As the Winter season approaches, it’s natural to start thinking more about using various face creams to keep your skin moisturized and radiant once the sun isn’t making its usual appearances. If you have dry or oily skin, it’s even more important to have a regime in place for keeping your skin in its best possible condition.
And it’s important to note that your skin doesn’t just need moisturizing, but nourishment, too. Fresh, natural ingredients and products are the best way to go when it comes to developing an effective skin routine. The following five natural skin treatments offer a wide range of options depending on your preferences; some are 100% organic, while others are proprietary products that eliminate the guesswork for you by providing all the curated nutrients you need.
Honey is a great natural application for your skin. Purchase a jar of organic honey from your local health food store, and massage one teaspoon of it onto the skin each day. You can also give yourself a DIY honey mask by applying a thin layer in circle motions around your face, and leaving it there for for half an hour.
There are several benefits of using honey for the skin. “Raw honey is incredible for your skin thanks to its antibacterial properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants,” Kim Wallace, a natural beauty expert told SheKnows. Because of those antibacterial properties, it can prevent acne, and thanks to its barrage of antioxidants, it can also slow down the skin aging process and create a natural glow.
If you have dry skin, avocado just might be the antidote you’re looking for. Although it’s known for cooking, you’d be surprised to discover that avocado is also used in a wealth of sunscreens, creams, and moisturizers. The food is rich in Vitamin E, D, A, (these vitamins are great for skin) and omega fatty acids.
According to one study conducted in 2013, the essential fatty acids found in avocado helps promote collagen synthesis, which creates new connective tissues that actually helps wounds heal quicker, and reduces inflammation as the wound heals. The antioxidants can also help relieve dry and irritated skin. Other studies have shown that avocado can also help skin to retain some its natural elasticity, which keeps skin taut and prevents aging.
Eczema is comprised of several types of skin conditions that cause the skin to become cracked, dry, red, and itchy. It can appear on different parts of the body, and people with conditions like asthma have a higher chance of having it. Sweat, dry skin, and dress are all factors that can result in eczema. Eczema can be a tough condition to deal with, and it can not only affect your health and skin, but your confidence as well.
Fortunately, a natural eczema cream like Egyptian Magic can help relieve some of the symptoms and effects. This proprietary cream contains six of nature’s most nourishing and healing ingredients combined (olive oil, honey, and beeswax among them), without all the fragrances, additives, chemicals, and parabens. The resulting mixture can help clear your skin in no time, making you feel younger and healthier within weeks.
As mentioned in the previous section, olives can be a highly effective remedy for the skin. In fact, olives are one of the best sources of vitamins. Like many of the other ingredients on this list, olive oil acts as a natural antioxidant, which prevents premature aging and can result in wrinkle-free skin. Some research has even shown that, if applied after exposure to the sun, olive oil can kill some cancer-causing cells. It’s also chock full of antibacterial properties, which helps control the skin’s bacteria. Try using olive oil as a natural exfoliator by mixing it with sea salt to create a face scrub.
The aloe vera plant is very easy to grow and has a well-deserved reputation for its ability to rejuvenate undernourished skin. Aloe is also great for healing cuts and burns on the skin. If you’re pulling the aloe directly from the plant, you’ll just need to scrape its gel and massage it into the skin, let it sit for a few minutes, and wash it off. However, you can also purchase organic aloe vera from a natural food health store and save yourself from having to maintain your own aloe vera. If you have the space and don’t mind growing your own, check out these tips for growing aloe vera yourself.