Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Skin is the largest organ of the body. Being permeable, it absorbs more than we imagine. Our environment, such as the air we breathe, the water we drink and use to wash our skin, and the products we use, all influence our skin's condition. The beauty industry has defined many different "types" of skin, in order to market their products better. Dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin (you get the picture). In reality, all these are merely symptoms of a deeper laying issue coming from within, mostly from our nutrition and even the thoughts we think.
Less is More
When it comes to skin care, I use the motto: less is more. I prefer products that I know exactly what are in them, meaning they are 100% natural and pure. It’s not a face cream that has 20 ingredients, which half I can't even pronounce nor do I know what it is! Even if it does say natural ingredients and organic, still, why over complicate things? When I can use oils that have exactly only ONE ingredient in them, and that's the oil itself, deriving from plants, trees, flowers.
Soap and shampoo tend to rob us from our natural oils and minerals. Many soaps and shampoos create an imbalance in our PH-value. I therefore only wash my armpits with unscented soap and the rest with water only. Our skin is more low maintenance than we think. Trust me - it doesn't require much at all.
Natural Products I use
I use coconut oil in lieu of body lotion. It's been years since body lotion has touched my skin. Cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil contains many lubricating healthy fats, i.e. medium-chain fatty acids, which include caprylic, lauric and capric fatty acids. It is effective anti-microbial, antibacterial and anti-fungal. I also use it as a make-up remover (when I wear make-up which is quite rare nowadays), as a suntan harmonizer and stretch-mark soother. Always buy virgin, organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil.
On the palm of my hand, I add one drop of frankincense with a few generous drops of jojoba oil, which I massage onto my face gently, after washing it. This is what I use as a face cream. Frankincense is known for smoothing skin imperfections, evening diminishing melasma and scars. It treats wrinkles, heals wounds and reduces inflammation. It also supports the cellular function when used internally. For thousands of years it's been used in spiritual ceremonies deepening meditation and increasing the intuition of our inner guidance. It's no coincidence that it's called the king of the oils. For more information, read my post on Frankincense.
Geranium is a gentle and sweet-scented oil. It be used for all ages and is a well-known ingredient in beauty products. It drives moisture into thirsty skin. Geranium gives skin a gorgeous natural glow by stimulating blood circulation and assisting the release of toxins. It reduces the appearance of stretch marks and tightens skin. Really a must have for women! It even balances menstrual cycles and normalizes hormones. I use Geranium as my night facial cream, with a hint of jojoba or almond oil. Here more on Geranium.
Also known as tea tree oil, it's a true wonder of nature. It's antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial, making it perfect to treat a range of symptoms. I use it as a disinfectant, to treat acne, bug bites, rashes and even cough. Usually when I notice a pimple come on, than I dab melaleuca oil on it a few times a day to treat it.
Use apple vinegar as a facial cleanser. It's chock full of nutrients. For shiny hair, use it as a hair rinse. In place of a face toner, use apple vinegar. Dab a bit on your hand and wash your face with it along side jojoba oil. Acne definitely would benefit from apple vinegar's antibacterial effects. Make sure the apple vinegar you use is organic and non-pasteurized.
I use rose water as a facial cleanser before applying essential oils onto my face before leaving the house and before bed. Apple vinegar I use when I feel like my skin needs some deeper cleansing. Rose water on the other hand is more softer the skin. Definitely something you can integrate for your every day beauty ritual as it neutralizes our PH-balance. It also cleans pores and tones skin. It's a lovely expression of self-care. The scent of rose water just bursts with love. If you're in need of some extra self-love and care than rose water is the place to turn.
The answer to dry, brittle skin and hair. It's full of vitamin E and nutrients. It's a great carrier for essential oils and my main oil for my face. It ca be used as a moisturizer, cleanser, shaving lotion, aftershave, body oil, makeup remover, hair conditioner, sunburn soother and dry-scalp buster. Truly an all-in-one!
When I first got into the oil game, almond oil was my main oil. It can be used as a body lotion, shaving lotion and facial cream. It's full of vitamin E. Needless to say how divine it smells! Nowadays, my kids benefit more from almond oil, whereas I use jojoba and coconut oil more.
As a facial mask, I use clay powder from Logona. It's minerals and nutrients are lovely components for both skin and hair alike. Include it in your beauty care ritual. Once a week use it as a facial and hair mask. Leave it on for at least 6 minutes before rinsing it off.
My all-time favorite skin scrub is with left-over coffee ground. I mix it with a generous teaspoon of coconut oil and on the skin it goes. I scrub my entire body including my face with it. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes before rising it off.
Finally, pure water is key to nourish and finely tune each tiny skin pore. On water I'll write an exclusive blog post and the importance of pure water - stay tuned!
About Inés She’s a mom of 2 little boys, and strives for a natural lifestyle by eating clean&green and using natural solutions. Her toddler believes he’s a dragon and she believes anything is possible.