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Much to our dismay, skin problems never really go away. Countless years of product testing in our home bathrooms has left us with an abundance of plastic tubes and tubs of unused products. Our answer to the countless drugstore runs? Go natural! We’ve rounded up a list of eight skin care remedies that all have ingredients you can actually pronounce—let alone eat! So the question is, what sweet concoctions are sitting in your kitchen that are perfect to exfoliate, tone and soothe your skin? Read on to find out.
1. Honey and Avocado Moisturizing Mask
Honey, by itself is intensely moisturizing so it’s a no brainer that paired with a rich and creamy fruit like avocado, the results can be super hydrating. Apply this mashed mixture to the skin for about an hour and remove with warm water to reveal soft and smooth skin. Plus, honey is anti-microbial which works well for dry skin sufferers with bouts of acne!
2. Basil Tea Toner
Washing your face only removes so much of the dirt that can lead to acne and blemishes. Take your cleansing all the way home by incorporating a facial toner. Basil is an all around skin rejuvenator with its natural antiseptic and antibiotic qualities. To make your own basil tea toner, steep fresh basil leaves in boiling water and let cool off. Once the liquid is room temperature, spritz some on your face and use a clean cotton ball to swipe up any loose dirt or bacteria.
3. Oatmeal and Onion Clear Skin Treatment
Despite making you cry, onions can make you look and feel better. They contain flavonoids which work together with Vitamin C to keep your skin healthy. And both onions and oatmeal have anti-inflammatory qualities that calm the skin and promote healing. Pulse oatmeal and onions with water into a paste and apply generously to the skin. Wash off with warm water and repeat weekly for a clear complexion.
4. Egg White Facial
We all know that eggs are known for their high protein content, but did you know that these same proteins can help reduce pore size when applied to the face? It’s true! Take one egg, break and separate the yolk out. Beat the egg white until frothy and spread it evenly onto your skin. Add lemon juice for a brightening element. Once dried, simply wash it off. Your skin will feel instantly tighter and less oily.
5. Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Aftershave
Coconut oil is touted as the miracle oil since it is full of moisturizing good fats, anti-fungal properties, and provides light sun protection of harsh UV rays. Mixing a cup of coconut oil with a drop or two of tea tree oil and presto, you have a ready-to-use, sweet smelling post-shave concoction. Your freshly shaven skin will undoubtedly appreciate it.
6. Lavender Bath Salts
What’s better than a warm bath after a long day at work? A warm bath with a lavender bath salt soak, of course! Lavender is an naturally anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, and anti-inflammatory herb with natural pain relieving qualities. To make your own lavender bath salt soak by mixing sea salt, lavender, and lavender essential oil in a large jar. Sprinkle some of your homemade bath salts in your tub to soothe your skin while melting away emotional stress.
7. Cranberry Lip Balm
Your lips are one of the first places on your body to show signs of dehydration. Take care of your kisser with a handmade cranberry lip balm made with real cranberries! Antioxidants, found in most berries, fight against aging by disarming free-radicals. You’ll need fresh cranberries, honey, avocado oil and vitamin e. Bring the ingredients to a boil, crush, and let cool before straining through a cheese cloth. Once mixture cools, apply the fruit lip protectant liberally for a rosy red appearance.
8. Garlic and Molasses Scalp Treatment
- 1 large garlic clove grated
- 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon aloe juice
Combine all ingredients and apply to scalp with fingers, on either wet or dry hair. You may have to shampoo twice to get it all out. This treatment will help remove build-up, heal dryness, itchiness, and flakiness, and kill the bacteria that causes all of these problems in the first place. Yes, it’ll stink. Yes, it’ll be worth it. You can learn more about S.W. Basics’s 5-ingredient or less, all natural skincare line by following them on Facebook.
Did we miss any all natural skin care remedies you swear by? Break down your recipe in the comments below.