If you’re like us, your resolution is to be healthier by reducing the number of manufactured chemicals in your everyday skincare routine. Most store-bought skin care products contain synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, and preservatives that are easily absorbed into the skin. These chemicals can cause a variety of negative short-term and long-term health effects, including allergies, hormonal issues, and even cancer. These unnatural ingredients not only have a negative impact on your health but on the environment as well.
Luckily, there’s plenty of natural ingredients out there that people have been using for centuries to cleanse, moisturize, protect, and treat their skin. These pure ingredients can work even better than the chemicals found in store-bought products, and they’re better for your health too! There is a natural solution for you - whether your concern is acne, inflammation, aging, uneven pigmentation, dry skin, or oily skin. This year, try natural skin care products featuring these ingredients. Your skin will thank you!
So What Are Those Best Natural Ingredients for Skin?
Coconut oil is one of the most powerful skin care ingredients in nature. On top of being a top-notch moisturizer, coconut oil has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Coconut oil strengthens the epidermal tissue and can even be used to prevent sunburns. It can also be used to remove makeup and for shaving to prevent razor burn. Look for coconut oil in skin care products such as Dr. Fedorenko’s Sun Stick or Skin Stick, or simply try a jar of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil from your local health food store.
Coffee is a natural antioxidant, which fights the free radicals that cause damage to DNA and aging. The caffeine in coffee can also reduce puffiness and create a tightening effect on the skin. Look for an eye cream with coffee to reduce swelling and puffiness around the eyes. Coffee grounds also make an incredible body scrub - make your own at home by mixing grounds with coconut oil.
TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil, native to Australia, has been used for hundreds of years to fight acne, redness, and inflammation. Tea tree oil is as effective as manufactured acne treatments but without the negative side effects. Like coconut oil, tea tree oil is also antibacterial and antifungal. To fight inflammation and acne, look for products formulated with tea tree oil, or make your own potion by combining tea tree oil with a carrier oil like jojoba oil.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple Cider Vinegar, a fermented liquid made from apple cider, has many benefits when used internally and externally. Apple cider vinegar can be used to clean the skin and can be ingested to cure skin problems caused by gut bacteria imbalances. The medicinal use of Apple Cider Vinegar goes all the way back to Hippocrates, considered the “Father of Modern Medicine.” Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to make a homemade toner or taken in the morning on an empty stomach for its gut-balancing benefits.
Everyone knows that Aloe is great for soothing sunburns, but this magical plant also contains calming ingredients that can be used to treat bug bites and other forms of inflammation. Additionally, aloe vera can be used as a moisturizer for the skin and hair.
Raw honey provides a variety of vitamins and nutrients that moisturize the skin, encourage healing, and fight inflammation. Raw honey is especially beneficial to those with extremely sensitive skin that’s frequently irritated by skin care products. Most grocery store honey has been pasteurized, which destroys many of its benefits. Look for raw honey at your local grocery store or farmers market. Raw honey can be used to make homemade cleansers, face masks, exfoliants, shampoo, and conditioner. Plus, it’s delicious on toast!
Sea salt contains many of the same minerals found in our skin, which is why it’s great for restoring and balancing the skin. These minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium, are from the seawater where the sea salt is produced. Himalayan and Celtic sea salts make great additions to homemade masks, toners, and scrubs. With its anti-inflammatory properties, sea salt is great for reducing redness, breakouts, and irritation.
Rosehip comes from the fruit of a rose bush and is a great source of Vitamin C, which combats aging skin by increasing collagen production. Rosehip oil is also great for moisturizing dry patches of skin and improving overall skin texture.
Avocado contains vitamins A, E, and D which are able to penetrate the skin to moisturize, boost collagen production, and treat age spots. Rich and buttery avocado can also be used to soothe a sunburn. Mix with raw honey for an ultra-moisturizing face mask.
LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
Lemon essential oil has strong antibacterial properties, which makes it a great ingredient to fight acne caused by bacteria trapped in pores. It can also be used to fade sun spots, brighten skin tone, and tone oily skin. Mix with a carrier oil like jojoba oil for a complexion-boosting cleanser.
Healing argan oil is loaded with vitamin A, vitamin E, antioxidants, and linoleic acid - all of which make this oil an incredible moisturizer for both your skin and hair. Use directly on the skin as a daily moisturizer or a treatment for inflammation.
This natural plant is great for combating the toxic effects of the environment, containing over 30 natural antioxidants. The antioxidants fight free radicals that damage your DNA and cause your skin to age. Apply pure moringa oil directly to the skin for its moisturizing and anti-aging benefits.
Jojoba is most widely used as a carrier oil, meaning that it is used to dilute other oils and ingredients before they are put on the skin. On its own, however, jojoba oil is also very moisturizing and can be used to treat sunburns, psoriasis, and acne.
Fragrant almond oil is also a carrier oil like Jojoba oil, but its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties also make it great for treating acne, rashes, and dryness. Almond oil is high in antioxidant vitamin E and is gentle enough to be used on even the most sensitive skin. Use almond oil in its pure state as a makeup remover and moisturizer, or mix with fine sugar to make an exfoliating scrub.
Cocoa butter is extracted from the same cocoa bean used to make chocolate. Rich in fatty acids, this oil is loaded with antioxidant and moisturizing properties. Cocoa butter has a melting point just below human body temperature and it’s easily absorbed by the skin, so it’s perfect for making lotions and body butters. Cocoa butter is high in vitamin E, which is a natural antioxidant. Cocoa butter also has a long shelf life which makes it great for stabilizing natural skin care products. Cocoa butter is great for chapped lips, preventing stretch marks, and as a daily moisturizer for dry skin. Try Dr. Fedorenko’s Skin Stick to experience the moisturizing power of cocoa butter.
NATURAL ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
Activated charcoal removes toxins and other harmful substances from your body. It can be consumed or applied topically for its benefits. Charcoal can also be used to exfoliate the skin. These combined properties make charcoal an effective ingredient for treating acne.
Originating in Africa, shea butter has been used as a natural skin moisturizer for hundreds of years. Shea butter works by preventing the loss of your skin’s natural moisture while improving your skin’s elasticity and radiance.
Castor oil is actually a “drying oil” and can be used to treat excessively oily skin and acne. Mix with a small amount of a carrier oil for an effective skin cleanser. As an added benefit, castor oil also promotes hair on the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes.
We have only begun to scrape the surface of the skin and health benefits of natural ingredients.
The most important thing when experimenting with natural ingredients is to make sure you are using the highest quality, organic sources. Your local organic grocery store is a great place to shop for fresh, organic skin care ingredients. If you’re looking for something readymade, try Dr. Fedorenko’s Skin Stick, a luxurious moisturizer made from the highest quality organic ingredients. Crafted from cocoa butter and coconut oil, this moisturizer is guaranteed to keep your skin hydrated and dewy all year long!
Try This Amazing Neroli Toning Serum
The blossoming flowers of Neroli and Ylang-Ylang give this serum its rich, luxurious scent. The antiseptic properties of Thyme and the skin-cell-regenerating power of Rosemary Verbenone make this an ideal daily maintenance oil for balanced skin.
Makes 2 oz.
Prep Time: 20 min
1 oz. Hazelnut or apricot kernel oil
6 drops Neroli ( Citrus aurantium ) essential oil
5 drops Ylang-Ylang ( Cananga odorata ) essential oil
6 drops Rosemary Verbenone ( Rosmarinus official is, Verbenone type) essential oil
3 drops Thyme ( Thymus vulgaris, linalool type ) essential oil
1 oz. jojoba oil
2 oz glass bottle
Fill bottle half way with Hazelnut oil. Add essential oils, close bottle, and roll bottle between palms to disperse the oils. Top off with jojoba oil, close bottle, and agitate a second time.
Cleanse and tone skin. Apply 3 to 4 drops to a cotton pad or fingertips and wipe over entire face. To plum up your skin, use the serum in conjunction with facial massage.
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