When I initially had the idea of creating my own skin care at home, I asked my self “what natural ingredients are essential for DIY skin care?” I quickly learnt that I only needed a small selection of ingredients to get started, and that I could always add more ingredients to my collection later. As my collection grew, there were always a handful that I always had in my stash, ones I used most often, and worked for me and my skin type. Today I am going to share with you my top 5 natural ingredients I use for glowing, healthy skin!
Before I get to the good stuff, I want to quickly run over what you DON’T want in your ingredients list. One of the many reasons why I started my own DIY Natural Skin Care Journey was to avoid anything that was going to be potentially harmful to my skin. I’ve noticed that in recent years, there seems to have been a shift in conscious consumption. And consequently I became more aware of just what’s in the store brought products that I was applying to my skin.
Many of these products contain chemicals such as stabilisers, preservatives, perfumes and artificial colours that can actually damage our skin and the environment. I went ahead and researched for days, all these potentially harmful ingredients and the names they might appear as. I’ve complied all this super helpful information into a handy guide for you to download!
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Right now to the good stuff… we are so fortunate that mother nature has provided us with plenty of safe natural ingredients for skin care, here are my top five natural ingredients that will help your skin glow naturally too!
Aloe Vera for Soothing the Skin
I remember as a child being fascinated and curious of everything that grew in my grandfather’s garden. There was always plenty of fruit that we could just pick from the trees and enjoy whenever we liked. We would sometimes learn that some of the plants could be used in other ways and not just in the kitchen. One sunny day I’d spent too much time playing in the sun, so he broke a leaf off this cactus-like plant and applied its clear gel to my burns. I remember thinking how amazing nature was to provide us something so useful!
Whilst Aloe Vera gel is 99% water, it also packs a load of essential minerals, vitamins, and active compounds that rejuvenate and moisturise the skin, hydrates it, and keeps it looking fresh. It can remove dead skin cells that facilitates the rebuilding of new ones. It has antimicrobial properties, making it ideal to treat acne and blemishes making it an amazing go-to natural ingredient for skin care and creating beautiful glowing skin.
➤ Find it: If you don’t have any growing in your garden, consider heading down to your local garden centre and plant one, or order online and grab 10% OFF Artnaturals cold-pressed natural Aloe Vera Gel.
Coconut Oil for Moisturising Skin
Coconut oil is composed primarily of nourishing fatty acids and contains vitamin E and healthy fats, which helps to make skin nice and smooth, I find it a perfect moisturizer for my legs. It’s also naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal so regular use of it on my feet and between my toes cured me of athlete’s foot (sorry if that was TMI but it actually works!).
There is some controversy around using coconut oil for your skin, some people say it can be pore clogging, especially if you use it on your face. I haven’t found this to be the case for myself, but everyone’s skin needs are different. If you’re thinking of giving this tropical oil a go, make sure to use cold-pressed, virgin, organic coconut oil to achieve glowing skin.
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Rose Hip Oil for Nourishing Skin
I started using Rose hip oil when I heard Kate Middleton uses it daily. So if it’s good enough for a princess, then it’s good enough for all of us right? Now there’s a good reason why it’s so popular with celebs and that’s because this superfine, oil is loaded with everything that the skin needs to renew, nourish and replenish!
Rosehip seed oil (Rosa Canina) is derived from rosehips, the fruit left behind after the rose has bloomed and dropped all its petals, however the oil doesn’t actually smell like roses but has a woody aroma to it, it’s generally a bright orange/red colour and is suitable for all skin types as it’s lightweight and easily absorbed.
Rose hip Oil is famous for its regenerative qualities, it can reverse the signs of aging, stretch marks, sun damage, scars, and hyper-pigmentations, it’s rich in vitamins A and C and packed with powerful antioxidants and skin-loving nutrients that helps improve softness and elasticity as well as the overall condition of the skin.
A little of this oil goes a long way, so using just 2-3 drops, massage into the face, neck and décolletage after cleansing twice a day. To target scarring, hyper-pigmentation and sun spots, simply massage one drop onto the affected area morning and night.
➤ Find it: Acure Rose Hip Oil
Manuka Honey for Repairing Skin
I am obsessed with the delectable golden syrupy goodness of New Zealand Manuka Honey. From curing conjunctivitis to slathering it on your toast, this natural ingredient can provide you with a myriad of benefits, especially for your skin. Manuka is loaded with up to four times the vitamins and minerals of other honeys and is believed to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it useful in the treatment of acne, dry skin and other skin conditions. My favorite way to use Manuka honey (other than eat it) is as a hydrating facial mask; I use a cosmetics brush to smooth it on my face and love how it slowly slides down my face and onto my lips; ummm YUM!
➤ See my in-depth blog post here to learn more about why skin care enthusiasts are buzzing over this exciting natural healing ingredient, and the best places to buy from! Raw Honey For Skin. What’s all the Exciting Buzz About?
Rosewater for Hydrating Skin
Rosewater also known sometimes as Rose Floral Water or Rose Hydrosol has so many amazing skin and hair benefits, including glowing skin. Since discovering this versatile ingredient, it’s become my most utilized natural skin care ingredient. Rosewater is gentle enough for any skin type to use, it’s incredibly hydrating, controls excess oil, maintains the skin’s pH balance and contains a lot of vitamins and antioxidants to nourish the skin. I also use it as a substitute for water in my face masks for additional rosey goodness.
Biome 100% pure steam distilled rose hydrosol has absolutely nothing added, just pure floral goodness from the Bulgarian Valley of Roses, and can easily be used together with Biome’s multi-tasking skin care range. This is a completely natural product, free from alcohol, parabens, preservatives, fragrances, fillers, binders additives and colorants.
➤ Want to explore this miracle ingredient in more detail?
Head over to my post “Why Rosewater is one of the best natural beauty products” for further reading.
What is your go-to, glowing skin enticing, natural skin care ingredient that you couldn’t live without? Is it on the list?
Go ahead and let me know below in the comments section.