“Health is wealth” is a saying that is no longer debatable. Over the last 18 months since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, search engines have been inundated with the quest for more information on how to stay healthy without breaking the bank.
An area of human interest has remained the need for more information on natural beauty therapies for the skin, as this is the largest organ of the human body.
Natural skin care uses topical cream and lotions made of ingredients available in nature.
Let’s look at a few popular & natural beauty therapies from all over the world, that have stood the test of time.
1. Coconut Oil
Use on your skin and hair to help cleanse, moisturize, remove make-up, heal wounds or scars quicker and prevent razor burns. Coconut oil has lots of healthy fats that help nourish your guts and increase immune functions when used internally. It is also beneficial with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that comes from steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree. When used topically or as a beauty therapy, it is used to treat acne, athletes’ foot, insect bites and nail fungus. It has been used in Australia for centuries, to curb breakouts, redness, and skin inflammation and it is now used all over the world.
3. Raw Honey
This is the best natural source of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and skin boosting acids. Benefits of raw honey include reducing breakouts, moisturizing properties, and antiseptic qualities. It aids healing of wounds, fights allergies or rashes and reduces scars. Honey is also included in treatments used to heal bacterial infection, dandruff, diaper dermatitis, etc. Honey is used in facial cleansers, on sensitive & mixed skin.
An ultimate moisturizing fatty fruit, with Vitamins A, D, & E that penetrate the skin. It helps soothe Sun burned skin and boost the collagen production, which help to treat age spots. Avocado also reduces inflammation of the skin when applied topically and can be eaten for its internal goodness too.
5. Sea Salt
Sea salt is salt that is produced by the evaporation of seawater. It contains tons of minerals and nutrients like calcium, sodium and potassium that’s absorbed from sea water when produced & found in skin cells within our bodies. Real sea salt can help balance, protect and restore the skin. You can use Himalaya salt (a rock salt mined in Punjab region of Pakistan) or Celtic sea salt (harvested by hand in Brittany, France) in homemade facial masks, toners and scrubs with other skin boosting ingredients like coconut oil, lavender essential oil and raw honey.
6. Lemon Essence Oil
Lemon oil is extracted from the skin peels of fresh lemons through steam extraction or by ‘cold-pressing’ process, that pricks and rotates the lemon peel as oil is released. The essential oil can be diluted and applied directly to the skin or diffused into the air and inhaled. It is a common ingredient in various skin and aromatherapy products. It is also a strong anti-bacterial constituent that diminishes acne, fading scars and age spots. It exfoliates and brightens skin, tones oily skin and fights wrinkles.
7. Aloe Vera Plant
This plant contains a gel widely known for relieving sunburn and healing wounds. Aloe vera has been known for ages across North Africa, Southern Europe and the Canary Islands but is now grown in tropical climates like West Africa. Aloe vera has medicinal properties used for relieving heartburn, maintaining freshness, lowering blood sugar with just two (2) teaspoons per day and it is used as an alternative to mouthwash. As a natural beauty therapy, it detoxifies the skin and it is great at keeping skin clear and hydrated.
8. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is the liquid produced in the seed of a shrub native to Southern Arizona in California and northern Mexico. The oil makes up 50% of the seed by weight. It is extremely moisturizing and rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish hair. Jojoba oil’s healing properties make it effective in moisturizing the face & treating skin conditions like acne, eczema, etc
9. Shea Butter
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It is ivory in colour when raw. It is widely used raw in cosmetics as a moisturizer, in soaps and lotions. Shea butter is relatively inexpensive, yet reduces flaking of skin. Shea butter is also edible and used in food preparation in some African countries.
10. Argan Oil
Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree that is endemic to Morocco. It is rich in vitamins A & E, antioxidants, Omega 6, fatty acids etc. It is great for boosting shiny and healthy hair and is an edible oil.
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