My close friend Rina has the nicest skin of anyone I know. When I asked her what her secret was, I was surprised to hear that she doesn’t use 15 different kinds of fancy skin creams and toners. Instead, she cleanses, tones and moisturises her face with items everyone has in their fridge or pantry. I was instantly interested in sharing her insights with you, because using household items for skin-care not only avoids unnecessary chemicals and large amounts of packaging, but can also save you a lot of money.
It seems to me that people worry a lot about what they put into their bodies but they never really think twice when it comes to what they put on their skin. Although they often achieve short-term results, certain chemicals found in beauty products can cause long-term damage to your body and the environment.
About 3 years ago I started investigating how I could replace my store bought products with natural resources. Products often boast that they contain natural oils or extracts, but if it contains a natural essence like oatmeal extract, why not just use oatmeal? There are so many natural home remedies that are affordable (and I have found many that are cheaper than their store-bought counterparts). In fact, there are too many to mention in one post, so I have compiled a list of the remedies I use the most often.
Olive oil is the best natural remedy that I have ever come across, it is incredibly versatile and can do wonders for your body. For example, I love to use it as a make up remover. It works especially well on your eyes. No eye make-up remover is as gentle and effective as olive oil. It removes 100% of your make up while hydrating and conditioning your eyelashes and the skin around your eyes. It strengthens your lashes and helps prevent wrinkles around the eyes.I also like to rub a little on my eyebrows to strengthen them. Olive oil is also a great hair conditioner. Simply massage into your hair, leave it in for 1-2 hours and then rinse/shampoo etc. I also usually apply a thin layer of Olive Oil to my face before going to bed as a moisturizer. I like to add some vitamin E oil to the Olive Oil but this isn’t necessary.
The best part is that you can buy 500ml olive oil for less than 2 pounds in most supermarkets. I challenge you to find a 100% natural cosmetic for that price!
I use oats as a daily face-wash. Just grab about a handful, make a fist and let water run over it. When the oatmeal has become soggy begin scrubbing your face with it. Massage your face in circular motions for about 1-2 minutes and then rinse. Oats is the most amazing thing ever and can be found on the ingredient list of many ‘natural’ skincare products. I have stopped using any facial cleansers and rely completely on oats!
Oats will set you back less than 1 pound for a kg so look no further for a cheap and natural cosmetic.
A Yoghurt mask is great because it moisturizes and soothes your skin. Once a week I apply a thin layer evenly over my face and let it dry for 25-30 minutes. It makes your skin feel soft and reduces redness. It’s also great on burns.
Yoghurt can cost less than 50p for 500ml and the cheapest face mask I could find at boots was 1.50 for 50ml!
Once a week I use sugar as a natural exfoliator to get rid of dirt/oil/dead skin cells. Just mix about two tablespoons with a teaspoon of green tea. Make sure not to add too much liquid, and when you have a nice paste apply generously over skin and massage in a circular motion. Do so for about 1-2 minutes and rinse. I usually apply a yoghurt mask after.
Take one egg and split the egg yolk from the egg white. Take the egg white and beat until it is fluffy. Apply the fluffiness evenly over your face. Let it dry for about 5-10 minutes or until you face is stiff. Once you have rinsed it off apply the egg yolk to your face for the same length of time. The egg white will absorb access oil, tighten and brighten your skin, while the egg yolk is a great moisturizer. I like to take the left over egg and apply both evenly in my hair. Leave it in for about an hour and then rinse out. The protein in the egg will help repair damaged hair.
So, there you go. Beautiful skin with ingredients that are good for you, the environment and your wallet!
I’d love to hear your natural skin-care secrets, so please let me know in the comments if you have any tips to share with us.