agent.
- Argan Oil Moisturiser: Mix 2 tsp argan oil, 1 tsp of avocado oil, 1 tsp beeswax ad 3 tbs of mineral/distilled water over a water bath. Cool and add your favourite fragrant essential oil. Gently massage into the skin for an softer feel.
Amazing Face masks and Scrubs
Make nourishing face masks using key ingredients like avocado, yoghurt, egg whites, honey or simply any favourite fruit!
To make an exfoliating scrub, use yoghurt as a base ingredient and mix a tsp of powdered walnuts shell, as the exfoliant.