Do you have a skin care routine? Many don’t. In fact, some people don’t even bother taking off their make-up after a night out and go straight to bed without so much as a face wipe. Once in a while is fine, but do this every day and you’re going to wear down your skin.
When choosing skin care products, you want to look at the list of ingredients. Unless the product is all-natural, chances are it is loaded with preservatives, hard-to-pronounce-ingredients, and other things that shouldn’t be on there but is anyway. This is why natural products are far better not just for your skin, but for your health and wellbeing as well.
Here are some far-better alternatives to make up your skin care routine:
Aloe vera is what the Egyptians called the “plant of immortality.” It contains Gibberellins and Auxin, hormones that provide anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the appearance of skin inflammation. Gibberellins stimulate the growth of new cells and help the skin to heal quickly, which is why aloe vera has quickly become a favorite for treating sunburns. Its gel-like consistency is great for massaging into the skin, leaving it cleansed, moisturized and prepped for moisturizer and toner.
Lemon juice is inexpensive but works just as well, if not better, than other facial toners. It acts as an astringent, which stimulates the pores to close, resulting in tighter, smoother-looking skin. Toners balance the skin’s pH level, clear away bacteria and prevent clogging of pores. After applying lemon juice, rinse your face with cold water.
Extra virgin coconut oil is one of the most versatile skin care products around. It is relatively inexpensive and 1 fluid ounce will last you at least a month. Virgin coconut oil contains saturated fats which when applied to the skin, keep it smooth to the touch. These fats also help retain the moisture content of the skin. It is moisturizing and at the same time, anti-bacterial. Any skin fungi or irritation can be alleviated with just a few drops of coconut oil.
Argan oil is often referred to as “liquid gold”. Derived from nuts of he argan tree, it grows almost exclusively in a small region in Morocco. It is high in vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which make it both restorative and anti-aging.
Argan oil revitalizes and hydrates dull-looking skin and prevents the breakdown of collagen, and is particularly beneficial for people with troublesome skin. A serum is like an instant boost to the skin, delivering a cocktail of vitamins and minerals that can help liven up your complexion almost instantly. Daily application is not necessary, but there is also no harm in it so long as the product is gentle and contains no harmful ingredients.