Natural or botanical based skincare has become more popular as many of us are taking back control of our health.
What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put into our bodies. Our skin absorbs everything we place on it and it is then made available to our internal organ systems.
Many beauty products on the shelves of your local pharmacies, beauty stores and supercenters do not have chemical restrictions. Chemicals are added to products to give them a lather effect, fragrance, preservatives to prevent bacteria from forming as well as prevent the product ingredients from separating. Some chemicals that you may be familiar with are, parabens, sulfates, alcohol, sulfate, mineral oil and fragrances.
Incorporating healthier skin care products into your healthy living regimen can help support the natural balancing of the body- homeostasis. When we are imbalanced, our immune system is weakened, and we can begin to have complications resulting in disease diagnosis.
Using store bought facial scrubs have not been the best experience for me. After trying a variety to find the perfect match, I decided to investigate some other options. My face would always turn out red and sore to touch.
For my face I transitioned to the following recipes:
Bentonite Clay Detox Face Mask
This mask is a combination of bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar.
Bentonite clay is a natural volcanic ash that can pull toxins from the body and provides beneficial nutrients to support our health.
Apple cider vinegar supports a healthy ph. of our skin and as well as conditions.
For this mask you will need:
Combine bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar in bowl
Apply to face
Let dry 15-20 minutes (you will feel a pulling sensation)
Rinse with lukewarm water
Optional- Apply unrefined coconut oil to moisturize
Honey Sugar Scrub
This mask is a combination of raw honey and sugar.
Honey is a humectant, antifungal and healer. Sugar gives a natural exfoliation to help remove dead skin.
For this mask you will need:
Combine honey and sugar in bowl
Apply mixture to face
Smooth in a circular motion for exfoliation for 3-5 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water.
Moisturize face with unrefined coconut oil.
These face masks are simple, easy to prepare, chemical free and very beneficial.
Herbs and Skincare
You can also incorporate herbs into your skincare. You may do this by using herb infused products. Herbs contain constituents that are natural medicines. They support the health of the body. When an herb is infused into a product, you can reap the benefits of its’ medicinal properties.
Lavender, rosemary, hibiscus and peppermint are popular herbs that are used in skincare. These herbs can improve blood flow circulation therefore nourishing the skin.
Skincare is also directly related to our internal health. Drinking peppermint tea can help support gut health. The health of our gut plays a major role in skin conditions.
I have experienced eczema on and off since the age of seven and it was not until recently that I was able to throw my prescription creams and over the counter hydrocortisones away because I focus on my gut health.
Eating a balanced diet and incorporating herbal teas can help support the health of your skin. You can also apply herbal teas to your skin!
Comment below if you use any other natural skincare remedies that work for you!