Some of the gentlest and most effective skin care ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. Many expensive, natural beauty products already use foods, including natural oils — so why not try using the raw ingredients yourself? The ingredients you use depends on your skin type and what it needs most. Possibly oily, dry, a combination, or if you have spots.
Your skin changes with the four seasons and with age
Right now, I’m using a night cream I made for myself that is just a mix of olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. I love it! The beeswax holds it together and makes it thick, not runny.
Other great things to try and include that should be in your kitchen or cabinet anyway, are:
For dry and aging skin
- Avocado — a great moisturizer to use as a face mask, mashed up in your hair, or used just about anywhere you could use a little extra hydration.
- Egg white — use uncooked as a classic way to improve tone and texture. Spread evenly over skin, and leave on for 10-15 mins.
- Raw honey — a natural antimicrobial that soothes and draws moisture into the skin. Use it in masks or as a spot treatment.
- Green tea — full of antioxidants and helpful for reducing redness. Rinse your face in cool green tea for a great way to gently soothe your skin.
- Cucumbers and kiwifruit — great for sensitive skin, and those who need cooling. Often used over the eyes to relieve puffiness and brighten them. Leave on for at least 10-15 mins.
- Watermelon — good for dry skin and age spots. You won’t need much for it to benefit, and washing off is optional.
- Oatmeal — a wonderful fast-acting soother with major anti-inflammatory properties. You can drop it in the bath, slather it on your face, or even use it as a gentle scrub.
- Extra virgin olive oil and extra virgin coconut oil — both of them keep the skin’s connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Especially good to apply in the early evening and be sure to gently rub in well. They can reduce fine lines, and are great after sun exposure.
For combination, oily skin
- Tea tree oil — is a great skin cleanser, and useful as a natural cure for blackheads. This is a must have in your cabinet, as it is also good for cuts, insect bites, and a few drops put into a spray bottle with water works well in kids hair if they have lice (i.e., nits).
- Banana — the inside part of a banana peel is good to rub on blackhead prone areas. Look at the banana peel when you finish rubbing, and you’ll be surprised at how much comes off.
- Lemons or limes — great for oily, acne prone, or skin with a build up of dead cells. You don’t leave citrus on for more than 10-15 minutes, and avoid sunlight immediately after applying it. Lemons in particular can cause photosensitivity (and lightening of the skin) — avoid use on broken skin.
- Papaya — a really good skin decongestant due to the enzyme papain. Apply evenly and leave on for 15 mins for one of the best enzyme masks around.
If you’re keen to know the best foods to eat to improve your skin from the inside, see my other article.
Try some of these next time you’re at home or even staying in a hotel. Just have fun experimenting with them, and fruits or nut oils, bearing in mind some of the tips above.
I’d love to know how you go with them too.
Provided by: Sheridan Genrich, CGP
Sheridan Genrich is a naturopath and nutritionist who received her health science degree from Charles Sturt University, and also received the Dean’s award for academic excellence. Sheridan mainly works with over-stretched professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives who struggle to be in their best health. For more information, visit her page Refresh now.