Good skincare is a really important factor if you are someone who wears a lot of makeup, goes in the sun a lot; or if you just want to age well. If you practice a good skincare routine it will definitely reduce your chance of getting wrinkles early, it will help with acne (trust me, I know the struggle) and it will leave your skin soft and moisturized without leaving it oily. Here are my favorite natural, DIY skincare remedies that I practice at home:
Wearing a lot of makeup on most days, I have to exfoliate on a regular basis, especially during winter when my skin gets much drier. Because of the dryness, I really have to focus on exfoliating at least once a week, sometimes twice. The problem with exfoliation is that often the bas formulas a cleanser which is usually pretty drying, so even when the dead skin cells are off my face, the fresh layer of skin is still dry. I make my own exfoliator and it works great to keep the rest of my face moisturized and soft for days after the treatment. I tend to make more than is needed for my face, as I also exfoliate my legs with this right after I shave them, which leaves them silky smooth.
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon filter coffee (it doesn't matter if it's flavored, as long as it's not instant coffee)
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon water
Mix all the ingredients together in a cup with a fork until it is well combined. Make sure the coconut oil is melted but not too hot as you don't want the sugar to melt in the mixture when you apply it.I first cleanse my skin with a store bought cleanser. Next, I just use clean fingers to scrap it out of the cup and scrub it all over my face and legs. Leave it on for around 2 minutes. Take a clean hot washcloth and gently wipe all of the product from your skin. Wring out the washcloth to get rid of the sugared coffee granules and dip it in warm water again. Leave the warm washcloth on your face for around 30 seconds and then pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel. It's important to pat your skin, not rub it as rubbing will eventually lead to wrinkles.
We all want an overnight remedy to get rid of a nasty pimple, especially if ou want to look your best for a special occasion. I have found that tea tree oil is my best friend when it comes to this problem. Now, putting oil on a spot which is already filled with sebum may seem to defeat the purpose, and it sounds like the worst thing you could do - but tea tree oil is special. It is one of the only oils which actually dries skin out instead of making it more oily... weird but true! It also has really great anti-bacterial properties, which is great for people like me who suffer from bacterial acne. Be warned: you should NEVER EVER put this over your whole face, it will dry your skin out completely which will cause your skin to produce more sebum and oil (resulting in more spots) as a panic response. Here's how to go about it: Drop one or two drops onto the end of an earbud/ q-tip and rub it on and close around your spots, but don't just smear it on areas that are oily (like your T-zone) if you don't actually have blemishes there. The oil may tingle a little or even sting, but it's totally bearable and it's just because of the natural disinfectant properties. Also, don't get it too near your eyes if you're sensitive as it may make you tear up slightly. If you struggle with really oily, acne-prone skin like I do, try also look out for skincare products like cleansers which have tea tree oil extracts in them to help manage he problem.
Skin softening mask:
This is a great mask to use after you exfoliate to really get that baby soft skin of your dreams! It also brightens your skin and makes you feel more awake. This is a mask I do around one a week, although sometimes I'll stretch it to a week and a half, depending on how my skin is doing.
1 1/2 tbsp greek/ plain yoghurt
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp pure lemon juice
1 probiotic capsule
small pinch of tumeric (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a tea cup. To extract the good stuff from the probiotic capsule, break it open and empty the contents into the cup. Give everything a good stir and apply it to your face. I use a clean, flat foundation brush to apply mine, but using clean fingers to apply the mask is perfectly fine. The Turmeric may make your skin appear to have a slight yellow tinge, so don't apply too much, and leave it out completely if you plan on not wearing foundation or tinted moisturizer out in public for the next day - you don't want to look like you have jaundice! Leave the mask on for around 10-15 minutes and use a clean, hot washcloth to rinse off the product. The yoghurt helps moisturize, the honey is a natural antiseptic and is great for acne, as is lemon juice. The probiotic helps boost your skin cells and the turmeric helps with inflammation and redness - so it's excellent for acne prone skin.
Toner is part of skin care regimes that people often opt to leave out, but it's actually really important. It removes the last bit of makeup and/ or dirt that your cleanser didn't manage to clean off as well as freshening up the skin. It's especially important for acne suffered as clean skin means less bacteria which helps prevent spots. Rose water is a really gentle toner, and it really great to use at night. It helps reduce acne scarring and dark blemishes, including underage circles. It also smells really great. I also use rose water as a setting spray after I finish my makeup routine - I just put it in an old spray bottle and it works like a charm. Apple cider vinegar is a slightly harsher toner and it does make your skin tingle but that is because of the antibacterial properties. I wouldn't recommend using it every single times your toner, especially if you have sensitive skin but around 3 times a week should do. Again, it helps reduce pimples and it fades acne scarring really well. For both Therese water and the vinegar, just take a swab of cotton wool, wet it with the ingredient and wipe all over your face, avoiding you eyes and wait for it to dry.
Dark spot remover
If you struggle with anything like acne scars, dark spots and stains, try applying aloe gel to the affected area over a long period of time. The gel will help fade the discoloration and plump up the skin. Only apply to affected area, as it can be quite drying. To extract the gel, Slice an aloe leaf length ways and use the knife to scrap out the contents in a bowl. Now using clean fingers, dip into the bowl and apply the gel to your skin and wipe of with a clean, hot washcloth after around 10 minutes.
I hope these natural, DIY skincare remedies help with any minor skin issues that you have. Remember, if an issue persists it is always better to consult a dermatologist as you may need more than a natural remedy to sort out a problem
Until next time
- The Traveling Oyster xxx