By and large, the beauty industry traffics in intimidation. "Use this product or your skin will break out." "Apply this nightly or you will soon see wrinkles." By teaching us to micromanage our skin with a host of ever-pricier products, we run the risk of robbing our skin of the very simple, natural, daily care it needs to stay firm, smooth and healthy! Rather than continuing to try to fund your "skin care habit," try these free, natural and gentle home remedies instead.

Adopt this easy 3-step healthy skin routine

If your skin is confused, chances are your skincare routine is the reason. Complicating your daily skin care regimen is neither necessary nor beneficial to your skin. Rather, simply follow these three steps every day.

  1. Cleanse. Cleanse gently to remove toxins and dead skin.
  2. Moisturize. Apply moisturizer to keep skin soft and supple.
  3. Protect. Use sunscreen to block harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Cleanse

  • Honey: Honey works well no matter what skin type (dry, oily, combination) you have. Just drizzle a dime-sized amount into your palm, rub palms together to warm, then massage into your skin to remove makeup, exfoliate gently, and remove toxins.
  • Oil: Oil can work wonders—so much so that there’s new buzz about the "oil cleansing method" all over the web. But oil is nothing new. You can use castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, or other oils. Massage a tablespoon or so into skin, leave on for 30-60 seconds, then use a washcloth and warm-to-hot water to very gently remove the oil.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt isn’t just great for the digestion—its natural cleansing and detoxifying properties can work the same miracles for our skin. Just massage a tablespoon or so of plain oil into your skin, leave for 30-60 seconds, then wash off with warm water.

Moisturize

  • Buttermilk: You can either buy buttermilk, or use spoiled milk (which is essentially the same thing). Buttermilk is rich in lactic acid, a natural exfoliator. Soak a washcloth in cool buttermilk, then dab onto your face and hold it for a few minutes, then wash skin with cool water.
  • Avocado: Pureed avocado is a brilliant natural moisturizer. This miracle fruit contains everything necessary to smooth skin, ease wrinkles, and naturally moisturize. Make a puree, then leave on face for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with cool water.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil is another one of those all-purpose marvels—these days, it seems like there is little the mighty olive can’t do. Dab some olive oil into skin and wait—it will produce a natural barrier to keep moisture in. If your skin suffers from rosacea, dryness, inflammation, acne, or other ills, olive oil can help here as well.

Protect

  • Wear a hat and protective clothing: There’s no doubt delicate facial skin needs the most protection from the sun. The simple addition of a floppy hat (or a baseball hat if you wear your hair long) can go a long way to shading your face from sun. Medical science now says it can be beneficial to get up to 10 minutes of exposure to sun per day, but after that, cover up your skin all over.
  • Make your own sunscreen: Various home recipes all seem to include similar ingredients: beeswax (has a natural waterproof quality), shea or cocoa butter, essential oils (for scent), vitamin E oil, coconut oil (contains a natural SPF), and zinc oxide powder. Basically, add 1 oz. each of the beeswax, butters, and oils into a double boiler and stir until fully melted and combined. Then add 2 tablespoons zinc powder to the mixture and stir until dissolved. Cool, then pour into a jar and use for up to six months.
  • Use oils as a sunscreen: According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), various oils have natural SPF ratings. Sesame oil has a natural SPF of 30. Coconut, peanut, cottonseed, and olive oils each have a natural SPF of 20.

 

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