Top 12 Ultimate Natural Skin Care Remedies November 04 2015
You’ll Find Them in Your Own Kitchen
While there are many suggestions for natural skin care remedies - sometimes those suggestions include herbs or options that we may not readily have in our own home. While you can purchase just about anything online, it's nice to know you have some handy and effective ingredients around either at home at your local grocer for very little money. We've compiled a list of solid options that help alleviate skin care issues ranging from inflammation, prescription induced rashes, discoloration, eczema, and acne.
Olive oil is a great choice for skin irritations and/or eczema. Olive oil contains a compound known as oleocanthal, which has been found to stop the activity of two specific enzymes (Cox-1 and Cox-2) in the body just as ibuprofen and other NSAIDs would do. Plainly said, olive oil will help calm irritated and inflamed skin, but in addition to that, is also known as having valuable antioxidant properties. It will not clog pores, and with regular use can protect skin from future sun damage.
Yogurt contains zinc, lactic acid, b vitamins and calcium – all which play a vital part in healthier skin. Zinc is a great anti-inflammatory and can curb redness of the skin. Lactic acid is a natural exfoliant and will help keep pores clear and is a great anti-aging ingredient. Calcium will encourage cell renewal and contains antioxidants.
Aloe has long been known for its healing and anti-inflammatory qualities. It has antimicrobial properties, which help prevent and clear up acne. Pure aloe vera is more like a liquid than the gel you normally see in stores. You’re best bet is to stop into a health food store, as they’re most likely to have the best kind for you.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Using rosehip seed oil in your skin care regime will help do a number of important things, like help cure rosacea and acne. It encourages cell turnover and skin regeneration. Look for cold pressed rosehip seed oil which contains more nutrients and hasn’t been altered by heat while being produced. Rosehip seed oil also contains vitamin c and lycopene, so it can repair damaged, reduce discoloration, pigmentation, and aging skin while restoring elasticity.
Honey is a very well known skin remedy that has been used for a very long time, and definitely beneficial to many skin issues. The antimicrobial properties in honey help kill the bacteria that causes acne. It is an anti-inflammatory as well, making it a great choice to add to any mask or treatment.
Studies have shown that ginseng helps improve the effects of aging skin and can enhance the production of collagen. Further studies show that it is vital in wound healing. It’s a great choice for balancing skin oil production and thus reducing future breakouts. Adding this ingredient either fresh or dried to any mask will offer many benefits.
The NCBI has published studies that show how Colloidal oatmeal can correct of atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, drug-induced rash and other conditions. Their evidence also suggests that oatmeal can provide anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic activity to irritated skin.
Two specific studies conducted by Dermatological Research and Fitoterapia indicate that cucumbers can successfully soothe skin and relieve skin irritations, and well as reduce swelling. That explains all of the photos you’ve seen with a person lounging peacefully with cucumber slices over their eyes. Consider grating fresh cucumber and apply against freshly cleaned skin to encourage these benefits.
Science Daily has noted that the polyphenols in green tea will help kill free radicals, thus reducing the risk of the development of skin cancer. Green tea also contains EGCG, which has also been shown to cause skin cells to divide again and regenerate. A nice immediate effect to applying green tea to skin is it’s ability to reduce swelling, especially handy for puffy eyes or a long weekend of indulgence.
Cinnamon is one of the most effective remedies for acne, eczema, and general skin irritation, either in powdered spice form or as an essential oil. Applying cinnamon to skin can help correct hormonal imbalances within the skin that can produce Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermis (acne causing bacteria).
Many of you have already heard of the benefits of lemon for skin, and have probably read some blogs that suggest lemon is too acidic to use topically. Not only is this false, but studies sited by Medical News Daily prove that it is in fact very healthy and beneficial to be applied topically to skin. Since lemon contains vitamin c, it is an excellent choice in helping skin fight sun damage and increases the production of collagen. Huffington Post also sites studies that show lemon’s benefits for skin. Lemon also contains calcium, magnesium and potassium – minerals that are highly beneficial to skin health. Fresh lemon will also heal acne, remove blackheads, and lighten dark spots. If you have highly sensitive skin, you can dilute fresh lemon juice and apply with confidence.
Tea Tree Oil
The National Institute of Health has conducted studies showing that tea tree oil can alleviate bacterial wounds such as acne. Additional studies show that it can athlete's foot, nail fungus, and dandruff. It’s a common ingredient that can be found at any health food store. NIH also notes that when tea tree oil is combined with benzoyl peroxide, it can be very effective in controlling acne.
Consider adding any of these ingredients to your next shopping list if you don’t already have them around, to naturally help cure and soothe skin issues easily and effectively.
If you have some of your own recommendations, please share them with us!
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