Many natural ingredients can provide healthy benefits for your skin. Always check product labels on skin care and beauty products. Many commercial products include chemicals and other unhealthy additives. Besides being healthier, natural ingredients are also easier on your pocketbook. Here are some of the most effective natural ingredients for your skin, along with what they are best at doing.
Beta-glucans give oatmeal its hydrating, skin-soothing effects. Used as a facial mask, Oats can also tighten skin temporarily. Old-fashioned oats are better than instant because they absorb more liquid to release it back onto skin.
High in antioxidants, green tea can prevent or reverse UV damage to skin, according to Everyday Health. It is also an effective anti-inflammatory which can reduce skin puffiness.
Taking vitamin C internally in the form of citrus fruits and supplements helps to prevent colds and flu, but vitamin C also helps with collagen synthesis, which contributes to skin firmness. In addition, vitamin C helps even out sebum production to reduce acne and inflammation of the skin.
A humectant is a substance that locks in moisture so that it can't escape. Honey is an excellent humectant and it also has antiseptic properties to kill bacteria that takes up residence on skin. Bacteria can cause acne and infections.
Aloe has a cooling effect on burns, which makes it ideal for use on sunburns. Research shows that it is also extremely effective at healing blemishes and other wounds, plus, aloe helps fight the signs of aging.
Tea Tree Oil
The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil make it an effective acne-fighter. In fact, it is an effective alternative to salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, although it works differently than these products.
Enzymes in strawberries can brighten skin and exfoliate dead cells to soften skin gently, without abrasive action. Simply massage pureed strawberries into skin and allow to soak for a few minutes before washing off.
Sugar scrubs are moisturizing to skin and can be used all over the body and the face. Mix equal parts with your favorite oil to leave skin glowing and smooth.
Use coffee grounds in the shower to exfoliate skin before applying self-tanner for a more even application. The vitamins (especially E) and antioxidants stimulate skin and are also antibacterial.
Making a paste of noni powder and applying to red or broken skin deposits powerful antioxidants and vitamins right where they are most needed, but even relatively healthy skin can benefit from noni's anti-aging benefits for the skin.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Oil dissolves oil, which helps to explain why virgin coconut oil makes an excellent makeup remover. Even those with oily skin will find that coconut oil reduces their breakouts, since the nutrients in coconut oil absorb into skin and displace dirt that can block pores.
Biconi's Radiant Skin Facial Cleanser will give your body the benefits of virgin coconut oil and noni in one natural cleanser that is free from harsh chemicals. This cleanser can reduce redness and gradually fade dark spots, revealing clearer, healthier skin with a radiant glow.