Whether your skin is prone to acne, drying, redness, wrinkles, or just looks dull, you will benefit from ditching your commercial products and switching to a natural method. Commercial products lock you into a vicious cycle, particularly when it comes to acne. Facial cleansers for acne may appear to work at first, but in reality, just dry your skin out.
This drying prompts your oil glands to over-produce, resulting in more blocked pores and even more acne! What do you do when you have more acne? You use your acne facial cleanser.
The cycle never ends
Commercial acne products also lead to chronically dried-out skin, which means more wrinkles and patchiness as you age. The better solution is to use only natural products which keep skin hydrated, nourished, and balanced.
By the way, when you stop using commercial products, this includes foundation and coverup. You may be wondering, “How am I supposed to leave the house without my foundation? My skin is patchy and spotty!” Don’t fear! Once you begin an effective natural regime, your skin will look youthful, soft, and glowing. Your acne will clear up. You won’t need foundation.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, otherwise known as “ACV”, is a wonderful staple of natural skin care. Though harsh in its undiluted form, diluted ACV makes a wonderful alternative cleanser and toner. If your skin is already in good form–meaning no out-of-control breakouts–ACV may very well be the only thing you need to maintain a clean face and an even skin tone.
ACV clears away dirt without stripping the skin entirely of its natural oils. This means ACV will leave your face clean, but not dried out like a regular soap or cleanser would.
ACV also helps balance your skin’s pH. A slightly acidic pH promote a healthy skin microbiome, which keeps infections–and acne!–at bay.
Jojoba oil is something of a panacea, no matter what your skin condition is. This aromatic essential oil helps with everything, including acne, wrinkles, patchiness, dryness, and oiliness. It really is a cure-all skin care item.
Jojoba oil is a good choice for the oil-cleansing method. There are many common oils used in oil cleansing. You may have even tried a few before, but if you used a more common oil like olive or coconut, you probably failed and ended up with a pizza-face. Olive oil and coconut oil are both pore-clogging–they’ll worsen your breakouts and make your skin look greasy.
Jojoba oil is very similar in structure and pH to your skin’s natural oils. This means it can be applied to the skin without looking greasy, and without clogging pores. It hydrates your skin, balances the pH, and dissolves the dried sebum clogging your pores. It is also rich in a plethora of nourishing vitamins. This helps your skin cells stay (and look) healthy.
Epsom salt, known by its chemical name as magnesium sulfate, is an excellent item for solving a total acne disaster. Epsom salt can be applied in a hot-water compress or a poultice. Epsom salt works by gently drawing blockages out of the skin and should, therefore, be your go-to acne product for relieving painful cysts without damaging the skin.
Epsom salt also acts as an anti-inflammatory, meaning it will reduce the red appearance of acne almost instantly. If your skin is in total eruption-mode and you just need it to calm down, reach no further than Epsom salt.
Your skin also loves magnesium and probably doesn’t get enough from dietary sources. Since Epsom salt is literally just the magnesium sulfate mineral, a periodic application of Epsom salt can help your skin cells function better. As you know by now, healthy skin means good-looking skin.
This item on the list should really go without saying, but as many people still struggle with skin issues due to dehydration, it is worth mentioning. Dehydration means a stressed body and stressed skin. It means your bowels are less efficient at eliminating toxins, so more toxins will exit through your skin. The result is icky, acne-prone skin.
Always drink enough water. If you drink coffee or alcohol or exercise a lot, you will need to drink even more water to stay sufficiently hydrated. Drink a liter of water first thing in the morning. Keep drinking throughout the day. Four liters of water per day is not an unreasonable goal for staying properly hydrated, especially if you exercise, use caffeine and alcohol, and live in a warm climate.
Keep it Simple
The beauty of natural skin care is that it’s so simple. Your skin doesn’t need much to be healthy and look great, it just needs the right things. It can be very overwhelming to open up a beauty blog and read about a complicated skin-care routine involving no less than five products and twelve steps.
In truth, most skin is better off with as little interference as possible.
Keep your skin care routine simple. Don’t use soap. Ditch acne cleansers. Support your skin naturally with products that provide hydration and nutrients. You’ll look great!