When a skin care product claims to be ‘all natura’ what they/we mean to say (at best) is ‘nature identical’ or ‘nature derived’.
‘All natural’ should be the way it exists in nature or that it is extracted from nature without any chemical modification.
Here are a few of my favourite all natural products that can be great for you skin.
Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) – is a great skin exfoliator. I use it a lot, either mixed into my cleanser of just mixed into a paste with water. Gently massage into your skin and rinse with luke warm water. Very effective! Sodium bicarbonate also has mild antiseptic properties so can be great for acne prone skin. It is also great in the bath to sooth itchy skin.
Natural Yogurt - I heard of this one when I took a cosmetic chemistry workshop. The chemist who was taking the class told us that he was involved in a test where the panel was given a tray of different face creams and they were to choose what was most effective as a moisturiser. I can’t remember the exact numbers as it was a while ago, but a majority of them chose the yogurt over the other creams. The other creams in the trial were a selection of the creams you buy in stores. I have tried the yogurt as a night cream and woke in the morning to nice smooth skin! I have since looked into it and have found a lot of people also use it as a mask. It is high is lactic acid and beneficial bacteria which can be great for soothing cooling and hydrating inflamed and irritated skin.
Pure Honey – has anti septic, anti-bacterial and healing properties. It can be applied directly to help heal sores. Honey’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbe properties and ability to absorb and retain moisture make it great to treat acne, either dabbed directly on spots or as a face mask, and has been used successfully to treat diabetic foot ulcers.
Aloe Vera – serves as a water-binding agent for the skin and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial qualities. The Aloe Vera plant is readily available to purchase in a lot of plant shops and is nice and easy to break off the succulent stem where the gel can be squeezed out. It is good for wound healing but the effectiveness is a little limited.
Sea salt and Epsom Salt – are both great wound healing salts when used in the bath. They also make great body exfoliators and aid in detoxifying and relaxing aching muscles. I love salt baths!!
Personally I love beautifully packaged skin care. I like the whole indulgent experience of it. But I also like to use these natural ingredients as part of my routine. Do you use any naturally occurring ingredients in your routine?