9 Natural Beauty Treatments for Your Skin
- A Pampering Session in Your PantrySimilar to improving your diet, using minimally processed, wholesome ingredients can also reap rewards for your skin health. Whether it’s rough feet, a nasty sunburn, or overall dryness, do-it-yourself skin-savers are likely sitting in your pantry right now. Using natural ingredients provides your skin with vitamins and nutrients in their natural form, without the added preservatives or fillers that are increasingly common in beauty products. Pamper yourself—and your health—with these simple DIY skin treatments you can do at home.
- 1. Treat a flaky scalp with honeyMany dandruff shampoos contain harsh chemicals in their ingredients. Luckily, raw honey can treat dandruff, moisturizing and providing needed vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium and potassium. Massage diluted honey (90% honey, 10% water) onto the scalp for two to three minutes, leave it on for three hours, and then rinse with warm water. One study showed doing this every other day relieved itching and flaky skin within a week.
- 2. Remove makeup with coconut oilThere’s also a more natural—and fragrant—way to remove makeup each night. Organic coconut oil dissolves even waterproof cosmetics while gently moisturizing the sensitive eye area. Use your finger to lightly massage oil around the eye, wipe it away with a cloth or cotton ball, and then wash your face as usual. And it’s no biggie if you don’t get it all off. Leaving a little oil on overnight will moisturize the prone-to-wrinkles region, thanks to its vitamin E and age-fighting fatty acids.
- 3. Soften and smooth with vitamin EVitamin E blocks free radicals, which contribute to aging, and works as a natural form of (limited) sun protection. The powerful antioxidant can also decrease skin roughness and the appearance of facial lines, thanks to its calming and hydrating properties. Just pick up a jar of vitamin E gel caps—but don’t swallow them. Pierce one of the capsules and spread half its contents onto your face and neck, twice a day.
- 4. Nourish skin with honey and bananasReplicate that post-facial glow with a honey-banana facial mask. Bananas provide vitamins C and B6, which help maintain elasticity, and they also remove dead skin. Honey’s healing properties reduce redness, acne, and inflammation. Blend half an organic banana with one teaspoon of organic honey and heat it for 10 seconds, just until warm and spreadable. Wash your face with warm water to open up pores, and spread the mask on. Sit for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse.
- 5. Ease tired eyes with teaWhen your eyes feel puffy and irritated, the anti-inflammatory nature of chamomile tea can ease irritation and redness. Steep two tea bags in hot water for one minute—just so the packets moisten and release their scent. Remove them from the water, put them in the refrigerator until cool, then place a bag over each eye, relaxing for 10 minutes or more. Your eyes will calm down, and the scent will lend an aromatic cue for relaxation, too.
- 6. Exfoliate with a sugar scrubExfoliating removes dead cells from your skin’s surface, leaving soft, healthy skin. Store-bought exfoliators can be abrasive and expensive, but all you need is olive oil and brown sugar to make your own. Mix one tablespoon of sugar with a teaspoon of oil, adding more if needed, until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Massage onto your face for one minute, then rinse. The glycolic acid in the sugar absorbs and removes dead cells, and the oil makes for a powerfully moisturizing formula.
- 7. Moisturize with a warm oil massageAyurveda, an ancient Indian health-care tradition, recommends daily massage to promote smooth skin (and other health benefits). Warm some olive oil in a bowl; starting at the scalp, vigorously work down your body, using long strokes on limbs and circular strokes on joints, chest and abdomen. This will leave skin soft by increasing circulation and moisturizing to reduce discoloration and wrinkles. The inflammation-fighting antioxidants in olive oil soothe dry, itchy skin, rebuilding the moisture barrier to prevent future dryness.
- 8. Soak your feet in Epsom saltWhether we’re wearing flip-flops or snows boots, feet can easily dry out and crack. Soaking them in Epsom salt, a naturally occurring mineral compound of sulfate and magnesium, softens skin, calms irritation, and even neutralizes foot odor. Fill a large bowl with warm water and mix in one-half cup of Epsom salt. Add in any fragrant extras you like, like lemon slices, rosemary sprigs, or lavender oil. Soak for about 20 minutes, then dry and rub on a natural lotion.
- 9. Treat a sunburn with potatoesPotatoes can act as a pain-reliving treatment for overdoing your sun exposure; the tuber’s starchy compounds help take the sting out of a sunburn. To treat red skin, take two unpeeled, washed potatoes, cut them up, and blend them until they’re fully pureed. (You can add a little water if the mixture looks dry.) Gently spread the paste over your burned area, allow it to dry, then rinse it off with cool water. The potatoes provide moisture and anti-bacterial properties that help with healing.
9 Natural Beauty Treatments for Your Skin