Guide to Natural Skin Care Products
What You Need
- Natural skin care products can be highly beneficial to those suffering from skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Spots can be treated using substances rich in tea tree oil or even honey.
- Hazel, safflower oil and aloe vera all contain natural anti oxidants that make them great cleansers.
- Moisturising is important to keep your skin looking young and supple. If you have dry or sensitive skin, nut oils, jojoba oil and green tea offer good alternatives to man-made products.
- The best way to be confident in the substances in your skin treatments, which is much easier than you might think.
What is Natural Skin Care?
Natural skin care is quite simply taking care of the skin using only naturally-derived ingredients.
Natural health treatments will tend to be water-based and make use of key ingredients such as herbs, roots, flowers and essential oils. At the same time, man-made, synthetic chemicals are shunned.
Supporters of natural skin care argue that such products are far better for the skin than those containing ‘unnatural’ ingredients, helping to treat a range of conditions and keep you looking younger and fresher and feeling better all-round.
However, there are no real rules covering the natural skincare market. More specifically, there is no legal definition for ‘natural’, though manufacturers are required to meet certain standards if they label their products as ‘organic’.
Who Should Use Natural Skin Care Products?
Natural skin care is recommended for anyone suffering from a range of skin conditions, including, but not limited to, eczema, psoriasis, itchy rashes and acne.
According to its supporters, natural skin care products contain some – or all – of the ingredients needed to alleviate such conditions and none of the man-made chemicals that can make them worse.
In fact, anyone who is worried about what they’re putting on their skin should consider going natural.
The team at Neal’s Yard argue that, with the skin being the human body’s biggest organ, it only makes sense that you should give some careful thought to what you put on it: “It's been well documented that what you put on your skin ends up in your body (just think of nicotine patches), so we believe it's really important to be fully aware of what's in the products you use,” they say.
What Products Should You Use?
- Acne Treatment
Alongside drinking lots of water and following a healthy diet, it’s recommended that you use natural treatments that are rich in tea tree oil or even honey to treats spots.
Also, vitamin B5, and zinc are good natural ingredients for preventing acne breakouts in the first place.
- Facial Cleaners
Having a good cleansing regime is vital if you are to enjoy healthy skin.
Fortunately, you don’t need to invest in the latest mass-produced products to keep your skin looking fresh on a daily basis.
Opt for washes and scrubs that are rich in natural antioxidants such as hazel, glycerine, safflower oil, herbs, castile soap and aloe vera, and think about asking a natural health specialist which combination of these is best for you.
- Anti-Ageing Treatment
Honey is widely-credited as helping keep the skin looking young. So, consider trying anti-ageing treatments with this as a key ingredient, or experiment with treatments rich in soy protein, avocado or vitamins.
- Dry and Sensitive Skin
Moisturising on a regular basis can help reduce dryness.
Natural ingredients credited with good moisturising qualities include aloe vera, nut oils, jojoba oil and green tea.
Meanwhile, eczema sufferers are advised to avoid man-made ingredients and instead try treatments rich in coconut oil, neem oil and even yogurt.
Making Your Own
The best way of knowing exactly what you’re putting on your skin is to make your own skin care products.
Thanks to the internet, this needn’t be as challenging as it might sound. There are dozens of specialist sites offering tips on going it alone and recipes’ for specialist treatments, including those aimed at fighting wrinkles, acne or eczema.
For example, skin-care-recipes-and-remedies.com offer dozens of different skincare treatment recipes, all of which can be followed at home using easily-available and inexpensive ingredients.