You don’t have to spend a lot of money on skin care. Mother Nature created everything you need to keep your skin in wonderful condition.
Fine-grain sea salt makes a terrific all-body treatment to remove dead skin cells, balance moisture and pull toxins from pores. Rich in potassium and magnesium, it can reduce stress, tension and ease sore muscles.
To use, wet your skin and lightly massage the salts over your body. Leave them on for a few minutes, then rinse. Try adding them to a warm bath and soaking for 10-15 minutes.
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural astringent and helps to balance the skin’s PH, remove dirt, kill bacteria and promote circulation. Always dilute it.
After cleansing and before moisturizing, mix one part vinegar to three parts water and apply to your face with a cotton ball. No need to rinse.
Coconut oil is an amazing body moisturizer and facial cleanser. Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, it helps heal rashes, scars, infections and acne. Apply to your body and leave on for 20 minutes, then shower off.
To cleanse very dry facial skin, apply a small amount to wet hands and rub in circular motion over the face. Rinse with warm water. Note: Coconut oil may clog pores if your skin is normal or oily.
Extra virgin olive oil, rich in vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids, is excellent for sensitive skin. This antioxidant-rich oil minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, nourishes and protects the skin from sun damage.
Use a small amount on your face or hair.
Honey is soothing, moisturizing, and helps kill bacteria. Try these excellent homemade facial mask recipes:
- Honey mask for acne-prone skin
Mix 3 tsp. raw honey with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Apply and leave on for 10-30 minutes. When rinsing, gently massage your face in circles for a light exfoliation.
- Honey mask for dry skin
Mix 1 tsp. each of mashed avocado, plain whole milk yogurt and raw honey. Spread the mixture over your face and wait for 20-30 minutes before rinsing. Avocado and yogurt are deeply moisturizing, and the lactic acid in yogurt smoothes, refines pores and stimulates collagen production.
- Honey mask for sensitive skin
Mix 2 tsp. raw honey with 1 tsp. aloe vera gel. Apply and leave on for 10-20 minutes.
For personalized advice, including skin analysis, mini facial and “do’s and don’ts” of buying organic and natural, schedule a consultation with a skin care professional.
Lindsey Spargur is the owner and esthetician of Healthy Skin By Lin, located within the Just Be Centre in Bluffton Village. Lindsey@healthyskinbylin.com; www.JustBe Centre.com