Inside Scoop: Check out these top tips for creating a natural skincare routine with ingredients and homemade beauty products you can make at home.

This post was submitted by Karl Burton, director of content over at BetterMindBodySoul.com.

Inside Scoop: Check out these top tips for creating a natural skincare routine with ingredients and homemade beauty products you can make at home.

 

Great skin is a product of both genetics, dietary and lifestyle habits as well as the right combination of care products. But, despite this most people spend years trying and discarding a wide array of cleansers, lotions, and creams that promise results – but often fall short.

This can be especially frustrating for those who struggle with skin conditions, sensitivities, acne, and dryness since many of these products may also cause problematic flare ups. Even people blessed with genetic skin flawlessness may find they have to recover from a product gone wrong from time to time.

This constant rotation of failed applications has spurred an approach all skin types can get behind: the all-natural one. The beauty industry has seen a leap in all natural options as well as natural skincare routine tutorials and DIY videos to help you mix and match your own. If you have been wanting to try something new, are simply curious, or already love a more natural approach to skincare, read on below for some awesome beauty tips.

What Defines “All Natural”?

 

First off, it is very important to note that there is no measurable, controlled label or certification for products claiming all-natural ingredients. In general, when the word natural is used it refers to ingredients derived from land or sea, and does not always mean all ingredients are naturally derived either.

The term is also used in conjunction with organic in many instances. Unless a product has undergone rigorous source and manufacturing testing, and the company is approved for quality practices, ingredients are not considered organic until a label designating this is shown on the final packaging. Organic certification and labeling ensures that ALL ingredients are grown sans herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides. It also means they have not come in contact with anything synthetic outside allowable resources.

Because there is no true guarantee surrounding an ingredient list without the proper certification, many people choose to use their own ingredients to make their own products for skincare. Many online sources, such as Better Mind Body Soul where I head content, provide ingredient reviews and recipes you can take advantage of at home.

Why Choose an All Natural Approach?

With the amazing array of available products from which to choose, most people don’t turn to more natural approaches simply due to convenience. And although there are some really great natural options you can choose from reputable companies, you also can easily create your own natural skincare routine and save yourself some money in the long run. Some reasons to consider making this leap (if you haven’t already) include:

 

  • The removal of your exposure to synthetic chemicals is better both for your skin and body. Many sensitivities arise from the regular use of chemicals and result in redness, dryness, or worsen breakouts as your skin tries to adapt. Sometimes these reactions take time to appear, and a product that worked for years may suddenly become a problem due to changes in our bodies. For some, this exposure can be severe and long lasting.
  • Synthetic fragrances can create respiratory issues and if you use any type of scented spray for setting purposes, moisture, or otherwise- if you can smell it, it is working its way into your lungs and bloodstream. Some people may find they have problems immediately due to existing respiratory issues and allergies, while others may not notice problems for long periods of time- making it hard to pinpoint the exact cause.
  • Natural products are healthier for the environment and leave less of an impact. Since they are derived from the environment, it isn’t often you are introducing back into the environment something that shouldn’t be there, especially when we wash the products off down a drain.

Natural Skincare Routine Ingredients You Can Try at Home

 

There truly is an incredible array of natural ingredients you can use, so this article is going to simply introduce some popular options to provide you a sample of what is available. These are, for the most part, hypoallergenic ingredients and are gentle to help care for your skin’s natural barrier. Not all choices will work for everyone, and you may need to work through different ingredients to get what works best for you.

Also, be sure to pay attention to any sensitivities you may notice. Just because it is natural doesn’t mean you aren’t sensitive to it although reactions are usually mild and simply require removal with no lingering issues.

 

Cleansers

Most cleansers are made to break up oils on your skin, which also destroys your own natural oils- creating a drying effect. Hemp seed oil, castor oil, or coconut oil mixed with certain essential oils, such as lavender, can serve as an excellent facial cleanser. These ingredients are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and healing! You can make your own with these recipes.

 

Scrubs

If you suffer from dry skin or like to occasionally exfoliate to help bring to the surface healthy, new skin, simply add a little raw sugar or natural salts to your cleanser. This creates a gentle exfoliating scrub that you can add to for more or less friction as needed. Sugar scrubs are especially popular for lip exfoliation. Make one with the coffee body scrub recipe.

 

Toners

Toners help the skin breathe and remove impurities left behind after cleansing. It also tightens skin and can lock in moisture. Apple cider vinegar and witch hazel are amongst the most popular choices for your own DIY toner and you can always use a few drops of essential oils for the skin as well. Frankincense is an especially potent choice for overall skin care that has been used for thousands of years.

 

Moisturizers

Moisturizers are another go-to beauty product that most people swear by each night to help plump skin and keep wrinkles at bay. Making your own couldn’t be easier and include easy to find products such as aloe, coconut oil, organic shea butters, essential oils, and even honey. Depending on your use of a moisturizer (i.e. morning, evening, all day applications) look for recipes that fit your own needs. Check out this recipe for a DIY shea butter body moisturizer.

 

Makeup Removers

Most natural makeup removers use the same ingredients as cleansers and toners. These natural oils are excellent at breaking down the components found in both synthetic and natural makeups. They also are much gentler on lashes and the delicate skin around your eyes. Use them on a cotton swab to apply and gently remove. To make one, try these recipes.

 

Masks

Masks are a popular way to provide a boost of moisture, help tighten and tone, fight breakouts, reduce redness, and combat aging depending on the ingredients used. Calcium bentonite clay, eggs, pumpkin, green clay, honey, avocado, turmeric, essential oils, lemon, and coffee are only a few simple ingredients you might already have to create various all-natural facial masks from. Learn more here.

Although there are so many more options for you to consider, these all-natural ingredients lend themselves well to a natural skincare routine. Each person is very different in their own skin needs, and so find those options that help combat issues you may be experiencing. Many people also find skin problems begin to go away on their own once they remove harsh chemicals from daily use, allowing the skin to heal, breathe, and moisturizing in a more natural manner.

Karl Burton

Karl Burton is the director of content over at BetterMindBodySoul.com. He has a passion for yoga, meditation, healthy eating and helping bring positive change to people's lives. Follow him on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.  

 

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