Have you tried artificial products to soften your skin? Have you ever scrutinized the skin products that are highly professed for making your skin smooth?
Most of them come with the word “natural” written somewhere on it. As used in skincare products this is useless, it is a way of attracting buyers.
Some products do work well but they need prolonged and constant use to keep you buying more. Others have dangerous chemicals that may predispose your skin to slow deterioration.
There are many things within nature which can make your skin glow and maintain its beauty. Add these natural ingredients for soft skin in your diet.
You can cut down on your budget and still acquire soft healthy-looking skin without having to expose your delicate face to harsh chemicals that may have adverse side effects.
Some of these can help your skin either through internal action by ingesting them or by direct application on your skin. They are easily available at the grocery store or market.
Check out these 10 Natural Ingredients that Will Make Your Facial Skin Healthier.
Garlic can give you flawlessly soft skin if used correctly. It contains allicin which can kill bacteria, fungi, viruses and treats acne and fungal infections on the skin. You may use it as a cleanser to treat acne, sunburns, and excessive oil. The sulfur in garlic will increase blood flow to give your skin a glow.
You can make a garlic mask. Mix crushed garlic with honey and yogurt, and then apply to your face. Honey and yogurt will help you to reduce the stinging sensation that garlic can cause.
You could also use garlic powder, in place of fresh garlic. Cut one clove and apply it directly on the affected area, like on the areas with acne. After the acne has healed keep using it to reduce the marks.
Garlic works very fast so you will notice changes within a week. When you use garlic at first, take precautions not to damage your skin. Do not let it stay for more than 20 minutes on your skin since it is very harsh and it can cause allergic reactions.
Lemons are easily available, and they do not spoil easily. You can buy a number of them to last you a week. You just need to cut a few lemons a week.
Juice from lemons can help enhance your skin’s appearance by removing excess fats from your skin.
Cut the fruit in half, squeeze out the juice onto your hand or small container, then apply the juice directly on your face and leave it for a few minutes. Rinse your face with warm water.
You can drink the rest of the juice or store it in a refrigerator for a later time. Lemon juice is ideal for removing dark spots and acne and giving you soft skin and a fresh feeling.
Carrots contain minerals such as vitamin A, Vitamin C, and antioxidants which can benefit your skin. It contains beta carotene and facilitates the production of Vitamin A.
Carrots give you healthier skin because they are a good sunscreen that can be used to repair sunburned skin tissues.
You can use carrots to make a facial mask that will replenish your skin and keep the facial skin healthy. Grate some carrot or blend it and mix with a little honey. Apply onto your face and leave it for an hour or so.
Vitamin C helps to produce collagen protein in the body which boosts skin elasticity. Therefore, carrots can help to delay wrinkles. Raw carrots can also improve the health of your skin if ingested regularly. You can make carrot juice or grated carrot or simply take one carrot and chew it.
The human body contains a lot of water (approximately 75%) and most of it is concentrated on the skin. Therefore the best remedy for problematic skin is to keep it hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
Some drinks such as tea, coke, processed sugary drinks, and alcohol are enemies of healthy and smooth skins. Take as much water as possible. The minimum set by most experts is at least 8 glasses of the standard 250ml glass per day.
Apart from drinking water to maintain healthy skin, ensure that you wash your face with water at least twice a day. Artificial cleansers do not remove dirt as well as water, and also, they are likely to cause allergic reactions.
Our bodies contain minerals including sodium chloride or salt. Salt will make your skin softer by killing bacteria. Sea salt contains minerals such as magnesium, sodium, calcium, and potassium, which your skin can greatly benefit from.
Sea salt is the best salt to use for skin therapy. You can use salt on the skin by making a simple skin scrub by mixing with coconut oil or olive oil or honey then rinse off with warm water, or by making a warm salt solution and use it to wash your face/body daily.
Take caution not to use too much salt, at most use two teaspoons. Always rinse your skin with fresh water to prevent excessive dryness.
Eggs can help to reduce oil, which leads to skin problems, from facial skin. The egg white will clean and tighten your skin giving you a smooth appearance. The egg yolk will provide nutrients, soothe, and moisturize your skin.
Use the egg white and yolk separately. Mix the egg white of one egg with a little lemon juice then apply on your face and let for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
You may also use egg whites alone. Let in harden on your face for around 30 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Egg yolk is also applied in a similar way, but then rinse off with cold water so that the skin pores can close giving you a fresh feeling.
Honey has numerous benefits to the skin including softening it, cleansing it and treating it. Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, therefore, it can treat your skin and prevent it from drying up.
Honey is a mild natural product that will clean your face without harming it or removing essential skin oils.
You may use honey directly on your face. Just rub about half a teaspoon of raw honey in your palm and apply it on your sweet face. Leave it for at least 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
You may also use honey together with other ingredients such as avocado or turmeric to make your skin soft.
Avocado contains vitamin A and Vitamin E which heal damaged skin. Dry skin, aging skin, and acned skin can be replenished by using avocado.
Make a face mask by mixing half an avocado with a few spoons of honey and milk. The lactic acid in the milk will adjust your skin’s ph. Remember to wash your face well before applying your mask using your fingers. Leave the mask on for at least an hour then rinse it off.
Avocado mask is mild so it is unlikely to cause a problem on your skin unless you are specifically allergic to avocado.
Turmeric works well as a face mask that will lighten your skin and reduce black spots. Make a turmeric face mask by mixing cornflour with olive oil and turmeric. Another way to make a turmeric face mask is by mixing turmeric powder with honey and applying it to your face.
10. Olive Oil
Olive is very beneficial to your skin because of its antioxidant properties. It contains polyphenols, Vitamin E, and phytosterols which help to slow down aging and to protect the skin from ultraviolet rays.
It is especially effective to use organic olive oil. Simply apply one teaspoon of the oil on your face then dry it off gently with a smooth cloth or towel. Use olive oil at night for best results as a moisturizer, and also since it will make your face literally shine.
An Awesome Tip for Homemade Facial Scrub or Mask
As much as corn flour may be processed, it is edible, thus it can have no damage to your skin. Mix it with olive oil and gently apply to your face. Let it rest for an hour or so then wash it off. You may use it with other ingredients such as turmeric, to make it an exfoliating facial scrub.
Some skincare companies incorporate the use of these natural ingredients in their composition. However, the entire process of manufacturing does not allow them to maintain their natural power.
So, if you still want to use artificial skincare products, look for those that contain some of the above-mentioned ingredients.
Remember, whatever you do to your face, do it to your neck so that you can have even skin tone.
Always wash off face masks with a lot of water. Most of these natural skin remedies are cheap to acquire and were used effectively long before cosmetic companies became a booming business sector.
Notice that honey, olive oil, and water are commonly used with other ingredients that keep the skin healthy so the basic idea is that you keep your face hydrated, moisturized, and clean.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 Centfie
Centfie (author) from Kenya on May 16, 2021:
Thanks, Ravi Rajan for going through my article and leaving a kind comment.
Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 15, 2021:
Thanks Centfie for this very useful article. Each of the item from Lemon to honey play an important role in making our skin flawless and removing toxins from the skin. Thanks for sharing.
Centfie (author) from Kenya on May 15, 2021:
Thank you Everlyne Nandwa. I am glad my article was useful to you.
Eve Nandwa from Nairobi on May 14, 2021:
Great skincare tips. I have never tried garlic and carrots. They are next on my to-do list.
Centfie (author) from Kenya on May 13, 2021:
Thank you for reading my work
manatita44 from london on October 31, 2020:
We seem to be walking similar paths. I use all these products, not for the skin but for health as a vegetarian. Water is awesome too. I need more. I oil my hair but neglect my skin. Still, I use a lot of essential fatty acids and evening primrose oil (EPO)
So happy to see you doing holistic articles. Had a brief look at some of the others but you would know that Hub pages have changed and if your article is in a niche site, I do not yet know how to comment. Much love.