Skin is epitome of beauty and health. It is the most noticeable and the most exposed organ of the human body. As we age or expose our skin to sunlight, pollution and harmful chemicals, our skin gets damaged and the damage reflects in form of tan, wrinkles, cracks etc.
While there are several cosmetics available in the market which offer quick solutions, natural food grains, fruits, vegetables, spices and minerals continue to be best solutions for skin care and beautification. The secret to a healthy and beautiful skin is healthy diet, exercise and skin treatment using natural products.
Clove is very effective in treating pimples/acne. One can make clove paste by placing one drop of water on a clean and rough surface, and scrubbing one clove over it until water changes color and turns into a thick paste. This paste can either be directly applied to the pimple or could be mixed with honey before application. Clove oil could also be used for the purpose. Application of clove paste/clove oil may result in burning sensation on aggravated pimples.
Coconut oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and moisturizing properties. Coconut oil also helps in strengthening the epidermal tissue, protects skin from sunlight and provides has antioxidant properties. Some research studies suggest that coconut oil has properties to naturally cure chronic skin ailments which are characterized by epidermal barrier function defects and inflammation, such as Atopic Dermatitis (AD). Coconut oil is an essential natural beauty product which also helps in cleansing, healing wounds/scars/burns. Coconut oil consumption helps in regulating hormones and improving digestion, which play important role in improving skin health.
Tea-Tree-Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea Tree Oil has essential oils which come from more than 230 different plant species native to Australia. In fact, Tea Tree Oil has been used in Australia for generations as a cure for inflammation, breakouts and redness of the skin. Phytochemicals present in the oil make it one of the best essential oils for skincare. Tea Tree Oil contains sesquiterpenes, terpene hydrocarbons and monoterpenes which are active ingredients responsible for fighting bacteria. Several research studies indicate that tea tree oil has volatile ingredients which can travel through the air, skin pores and mucus membranes. These properties make Tea Tree oil aromatic, and therapeutic. Tea Tree Oil can either be applied directly to the skin or could be mixed with carrier oil.
Raw or unprocessed honey is full of nutrients, vitamins, enzymes and acids that are good for skin health. Raw honey does not undergo heating/ processing therefore nutrient content in it remains intact. Raw honey has moisturizing properties; it improves skin tone, reduces breakouts, and helps in reduction of scars. Honey is popularly used for cleaning skin and it provides an excellent cure for acne. It can easily be applied directly on skin, left for ten minutes and rinsed off with warm water.
The most active form of Aloe barbadensis miller, Aloe Vera gets its healing properties from more than seventy five active ingredients that it contains. Aloe-Vera has been used for natural skin care and skin treatment for years. It has natural properties to fight inflammation and cure bacterial skin infections. Aloe-Vera has ingredients to sooth sunburn, redness and itching of the skin. It is also consumed for overall health. When consumed orally, it is known to act on tumors by helping reduce tumors in numbers and size. Aloe Vera also helps in fighting parasites present in liver, bone marrow and spleen. It is also effective in healing frostbite, cold sores and psoriasis.
Almond oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and has antiviral properties. Almond oil can be used as carrier oil for treating rashes and acne, and for moisturizing the skin. Almond oil also makes a good base for homemade masks.
Sea salt contains naturally occurring minerals and nutrients such as sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium which come from sea water. Several of such minerals are also found in skin cells and in our bodies. Therefore, sea salt helps in restoring and balancing skin.
Sea salt (Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt) can be easily used for making homemade masks and scrubs. For making a scrub, one teaspoon of sea salt can be mixed in 2 teaspoons of raw honey. This mix, when applied to skin, helps in cleansing and boosting skin health. Sea salt can also be mixed with coconut oil /lavender oil or sugar for making homemade face masks/scrubs.
Lemon essential oil has strong anti-bacterial properties which help in fighting bacteria. Antibacterial constituents of lemon essential oil are so strong that potentially fatal strains of bacteria could also be removed from skin. Acne caused by bacteria present in skin pores could be treated with Lemon essential oil. Lemon oil also acts as an exfoliating agent for brightening and lightening of skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple Cedar Vinegar has been used for skin problems for very long time. Hippocrates (460- 377 BC), the father of modern medicine, found use of ACV and raw honey a good treatment for ulcers and skin sores. ACV contains potassium, magnesium, acetic acid which help in treating skin conditions arising out of gut related problems.
While oils and minerals help in keeping skin’s health, one can not undermine benefits of a good beauty sleep, sufficient water consumption and lowering stress levels in keeping skin’s health and beauty intact for several years.