Natural beauty may seem elusive. Perhaps even a bit difficult to achieve. But it’s really not. Everyone can be naturally beautiful. Yes, even you. And it’s far easier than most people realize.
After years of skin care research and practicing naturopathic medicine, I’ve found dozens of ways you can develop healthy and naturally glowing skin in just a few steps and with just a few ingredients you likely already have in your house.
So if you’ve been thinking about trying expensive or invasive procedures… or if you’re using products full of chemical-based ingredients – for the love of your skin, please stop. As an alternative to expensive, invasive procedures and toxic skin care ingredients, these do-it-yourself tips will help you save time, money, and your health.
And, what’s better still – using the natural healing powers of nature, and supporting your body’s innate healing capacities will not only help you to look naturally beautiful… it’ll help you feel your best too.
- 1 26 Natural Beauty Tips:
- 1.1 3. Get A Natural Face Lift With Simple Yoga Poses
- 1.2 Want a few more poses? Here are 14 yoga poses you can do for glowing skin.
- 1.3 4. Get Soft, Kissable Skin With A Natural Pomegranate, Raspberry, and Sweet Almond Oil Blend
26 Natural Beauty Tips:
1. Eliminate tired Puffy Eyes with Chilled Tea Bags
2. Use Raspberries And Coconut Oil For Brighter Lips
3. Get A Natural Face Lift With Simple Yoga Poses
4. Get Soft, Kissable Skin With A Natural Pomegranate, Raspberry, and S.weet Almond Oil Blend
5. Reduce Skin Creases By Changing Your Pillowcase
6. Hydrate Dry Skin With Coconut Water
7. Prevent Sun Damaged Skin By Eating Wild Salmon
8. Remove Dead Skin And Revitalize Your Face With An Organic Papaya Mask
9. Turn Mineral Makeup Powder Into A Natural Sunscreen
10. Hydrate And Nourish Lips With Shea Butter
11. Get Clear Radiant Skin By Cutting Sugar Out
12. Reduce Fine Lines And Wrinkles With Bone Broth
13. Cleanse Your Skin With Almond Oil
14. Stop Dark Circles Under Your Eyes With Arnica
15. Improve Your Complexion With Ylang Ylang Oil
16. Turn Stress Into Bliss For Clear Beautiful Skin
17. Prevent Sunburns, Sun Damage And Uneven Skin Tone With Green Algae
18. Get Natural Glowing Skin With Micronutrients
19. Use Aloe Vera To Transform Red Irritated Skin Into Soft Healthy Skin
20. Super Moisturize Skin Naturally With Hyaluronic Acid
21. Get An Instant, Youthful Skin Lift Using Antioxidant-Rich Natural Actives
22. Brighten Dull Skin Using Green Tea As A Toner
23. Eliminate Pimples For Clear Skin With Tea Tree Oil
24. Use Chamomile Tea Ice Cubes To Freshen Up Tired Looking Skin
25. Clean Facial Pores With Honey, Turmeric, And Yogurt For A Smoother Complexion
26. Make A Natural Beauty Mask To Restore And Hydrate Tired Dull Skin
For individualized tips based on your skin type click here to take my Skin Quiz!
- Eliminate Tired Puffy Eyes With Chilled Tea Bags
The skin around your eyes is softer, thinner, and more sensitive to inflammation. Which is why environmental or topical toxins, a lack of sleep, hormonal changes and allergies often lead to tired puffy eyes.
To eliminate tired puffy eyes just use chilled tea bags. The antioxidants, caffeine, and tannins in green, black, and chamomile teas help reduce irritation and work to soothe your skin quickly. The anti-inflammatory properties in teas also reduce fluid retention and promote blood circulation around your eyes – giving your eyes a fresh, renewed appearance.
To use chilled tea bags – briefly steep 2 green, black, or chamomile tea bags in hot water for less than a minute. Then remove the tea bags from the water and chill in a small bowl in the refrigerator. Once chilled, place 1 bag over each closed eyelid. Leave on your lids for 5 to 15 minutes.
- Use Raspberries And Coconut Oil For Brighter Lips
A range of lifestyle and medical factors can lead to darker or duller lips over time. Most often this harmless condition can be caused by excessive sun exposure, dehydration, lip sucking, allergic reactions, smoking, etc.
You can brighten darker and duller lips with cosmetic procedures like laser or chemical treatments (such as hydroquinone and kojic acid). Or you can use raspberries and coconut oil as a natural lip brightener.
Raspberries are one of the few fruits rich in Vitamin E – so its antioxidant properties help reduce skin damage and nourish your skin. And coconut oil is a fantastic natural skin moisturizer that melts on your skin as soon as you apply it. So it seeps directly into your skin’s pores.
When combined raspberries and coconut oil nourish and moisturize your lips deeply and thoroughly – for a brighter healthy look.
To use raspberries and coconut oil – warm 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil in a small saucepan on low heat until it liquefies. Remove from heat and add 4 fresh or frozen red raspberries. Mash berries and blend until smooth. Place in a small glass container and refrigerate until firm. Use clean fingers or a lipgloss brush to smooth over lips. Make this fresh every few days.
3. Get A Natural Face Lift With Simple Yoga Poses
Ever wonder why some women have firm, smooth skin no matter season it is? Ask them and you’ll likely learn they do yoga. Yep, yoga! Doing inverted yoga poses will boost oxygen-rich blood circulation to your head which will help give your face some extra lift and vitality.
Yoga also helps you relax, can elevate your mood, and help balance your hormones which can lead to firmer, smoother looking skin.
The “downward dog” yoga pose is both simple and easy to do by getting on the floor on your hands and knees and then straightening your legs. Even rather simple yoga poses like bending down and touching your toes can work miracles on your face. Stay in one of these positions as long as you feel comfortable, for about 1 to 5 minutes.
Want a few more poses? Here are 14 yoga poses you can do for glowing skin.
If you have physical limitations such as injuries or back pain, check with your healthcare provider for ways you can modify these poses to better suit your needs.
4. Get Soft, Kissable Skin With A Natural Pomegranate, Raspberry, and Sweet Almond Oil Blend
Your skin contains a mixture of skin cells and natural oils that help it stay hydrated. If your skin is damaged (from aging, sun exposure, harsh chemicals, some medicines, etc.) and isn’t able to retain moisture, or if your skin’s cell renewal process goes haywire, your skin can become dry, flaky, or scaly.
If you don’t have a condition that requires a medical provider’s care, and you’d like to avoid over-the-counter products that may or may not work… you can always naturally hydrate dry skin – and add an extra glow to the end of your skin care routine – by creating an antioxidant-rich oil blend using natural pomegranate, sweet almond oil and raspberry oils.
Pomegranate oil has anti-aging properties due to a high amount of Vitamin C, and it can help in the production of collagen. Almond oil is mild and hypoallergenic which makes it great for sensitive skin. It’s also rich in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps your skin cells regenerate faster. And raspberry seed oil is rich in ellegic acid and Vitamin E which have anti-aging effects and help prevent oxidative damage.
When combined, these three oils make an incredible moisturizer that softens your skin.
How to create a pomegranate, raspberry, and sweet almond oil blend:
Apply after cleansing or after putting on makeup. Mix together equal parts Pomegranate seed oil, Raspberry seed oil, and Sweet Almond Oil, or get the already made The Spa Dr. Glow Boost.
Place 3 to 6 drops of the oil mixture in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm the oils. Then, with your fingertips gently press the warm oil into dry areas of your face or areas where you have fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reduce Skin Creases By Changing Your Pillowcase
Sleep wrinkles?! Even with a flawless skin care routine, using the best skin care products, you can still wake up each morning with sleep wrinkles if your bedsheets and pillowcase are made from coarser fabrics.
As you get older, sleep wrinkles can occur because your skin loses collagen and elasticity. If you sleep on your side or front – the pressure, friction and compression from the weight of your head on the pillow or bed can cause your skin to fold and crease. With younger skin those folds and creases fade quickly due to plenty of collagen and elasticity in your skin. But as you get older those sleep lines tend to stick together more and deepen. Leaving permanent sleep wrinkles on your face.
To help reduce skin creases, instead of using bedsheets and pillowcases made from coarser fabrics, choose materials that are soft, smooth and silky – with a high thread count.
If you sleep on your side, try switching sides occasionally or sleeping on your back, so your face doesn’t wrinkle over time from pressure in certain areas. But, don’t stress about this… ultimately, you want to be comfortable because high-quality sleep is essential for natural beauty. Want some more beauty sleep tips? Here’s a few from my friend Kathy Smith.
- Hydrate Dry Skin With Coconut Water
Most of the time, dry ashy skin is just a minor annoyance. But sometimes, it leads to uncomfortable itchy patches, or burning rough spots. Dry ashy skin is caused by a lack of moisture, which leaves your skin dehydrated.
While soaps, lotions, and detergents that contain harsh chemicals often cause skin to dry out. So will cold, harsh weather, with low air humidity; and long hot baths or showers with prolonged water exposure.
If you’re looking to hydrate your skin from the inside out – so your skin appears nourished and vibrant – coconut water is a great choice.
Coconut water is rich in nutrients, acts an anti-inflammatory, a detoxifier and an anti-microbial – which means it helps promote clear skin. More importantly though, coconut water naturally moisturizes your skin without adding excess oil. And the presence of potassium in coconut water helps with hydration balance for fluid and electrolyte levels in your body.
So start your morning with a glass of fresh unsweetened coconut water. And, then – throughout the day – drink filtered water. At meals include skin-hydrating foods such as wild salmon, avocado, olives, and coconut.
- Prevent Sun Damaged Skin By Eating Wild Salmon
Sun exposure accelerates the effects aging your skin and increases your risk for developing skin cancer. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays damage the fibers in your skin called elastin.
When these fibers break down, your skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its elasticity – or its ability to return to a youthful shape and bounce after stretching. Which is why sun damage causes most of the wrinkles (and age spots) you’ll see on people’s faces.
You can help your skin stay healthy though, and provide it with an “internal sun block” when you eat wild salmon. Wild salmon helps prevent sun damage because it contains high levels of astaxanthin. Which makes wild salmon something of a super food.
Astaxanthin is the reason wild salmon has a red pigment, and is a potent antioxidant that helps protect your skin from the harmful effects of UVA sun damage because of its capacity to promote skin elasticity and hydration. Leading to healthy, younger looking skin.
It’s found in seafood such as salmon, krill, shrimp, lobster, crabs, and crayfish. You can also get astaxanthin through supplements. Enjoy several servings per week of wild salmon and seafood and consider taking a supplement every day, especially during sunny times of the year. You also want to protect your skin on the outside with a natural sun protector.
- Remove Dead Skin And Revitalize Your Face With An Organic Papaya Mask
Every day your skin sheds millions of dead skin cells. The natural life cycle of skin is for these dead skin cells – which originate in each layer of skin – to move from the lower (hypodermic and dermis) layers through the surface (epidermis) layer where they can fall off.
But when dead skin cells get stuck on their way to the surface of your skin blackheads, whiteheads or pimples appear. By helping remove the upper layers of dead skin, you can diminish the risk of blocked pores and keep your skin healthy.
Using an exfoliant is a great way to remove dead skin and revitalize your face. Many exfoliants though contain abrasive ingredients that scratch, which may damage your skin and speed up signs of aging.
So it’s best to use an enzymatic exfoliant that contains fruit like papaya and pineapple.
Papaya contains the natural enzyme papain, and pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain. These two protein-dissolving agents help naturally exfoliate and lift away dry, dead skin cells. And when dead skin cells are removed, the risk of developing blackheads and pimples diminishes. Leaving your skin healthy, smooth, and soft.
How to make an organic papaya mask:
Greener (unripe) papayas have higher amounts of papain, so opt for these to get the best benefit. If you have sensitive skin, use ripe papayas as they are less likely to trigger an inflammatory reaction.
Scoop out a ¼ cup raw papaya flesh and mash or blend with 1 Tablespoon fresh pineapple until smooth. Apply to dry skin and leave on for 5 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test on your arm before applying to face.
The alpha hydroxy acids and the enzymes in this recipe dissolve dry, dead skin. You only need to do this once or twice per week.
9. Turn Mineral Makeup Powder Into A Natural Sunscreen
It’s no secret that prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays leads to sunburns and an increased risk of skin cancer. Which is why it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen year round. Because sunscreen helps your skin look healthier and younger.
Many sunscreens contain chemical ingredients though – that can do more harm to your skin and health than they do to protect your skin from UV rays. So when choosing a sunscreen avoid those with chemicals and opt instead for one that’s mineral based.
Mineral sunscreens use two natural minerals — zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — as active ingredients. And instead of absorbing into your skin, these minerals sit on top of your skin; protecting it by reflecting UV rays away.
But when applied to your skin, mineral sunscreens can sometimes appear white and pasty. Not exactly the look you’re probably going for.
However, you can protect your skin from sun damage AND avoid a white, pasty look by combining mineral powder makeup with your mineral sunscreen.
It’s the best of both worlds.
You can use a tinted mineral sunscree instead of foundation, or mix your favorite mineral makeup powder with a sunscreen like this one for a natural makeup that is light and protects your skin from the sun’s damaging effects. Helping keep your skin healthy and protected.
- Hydrate And Nourish Lips With Shea Butter
The skin on your lips is soft, delicate, and sensitive. Which is why kissing feels so good! But it’s also why sudden temperature changes, dry air, and wind exposure can cause your lips to become chapped, crack and even split.
The skin that covers your lips is some of the thinnest found on your body. While certain parts of your face — like your cheeks — have as many as 16 layers of skin, your lips only have four or five layers. That’s why it’s so easy for your lips to become irritated almost any time of the year.
Your lips are also prone to flaking and peeling since they’re unable to produce their own moisture, and they don’t have the same protection from the elements as the rest of your skin.
Using a lip balm is a great way to hydrate and nourish your lips. Unfortunately, many traditional lip balms contain petrolatum, mineral oil, and hormone-disrupting oxybenzone that only further perpetuate the problem.
A better approach is to use a lip balm made from nourishing natural ingredients such as shea butter (or cocoa butter) and coconut oil.
Shea butter is fat that’s extracted from the nuts of the shea tree. Its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids — combined with its easy-to-spread consistency — make it great for smoothing, soothing, and conditioning your lips. And coconut oil is a fantastic natural skin moisturizer that melts on your lips as soon as you apply it.
- Get Clear Radiant Skin By Cutting Sugar Out
Sugar is the biggest contributor to inflammation that shows up on your skin as acne, dry itchy skin, and wrinkles. Sugar is highly acidic – and sure, all acidic foods cause inflammation to some degree, but sugar is one of the worst.
Sugar causes significant, rapid changes in blood sugar. Whenever you eat foods with a high sugar content, your blood sugar rises rapidly. Then, once the hormone that regulates blood sugar is released into your cells, it falls again. When you experience this sugar crash, you often feel hungry, shaky, and moody. Every time this happens, your body experiences internal stress, which often leads to breakouts and dull-looking skin.
The inflammatory properties of sugar can also cause red, irritated skin. Many people who suffer from rashes or are prone to yeast imbalances can trace their issues back to a diet loaded with sugar.
To protect yourself and maintain balanced blood sugar levels, eat meals that contain plenty of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. And to clear your skin, eliminate refined sugars and foods with added sweeteners, including white and brown sugar, agave syrup, molasses, maple syrup, and honey… and focus instead on beautifying green veggies.
Try cutting sugar from your diet for 10 days, especially if you have an important day coming up and want to look your best. If you want a touch of sweetness, opt for fresh fruit or the natural sweetener Stevia instead.
- Reduce Fine Lines And Wrinkles With Bone Broth
Collagen helps give your skin its tone and is crucial for healthy, younger looking skin. As a structural protein, collagen supports your skin’s elasticity, as you age though the collagen production in your body will naturally start depleting – which is why you’ll want to consider taking a high-quality collagen supplement from a clean source.
Since the loss of collagen leads to the appearance of lines, wrinkles and even thinning of the skin, the more you’re able to maintain higher levels of collagen the more youthful your skin will appear.
To help with collagen production eat foods rich in Vitamin C, but for a more direct approach – try bone broth and gelatin. They both contain collagen your body can quickly absorb.
Bone broth is rich in collagen, and helps support tissue regeneration by feeding your body proteins that encourage the appearance of new cells. It also acts as a detoxifier, which makes your skin look healthier since it helps diminish the appearance of blackhead and pimples.
Bone broth is also rich in glycine and proline. These amino acids are responsible for the correct production of collagen to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and promote healthy digestion too.
My colleague Dr. KellyAnn Petrucci loves bone broth. She has a delicious beef bone both recipe you can try.
13. Cleanse Your Skin With Almond Oil
A good cleanser should clear your skin of debris, sweat, and makeup. Your skin should feel clean without being stripped of its natural oils or its natural skin microbiome – those microorganisms that live on your skin helping to protect it and keep it healthy.
To look it’s best, your skin needs its natural oils and a healthy skin microbiome. A lot of cleansers though make your skin feel like it’s really clean – perhaps even squeaky clean – but they’re actually removing some important lipids from your skin and disrupting the pH of your skin.
Instead of stripping your skin with foamy cleansers you can use oils such as argan and almond oil to cleanse your skin naturally, or use a natural cleanser.
The natural actives in argon oil and almond oil are fantastic at cleansing your skin thoroughly while also helping to replace lost lipids.
Yes, they can remove makeup, but they also hydrate your skin – being absorbed into your skin without blocking your skin pores. And they have a high amount of vitamins A, B and E that feed your skin and leave it supple and glowing. Pure almond oil also keeps your skin properly moisturized for a longer period of time.
So instead of using soap that lathers and strips your skin, try using argon or almond oils as a cleanser to nourish your skin while you cleanse for a healthy clean glow.
- Stop Dark Circles Under Your Eyes With Arnica
The appearance of dark circles under your eyes is often due to a lack of sleep, but they can also be caused by food and environmental allergies, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes, and aging.
Dark circles caused by food and environmental allergies are called “allergic shiners” and are best treated by identifying possible allergens you’ve come in contact with – and then avoiding them for 10 days to see if the skin tone under your eyes returns to normal.
If that doesn’t work, start by increasing the amount of water you drink each day. Dehydration can lead to the appearance of dark circles because the skin around your eyes is very close to the underlying bone, and a lack of fluids can cause blood vessels to become more visible.
In addition to drinking more water try using arnica gel or skin care products containing arnica.
Arnica is a flowering plant in the sunflower family. Its yellow petals are collected and dried for use in herbal remedies and medications. Arnica helps boost the circulation of white blood cells which helps accelerate healing. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that alleviate swelling and reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles.
Most natural arnica gels will help with periodic dark circles, but to keep those dark circles away its best to use a natural skin care product that contains arnica daily.
- Improve Your Complexion With Ylang Ylang Oil
The primary cause of dry, oily skin (aka combination skin) is simply genetics. And balancing a dry and oily complexion – whether you have an oily T-zone, large pores, or dry spots – can be frustrating and challenging.
While hydrating, cutting out sugars from your diet, and using natural skin care products will help… sometimes your skin needs a little extra help balancing the amount of oil it produces and where.
For combination skin, Ylang Ylang oil helps balance sebum levels for both dry and oily complexions. And, in addition to having soothing and smoothing effect, it has a lovely smell.
Ylang Ylang oil helps balance and regulate oil production in your skin and hair to prevent excessive dryness and oiliness, while also soothing inflammation and irritation. It helps address acne by enhancing circulation, encouraging the growth of new skin, hydrating your skin, and helps prevent infections with its anti-microbial properties.
To maintain a youthful skin and healthy looking complexion – just add a few drops to your favorite oil blend. It’s also one of the essential oils in my favorite skin care line.
- Turn Stress Into Bliss For Clear Beautiful Skin
Stress can both cause and trigger premature aging, acne, eczema, rosacea, and vitiligo. Your skin and mood are so closely interconnected that when you experience intense negative emotions, your skin will show it.
When stressed out, your adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol. A surge in cortisol causes increased sebum production, which triggers acne. Anxiety about stress at work, school, and home can make eczema flare up. Dealing with visible symptoms of stress can trigger more issues, which can lead to even more stress. And stress negatively impacts your immune system. Being anxious or stressed can aggravate autoimmune conditions (including vitiligo and psoriasis).
To relieve stress – and keep your skin naturally glowing – use sleep, meditation, exercise and touch.
A good night’s sleep gives your skin time to rejuvenate. Optimally, you should get about 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
Meditation and moderate exercise are known to help you manage stress. Meditation helps boost your mood, decrease inflammation, and even lower yearly doctor visits! If you exercise every morning (without overdoing it), it can help balance your adrenal function to help you better cope with stressful situations.
- Prevent Sunburns, Sun Damage And Uneven Skin Tone With Green Algae
Sun protection is essential for healthy skin and natural beauty. While some sun may give you a sun-kissed glow, we know that too much damages your skin and predisposes you to premature aging, uneven skin tone, and other chronic diseases.
When it comes to sunscreen – avoid those with chemicals linked to hormone disrupting effects and opt instead for one that’s mineral based.
Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients — two natural minerals. And instead of absorbing into your skin, these minerals sit on top of your skin; protecting it by reflecting UV rays away. Here’s one of my favorites.
For added protection you can nourish and protect your skin from the sun’s damaging effects by using skin care with natural ingredients such as chlorella and resveratrol. Due to its high levels of chlorophyll, green algae extract (or Chlorella Vulgaris) helps to shield your body from UV radiation.
Being an antioxidant, green algae protects your skin against free radicals too. Because cell damage is at the root of most aging disorders, protecting the skin from free-radical activity is a significant preventative measure for healthy, younger-looking skin. The high amount of essential amino acids and vitamins such as A, B, C and E also work to protect your skin and prevent premature aging.
- Get Natural Glowing Skin With Micronutrients
Your skin needs a lot micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) for speedy skin repair and turnover for healthy skin. When your body is nutrient deficient though it can lead to chronic skin issues such as acne, eczema and premature aging.
Healthy skin comes from the inside out. Meaning what you eat reflects in your skin’s appearance. If your diet is based on sugary, high fat, or processed foods then your skin will suffer.
To achieve a healthy glowing complexion you want to follow a diet that fuels your body with foods or supplements full of vitamins and nutrients. Here’s a few important ones for healthy skin.
Zinc helps fight bacteria and has anti-inflammatory properties. Which allows Zinc to help relieve redness and irritation caused by moderate-to-severe acne. Shellfish, legumes, seeds, and nuts are full of Zinc.
Vitamin A helps keep your skin hydrated. A deficiency of Vitamin A can lead to a dry and flaky complexion, which can prematurely age your skin. A few foods high in Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots and leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B is great for healthy nails, skin and hair. A lack of this vitamin can cause dermatitis and hair loss. Eat whole grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts to get all Vitamin B your body needs.
Vitamin C is great for encouraging the production of collagen in your body. Citrus fruits, leafy greens, bell peppers or cauliflower must be a part of your diet if you want healthy looking skin.
Vitamin E helps reduce dryness so your skin stays soft. If you struggle with dry, rough skin, Vitamin E will help. Nuts, olives or spinach are all great foods full of Vitamin E.
- Use Aloe Vera To Transform Red Irritated Skin Into Soft Healthy Skin
If your skin is red and irritated, you’ll want to soothe it right away. Prolonged inflammation can cause your skin to break down collagen. And the loss of collagen leads to the appearance of lines, wrinkles and even thinning of the skin.
To keep your skin smooth and vibrant, you can use natures skin soother – Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera gel has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and it penetrates the skin easily to provide nourishment. It acts as a barrier for the skin, while allowing your skin to replenish its moisture. And because it’s high in nutrients and vitamins, Aloe Vera gel can also help your skin heal quicker.
It’s terrific for soothing skin that’s been overexposed to the sun, as well as for treating minor cuts and scrapes, eczema, and acne. Aloe is a great moisturizer, and is perfect for oily skin because it nourishes without leaving your skin feeling greasy.
Aloe Vera also has anti-aging properties. Its composition of antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E help boost your skin’s natural firmness, while keeping it properly hydrated.
In most stores, the aloe you’ll find contains preservatives, fillers, and artificial ingredients. Instead of using products with unnecessary and harmful ingredients, look for pure aloe from your local health food store, or buy an aloe plant and simply slice open a leaf, extracting and saving the gel, for when you need it. The Spa Dr.’s Daily Essentials contains aloe, as well.
- Super Moisturize Skin Naturally With Hyaluronic Acid
When we are stressed, travel, or experience extreme weather conditions, our skin can appear dull or shriveled. And, as we age, our skin becomes less resistant to life’s daily stresses so it can appear more and more unhealthy.
If your skin is properly hydrated though, it gets a boost of elasticity, while your complexion becomes more youthful. And one of the best moisturizers for your skin is an acid your cells naturally produce to maintain moisture levels: Hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid, or Sodium Hyaluronate, is a wonderful hydrophilic ingredient. Which means it readily binds to water and has super moisturizing properties. Hyaluronic acid is found throughout your body, but it’s especially concentrated in your skin and helps promote cell regeneration.
Because of its high water-binding capacity, it acts as a hydrating agent and space filler. So it supports the collagen and elastin in your skin by keeping them nourished and moist, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles while keeping your skin soft, smooth and supple.
- Get An Instant, Youthful Skin Lift Using Antioxidant-Rich Natural Actives
Avoid the neurotoxin Botox and other more invasive procedures and look to nature instead. Antioxidant-rich and hydrating natural actives can lift and protect the skin naturally. And, one of the ingredients in quality organic skin care serums is Pullulan, which has an instant lifting effect, naturally! It is a polysaccharide produced from starch by cultivating the yeast, Aureobasidiumpullulans. It provides an antioxidant effect as well as an instant lifting effect that helps improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin. Long-term use of Pullulan will help strengthen the integrity of the skin.
- Brighten Dull Skin Using Green Tea As A Toner
If your skin appears dull, uneven, or unhealthy even after a good natural cleansing – it’s time to try using a toner between cleansing and moisturizing your face. A toner can help cleanse your skin even more by removing dead skin cells, along with dirt, oil and traces of cleanser left behind after washing your face.
A toner will also help minimize the appearance of pores, and can help balance the pH level of your skin to reduce bacteria growth so your skin is bright and beautiful.
The toners you’ll find in most stores though use synthetic ingredients, phthalates for fragrance, and parabens as preservatives. Toners for oily skin also often contain salicylic acid, and benzyl alcohol – both of which are neurotoxins and skin irritants!
Instead of using products with unnecessary and toxic ingredients you can opt for a natural route: Green Tea.
Sure, drinking green tea is great for your overall health, but when applied to your face as a toner it’s perfect for brightening, evening, cleansing and even hydrating your skin.
Green tea contains tannins—biomolecules that bind with amino acids in your body. Tannins are naturally astringent compounds so they work directly as a skin toner to even out the appearance of your skin. And tannins shrink your pores so they are less likely to clog. Tannins also help regulate your skin’s sebum production. Most products strip your skin of oil, causing inflammation, but green tea addresses the root cause by minimizing oil production in your skin cells.
- Eliminate Pimples For Clear Skin With Tea Tree Oil
Acne treatments are supposed to work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, or reducing inflammation. If they did any of these things well, and nothing else, so many skin problems simply wouldn’t exist.
In reality, most acne treatments cause additional skin and health problems. Instead of just helping they often strip natural oils from your skin, retard your skins ability to shed dead skin cells and regenerate new ones, compromise your immune system or destroy your natural skin microbiome, or trigger new skin irritations or inflammations inside your body that now have to be addressed.
There are natural approaches though to eliminating pimples for clear skin. Ones that don’t come with loads of side effects and health risks. One such approach is using Tea Tree Oil.
Pure tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the tea tree and is well-known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. And research shows it can help reduce mild to moderate acne breakouts due to its mix of over 100 natural compounds. It’s thought to help calm redness and swelling, leaving you with smooth, clear skin.
Since tea tree oil varies significantly in quality, be sure you buy an oil that’s all natural, with zero additives. And make sure its real tree name, Melaleuca alternifolia, is printed on the bottle.
Be sure to use diluted tree oil because when undiluted it can burn and irritate your skin when applied directly. Remember, it’s potent. Just add 1 to 2 drops to a single application of your cleanser, serum or moisturizer. You want about a 5% dilution, which means 5 drops of tea tree oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or cream. You can apply this 2 – 3 times daily.
- Use Chamomile Tea Ice Cubes To Freshen Up Tired Looking Skin
Sometimes you just don’t have a lot of time to properly address pimples, puffy eyes, or irritated skin. Sometimes you just need a quick pick-up for your skin that will get you out the door or through the next few hours.
Enter chamomile tea ice cubes.
Anything cold is great for helping to reduce puffiness, dark under eye circles or swollen skin. Combining cold with the healing properties of chamomile though, and these ice cubes are very effective.
When waking in the morning with a puffy or swollen face, gently rub chamomile ice cubes in circular motions around your face for a quick freshening up. No matter what state your face is in, fresh-out-of-the-freezer cubes, especially when blended with chamomile tea can help increase blood circulation, minimize pores, and soothe inflammation for clear, radiant skin.
There are several varieties of chamomile – but all of them are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and effective in soothing irritated skin and regenerating skin tissue.
To make chamomile tea ice cubes – brew a strong pot of chamomile tea (about 1.5 cups water with 1 teabag), allow to cool 10 minutes or more and then pour into an ice tray and place in the freezer. Once frozen, wrap a tea cube in a thin cloth or washcloth and apply it to your skin.
Oh, and if your face gets too cold, or your skin is too sensitive, then take a break or apply in shorter durations. You only need to apply for a few seconds to a minute per area to see an instant difference in the way your faces looks and feels.
- Clean Facial Pores With Honey, Turmeric, And Yogurt For A Smoother Complexion
Combine the healing, clarifying, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effects of honey with pore cleansing and sebum balancing effects of turmeric and pH enhancing and lactic acid effects of yogurt into this pore cleanser… Mix together 1 Tablespoon plain yogurt, 1 Tablespoon raw honey and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder into a paste. Apply to face and neck and leave for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then wash with cool water, pat your skin dry and apply your favorite serum and moisturizer.
- Make A Natural Beauty Mask To Restore And Hydrate Tired Dull Skin
Oats have moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. Avocado is hydrating and nourishing, with naturally occurring vitamins A and E. And, Yogurt contains nutrients, enzymes and active cultures that help reduce inflammation and balance the pH of your skin for a healthy skin microbiome. In a bowl, blend together 1/4 cup oat flour (ground uncooked oats), 2 Tablespoons unsweetened yogurt and ¼ of an avocado. Mix well and then apply enough to cover your clean, dry face. Leave on face for 10 to 20 minutes and then remove with a warm, wet washcloth, and then rinse face with water and pat dry. Use the mask once per day as needed.