Get baby-soft skin at any age without using expensive chemical-enhanced products from the makeup counter or prescriptions from your dermatologist. Smooth, clear skin can be yours if you stick to a twice-daily skin-care routine that features natural ingredients proven to help your specific skin issues. Whether you're wrestling with wrinkles, dealing with dry skin or trying to banish your blemishes, you can do it the natural way with ingredients found right in your kitchen.
Place a large pot of water on the the stove and bring to a boil. Turn the stove off and drape a towel over your head. Place your head 10 inches from the water and allow the steam to penetrate your skin. This helps balance your complexion, lubricate skin tissue and increase permeability.
Wash your face with a store-bought cleanser twice daily that features moisturizing ingredients such as olive oil, avocado and aloe. Or, mix together two red-apple slices, 1 1/2 cups of plain yogurt, 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon of honey in a blender. Massage onto your face in small circles for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Look for a natural-based moisturizer containing olive oil, shea butter, aloe and avocado, for example, and is free of perfumes, dyes or preservatives. If you're battling wrinkles and dry skin, look for a moisturizer with white and green teas, noni fruit juice, sugar and lemon. These help smooth out fine lines and brighten the skin.
Oily Skin and Acne
Wash your face no more than twice daily with a homemade cleanser. Combine 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 tablespoon of honey in a small bowl. Place a dollop onto your fingertips and massage into your skin for at least 30 seconds. Rinse well with warm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
Crush up 3 tablespoons of dried basil leaves and place them in a cup of boiling water. Wait 15 minutes for it to cool, strain the leaves and pour the mixture into a tiny bottle. Apply this natural antiseptic toner to your face with a cotton pad to help ward off acne-causing bacteria.
Apply a moisturizer twice daily. According to New York-based, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Diane S. Berson, it's essential to moisturize acne-prone and oily skin to reduce redness and keep the oil production at a normal level. Dr. Berson advises you find an oil-free, noncomedogenic facial moisturizer featuring ceramides and silicone oils, such as dimethicone.
Make a homemade facial cleanser featuring 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, one medium-size peeled cucumber and five medium mint leaves. Mix together in a blender until smooth and then massage onto your face in small circles. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. The yogurt and cucumber keeps your skin balanced while the mint adds an extra soothing property.
Choose a store-bought moisturizer that is oil-free, noncomedogenic and fragrance-free. Look for ingredients such as calcium, zinc and manganese, which promote collagen growth, as well as different kinds of amino acids, which help prevent dryness. Streamline your skincare routine by buying a moisturizer with a built-in SPF 30.
Smooth a charcoal-based mask on your skin once a week to cleanse your face from makeup and remove toxins. Mix together 1 teaspoon of powdered, activated charcoal, 1 teaspoon of rosewater, 1 teaspoon of aloe-vera gel, 5 drops of pure tea-tree oil and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Carefully scoop the charcoal mix onto your fingertips and apply to your entire face. Allow the mask to dry; rinse your face with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel.
Read all ingredients in store-bought moisturizers. The ingredients should be recognizable and you should steer clear of any unnatural perfumes or dyes.
Apply the charcoal mask with care as it can get messy.