Think of your skincare routine as skin nutrition; it should be packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Unfortunately, in the skincare industry, many products are, in fact, poorly regulated and made-up of toxic, unpronounceable ingredients that are being absorbed into your skin.
Interest in natural alternatives is growing as we identify the fact that we should be taking care of it every day the same way you take care of your diet and exercise. Some companies have been championing raw-skincare for a while now, whereas others are just catching on to the trend by offering vegan, natural and organic options.
If you have a bit of time to dedicate to making some very simple recipes, there is no need to be outsourcing your skincare products. Incorporating a few natural ingredients could replace your whole cosmetic routine and eventually become part of your daily ritual.
Help for Those with Skincare Complaints
Using mass-produced, mainstream skincare products can potentially cause harm to your skin and limit its ability to heal, as they can be made from heavily chemicals, toxins and artificial ingredients. For those with regular skin, this is bad enough. But for those with pre-existing skin conditions these products can limit your skin’s ability to function even more.
By converting to natural alternative those with skin conditions could experience even more benefits. For those with skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema hemp seed oil specifically could be useful being added to your skincare routine.
Check out our step-by-step guide below, for other natural alternatives and how-tos for your daily routine.
As you would when you try any product for the first time, it’s advised to do a patch test with each of these methods to check for any adverse reactions before committing to your full face.
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Alternative Natural Skincare Routine
Cleanse: The Oil Cleansing Method
Let’s start with a bold statement: oil is good for your skin. Rather than being an ingredient to avoid at all costs, researchers are now celebrating using oils for skincare, and in fact, they could be the only ingredient you need for this natural cleansing method. Why does this work? Well, it’s basic science, water doesn’t dissolve the oil that lives on your skin, or any oil for that matter, whereas oils do dissolve other oils.
How to Make your Cleanser
To make your own oil cleanser you can use extra virgin olive oil and castor oil, mixed at a 1:1 ratio. The castor oil is the antibacterial element, so should be increased for acne prone skin
Dry skin- olive oil is the element that helps with dry skin, due to its vitamin and antioxidant richness.
Oily skin- Olive oil is also often substituted for jojoba oil for those with acne-prone or very oily skin. You can also increase your ratio depending on what type of skin you have.
The benefit of this alternative is it’s minimal and super simple; all you need is pure oil, preferably organic - cold pressed and unrefined - and a damp warm cloth.
- Gently massage a few teaspoons of your oil blend into your face with your fingertips.
- After a few minutes wipe the oil away using your damp face cloth; oil won’t just wash off, so using a damp towel is pretty much necessary. (At both points of application and removal avoid scrubbing the skin)
- After this dry your skin and follow with a natural moisturizer.
You can add this cleanser to your daily skincare routine, but it should be used just once a day, or as a special treatment.
Oil cleansing will balance and hydrate your skin. You should see that it removes dead skin, pollutants, and makeup as well as cleaning out clogged pores. Any excess oil, known as sebum, that you see on your skin should also begin to decline.
Exfoliate: Natural Salt Scrub
Considering the damage that mainstream scrubs with microbeads do to the environment, a natural alternative is definitely advised. Try a very pure salt scrub that is made of a blend of 1 cup fine ground sea salt, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil and 10 drops of your chosen essential oil, why not try one of the following:
Tea tree- antibacterial
Rose-moisturising and brightening
Ylang ylang- balancing
CBD oil- anti-inflammatory and anti ageing
Tip: If the scrub ever seems to wet, then just add more salt.
- Apply the scrub to moist skin, rubbing gently in circular movements and leave for up to five minutes before rinsing off. Exfoliants can result in inflammation of the skin, so adding a little rosehip or CBD oil to your skin can help reduce this.
Sea salt scrubs can help those with acne by reducing scarring and improve circulation; this will reduce your breakouts. By adding essential oils, you’ll increase antimicrobial action, and of course, they provide therapeutic aromas too!
Tip: Try a patch test when using essential oils, they can cause an allergic reaction and be irritating to those with sensitive skin.
Using diluted apple cider vinegar as a toner is a great option for those with acne prone skin. Just like much of the other natural alternatives, this also requires a few ingredients: all you need is organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and water.
How to Make your Apple Cider Toner
Add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a container or glass and mix with filtered water. A rough ratio would be 1:3 vinegar to water, but if you have more sensitive skin it’s a good idea to start with more water and see how your skin reacts.
This toner is used exactly how you would apply any other toner, just add a little to a cotton pad and apply after cleansing! This toner can be used as a simple replacement to your current one; use it twice a day, when you normally wash your face.
Not all alternatives will work for your skin, so you might want to test a few before you find out what works best for you.
So you’ve cleansed, exfoliated and toned. Now all you need to try now is a perfect natural moisturizer. We like to celebrate the benefits of hemp-oil, and one of its many potential benefits is its moisturizing properties; this comes from its omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Finishing off with this non-greasy moisturizer is an excellent way to round off your natural skincare routine. You can apply your organic hemp oil straight to your skin. Studies have found that CBD oil can have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin and can be effective for dry skin and acne. So using a hemp-based CBD oil can help contributes to a beautiful, healthy and youthful looking skin for both those with skin complaints or just for those embracing natural alternatives.
Trying to go natural and replacing your mainstream products can seem difficult at first, but artificial skin care products can be full of sulfates, parabens and hormones that can cause damage to your health; the sooner you make the change to more natural products, you’ll be able to experiment and find out what works best for you!