There are a lot of ways to handle skincare, and we have endless products to choose from when we're trying to look good. But many of the skin products out there are unnecessarily harsh and made with questionable ingredients that we shouldn't be absorbing through our skin day in and day out.
Luckily, there are not only a lot of natural things out there that can work just as well as a lot of the products on the market, but some of them work even better. Here are some kitchen items that will totally transform your skin.
Strawberries are a good source of salicylic acid, which is a natural exfoliator, so you can mush up some strawberries and rub them right on your skin as a mask. Exfoliating the skin makes it looks healthy and cuts down on breakups and skin clogs. The vitamin C and other antioxidants in strawberries are also great for anti-aging benefits since antioxidants stop free radicals from damaging the skin. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid, which can lighten spots in the skin, which will brighten your complexion overall.
Honey is a natural antibacterial agent, so using it as a face mask can kill bacteria on the skin that could potentially cause breakouts to occur. It's another great source of antioxidants to slow down the aging of the skin, and it can help to open up the pores to keep them clean. Honey is also very moisturizing, so you can treat the skin without totally drying it out. Rub it straight on the face or mix it with one of the fruits on this list for some double duty action.
11 Baking Soda
When it comes to quick exfoliating, baking soda is a really effective option. Since it's a powder substance you can actually feel the exfoliation happening, as opposed to when you're working with some sort of acid exfoliator. It's a great way to open up the pores and get rid of blackheads. Baking soda also has anti-inflammatory properties that can, of course, cut down on skin inflammation, and it gently gets rids of oil to make your skin look clean and reduce pore clogging.
10 Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be used as a step in your nighttime facial cleansing. For one thing, it is pretty effective at taking off makeup, and a lot less harsh than other alternatives. Additionally, it has moisturizing properties, as well as, antibacterial and antifungal properties which makes it a pretty good option for cleaning the skin. If you are prone to acne, you might want to spot test to make sure that your skin can handle it, but either way, you should follow the coconut cleanse with a normal cleanser to make sure you get all of it off and that it takes the makeup and gunk with it.
9 Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be an awesome option for treating acne. Some studies have even found that tea tree oil is as effective for treating acne as benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil contains an antimicrobial called terpinen-4-ol that kills the bacteria that causes acne. It's also an antiseptic and antifungal, which can prevent more acne from forming. It can even balance out the skin's oil production and can be a more gentle skin treatment option than a lot of the other options out there. Some people can tolerate putting the oil directly on the skin while other people might do better diluting it with water and using a cotton ball to apply.
Even if you don't drink milk, you still might want to consider using it on your face. Whole milk can be used as a cleanser to get rid of excess oil, and the lactic acid in milk is a form of an alpha hydroxy acid which is used in tons of skin products. AHA's can reduce wrinkles and boost collagen production on the skin, which is going to make it look smoother and more healthy overall. For an effective exfoliator it's also very gentle, so you don't have to worry about upsetting the skin. Even yogurt can be used as a toning and exfoliating mask for the skin.
Avocados are filled with healthy fats, which makes them an awesome moisturizing mask when they're nice and mashed up (plus you can eat the extra as a snack which is always fun). Avocados are also a good source of the vitamins A, D, and E, which are also moisturizing and can help reduce wrinkles. They also contain the antioxidants alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and lutein, and of which can protect the skin from environmental damage.
Using coffee grounds as a face scrub can be good for a variety of reasons. The acid in coffee can work as an exfoliator, and it can also help to unclog the pores, brighten the skin, and might be able to help bolster the skin's natural protective barrier. To turn them into a scrub, one way to do it is to mix coffee grounds with Epsom salt in a bowl of warm water. The grounds will sink but you can scoop them out with your hands and rub them on the face (it's easiest to get them wet before trying to rub them on the skin.) Some studies have even found that coffee might be able to protect the skin from sun damage.
Oatmeal is another great face scrub ingredient. If you get dry, itchy skin in the winter (or anytime really) oatmeal can save the day by normalizing the skin's pH level. It can soothe and moisturize the skin by locking in the moisture and keeping irritating things from getting in. For a great exfoliating treatment, try mixing oats with sugar and coconut oil, and rubbing it all over the face before rinsing off. Oatmeal is actually one of the few natural ingredients to get the nod from the FDA, and its use has been documented since 2000 BC.
4 Apple Cider Vinegar
Some people don't love the smell of apple cider vinegar, but it can work wonders on the skin as a toner (just water it down a bit if it's too much). Apple cider vinegar can balance the pH of the skin, get rid of dead skin cells, and makes the pores look smaller. When the skin is balanced, it doesn't skew so far in either direction of dry or oily. If you start using it regularly you might notice your skin start to tighten and brighten. It's also good for washing your makeup brushes since its malic acid is an antibacterial agent.
Bananas are a great moisturizing agent for the skin thanks to all the potassium that they contain, but they're so much more than that as well. The zinc and lectin in bananas can fight germs that cause acne, the vitamin A can fade acne scars, the vitamin C fights free radicals and helps with collagen production, the B vitamins can help fight aging, and the amino acids can help with skin elasticity. You can just mash a banana up and put it right on the skin as a mask for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Eat any leftovers for tons of inner health benefits as well.
Pretty much any kind of brewed tea can be used on the skin since they're all made from awesome natural things. Green tea is great for antioxidant boosts, and it can help to draw out impurities and tighten up the look of the skin. Any tea bag from a tea that contains caffeine can help to depuff swollen eyes, and you don't even have to hot brew them to get the benefit. The caffeine can help to shrink the blood vessels around the eyes and it's pretty relaxing to just lay there for a few minutes with the bags on your eyes. (Just don't open them otherwise you're gonna get tea to the eye).
1 Egg Whites
Raw egg whites have been used as a beauty treatment since ancient times. An egg white mask is particularly good at tightening and toning the skin and can cut down on the production of sebum. You might also notice that the skin feels lifted after an egg white mask thanks to how it tightens everything up. Some people even claim that you can use an egg white mask to remove hair on the face by painting on an egg white layer, putting a paper towel on top, and then pulling it off when everything dries. (Just cut holes for your eyes and nose or use strips instead).