Skincare On A Budget

Hey there! So you want to have clear,smooth and flawless skin but cannot simply make out cash to splurge on those amazing products by amazing beauty brands? Don’t worry! I got you.

 Flawless smooth skin does have to cost so much and the world is coming to realize that those store bought products with hard to pronounce ingredients contain chemicals,fragrances and stabilizers which may have harmful effects on the skin overtime. In fact most of the chemicals have been linked to hormone imbalances and they limit your skin’s natural healing processes.

Creeped out? Don’t be. It was just to help you put things in perspective and trust me, Mother Nature is always ready to help you achieve that flawless glow and these products are at her beck and call:

1.Coconut oil: This is one of the most versatile foods there is today(I mean boyfriend issues?coconut oil. Car won’t start? Coconut oil) with benefits like strengthening underlying epidermal tissue,removing dead skin cells, protection from sunburn, amongst other things.Use coconut oil to help cleanse, moisturize, remove makeup, heal wounds or scars quicker, and prevent razor burn.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another  versatile and inexpensive natural skin care product, apple cider vinegar benefits include helping to kill pathogens (like bacteria), clearing skin problems caused by gut issues, cleansing the skin and helping to stop acne, plus providing antifungal properties. The use of ACV for skin problems dates all the way back to Hippocrates (460-377 BC), considered “the father of modern medicine” and a believer in the use of anti-fungal ACV and raw honey for cleaning ulcerations and treating skin sores.

3. Raw Honey

Raw honey is one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids. Benefits of raw honey include reducing breakouts, providing moisturizing properties, containing antiseptic qualities, encouraging wound healing, fighting allergies or rashes, and helping to reduce scars. Raw honey is unheated, unprocessed and unpasteurized unlike most honeys available in grocery stores. Therefore, it is able to keep all of its nutrients intact as they’re not destroyed by processing.It also makes a great homemade natural skin care product as an acne cure because it can be used in facial cleansers even on sensitive or mixed skin types. Take half a teaspoon, warm between hands and spread on face gently, leave on for 10 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat dry. 

4. Avocado is a very popular fruit which has a plethora of benefits which includes vitamins A, D and E that are able to penetrate the skin. It helps soothe sunburned skin, can boost collagen production and treat age spots. It also works to reduce inflammation of the skin when applied topically and can do the same internally when eaten. Whip up a Homemade Avocado Face Mask with fresh avocado combined with essential oils, honey or a carrier oil to replenish hydration and leave the skin feeling damp and fresh.

5. Aloe Vera

Most people associate aloe vera with bitterness (at least in the part of the world I come from) and healing sunburns, but it also contains bacteria-fighting, soothing ingredients that fight inflammation, redness and itching.For hundreds of years aloe has been used to treat skin diseases, infections and as a natural treatment for fungal diseases in traditional Chinese medicine.

Recent research results suggest that aloe vera is effective for detoxifying you from the inside out. So much so that when taken orally, aloe can even decrease the number and size of tumors and parasites in the liver, spleen and bone marrow.

Aloe vera plants produce two substances used for medicine: the gel found in the cells in the center of the leaf, and the latex that’s obtained from the cells just beneath the leaves’ skin. These can be used as a natural skin care remedy for burns, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores.

6.Shea Butter

Shea butter has been used as a natural skin care product in Africa from time immemorial and it is still largely cultivated and shipped around the world today. It makes an excellent moisturizing option for dry skin types and is inexpensive yet effective at reducing flaking, redness or peeling.

7. Castor Oil

Used to cleanse skin, castor oil is actually a “drying oil,” even though that might seem contrary to intuition.For facial cleansing, you only need to use a very small amount, about a teaspoon of castor oil, mixed into in 1/4 cup of another oil like coconut or almond. Rub into your face and massage, then rinse with warm water to carry away impurities.

While using these natural ingredients can be very effective for healing skin or issues, what you put into your body, of course, also plays an enormous role in your outer appearance. You’ve probably noticed firsthand how a healthy diet, good sleep, regular exercise and drinking plenty of water can improve someone’s look.

There are many reasons you should drink enough water, including it being one of the best things you can do to take care of your skin. Most experts recommend getting at least eight glasses of plain water every single day, and probably even more if you suffer from dry, troublesome skin. Water makes up about 70 percent of your body, and a very large portion of it goes to detoxifying your body thereby giving you great skin, hair and even nails. Also you should know that the term “beauty sleep” is not just a term. You should endeavor to get at least 7 hours worth of sleep every day.

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