After struggling with acne for over half of my life, I recently tried switching over completely to a 100% natural skin care routine.
Simple ingredients, homemade remedies, many items you could probably find in your grocery store. I can honestly tell you without any hesitation that my skin has never looked or felt better, and the acne and scars I used to try and hide are fading and gone.
It’s hard to believe that I spent years buying product after product with fancy ingredients to clear my skin, and the answer ended up being the most simple, inexpensive products I could find.
I’ve shared a little bit of my experience so far with you on Instagram, and I know you guys are dying to hear what I’ve been using.
I wanted to wait until I had tried everything for a while and could give you an honest, full review, and I’m so excited to share my natural skin care routine with you that has completely saved my skin!
Let me start at the beginning… In my teen years, I started getting acne, which turned into some scarring and years of frustration.
When I was pregnant with my son, it got so awful that someone actually asked me if I had shingles. (true story… there were a lot of tears.
It was on Mother’s Day, and I’ll never forget how embarrassed I felt.) Since then my acne has cleared up a lot, but I still get occasional hormonal breakouts, especially around my chin and jawline.
When I first started trying to treat my acne, I would buy the strongest products I could find and use them religiously.
Proactiv, Neutrogena, Clean and Clear… I tried them all. The harsh ingredients would dry my face out, and then I would have to moisturize like crazy to not look like a dried up raisin.
It was a constant, annoying cycle that never really cleared up the acne.I eventually started trying more natural products that did help tremendously from what I was using.
Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming cleanser and daily moisturizer were products I used for a long time. Now out of my 20’s and into my 30’s, I am also starting to notice a lot more wrinkles around my eyes, which I already know I am genetically doomed to get no matter how much I fight it.
But the thought of spending $20, $50, up to $100+ on eye creams or anti-aging skin care just isn’t in my budget or how I want to spend my hard-earned money.
This brings us to today. I have discovered a few simple ingredients… not products… but natural, inexpensive ingredients that have been a miracle for my skin.
They work together instead of against each other to clean, heal, smooth, and moisturize my skin better than anything I’ve ever found.
I no longer have breakouts (very few and far between, if any)
My skin no longer feels dry and irritated because of harsh acne cleansers.
My makeup looks so much better now that I have a smoother texture and smaller pores.
I’m noticing acne scars and wrinkles less and less.
Natural products for skin care
Natural skin care uses topical creams and lotions made of ingredients available in nature.
Much of the recent literature reviews plant-derived ingredients, which may include herbs, roots, flowers, and essential oils, but natural substances in skin care products include animal-derived products such as beeswax and minerals.
These substances may be combined with various carrier agents, preservatives, surfactants, humectants, and emulsifiers.:5–8
There are no legal definitions in the U.S. for advertising terms “natural” or “organic” when applied to personal care products.
Consumers often express a preference for skin products with organic and natural ingredients.
The personal skin care market based on natural products has shown strong growth.
Clinical and laboratory studies have identified activities in many natural ingredients that have potential beneficial activities for personal skin care, but there is a shortage of convincing evidence for natural product efficacy in medical problems.
Some natural products and therapies may be harmful, either to the skin or systemically.
People prone to allergies should pay careful attention to what they use on their skin. Dermatologists may feel that there is enough scientific evidence to assist in the selection or avoidance of particular natural ingredients.
Natural products for oily skin
Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. These glands are located under the skin’s surface.
Sebum is an oily substance made of fats. Sebum isn’t all bad since it helps protect and moisturize your skin and keep your hair shiny and healthy.
Too much sebum, however, may lead to oily skin, which can lead to clogged pores and acne. Genetics, hormone changes, or even stress may increase sebum production.
Oily skin and acne are challenging to manage. Still, home remedies often reduce symptoms without the use of prescription drugs or expensive skin care regimens.
Oily skin is the result of excessive secretions of sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. Oily skin tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin and may be prone to
Acne, a condition that affects the skin’s oil glands, begins with a clogged pore. As old skin cells die, they are normally sloughed off every month.
If your skin is acne prone, instead of sloughing off, the dead cell clog pores, trapping oil and bacteria inside. As the bacteria grow they can cause inflammation of the skin, leading to pimples.
Soaps with Citrus Oils have been traditionally recommended for oily skin. They work by balancing skin oils, not by drying out your skin.
Natural products for dry skin
Dry skin, also called xerosis, is skin that lacks moisture in its outer layer. If left untreated, dry skin can crack and become infected.
Keeping dry skin moisturized is import here are a variety of home remedies a person can use to relieve dry skin.
Most of the treatments below can be used as moisturizers unless otherwise stated. ant, but some store-bought treatments can be expensive or ineffective.
Sunflower seed oil. A 2013 study found that sunflower seed oil improved hydration when used as a moisturizer on participant’s arms.
Coconut oil. Another natural oil that works well to treat dry skin is coconut oil. …
Oatmeal bath. …
Drinking milk. …
Petroleum jelly. …