Skin care products that are available in the market are often touted to be the best solution to healthy glowing skin. The truth of the matter, however, is that a number of these skin care products are laden with chemical compounds that may wreck havoc on the skin. At the onset, the use of such products may show positive results, but this is only transient and is often accompanied by negative effects in the long run.
The good news is that there are a handful of natural products that you can use on the skin, all of which have the advantage of excluding toxic chemical compounds and ensuring a sustainable option in the long term. Creating a natural skin care routine will help you maintain supple and youthful skin. Below are the simple steps that you can incorporate into your routine to get the most of natural skin care techniques.
1. Know Your Skin Type:
The most important step in creating a natural skin care routine is knowing your skin type. This is very important for the simple reason that every natural ingredient you use must be aligned to the specific characteristics of your skin type.
This way, you will know how to take care of your skin as well as what natural regimen to use. There are four major types of skin, namely dry, oily, sensitive and combination skin.
Dry skin, just as the name suggests, tends to lose moisture very fast. This results in the formation of flakes that leave the skin scaly. Dry skin is also rough to touch. Oily skin on the other hand, develops when the sebum glands located underneath the surface of the skin produce excess amounts of oil. The result is a shiny and extremely greasy skin surface.
In some cases, one gets oily skin when the skin has very large pores. Sensitive skin is the third type of skin, and it is characterized by sensitivity to the use of many skin care products.
This is often accompanied by a burning sensation that causes one to itch especially after using makeup and a host of skin care products. As a general guide, if your skin becomes irritated following exposure to skin products, cologne and even the sun, it is likely that you have sensitive skin.
NOTE: Normal skin may be a little difficult to define, but one has this type of skin when it is clear, healthy, balanced and does not cause sensitivity. Additionally, such skin responds pretty well to an array of skin care products and if you have this skin type, you have a variety of options to add to your skin care routine.
Once you have established your skin type, the next step involves adopting skin care techniques that are intended to clean the skin as described below.
2. Familiarize Yourself With Skin Care Techniques:
Having established your skin type, the next step involves knowing what techniques are used to achieve the optimal health state of your specific skin type. Below are the different techniques alongside what they are meant to achieve when used during your routine.
This is a process that involves the removal of the skin’s oldest dead cells. These dead cells, as expected, are located on the skin’s top layer. Their removal allows new skin cells to come to the skin surface resulting in radiant glowing skin. Regular exfoliation is an integral part of any skin care routine.
ii) Skin Cleansing
This step, just as the name suggests, works by cleaning the surface of the skin. Skin cleansing is done eliminate makeup, get rid of dirt and pollutants on the skin surface as well as unclog the pores of the skin to allow it to ‘breath’.
This is the process through which natural skin care products are applied to the skin with the intention of making it softer and supple by preventing evaporation which leads to dryness. This helps restore and retain the skin’s moisture, thus sealing in the effects of the exfoliator and skin cleanser.
Take up any of the natural skin care routines outlined below in line with your skin type. Remember, the three steps – exfoliation, cleansing and moisturization- are carried out in that order for all skin types, and only the respective products may differ from one person to another
3. Natural Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin:
Those with dry skin will usually benefit from natural ingredients available. At the crux of this routine is the need to incorporate oils that will assist the skin produce enough oils to prevent dryness. This routine is also beneficial for those with aging skin.
This step is not often required for this type of skin, but you may find a way to add natural oils to the skin while getting rid of the dead skin.
One of the best ways you can do this is by using a homemade sugar scrub. All you need to prepare this natural exfoliator is 1/2 cup each of sugar and oil (preferably olive and coconut oil) as well as essential oils – although these are optional.
The sugar gently eliminates the dead cells allowing the skin to absorb the oils. Simply mix all the ingredients and store in an air-tight jar. Use a tablespoon of the sugar scrub daily while in the shower then rinse it off.
Having exfoliated the skin, the next step for this routine is to cleanse. Use castor oil to do this in what is known as the oil cleansing method. Castor oil is recommended because it not only balances the production of the skin’s natural oils, it is also astringent in nature.
This means it helps pull impurities from the skin during cleansing. Note that castor oil must never be used in its undiluted form. As a general guide, mix the castor oil with twice the amount of carrier oil.
Examples of carrier oil for dry skin care routine include olive oil, coconut oil or hazelnut oil. Follow the simple directions below to use castor oil for cleansing dry skin.
- Mix the oils before hand and store in a dark bottle for daily use during bath time. Remember to use the ratio 1:2 for the castor oil: carrier oil respectively.
- Massage a small amount of the oil blend between the palms of your hands and apply on the skin. Do this in gentle circular motions for a minute or so.
- Leave the oil mixture on the skin for about 10 minutes.
- Run a hot shower and place a clean washcloth to soak the hot water.
- Squeeze the excess hot water and cover the face and skin with the hot washcloth. The purpose of doing so is to accumulate steam against the skin and get rid of oils and impurities.
- Leave the washcloth on until it cools before repeating step 5 once more before drying the skin.
- Follow this up with the moisturization process below.
Apply a generous amount of organic shea butter to moisturize the skin. Whipped body butter is also an excellent option for moisturizing dry skin.
You may also opt to prepare homemade lotion using your preferred oils such as almond or jojoba oil, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, beeswax and essential oils.
All of these ingredients play a key role in sealing moisture on the hydrated skin. Always remember to apply moisturizer when the skin is damp.
4. Natural Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin:
Oily skin, as mentioned above, is the type of skin that produces excess amounts of oil which often clog the skin pores and cause breakouts.
For this natural skin care routine, it is important to get natural remedies that help balance oil production by the skin as well as reduce the occurrences of breakouts.
These natural ingredients also help get rid of excess oils on the skin. Below are some of the options for exfoliating, cleansing and moisturizing oily skin.
Use sea salt to help get rid of dead skin and strip off the excess oils. Mix the sea salt with almond or olive oil to reduce its abrasiveness. The result is a natural scrub that is both effective for oily skin and gentle in getting rid of impurities.
Oil cleansing method is gaining popularity as a way of cleaning different skin types. While the natural remedies may differ from one type of skin to another, the essence is the same; using oil to cleanse the pores.
Those with oily skin will typically require more castor oil than the average ratio of carrier oils. This is because castor oil is astringent in nature, and helps tighten the pores thus helping the skin regulate oil production.
For this routine, use equal amounts of castor oil and olive oil in the procedure outlined above for the cleansing of dry skin; only make sure to replace the 1:2 ratio.
As expected, one of the challenges people with oily skin face is hot to moisturize adequately as the skin naturally produces excess oils. What’s more, the process of cleansing outlined above usually provides an adequate layer of the moisturizing oil. If this does not suffice, a light layer of coconut oil works perfectly well. Alternatively, use diluted apple cider vinegar for this step.
5. Natural Skin Care Routine For Sensitive Skin:
Sensitive skin requires special care to ensure it remains smooth and supple. Use the simple steps below to establish a skin care routine if you have sensitive skin.
As a general rule of thumb, exfoliation is not recommended for those with sensitive skin because it easily causes abrasion and irritation. As it is, the outer layer of sensitive skin is compromised and exfoliation further worsens the situation. Skip this process and proceed to cleansing.
Use a gentle cleanser to clean sensitive skin and get rid of any impurities. Prepare the skin cleanser using the following natural ingredients:
- 6 teaspoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- A glass jar with a lid
- A water bath
- Place the coconut oil in a bowl and then in the bath water. This allows the coconut oil to melt without direct heat application.
- Add in the honey and stir well before pouring in the baking soda.
- Mix the ingredients well for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture to the glass jay and store at room temperature. This will, naturally, cause the natural cleanser to harden due to the presence of coconut oil.
- During bath time, scoop a pea sized amount of the cleanser and massage on the skin.
- Let the cleanser set on the face for a minute before rinsing with warm water.
- Pat the skin dry gently, making sure to avoid rubbing aggressively as this irritates the skin.
Use some of the coconut oil to moisturize the skin after cleansing.
Normal/combination/blended skin responds rather well to an array of natural skin care products, and is probably one of the easiest skin types to manage as it also adjusts pretty fast.
In addition to establishing these skin care routines, it is important to eat a balanced diet to ensure that the body gets adequate nutrients for proper skin regeneration.
Ensure that you take enough drinking water as this is at the core of skin moisturization. When your body is dehydrated, one of the first signs is dry scaly skin.
Other supplements which can be integrated into your skin care routine include cod liver oil which is rich in antioxidants and Vitamins A and D which are required for skin cell generation, gelatin which strengthens collagen as well as magnesium. Keep stress levels low as this strains normal skin function and predisposes you to breakouts.