7 Natural Ingredients for Beautiful Skin

 
aloe vera, oil and honeyWe nourish our bodies with proper nutrition by choosing healthy foods, because we care about our health. Skin care should be given the same consideration. Skin is the largest living organ of our bodies, so it makes sense to provide it with the best care.

Many skin care products contain harsh chemicals and additives that are damaging to our skin with prolonged use. Natural skin care enhances the skin’s natural functions and ability to regenerate, leaving us with healthier, more radiant skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is touted as one of the healthiest foods available today. It’s not only good to consume, it’s great for your skin. Many people are finding out that coconut oil has many benefits when used in skin care.

Hydration : Coconut oil is a natural emollient that is absorbed into the skin quickly, and works as a lightweight moisturizer for all skin types

Sun protection : Coconut oil contains a natural SPF 4, and can be added to sunscreen for extra protection and skin conditioning while in the sun.

Gentle exfoliation : Coconut oil can be added to other natural ingredients, like sugar, salt, or other ingredients used for exfoliation to keep the skin from drying out.

Strengthening : The medium-chain fatty acids that in coconut oil are absorbed easily, and can help strengthen the underlying epidermal tissue.

Antimicrobial and anti-fungal : Microbial and fungal infections can be treated with coconut oil.

Relief of skin : Coconut oil can be used to alleviate skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, keratosis polaris, and rosacea .

Hair replenishment : Coconut oil can be used on the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, and even stimulates hair growth.

Healer : Coconut oil can be used to heal wounds quicker, minimize scarring, and is used to prevent razor burn

To get the most benefits, look for virgin coconut oil that has USDA organic on its label. Raw coconut oil can have a light to bold, coconut odor and flavor, and should be centrifuge extracted or cold pressed.

Lemons

lemon slices used for skin lighteningLemons aren’t just for lemonade, turns out they’re also great for healthy skin. Packed with vitamin C and other nutrients, lemons can be taken internally or used topically. They have many benefits for healthy, radiant skin.

Repair : Lemons are a natural skin lightener and can be used to diminish the dark coloring of scars, age spots, and skin disorders that cause darkening of the skin.

Detox : Drinking lemon water can naturally detox the body, which leads to glowing skin, and also helps with weight loss.

Healing : Lemons are packed with antioxidants, boosting the immune system and aiding in gut health which helps keep the skin healthy from the inside out.

Rejuvenation : The vitamin C in lemons boosts the production of collagen, giving the skin a more youthful appearance.

Organically grown lemons are the best to use. Choose lemons that are heavy compared to their size and have a pleasant lemony fragrance. Lemons with thinner skins will yield more juice.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is still at the top of the list for healthy, natural skin care. Vitamin E can be taken internally and used topically for maximum benefits.

Free radical fighter : Vitamin E fights free radicals and other environmental toxins that damage the skin.

Skin nutrient : Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that aids in the skins overall health.

Repair : Vitamin E oil can be used to treat skin hyperpigmentation, diminish scars and stretch marks, and repairing sun damage.

Anti-aging : Vitamin E oil is a natural wrinkle fighter by blocking free-radical damage, boosts collagen production, and speeds up cell regeneration by supporting cell growth in new skin.

Moisturizer : Vitamin E oil can be added to other natural emollients, like coconut oil, for moisturizing and skin health

Look for tocopherol on the label when purchasing vitamin E oil.

Raw Honey

honey used for healthy skinRaw honey has many health benefits. A natural source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients, amino acids, and organic acids, raw honey is also known for its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

Healing : The antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties in raw honey help accelerate wound healing, help heal rashes and swollen tissue caused by irritants and allergies.

Anti-aging : Raw honey is full of antioxidants that allow it to slow down the aging effects free radicals and other environmental toxins have on skin.

Moisturizer : The compounds in raw honey work as a natural moisturizer for the skin, that lets it lock in moisture and helps give skin a natural glow.

Complexion : Raw honey can be used to help clear acne, reduce large pores, and aids in repairing skin with rosacea and eczema.

When choosing honey, look for raw, unfiltered honey, that’s made locally, or at least made in your region.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the first things people think of to treat a sunburn, but aloe vera is also an excellent item to have in your beauty routine. Aloe vera can be used both internally and topically. It has 75 active components, and includes minerals, saccharides, vitamins, saponins, lignin, amino acids, salicylic acid, and enzymes. It also contains antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, B-12, choline, and folic acid. Not only does it soothe skin irritations, it has bacteria fighting properties and fights inflammation.

Healing : Aloe vera reduces inflammation and promotes healing in the skin tissue.

Moisturize : Aloe vera has natural hydrating properties that moisturize the skin, and can be used with other natural ingredients to increase the moisturizing effects.

Complexion : Reduces acne and naturally lightens blemishes and hyperpigmentation.

Repair : The natural components of aloe vera boost cell regeneration, allowing the skin to repair itself and is a perfect addition for people with rosacea, eczema and dry flaky skin.

Anti-aging : Aloe vera can help prevent the signs of aging and slow down the aging process of the skin.

When shopping for aloe, look for plants that are grown without pesticides, or choose products that use organically grown aloe. The label should state that it contains 100% aloe, and only use natural preservatives.

Almond Oil

bottle of oil for skin careAlmond oil is packed with good stuff like antioxidants, vitamins E, D, B and A, linoleic and oleic acids, proteins, essential minerals, monounsaturated fatty acids, potassium, and zinc. This makes almond oil an excellent choice for skin care.

Anti-aging : Almond oil smooths and rejuvenates the skin and is used to prevent wrinkles.

Moisturize : Almond oil is a natural emollient that traps moisture in the skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and also improves skin tone and complexion.

Repair : The sclerosant properties in almond oil help with the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins. It can also help reverse sun damage caused by over exposure to UV rays and reduces hypertrophic scarring.

Complexion : Almond oil can aid in preventing acne, as well as treating eczema, psoriasis, dark under eye circles and severely dry skin.

Soothe : Almond oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and is used to soothe inflammation, sunburns, dry skin, burns, and minor wounds.

For skin care, choose 100% pure, sweet almond oil that is organic.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel, also called winterbloom, is a hydrosol and natural astringent that is high in polyphenols, and has a high concentration of tannins and gallic acids. It also has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. Witch hazel is a perfect addition to any skincare routine and offers many benefits.

Soothes : The tannin and gallic acids in witch hazel make it perfect for soothing dry, irritated skin.

Heals : Witch hazel works on the muscle fibers of veins to shrink blood vessels, allowing it to aid in faster wound healing by reducing swelling, fighting bacteria and repairing broken skin. It is also used to treat varicose veins, bruising, rashes, bug bites and poison ivy.

Complexion : Witch hazel is used to fade and prevent blemishes, lighten dark circles around the eyes, reduce swelling around the eyes, and reduce redness from rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other skin irritations.

Moisturize : Witch hazel helps lock in moisture and works great for moisturizing the skin. It can also be used as a cleanser, makeup remover and toner.

Choose witch hazel products that contain 100% witch hazel, are alcohol free, or contain low levels of natural alcohol (15% or less) to get the best benefits.

 

 

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