Skin health and care is a must after all that summer sun! And for the best skin care and wellness routine, the trick is stick to natural ingredients you can find in your home.
If you are anything like me, when summer is over the first thing I think to do is focus on my skin! All that sunshine is great, but if you skipped days without sunscreen it can show up later through fine lines and wrinkles. It’s overwhelming to know which products are best to use on your skin especially if it tends to be sensitive. My motto is keep it simple and use only those products with ingredients you can pronounce. A solid guideline to follow: if you can’t ingest it don’t invest in it.
Your skin is the largest organ on the body and it absorbs whatever you put on it which means your insides are impacted by the same chemicals in makeup, topicals, lotions etc. That’s why your kitchen is a good place to start when seeking out ways to return to nature. Try to stick with natural, non GMO, no chemicals or pesticides and buy local whenever possible.
These nine natural simple ingredients can be both good for your internal wellness as well as your skin health. Happy DIYing!
Apple Cider Vinegar
High in acetic acid it has the ability to kill pathogens including bacteria which makes it an effective house cleaner. It is also amazing for the body inside and out. Use it topically to treat folliculitis, fungus, warts, even ear infections! Take it internally to help lower blood sugar levels and fight diabetes. It is purported to help you lose weight by increasing satiety, but it has also been shown to aid in the reduction of belly fat. That’s not all, folks. You can use it as a hair rinse if you experience dandruff or itchy scalp and while there isn’t research showing its effects on acne prone skin, if diluted it can make a great toner… make sure to dilute it and rinse well when used on hair. It has a strong odor!
Rich in trace minerals which are harder to get from food because our soils are depleted by mono cropping and pesticide use. Sea salt helps our bodies avoid dehydration. It creates balance in fluid transfer between in cells and tissues. It contains sodium and potassium, two electrolytes that maintain cellular fluid to prevent fluid retention and dehydrated. Effectively cleanses skin and reduces inflammation. Use it as a gargle to help soothe sore throats as it flushes out mucus membranes. It also promotes vascular health by regulating blood pressure- remember the fluid balance? Salt is an essential mineral that aids in sleep and prevents muscle cramps. Make sure you get your daily dose!
So, I have been guilty of writing about coffee not being the best for health and in some ways that’s true. Mostly because we add milk, sugar and lots of caffeine, but when used correctly coffee can be a wonderful boost to wellness. It is rich vitamin B3 and has antioxidants that work to reduce inflammation. You can use coffee grounds mixed with olive oil to make a soothing mask or use it as a facial scrub. It can combat acne causing bacteria and help reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Use it as an after sun skincare routine by brewing fresh coffee and using it as a poultice after it has cooled. If coffee is your go to drink, you can reduce the amount of extra sugars and caffeine to keep it in your daily diet.
Amazing for internal and external use! It has been used for many generations to revitalize skin control puffiness and soothe sunburns. It is able to reverse tanned skin and treats blemishes with its anti inflammatory properties. It helps to reduce eye wrinkles when placed directly on the eyes and is said to also reduce hair loss. Because of its water content it relieves constipation, aids digestion and fights intestinal worms! It is high in electrolytes which help to balance body fluid and reduce water retention. As thought that’s not enough, it is a key detoxifier. You can also mix cucumber water with a touch of tea tree and use it as a topical astringent to keep your skin glowing and blemish free.
A most amazing phenomenon! The FDA calls honey an added sugar, but it doesn’t act like sugar and can be tolerated by most people who may struggle with blood sugar. Although both honey and white sugar can be used on cuts to draw out infection. Honey is antibacterial and antiseptic which makes it a medicinal compound that helps heal cuts and bruises. It is also soothing to the mucus membranes and makes a wonderful tonic for digestive upset. It is rich in antioxidants and is used to treat acne and well as in anti-aging skincare routines. You can use it on your skin as a soothing, clarifying and cleansing agent that smoothes complexion. Use it with with coconut oil and baking soda for a light exfoliator. It is also highly emollient sealing in moisture for skin and hair reducing hair breakage. Mix it with warm water to treat dandruff, eczema and psoriasis on skin and scalp. Because of its natural healing properties and anti-inflammatory nature it helps fade scars. Honey is full of phytonutrients and is truly a wonderful ingredient for health inside and out!
Ok, baking soda. It makes an affordable mouthwash due to its antimicrobial properties, but is also useful in treating heartburn because it neutralizes stomach acid. Add it to your toothpaste or use it (gently) on its own to whiten teeth. It neutralizes odors as well which means it makes a great deodorant. It relieves itchy skin, makes a great paste on bee stings, bites and hives and you can use as a scalp cleanser to remove build up. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are often used together as powerful home cleaners for laundry, kitchen and bath, but it does just fine on its own. It removes stains and can be used on veggies to remove pesticides from foods without peeling them. Use it to polish silverware, jewelry or as a weed killer. What else can you buy for $.99 that does all this?
Deemed a Superfood because it is full of fatty acids and high in healthy saturated fats. It raised the beneficial HDL cholesterol in blood which is linked to the reduction of heart disease risk. It has medicinal properties, is a natural antimicrobial, anti fungal and anti bacterial. It kills harmful microorganisms and makes an odd, but effective mouthwash and gum cleanser. Use it as a skin moisturizer, mild cleanser and quick source of energy. It is made of medium chain triglycerides which increase metabolism and reduce hunger as well as body fat. It is also proven to boost brain function in alzheimer’s patients due to the link with this disease and the ability to utilize glucose for brain function. It can withstand higher temperatures and makes for healthier oil than olive oil when cooking. Some amazing tree nut this is even thought it’s classified as a fruit.
One of my personal favorite fruits! It is also taken very seriously on toast in Australia. A low carbohydrate food super high in healthy fats with vitamins C, A, K, B5, B6 and E. It’s also stocked with folate and small amounts of magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. That isn’t even the entire list! Avos have more potassium than bananas and helps the body maintain its electrical gradient for all nerve and cell function. Eating avocado is linked to reduced blood pressure and is loaded with healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. As the fattiest plant food around, it’s bursting with oleic acid- associated with reduction of inflammation, loaded with fiber and works to reduce cataracts. Like coconut oil it is heat resistant with a nice flavor to roasted veggies. It makes for a nice skin mask if you mash it up good. Place some cucumber rings on your eyes and you will really glow!
Eat too much of these and you’ll feel it because of its high vitamin C content. Better than oranges (in my opinion) for immune support it is chock full of dietary fiber, thiamin- great for energy production and amino acids which help cell and tissue repair. It is also used to increase bone strength by providing the body with the mineral manganese. It increases digestion by its ability to break down protein with an enzyme called bromelain. It aids in eye health, is anti inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. Used topically, it synthesizes collagen and acts as a natural exfoliator making it a great anti aging ingredient. It softens skin, reduces swelling and is effective against acne. It prevents against free radicals assists in blood clot reduction and reduces swelling. A pineapple’s anatomy is intriguing as well. It is a fruit made of individual berries fused together. It is another unique and amazing food that can help keep you healthy.
No matter what you do to keep your skin vibrant remember to drink lots of fresh water, get your minerals and always- year round- wear your spf 30 sunscreen! Here’s to inside out wellness and your beautiful skin!