Common skin conditions such as hives, acne, dryness, eczema, and rosacea all make the skin sensitive to external factors that can trigger flare-ups. Unfortunately, the product you use to treat your sensitive skin is the same product that can cause further irritation and discomfort due to harsh chemicals and allergens.
If you are having a hard time looking for the right product that will suit your skin and if you have already spent too much time and money switching to different creams and lotions, try using natural remedies that are readily available in your kitchen or in your garden. Natural remedies make a good alternatives since they don’t contain strong chemicals and cost far less than over-the-counter products.
Here are six natural ingredients you can add to your daily beauty regimen:
1.Try Pure And Natural Honey
Raw, pure honey is one ingredient you should include in your beauty regimen. It is safe to apply on all skin types and helps relieve symptoms from various skin disorders, including dry skin, acne, rosacea, and eczema.
Raw honey is a natural moisturizer, a skin lightener and a mild disinfectant. It acts as a humectant, which is a substance often found in beauty products that helps the skin retain its moisture.
Honey contains gluconic acid, a substance that aids the process of exfoliation, which normally slows down with age.It helps remove dead skin cells, so the new healthy skin cells can emerge. Honey can also prevent acne breakouts due to its antibacterial properties.
You can simply coat your face with honey for a few minutes to reap its benefits, or you can add other natural ingredients such as lemon, coconut oil or jojoba oil.
2. Make A Sweet Sugar Scrub
If you hate sugar in your diet, you will certainly love it on your skin.
In the past, many people used sugar scrubs on wounds to accelerate healing and to prevent scarring. Today, people with sensitive skin who are prone to eczema breakouts use sugar scrubs to help remove dead skin cells that can cause flaking and dryness. It works great in getting rid of blackheads, whiteheads and acne scars, too.
Sugar will not irritate your sensitive skin; therefore a sugar scrub is a great alternative to exfoliants that contain harsh chemicals.Whether brown or white, sugar has glycolic acid that facilitates the growth of new skin cells, while the tiny particles act as exfoliants to remove dead skin cells for a smooth and radiant skin.
It is also a natural humectant that helps your skin retain its natural moisture.
Obviously, scrubbing with sugar alone can hurt your skin. You can add honey or baking soda, olive oil, coconut oil and other essential oils, such as lavender oil and geranium oils to create the best sugar scrubs perfect for your sensitive skin.
3. Find A Powerful Antibacterial Astringent In Aloe Vera
Apart from being an effective burn and sunburn remedy, Aloe vera gel can prevent acne breakouts and soothe eczema breakouts.
Excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells that clog pores are main causes of acne breakouts. Aloe vera gel acts as an astringent to get rid of excess oil and dead skin cells, while its anti-bacterial properties eliminate bacteria naturally present under the skin.
Itchy and stinging sensations on the skin are common in people with eczema, and worse yet, scratching increases the risks of infection. The aloe’s antibacterial properties can help keep the skin clean. It contains polysaccharides that keep skin moisturized, so it can relieve dryness and flaking. Aloe vera has antifungal properties, so you can use it on your scalp, as well.
It’s best to use fresh aloe vera gel; however, it can easily spoil and adding preservatives to keep it from spoiling can irritate your sensitive skin. For fresh aloe vera gel every day, keep a few pots of the plant at home, and then you can just pinch a leaf off for each use. Aloe vera grows easily and does not require too much attention.
4. Use Oatmeal For More Than Just Breakfast
Oatmeal for breakfast is a delicious and nutritious way to start your day off right. But, did you know oatmeal can do wonders for your sensitive skin? Yes, using oatmeal as a face mask, cleanser, body scrub and bath soak keeps the skin hydrated.
Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help relieve the unpleasant symptoms of sunburn, dry skin, pimples and eczema.
If you have dry and flaky skin due to eczema, add a cup of pulverized oatmeal to your warm bath. Oatmeal can help stabilize your skin’s normal pH levels to relieve the itching as it locks in moisture to keep your skin from flaking. You can add a few drops of lavender oil for a more relaxing effect. For an instant access to pulverized oatmeal each time you want an oatmeal bath, you can pulverize oatmeal with a blender, and then store it in a jar.
If your skin is prone to acne breakouts, using oatmeal with honey, or with coconut oil and sugar for face masks help get rid of excess oils, dead skin cells that clog pores and bacteria. Oatmeal absorbs oil without drying the skin, unlike most over-the-counter face masks that can further irritate your skin and cause dryness. It gives your skin the glow, but not the greasy shine.
5. Discover The Cleansing Properties Of Tea Tree Oil
Applying tea tree oil on your face can help prevent acne breakouts. It contains organic compounds that act as an antiseptic, which help eliminate acne-causing bacteria.
The good thing about tea tree oil is that it doesn’t strip off you skin’s natural oils, so it will leave your skin clean without making it dry and flaky.
Tea tree oil is a potent cleanser. Before applying on acne-prone areas, you must dilute it with water. The solution should be five percent tea tree oil and 95 percent water. You can also add honey if you want.
6. Take Advantage Of The Healthy Fats In Coconut Oil
You must be wondering how an oil product can remedy an acne breakout caused by oil and bacteria. Coconut oil will not trigger breakouts because it is different from the skin oil that causes acne.
Coconut oil contains acids with potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has vitamin E, which is an antioxidant, and it contains healthy fats that moisturize the skin.
To apply, simply place a warm or hot towel on your skin to open up your pores. Massage a few drops of virgin coconut oil on your face in a circular motion. Then rinse it off thoroughly with a mild soap.
It’s best to try these DIY scrubs and face masks on a small area of your skin first before slathering it all over your face and body. Although, these are all-natural ingredients, your skin can still possibly react adversely as a result of an allergic reaction.
So, take it slow, try one of these remedies at a time on a small section of skin to see if it is okay for you to use. You can have healthy skin without spending all your money on beauty products that are full of chemicals and synthetic ingredients.