Many of us long for naturally ageless skin without wanting to break the bank achieving it. However, the chances are you probably already own many of the key ingredients for your glowing skincare routine — you’re probably just looking in the wrong room. Ditch the bathroom cabinet in favor of your kitchen pantry for an array of natural skincare products you probably never knew you had!
The parchment-like texture of oats makes them an effective exfoliator for those with very sensitive skin. Oats are effective in fighting dull, flaky dryness as they contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water. They form a fine protective film when applied on the skin. Their lipids and protein content also allows them to nourish and moisturize, making them the ultimate skin soother. Try wrapping a handful of rolled oats in a small piece of muslin cloth for an easy homemade natural body scrub that cleanses and hydrates.
Another natural skin booster that can be found in the kitchen is raw cacao. Full of potent antioxidants, it can help reduce inflammation and puffiness. Apply a small amount of melted raw cacao — the higher cacao quality the better — such as Terrasoul Superfoods Raw Cacao ($9.95, Amazon), to the face and leave for five to 10 mins then rinse with tepid water.
Oils are a three-in-one staple that will transform your beauty regimen. Use either to remove stubborn mascara, or as a hair mask. Sesame oil is great to use as a moisturizer before you shower to lock in essential moisture and keep your skin smooth and silky throughout the day. For a light oil that isn’t too greasy, try Banyan Botanicals Organic Sesame Oil ($16.99, Amazon).
If you’re looking for a new exfoliator, try crushing pomegranate seeds for a natural remedy. When the seeds are ground up, they release their antioxidant nutrients and exfoliate and nourish your skin at the same time.
Due to its high content of chlorophyll matcha powder is a powerful detoxifier. This allows it to deeply cleanse the skin and help reduce inflammation while at the same time not containing any harsh chemicals. If you choose high grade matcha powder such as Jade Leaf Matcha ($19.95, Amazon) you can simply mix with few drops of water, or plain yogurt for a thicker consistency, for a natural face mask that will soothe and nourish the skin.
The healthy fats in avocados naturally moisturize your skin and reduce any inflammation. The oils of avocado are also very closely matched to the natural oils in your skin, so it will nourish and help to restore your skin’s glow at the end of a busy day. For a natural avocado face mask, simply mix mashed avocado with Greek yogurt and honey and leave for five to 10 mins, and then wash off with warm water.
Next time you indulge in a face mask, ditch the cucumber and opt for dampened green tea bags. Their natural antioxidants will help to reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, leaving you feeling fresh-faced with any traces of tiredness banished.
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