Natural whole foods can actually help clear skin of acne, moisturize the skin and help create an inner glow.
Everyone loves food. Humans naturally NEED food, but food can help nourish our bodies in more ways than one. It is scientifically shown that using natural, whole foods on your skin can help with some of your biggest skin problems.
In line with the theme of giving yourself some self-love I thought it’d be fitting to show you a few ways to really treat yourself to better, healthy skin. You may even have some of these ingredients at home, which makes treating yourself even more sweet when it’s free.
I’ve listed a few of my tried and true DIY skin remedies. In a pinch with money and time these recipes are all I need to keep my face feeling clean, clear and healthy. You can eat them too if you want!
Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help with redness and treatment of acne. It is also a natural humectant, which means it draws and retains moisture from the air into the skin to help moisturize. The enzymes in honey also keeps your pores clean and if combined with the right ingredients honey can be turned into an effective exfoliant.
Mix 1-2 tsp honey with ½ a tsp of table salt or sugar.
Gently rub on your lips, elbows, heels or any other body part that needs to be treated as often as you deem worthy.
Moisturizing, Anti-Blemish Mask:
Combine 1 tablespoon of plain or greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon honey as the base.
You can add your own ingredients if you like or use this mask the way it is.
Nutmeg is a nice touch to your mask to get rid of fine lines or a squeeze of lemon adds a brightening effect.
Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
SULFUR OR CLAY
Sulfur is celebrity aesthetician, Shani Darden’s, favorite way to deal with acne because of it’s bacteria killing properties and because it helps draw out oil from your pores. I like to use this as a spot treatment because my skin is naturally more dry than oily. It can also be used all over the face if you have normal to oily skin.
Mix with water and evenly apply on face.
Leave on for about 10-15 minutes.
The Everything Moisturizer – you can use this for a dry scalp, dry skin or hair, to help nourish and grow your eyelashes. The possibilities are endless with coconut oil. The light, flexible nature of coconut oil is gentle enough to seep into the skin for a deep cleanse while also hydrating the skin. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid which helps protect your skin from future harmful pathogens entering your skin, meaning this can help prevent acne flare-ups.
I like to use coconut oil when my eczema is extra dry or as a pre-cleanse for melting away my makeup.
No need to add anything. Just use as is on the body area of choice.
Combine 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp coconut oil.
Leave on for 10 minutes
Moisturizing and Brightening Mask:
Mix 1 tablepoon plain or greek yogurt
2 tablespoons green tea (you can brew your own)
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp honey
Leave on for 10-12 minutes.
This mask will have you glowing from the inside out, help prevent blemishes and keep your skin smoothe and supple.
Whatever you decide to use for you face remember that the more natural and simple the ingredients are the better.