Enjoy this comprehensive list of DIY skincare ingredients to treat your skin!
How often have you splurged on an expensive assortment of skincare products just to find that they don’t do what they say on the packaging?
Yeah, me too.
As we nourish our bodies from the inside, it’s becoming more and more en vogue to check the ingredients in our pre-packaged meals, condiments or snacks. If we don’t recognize an ingredient listed on the packaging, we’re encouraged to think hard about whether to put it in our bodies or not.
Likewise, I recommend that you think hard about what you’re using to nourish your body from the outside; microbeads and microplastics in skincare products have been a massive talking point in recent years, as well as the use of animal products like lanolin and tallow.
From experience; natural DIY skincare ingredients provide the best all-round results, being cost-effective whole foods with natural benefits.
By following homemade skin care recipes and turning to natural ingredients, you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.
5 DIY Skincare Ingredients
Olive oil: the foundation of any good pizza dough and any great DIY skincare recipe. Used in many recipes as a bonding agent to help your other ingredients come together, olive oil is rich in vitamins including A, D, K and E.
The best way to reap these benefits, however, is to ensure that you’re using a certified-organic, non-GMO, unrefined extra-virgin olive oil. That’s because this type is produced without using chemical refining and doesn’t contain counter-intuitive additives. In its highest concentration, olive oil contains squalene which promises to balance oil production and reduce inflammation.
While we’re on the subject, less is definitely more when it comes to applying olive oil – though it’s a fabulous moisturizer and hydrator, using too much can lead to clogged pores in some skin types.
Known worldwide as the ultimate Instagrammable spread and a quintessential superfood, avocados also work wonders when applied directly to the skin.
A natural moisturizer, they are packed chock-full of fat-soluble vitamins and monounsaturated fats. Using avocado (whether you use it with other ingredients, as a standalone product, or with essential oils) will promote glowing skin and help combat acne.
If you can’t resist and find yourself having eaten the entire avocado, save the skin! Rubbing the inside of an avocado peel on your skin will produce the same results.
Honey is another DIY skincare ingredient that can be used on its own or incorporated into a recipe; in fact, applying it raw as a mask is super beneficial in delivering moisture to the skin and unclogging pores. No frills, no fuss. Otherwise, much like avocado, it’s great for acne prevention and treatment because it’s a natural antibacterial.
If you need any more reason to add honey into your skincare routine, it’s bursting with antioxidants that’ll help fight premature ageing.
Often associated with curries rather than cosmetics, turmeric is touted as a vital supplement that can help control skin conditions such as psoriasis, lichen planus, eczema, and alopecia.
Effective when used in digestible recipes and skincare recipes alike, turmeric is said to help dermatological conditions due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; the curcumin found in the plant can help superficial injuries heal by lowering the response of the body to cutaneous wounds, allowing them to heal faster.
On top of this, turmeric can help restore a natural luster to the skin – all the more reason to take advantage of it.
Containing carotenoids, flavonoids, and an abundance of Vitamin A – papaya is revered for its internal health benefits, boosting digestive function and working against conditions such as arthritis and diabetes.
It might surprise you to know, however, that it also works as a fantastic natural skincare ingredient. Due to its richness in Vitamin C and E, papaya works as an anti-aging agent, removing dead cells, breaking down inactive proteins, and hydrating the skin when directly applied.
Practical and nutritious – what more could you ask for?
Final Thoughts On Natural Skincare Ingredients
Your skincare routine needn’t set you back hundreds of dollars. The above ingredients are a wonderful place to start cultivating your own skincare routine on your own terms, where the ingredients are tailored to your specific skin care needs and don’t cost a fortune to reap amazing results. Treat your skin with kindness.
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