Our skin is our largest organ and will absorb what we apply to it. Most commercial skin care products are packed with chemicals which might feel good on your skin in the short term but have terrible long term effects.
These artificial ingredients will absorb into your body and can build up over time. Often the continuing effects of these chemicals in the body have not been extensively studied.
Luckily, there are natural, easy and inexpensive options to take care of your skin so you can avoid those harmful chemicals.
Using natural products to care for your skin will reduce oil production over time. Here are some natural ways to remove excess oil to prevent breakouts.
Exfoliate – combine equal parts olive or almond oil and sea salt for a natural scrub to wash away dead skin and remove impurities.
Cleanse – Oil cleansing is a popular method. Oil cleansing is the process of using a combination of natural oils to cleanse and balance your skin and its oil production. It works through dissolving the hardened skin oils and impurities that are stuck in your pores.
By using the right oils you will cleanse your pores of the dirt and bacteria trapped in the sebum inside them. You will be replacing dirty oil with natural oils rich in vitamins and minerals to protect and nourish your skin. See here for more details.
Those of you with more oily skin will need to use a higher ratio of castor oils to other oils to stop your skin being too oily in the transition between chemical and natural cleansing.
Moisturize/tone– If you have oily skin, you will need less moisturizing as your skin adjusts – you will find the natural oils from cleansing will be adequate. If you are finding your skin is a little dry, a thin layer of coconut oil is good. Coconut oil is made from the meat of the coconut that is rich vitamin E. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that both protects and repairs your skin.
If you find your skin is holding onto too much oil, diluted apple cider vinegar wiped gently across problem areas will do the trick. Store a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water in the fridge as your go to toner.
Normal or Combination Skin
Those with skin which is not oily or particularly dry will adjust quickly to a natural skin care routine.
Exfoliate – Use a homemade sugar scrub. Try one of these recipes. Sugar is beneficial for your skin because the small particles of the sugar are gentle on your skin as well as being a form of natural humectants making it hydrating. Brown sugar is softer than granulated sugars and so are better for the sensitive areas like the face and neck while raw sugar are larger and more suitable for the body.
Cleanse – Oil cleansing is excellent for balancing normal or combination skin. Mix ¼ cup of castor oil with ¾ cup of olive or almond oil.
Moisturise/tone– A dab of coconut oil or shea butter will work as a nice natural moisturizer when needed. Other options are these natural lotion bars or try making your own homemade lotion. If you aren’t making your own, check the label for chemical additives and choose organic products wherever you can.
Dry skin is problematic because it causes itchiness, flaking and can rapidly age you. If you have dry skin, you will benefit immediately from natural skin care routines that use oil based cleansing. Often these oils will help your skin balance its oil production and prevent the initial dryness from occurring.
Exfoliate – Be very gently with exfoliating this type of skin as it is already very sensitive. Use a mild sugar scrub and do not apply vigorously. This will help loosen the dead skin and dirt from the skin without causing damage.
Cleanse – As castor oil is more drying than the others, it is recommended to only use a very small amount. Blend a tablespoon of castor oil into ¼ cup of olive or almond oils as your cleanser.
Moisturise/tone– Dry skin will likely need to be moisturized, at least during the first few weeks of the natural cleansing routine as your skin settles in. The best option is the natural, chemical free whipped shea butter. This is a fat extracted from the shea tree and is often shaped into lotions, bars, balms and skin care products. Just watch out for additives.