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Article by Amina Kitching

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By Amina Kitching, Founder of Safe Cosmetics Australia, The Toxic-Free Campaign ®

7 Super Simple All-Natural Beauty Tips



What is natural beauty care? Since the dawn of time people have used nature's ingredient's to care and maintain the health and beauty of their skin.

We all want a clear glowing complexion, but can this really be achieved with natural ingredients found conveniently in your kitchen... The answer is YES, of course you can!


Why would I prepare my own beauty care treatments? Because it is not only affordable and convenient, but some of the best natural ingredients can be found in almost every kitchen.

Natural ingredients are highly beneficial, providing the skin and body with the nutrients it needs to restore and maintain the skin, hair and nails to perfection.

Regular exercise, adequate water and beauty sleep are fundamental to maintaining your best complexion.

Just as important, are the things you don't consume such as excessive amounts of sugar, coffee and alcohol or irregular sleep patterns, dehydration, too much sun and stress.

These factors are really important to consider when critiquing your skin.



 



7 Super Simple All-Natural Ingredients

1. Honey has excellent hydrating properties, naturally anti-bacterial, skin softening & illuminating.
   

2. Coconut Oil is so versatile, it can be used as a hair conditioning treatment, shaving cream, body oil, massage oil and more.
   

3. Apple Cider Vinegar is naturally detoxifying. It balances the skin’s PH, adds shine to skin and hair, removes stains from teeth, rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids, helps to lighten sun and age spots, dissolve dead skin cells, helps minimise the appearance of enlarged pores, improve acne and acne scars.
   

4. Aloe Vera Gel moisturises, balances and refines the skin. Ideal to use as a base for further treatments such as a hydrating mask or for treating sunburn. You can easily grow your own aloe or purchase from your local chemists, health store or supermarket.
   

5. Castor Sugar makes a fantastic foot & body scrub! Readily dissolves in the bath or shower.
   

6. Bicarbonate Soda is an excellent facial exfoliant, minimises pores helping to reduce acne breakouts and blackheads.
   

7. Lemon juice has a natural bleaching action that reduces pigmentation and age spots. Naturally anti-bacterial, it is excellent for treating acne and blackhead removal.

 

There are 4 basic steps to follow when treating the skin

Cleanse - getting rid of grime and toxins.
   

Tone - balances and refines the skin's pH, minimises pores, congestion and breakouts.
   

Moisturise - hydrates and replenishes the skin, treats and helps to prevent fine dry lines and wrinkles.
   

Treat - an additional step tailored to your daily routine and skin care needs, includes: exfoliating, masks, spot treatments, applying sunscreen, wrinkle cream, under-eye treatments and more.
 

So let's get started! I'll show you how you can utilise all-natural ingredients to care for your skin...


Step 1. Cleanse

If you need to remove make-up from the skin and eyes, dab a small amount of the coconut oil onto a moist cotton pad and gently wipe away the make-up and grime. Cleanse the skin with warm water, using a face washer to gently exfoliate and clean the skin. Repeat step one as required until all make-up and grime has been removed. For dry skin, add a teaspoon of honey to the basin of water before cleansing. You can also substitute the coconut oil for Aloe Vera gel.


Step 2. Tone

Apple cider vinegar is a must have, rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids this super-powered ingredient is so versatile. Using a moistened cotton pad, apply the apple cider vinegar to the skin in an upward sweeping action gently cleansing and toning the skin. Repeat this step until the skin feels thoroughly toned. For acne prone/congested skin, follow with a squeeze of lemon juice to moisten a cotton pad and apply all over the skin, paying attention to the congested and acne prone areas.
 

Step 3. Moisturise

Now this is a treat! The ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality”, Aloe Vera is one of the very best skin care ingredients, you may have this growing in your garden or you can buy Aloe Vera gel from your local chemist. Recommended by dermatologists, Aloe Vera has exceptional skin-healing properties making it ideal to treat sunburnt skin and to maintain a clear complexion. It is also effective at fighting dryness and wrinkles, this all-natural plant gel can be used as a daily moisturise, a foundation primer and as a base for an array of natural beauty recipes, it is a fantastic base to use for almost any concoction you desire! Apply Aloe Vera gel daily in its pure form or add other ingredients such as coconut oil and essential oils that are specific to your skin type. You can also try adding honey and vitamins such as a capsule of vitamin E or a crushed vitamin C tablet can be added, but remember that adding ingredients to the Aloe Vera will shorten the shelf life of the product, it is recommended to use within 4 weeks and store in the fridge. To target the under-eye area and dry patches, apply coconut oil sparingly and gently massage into the skin, allow to penetrate the skin before dabbing with a cotton pad to remove excess oil.
 
Step 3. Treatments

Facial Scrub - I can't live without this! It is so easy, simply cleanse the skin and apply the bicarb using your fingertips to target those congested areas. Your skin will receive a micro-exfoliation that leaves your skin feeling squeaky-clean. Rinse with water and follow with your favourite moisturiser.

Facial Mask - Using Aloe Vera as the base, place a teaspoon into a small mixing bowl and add a small amount of melted coconut oil, mix well to combine. You can also add essential oils that are specific to your skin type and vitamins such as Vit E & C for a nutrient-rich facial mask or honey for a hydrating mask. Leave on the skin for 15-20 mins, place cucumber slices over your eyes if desired, to help reduce puffiness. Rinse and follow with your favourite moisturiser.

Body Scrub - Combine a 1/4 cup of castor sugar with melted coconut oil and mix well. Ideal to use in the bath or shower, but please be careful in the shower as oil and water don't mix and slipping over is not fun. Vigorously apply the scrub all over your body, paying particular attention to the knees, elbows and feet. This scrub is perfect for gardening hands and dry rough skin that just won't hydrate.

Pigmentation Treatment - Using Aloe Vera gel as the base, add 10% lemon juice to a small amount of Aloe, you can also add 5% apple cider vinegar for a trio of natural goodness that is applied to target pigmentation. Use nightly for 6-12 weeks and continue the treatment as required.

Acne Treatment - Honey is a natural anti-bacterial agent that has been used throughout the ages to treat and heal the skin. Combined with Lemon juice that is rich in vitamin C to nourish the skin and aid healing, Lemon juice can be used alone to target acne spots or combined with honey. Adding a drop of Tea Tree Oil is also beneficial for acne prone skin, but the best advice is to look at your diet and hormones... Are you getting enough sleep? Exercise? Water? Relaxation? Do you have a skin-care routine? All of these factors and more, contribute to acne and congestion.

By Amina Kitching, Founder & Editor

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SOURCES

- Safe Cosmetics Australia, Blog - https://safecosmeticsaustralia.org/
- Knowledge from Studying an Advance Degree in Nutritional Medicine at ACNT College.
- Aromatherapy Handbook For Beauty hair and Skin Care
- The Aromatherapy Bible, The Definitive Guide To Using Essential Oils
- Dr. Jensen's Guide to Diet and Detoxification: Healthy Secrets from Around the World
- Natural News - http://www.naturalnews.com/047515_acne_remedies_homemade_facial_mask_recipes.html
- Thank Your Body - http://www.thankyourbody.com/10-super-simple-all-natural-beauty-tips/

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24 Aug 2016

Last Update: 9 Sep 2016

Article/Information supplied by Amina Kitching

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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