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It’s been said that if you don’t want to put it IN your body, why would you want to put it ON your body.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and does more than just protect your  systems.  Chemicals and other substances can also be absorbed by the skin, so it’s important to use products that have the least amount of chemicals as possible.  You should even be careful with the so-called “natural” products.  Just about anything can be labeled “natural”, but still contain harmful ingredients.

But, what to do?  Well, why not look at products you use every day.  Back in Bible times, people used everyday household products for their skincare needs.  Olive oil, spices, fruit, and salt were used in their cosmetics.

Below I have outlined 5 of the best natural ingredients for skincare that will have your skin much improved within a very short period of time.  Try them out and see if you don’t think they’re way better than most over the counter cosmetics.

Before I provide the list, please keep in mind that most of us are very busy, and the idea of creating your own skincare products may seem daunting.  But, not to worry 🙂 Homemade products are super simple to make – plus they’re fun.  So why not take out 10 minutes each day to make these skin remedies.  Experiment and make up your own recipes.   Your skin will thank you in more ways than one.

Alright, on to the list!  Here are some of my best tips for healthy skin.

 1.  Olive Oil:

Olive oil is the fruit juice of crushed olives.   Since olive oil needs no preservatives or chemicals, all of the oil’s natural benefits are preserved.

olive oil

Because of its antioxidant capacity due to vitamin E and polyphenols (aromatic compounds), olive oil protects and tones the skin.  That’s why we find it as an ingredient in cosmetics,  shampoos, and soaps. The ancient Romans used olive oil enriched with herbs for cleaning and moisturizing the skin.  Then, in the 6th century, French craftsmen started to make soaps from olive oil.

A woman by the name of Jeanne Louise Calment, the longest living human on record, lived to the age of 122. Calment ascribed her longevity and youthful appearance to the use of olive oil, which she said she poured on all her food and rubbed onto her skin.  She also maintained a  diet of wine and chocolate every week.

How to use:  Add salt or sugar to olive oil to make a wonderful facial or body scrub.  Use olive oil after a bath to lock in the needed moisture.  Olive oil can be warmed and used on the hair as a deep conditioner.  After about 15 minutes, wash hair and you will be surprised at the shine and condition of your hair.

2.  Strawberries:

Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants and will brighten your face quickly.  That’s because they have an effect similar to alpha hydroxy acid, which will gently remove dead skin cells so that new, fresh skin is revealed.  This will result in a youthful, clearer complexion.

 strawberries

How to use:  Very easily mash up a few and apply to a clean face for a few minutes and then rinse off.

You can even make strawberries do double duty by using it as a natural teeth whitener.  Simply rub a berry gently over your teeth for a few minutes, then rinse, and you’re ready to go.

3.  Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil contains various acids, vitamin E and proteins.  It helps to prevent liver spots and other skin discolorations.   It helps to keep your connective tissues strong, thereby helping with sagging skin and wrinkles.  Like strawberries, it will also act to remove dead skin cells.  This results in nicer looking skin.  There are so many benefits from coconut oil, too many to list in this article.

coconut

How to use:   You can use this oil after your bath to lock in moisture, or you can use it at night as a renewal oil.  If you have rough feet or elbows, a little coconut oil will do wonders.  And, you can use it the same way you use olive oil for your hair.  It smells wonderful.

4.  Yogurt:

Yogurt is an excellent ingredient for skin care because it contains lactic acid.  This acid helps to exfoliate and brighten your skin, and it helps to keep it moisturized.   Regular use will fade age spots, blemishes, and moles and freckles.

How to use:  Simply apply a thin coat of yogurt to your clean face and neck and rinse after about 15 minutes.  Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

5.  Honey

This article would not be complete without mentioning honey.  I saved this for last, but it certainly is not least.  Honey is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, acts as a humectant and gives the skin a nice glow.  Honey has been used for centuries by men and women to achieve remarkable results.  Honey can be used for acne, boils, staph, healing of wounds and burns, and a host of other ailments.

How to use:  Mix a tablespoon of honey with a fourth teaspoon of olive or coconut oil and add 1 teaspoon of sea salt.  Mix together and rub onto your clean face in a circular motion.  Leave on for about 10 minutes, then rinse off.  Your skin will feel soft and look radiant and healthy.  For other honey recipes, see the article, Homemade Honey Mask Recipe.

So you see, ingredients right in your pantry and refrigerator offer a wealth of benefits for your skin.  Why not whip up a mask right now.  And let me know how well you liked it!

What are your best natural ingredients for skincare?  What are your tips for healthy skin?  Leave a comment below.

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