“Self-care is a priority and a necessity; not a luxury” and it starts with embracing the natural beauty within you. But you cannot deny the fact that outer beauty is not necessary.
The way you take care of yourself and present yourself before others, it reflects back the impression you have on others. We try different cleansers, toners and anti-aging lotion and what not but I must recall that we are surrounded with various resources that may be in our garden or in our kitchen to enhance our skin without any side-effects. Seems like the world is telling us that we need to spend lots of time, lots of money, and risk our health to be beautiful. Do not believe that. I will make you not believe this through this blog.
Shall we get started???
#1: For Under-eyes
You must be working from home now since its lockdown time and sitting continuously before your laptop and maybe working late can make your under-eye skin puffy due to tiredness.
It is because your under-eye skin is delicate, thin and more prone to inflammation.
The antioxidants, caffeine, and tannins reduce the irritation and soothe skin quickly.
|Tip: To eliminate that, chilled tea bags can work best. Briefly steep green, black or chamomile tea bags in hot water for a minute and then take them out to chill it in a refrigerator. Once chilled, keep one bag over your closed eyelid for 5 to 15 minutes.|
Dark circles generally appear due to lack of sleep but food and environmental allergies, nutritional deficiencies can also be the cause.
|Tip: To reduce that, the first thing you can do is to find the reason for allergy and keep yourself away from that. You can also increase the water intake since the reduction in fluids can be a reason for that. Or you can use Arnica gel if you have. It boosts up the blood circulation and thus speeds up healing.|
#2: For lips
Dry and dull lips is a very mundane issue with most people. Sun exposure, lip sucking, allergies, dehydration, etc.
Coconut oil is a fantastic natural skin moisturizer as it seeps into the skin pores directly. If it is combined with raspberries, it will nourish and moisturize your lips deeply for healthier lips.
|Tip: Warm one tablespoon of coconut oil in a saucepan and mash 4 raspberries in it and blend it until it is smooth. Refrigerate it until firm and apply it with clean fingers. Make a fresh every few days.|
Another combination could be coconut oil and shea butter. Its high concentration of vitamins helps in conditioning your lips.
|Tip: Simple mix them and apply as a lip balm to get soft hydrated lips.|
|Tip: For a natural lip stain, dab coconut oil with a cotton pad and run a slice of freshly cut beet.|
#3: For Nails
For healthier nails, intake of Vitamin B is necessary. Eat whole grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts.
|Tip: You can soak your nails in olive oil for like 5-7 minutes to admire your pretty nails.|
The most necessary part of a lady is her shiny hair. Pollution, heat exposure, sweat and chemicals in shampoos and conditioners are enough to ruin great natural looking hair.
|Tip: A thick paste of mashed banana and egg, apply it for 10 to 30 minutes and wash using your usual wash ritual and boom! The lost shine of your hair has come back.|
Coconut oil is not only a good natural moisturizer for your skin but also for your scalp. Apply melted oil on the scalp directly, run them down to your hair, leave it for like a couple of hours and wash it.
|Tip: To eliminate any build up in your hair, mix one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water and follow it up with a conditioner. You can also use one tablespoon of baking soda with shampoo.|
The largest organ of our body. Let us look at some natural beauty tips to take care of it.
- Rub a half orange on your knees and elbows and rinse them after it dries up. Help soften up the patches and smell nice.
- Staying inside our room for long and no natural interaction can cause skin breakout. You can apply Apple cider vinegar with cotton pads to clean skin to tighten up the pores and it kills the bacteria present.
- When applying moisturizer, add drops of raw honey and the moisturization works even better.
- For scrubbing your skin, you can add cooled caffeinated coffee grounds for a cellulite-fighting exfoliant.
- Or you can make an instant natural face scrub of olive oil and sea salt in a 2:1 ratio. This helps in getting rid of all dead skin cells and brings out the softness and glow.
- You can make a homemade natural facial scrub with oatmeal. Take oatmeal and grind it in the mixer. Mix it with your everyday cleanser. Gently massage it on your face avoiding eye-area and wash it usually. It is a great scrub for sensitive skin.
- Papaya contains the natural enzyme papain, and pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain. These two protein-dissolving agents help naturally exfoliate and lift away dry, dead skin cells. Scoop out a ¼ cup raw papaya flesh and mash or blend with 1 tablespoon fresh pineapple until smooth. Apply to dry skin and leave on for 5 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water.
Even if we age, we would love to have a lovely radiating hydrating skin and it’s a dream of every woman. For natural anti-aging properties, Pomegranate oil high in vitamin C produces collagen.
Almond oil is mild and hypoallergenic which makes it ideal for sensitive skin. Rich in vitamin E, it helps in regenerating your skin faster.
Raspberry seed oil is rich in ellagic acid and Vitamin E which have anti-aging effects and help prevent oxidative damage.
If each has separate properties, when we combine all three, it makes an incredible natural moisturizer. Add this to your skincare routine for softer skin. Do include them in your natural skincare routine.
|Tip: Mix them in equal parts, take 6 to 7 drops, rub into your palms and with your fingertips gently apply it over dry areas and fine lines and wrinkles.|
Have you heard about sleep wrinkles? It happens due to your bedsheets and pillowcases made of coarser fabrics. When you are young, due to the high elasticity of your skin, it can go away but as you age, sleep wrinkles start converting into permanent wrinkles due to the weakening of collagen and elasticity.
|Tip: To prevent that, use softer material made bed sheets and pillows. Try switching sides and sleep your back.|
Lack of moisture and hydration can cause dry ashy skin. Coconut water is rich in nutrients, acts as an anti-inflammatory, a detoxifier, and an antimicrobial – which means it helps promote clear skin.
|Tip: Start your day with a glass of coconut water.|
Astaxanthin is the reason wild salmon has a red pigment and is a potent antioxidant that helps protect your skin from the harmful effects of UVA sun damage because of its capacity to promote skin elasticity and hydration.
|Tip:Include seafood such as salmon, krill, shrimp, lobster, crabs, and crayfish as your skincare routine.|
If your skin appears dull, uneven, or unhealthy even after a good natural cleansing – it’s time to try using a toner between cleansing and moisturizing your face. Drinking green tea is great for your overall health, but when applied to your face as a toner it’s perfect for brightening, evening, cleansing and even hydrating your skin.
|Tip: You can make a green tea toner by steeping a couple of tea bags for 5 minutes, allowing them to cool to room temperature. Then, either pat onto your face, apply with cotton pads or pour into a spray bottle and spritz onto clean skin.|
#6: How to treat Acne?
Acne treatments are supposed to work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, or reducing inflammation.
Tea trees are well-known for their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. And research shows it can help reduce mild to moderate acne breakouts due to its mix of over 100 natural compounds. It’s thought to help calm redness and swelling, leaving you with smooth, clear skin.
|Tip: Add 1 to 2 drops to a single application of your cleanser, serum or moisturizer to make it natural and more effective. You want about a 5% dilution, which means 5 drops of tea tree oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or cream. You can apply this 2 – 3 times daily.|
|Tip: Apply sake with a cotton swab to age spots. This will help fade dark spots.|
|Tip: Apply a dab of full-fat Greek yogurt to a blemish to reduce redness, balance bacteria, and loosen the clogged pore.|
|Tip: To treat blackheads, place 4 or 5 drops of raw honey on an open lemon wedge. Then rub the lemon on your face for a minute, emphasizing any trouble areas. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water.|
#5: For teeth
|Tip: For when your teeth are looking yellow, gently scrub your teeth with an orange peel to naturally help whiten them. The citric acid will help to break down plaque and stains while the spongy peel helps scrub it away. Rinse well with water after but do not brush your teeth for at least one hour.|
#8: Bonus Tips
Sugar is the biggest contributor to inflammation that shows up on your skin as acne, dry itchy skin, and wrinkles.
Whenever you eat foods with high sugar content, your blood sugar rises rapidly and once the hormone that regulates blood sugar is released into your cells, it falls again.
When you experience this sugar crash, you often feel hungry, shaky, and moody. Every time this happens, your body experiences internal stress, which often leads to breakouts and dull-looking skin.
Tip: To protect yourself and maintain balanced blood sugar levels, eat meals that contain plenty of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. And to clear your skin, eliminate refined sugars and foods with added sweeteners, including white and brown sugar, agave syrup, molasses, maple syrup, and honey… and focus instead on beautifying green veggies.
|Tip: Ylang Ylang oil helps balance and regulate oil production in your skin and hair to prevent excessive dryness and oiliness, while also soothing inflammation and irritation. It helps address acne by enhancing circulation, encouraging the growth of new skin, hydrating your skin, and helps prevent infections with its antimicrobial properties.|
Tip: Being an antioxidant, green algae protects your skin against free radicals too. Because cell damage is at the root of most aging disorders, protecting the skin from the free-radical activity is a significant preventative measure for healthy, younger-looking skin. Including in skincare routine, green algae help to instantly hydrate and condition your skin, leaving it more supple and moisturized.
To keep your skin smooth and vibrant, you can use nature’s skin soother – Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera gel has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and it penetrates the skin easily to provide nourishment. It acts as a barrier for the skin while allowing your skin to replenish its moisture. And because it’s high in nutrients and vitamins, Aloe Vera gel can also help your skin heal quicker. Learn more about the benefits of aloe vera gel.
|Tip: Apply aloe vera gel on your skin regularly.|
|Tip: When waking in the morning with a puffy or swollen face, gently rub chamomile ice cubes in circular motions around your face for a quick freshening up. No matter what state your face is in, fresh-out-of-the-freezer cubes, especially when blended with chamomile tea can help increase blood circulation, minimize pores, and soothe inflammation for clear, radiant skin.|
Combine the healing, clarifying, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effects of honey with pore cleansing and sebum balancing effects of turmeric and pH enhancing and lactic acid effects of yogurt into this pore cleanser.
|Tip: Mix together 1 Tablespoon plain yogurt, 1 Tablespoon raw honey and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder into a paste. Apply to your face and neck and leave for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then wash with cool water, pat your skin dry and apply your favorite serum and moisturizer.|
Sweat it out!
- Exercise regularly. Exercising gives out the necessary blood circulation, and also accelerates the cleansing process of your entire body. You will notice a glow on your face after working out.
- Yoga also helps you relax, can elevate your mood, and help balance your hormones which can lead to firmer, smoother looking skin. Doing inverted yoga poses will boost oxygen-rich blood circulation to your head which will help give your face some extra lift and vitality.
Remember, self-care always comes first! So take care while staying at home and enjoy!