Honey is one of the best natural moisture boosters. It may seem like the last thing you would want to put on your face because of its sticky texture, but it is actually incredibly beneficial for the skin since it is due to its high antibacterial properties which is a great help for acne-prone skin. It is called a humectant which helps the skin absorb quickly and lock in moisture.
You’ll often find oatmeal in products meant to soothe irritated skin or even help reduce inflamed skin caused by skin conditions like eczema. It’s nourishing and the skin-settling properties come from its mix of flavonoids, phenols, and also a type of polyphenols called avenanthramides—all which act as natural anti-inflammatories. Oats are best used in masks when in a ground or flour form. Try combining with honey for an ultra-soothing mask. With your unused, leftover oats, think about making a batch of overnight oats to wake up to the next morning.
Oatmeal can soak up the excess oil on your skin and help treat acne. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells. Oats also contain compounds called saponins, which are natural cleansers. They remove the dirt and oil that clog the pores and exfoliate the skin.
3. Coconut Oil
Plant oils are increasingly recognized for their effects on both skin diseases and the restoration of cutaneous homeostasis, research shows. They have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the skin, promoting wound healing, and repairing the skin barrier. Coconut oil has been shown to be as effective and safe as mineral oil when applied as moisturizers for mild to moderate xerosis
Everyone and their grandmother have jumped on the coconut oil train thanks to its long list of health benefits both internally and topically. Coconut oil has incredible moisturizing and restorative properties. It actually contains a fair amount of antioxidants and is also antifungal. Coconut oil can be used as a super-hydrating and luscious moisturizer for dry or sensitive skin, which also makes it a wonderful ingredient for DIY face masks. Simply scoop from the jar and slather on.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
A healthy kitchen staple, apple cider vinegar contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids, which help remove dirt and grime that tend to build upon your skin over the course of the day, and also helps wash away dead skin cells. It can also be used as a natural toner because it helps shrink the appearance of pores when applied topically. Dilute a little apple cider vinegar with water, dip a cotton ball, and wipe over a cleansed face for a natural refresh.
As long as you stick with plain varieties, yogurt is another great natural moisturizer and skin soother (which works wonderfully on sunburnt skin). It’s rich in calcium, protein, and probiotics. It also contains lactic acid, which works as a mild exfoliant. Apply it to the skin by itself or mix with other natural ingredients for a hydrating mask, which can help prevent premature aging and promote a healthy glow.
What makes it good is probiotics. Evidence is growing for the use of probiotics in the treatment of acne. Probiotics modify several factors in the pathophysiology of acne development and can potentially improve compliance as well. Early studies suggest that probiotics might alter several aspects of skin aging, which is subject to UV light, pollution, infections, and cigarette smoking. Probiotics may slow the aging of the skin by helping to restore the balance between free radical scavengers and free radical production.
In addition to its many superpowers when it comes to nutrition, avocadoes are great when applied topically because they are rich in Vitamin E. It needs the antioxidant to neutralize free radicals, which damage cells, and to nourish the skin from within. Vitamin E oil is recommended if you want to treat stretch marks. When used as a moisturizer it helps prevent or treat dry, flaking skin.
From DIY face masks to hair masks, this creamy fruit is highly nourishing when mashed and applied topically. Avocado oilis also a great option for natural moisturization and is easily absorbed into the skin. Its benefits stem from its rich, healthy fat content, which works to encourage skin regeneration and may be particularly beneficial to dry, sun-damaged, or sensitive skin. Next time you let an avo get overripe, peel it open and mash it into some DIY face masks.
The quintessential DIY facial items. With its cooling and soothing properties, all you have to do is place some thinly sliced pieces onto your face, with yogurt as optional ‘glue’ to keep them in place. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice to help fade dark spots and sun-freckles.
You have most likely seen your mom, a friend, or someone on TV putting cucumbers under their eyes. There is a good reason for that. People have been using the vegetable as a solution to every imagine skin problem from acne to scars, wrinkles, and laugh lines. The high water and antioxidant content in cucumbers make them ideal “helpers” for hydrating the skin. The vitamin C and caffeic acid in cucumber help prevent water retention, which is they are good to put on puffy eyes.
If you’ve only used cucumber slices for your undereye circles, then you’ve been missing out on some serious benefits. Cucumber is a super-hydrating food. It has anti-inflammatory properties and works to soothe the skin, and can provide relief particularly to dry, sensitive, or sun-damaged skin. Blend cucumber with your favorite oil to make a refreshing, soothing face mask.
8. Aloe Vera
It contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne, and dry skin.” Chang added that when it comes to acne, Aloe Vera works best on superficial surface acne rather than cystic or deeper acne.
By purchasing pure aloe vera and applying it generously to your face in place of a cleanser, you’ll be boosting the blood flow in your skin and killing off harmful bacteria. You can also spot-treat your acne breakout areas, leave the aloe on overnight, and wash it off in the morning to reduce redness and irritation
Strawberries contain salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acid, which both work to exfoliating dry, dead skin and encourage a brighter, more youthful complexion. Mash and mix into your favorite mask combination.
Vitamin C and folic acid – all of which strawberries have in abundance – are what makes the fruit (and berries in general) so good for the skin. Vitamin C fights free radicals that destroy collagen, and folic acid helps in cell regeneration. Strawberries are helpful if you have acne because they are acidic nature. That enables them to remove excess oil in the skin. The fruit is also a natural cleanser because of its salicylic acid. It helps clear away dead cells.
10. Olive Oil
That same olive oil you drip over salads and pan fry with does deserve some actual face time. Extra virgin olive oil has anti-aging properties, helping to moisturize the skin and fight against UV radiation, helping to prevent cell damage from the sun. It can be applied directly as a moisturizer and absorbs very easily into the skin.
11. Green Tea
And thanks to its powerful antioxidant content, it also has some benefits when applied on your face. It has been found to help calm irritated skin, reduce inflammation, and may help soothe sun damage from a long day at the beach thanks to compounds like tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols. Brewed tea or ground-up leaves can be used in DIY face masks or rinses.
Several experimental studies show that green tea possesses anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic potential, which can be exploited against a variety of skin disorders. Supplementation of skincare products with green tea may have a significant impact on skin health. Topical and oral consumption of green tea has shown significant protective effects against UV-induced skin damage and immunosuppression.
We’ve all heard of the copious amounts of antioxidants contained in tea, especially green tea, that help boost metabolism and prevent heart disease. Well, those miraculous antioxidants also prevent our body’s oxidant radicals from damaging cells and tissues (which makeup and determine the quality of our skin). Save your leftover tea bags in the fridge, and place them on your eyes for 10 – 15 minutes to help reduce redness and puffiness.
12. Sea Salt
If you have ever gotten any treatment at a spa, you probably have had sea salt on your body. This is because it significantly improves skin barrier function, according to research. Skin hydration was enhanced, which means moisturized skin. Also, skin roughness and redness of the skin were significantly reduced after bathing in the salt solution.
Exfoliating the skin is a very crucial step in any skincare regimen because doing so gets rid of dead skin, which makes way for healthy, more vibrant skin to be revealed. Plus, it will reportedly also increase the effectiveness of your products by allowing your skin to absorb more. Sea salt is a great, natural exfoliant to help slough away dry skin and vital to any DIY face scrub.
For a brighter, more luminous complexion, look no further than lemon. Citrus fruits as a group contain high levels of vitamin C, which supports the production of collagen and boosts skin elasticity when applied topically. Not to mention, the alpha-hydroxy acids help to even out skin toner and may also have a lightening effect on the skin. Mix in small amounts of lemon juice to face masks or scrubs to reap the brightening benefits.
These gorgeous red fruits bursting with flavor contain a powerful antioxidant, known as selenium. It works alongside other antioxidants to protect against skin damage by the sun—those hateful sunspots and fatal cancer. Eat it or process it into a pulp to include in your facial mask—your call.
Due to its strong antioxidant activity and is an abundance of anthocyanins, ellagitannins, and hydrolyzable tannins, the fruit and its oil have shown to exert anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, and anti-tumorigenic properties. This makes pomegranate a promising chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agent.
Exfoliating weekly allows your skin to absorb more nutrition and really allows your skin to reap the full benefits of the products you’re using on it. Sugar is an excellent natural exfoliant due to its grittiness, but also thanks to its glycolic acid content. Glycolic acid works to clean out pores and slough off dead skin cells. Use sugar as the main ingredient in any body scrub.