33 Natural Skin Care: Good for Your Skin and the Environment

Is there anyone who doesn’t like radiant and well-hydrated skin? You are probably here because of two reasons: 

  1. You are looking for ways on how to keep your skin hydrated and glowing (despite the nasty environment) or 
  2. Maybe you are also looking for skin care routines that will not harm the environment and thus avoid pollution (which can cause adverse effects on your skin)
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Well, you came to the right article! If you are looking for natural skin care methods and ingredients. We suggest that you read on.

Natural Ingredients for Skin Care

One of the most common concerns is how to maintain healthy and fabulous skin despite stress and daily hassles. Everybody loves natural ingredients for skin care since these are effective and can be used daily. Listed below are the natural ingredients used in skin care which you can easily find and purchase almost anywhere.

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1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a multifunctional plant and is suitable for any skin type. This plant is rich in nutrients and bioactive compounds such as vitamins C, B1, B6, B2; phenolic compounds, enzymes, glycoprotein niacinamide, choline, various amino acids, phytochemicals, and salicylic acid. Aloe vera prevents inflammation, fungi, viruses, parasites, itching,  and insect bites. Indeed, you will definitely love using aloe vera because it is all-natural and has multiple uses as well.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is the distilled and fermented juice of apples. This natural skin care product effectively hydrates the skin. It is also effective to use as a cleanser; it protects you from fungi and other microbes. The components of apple cider vinegar help treat acne by balancing the sebum levels in the skin and also prevent hyperkeratosis (wherein the outer skin cells are being replaced with keratin).

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3. Argan Oil

If you want a natural skin care ingredient that will make your skin elastic, supple, and hydrated, then argan oil is perfect for you. Argan oil is a non-fragrant oil that is generally used in food and cosmetics. It contains a high percentage of lipids, fatty acids, Vitamins E and A, and other compounds (such as tocopherols, polyphenols, sterols, triterpene alcohols, and squalene) that are necessary for skin repair and regulation of sebum production.

4. Avocado Oil

This is also another skin-friendly oil that can provide nutrients and meet your skin care need. Avocado oil is obtained from the pulp of the avocado fruit. It contains essential nutrients such as vitamins E, D, A, B1, B2; polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols, lipids, and beta carotene, which are proven to be effective in treating psoriasis and preventing skin inflammation. It also serves as your protection from UV rays and hydrates the skin. 

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5. Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is a natural, absorbent clay that contains aluminum and silica. It has been proven effective against skin irritation, allergic dermatitis, diaper dermatitis, and other skin disorders. Bentonite clay can also be used as a hand moisturizer.

6. Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood oil is an essential oil that is obtained from the bark, leaves, and fruits of cedar trees. Cedarwood oil is best known for its natural and captivating fragrance. It contains terpenic hydrocarbons, sesquiterpenes, and cadinene. It can also be used as a medication to treat acne, eczema, and skin eruptions. You can also use cedarwood oil for cosmetics and art.

7. Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl alcohol is fatty acid alcohol which is a highly effective emulsifier and emollient. It’s also used as a textural enhancer and skin thickener which helps prevent the skin from getting easily damaged. It is derived from coconut and does not contain any drying compound.

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8. Chamomile

Roman and German chamomile are the two most common varieties of chamomile. Chamomile contains several bioactive ingredients such as flavonoids, bisabolol oxides A and B; hydroxycoumarins, chamazulene, farnesene, glycosides, lactones, coumarins, mucilage, and terpenoids. These ingredients can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and are effective in treating moderate eczema cases, skin irritations, sunburns, rashes, hemorrhoids, and sores. It is also popular for its effective anti-inflammatory property.

9. Charcoal

If you are looking for a natural, DIY skin care product that is simple to use and yet effective, then charcoal is for you. Charcoal is good for skin oil absorption and is also known as an effective and natural treatment for poison, dirt, and bacteria. It can also remove odors from chronic wounds and protects the skin from harmful chemicals.

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10. Cocoa

Cocoa is known to have an abundant source of phenolic antioxidants, bioactive phytocompounds, phenolic antioxidants, theobromine, minerals, omega-three fatty acids, and vitamin E. Cocoa is super effective in slowing down skin aging by preventing wrinkles. It is also a moisturizer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory agent. However, use cocoa with caution because it can sometimes clog your pores.

11. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is effective in treating severe skin diseases like dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, cuts, and wounds. Its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral properties help regenerate the skin. It is perfect as a skin emollient since it has a high lipid concentration which promotes moisturized and hydrated skin.

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12. Ethyl Macadamia

Ethyl macadamia is a non-greasy and non-volatile transparent liquid that is used as a moisturizer and antioxidant. When applied to the skin, it undergoes saponification – wherein the fat or oil is converted into alcohol and soap using alkali and heat.  

13. Frankincense

Frankincense is a natural skin care product acquired from the Boswellia tree. It has antimicrobial and antifungal properties which protect the skin against damaging microorganisms. It is also effective in treating nail infections and eradicating skin problems like eczema and acne. However, note that frankincense can sensitize the skin.

14. Glycerin/Glycerol

Glycerin/glycerol is an odorless and non-toxic clear liquid that can make your skin supple and smooth. However, make sure that your skin is already moisturized before using this since glycerin can absorb its own moisture. Another option is to mix it with other occlusive oils to help moisturize the skin and thus avoid dryness.

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15. Green Tea

Green tea originated in China. Green tea contains flavonoids, polyphenols, and antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties – thus slowing down the process of aging. It also improves and repairs the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

16. Hemp Seed Oil (from Cannabis sativa)

This oil is obtained from the hemp seeds of cannabis flowers. It contains vitamins C, B1, B, A, and E; magnesium, proteins, phosphorus, iron, sodium, copper, iodine, calcium, phlorotannins, beta carotene, and amino acids, which help maintain the skin’s natural functions. It also serves as an antioxidant.

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17. Himalayan Salt/Sea Salt

Salt contains nutrients and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, selenium, potassium, and zinc. Salt is commonly used in the exfoliation and removal of dead skin cells. However, avoid leaving it on the skin since it can cause irritation and sensitivity. 

18. Jojoba Oil

The oil is extracted from jojoba seed. This oil contains a wide array of fatty acids (mostly oleic acid, eicosenoic, and erucic) and alcohols. It is an effective moisturizer since it is quite similar to human sebum. It is also used for balancing the skin’s natural oils without clogging the pores. It has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can treat sunburns, sores, burns, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne.

19. Licorice Root Extract

This extract increases the production and migration of skin cells. It is also an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent that leaves a soothing sensation on the skin. It is a natural skin care treatment for skin disorders like acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

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20. L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Vitamin C is another natural skin care ingredient that you will surely love. This is an anti-aging, product and heavy-duty antioxidant that aids in skin damage repair and collagen production and stimulation. It can also hinder the development of skin cancer and the production of melanin. When applied regularly, you will have a hydrated and even skin tone. 

21. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil provides a naturally delightful fragrance. This oil helps repair wounds and other injuries on the skin. It can also help soothe sunburns, insect bites, psoriasis, and eczema. Experts say that it is also an effective anti-inflammatory product that can reduce itch, pain, and irritation. 

22. Marigold

Marigold contains antioxidants and bioactive compounds that are proven to promote collagen synthesis and regeneration of skin tissues. It can also prevent UV-induced oxidative stress and is extremely effective in treating dry/sensitive skin, inflammation/swelling, insect stings/bites, bruises, eczema, and fungal disorders (like athlete’s foot). 

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23. Olive Oil

It is an extremely effective oil for moisturizing sensitive skin; it also aids in skin repair and slowing down the aging process. Olive oil is often used to treat minor skin issues like wounds, burns, and acne. 

24. Pomegranate Extract

This natural skin care product contains antioxidants and treats inflammation, strengthens the dermal membrane, prevents oxidative stress, promotes DNA repair, inhibits the effects of matrix and UV-induced damages, stimulates the fibroblasts’ growth (the cells which help the production of collagen) which reduces wrinkle formation, and regenerates the epidermis.

25. Primrose Oil

Primrose oil is known to have skin-soothing compounds. Its emollient nature aids in smoothing and hydrating dry and damaged skin. It aids in the treatment of dermatitis and eczema. 

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26. Rose Hip Oil

Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are widely used to strengthen irritated, dry, and damaged skin. It is used to treat burns, scars, and delay aging. 

27. Rosemary Extract

This herb is best known for its fragrance. It contains bioactive phytochemicals. It’s been widely used as a wound-healing agent. The rosemary extract is effective in preventing DNA damage harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. It also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which prevent other natural skin care products and cosmetics from getting oxidized.

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28. Sea Buckthorn Oil

This oil is extracted naturally from the seeds and contains several bioactive compounds (such as Omega-7). It effectively treats flaky, dry, and aging skin. It can help the skin regenerate and it can also help prevent allergies and infection.  

29. Shea Butter

Shea butter came from the African tree nut, which is used as an anti-inflammatory agent, antioxidant, and as a treatment in any type of skin disorders (from sunburn to rashes, chapping, ulcers, dermatitis, blemishes, and eczema). Shea butter is also very effective in moisturizing dry skin, which is why it is commonly found in a lot of skin care products.

30. Sunflower Seed Oil

This natural oil contains fatty acids which increase lipid synthesis and metabolism, reduce inflammation, promote hydration, and preserves the skin. This will keep your skin smooth and soft.

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31. Tea Tree Oil

It is also known as “melaleuca oil”  – this oil has excellent antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties that aids in treating lice, acne, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infection, burns, cuts, insect bites, and toothache. Tea tree oil is often added to face wash products.

32. Turmeric

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is a highly effective antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antineoplastic agent (which hinders tumor growth). Turmeric is widely used to treat wounds, eczema, burns, psoriasis, acne, sun-damaged skin; it also slows down skin photoaging.

33. Ubiquinone

Also known as coenzyme Q (CoQ), ubiquinone plays a profound role in cell functions because it contributes to cellular energy metabolism, mitochondrial function, reduction of free radicals, and antioxidant increase. It strengthens the skin’s epidermal layer, prevents the breakdown of collagen, protects against environmental stress and photoaging, and effectively delays the aging process.

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Natural Skin Care DIY Ingredients

Seeing that you have reached this far, we can already tell that you are truly eager and determined to keep your skin beautiful. In that case, just keep reading. These natural skin care DIY ingredients will never disappoint you; instead, these will give you gorgeous skin (and thus build your confidence too!).

Anti-Aging Facial: Cocoa

Mix cocoa butter, honey, and sour cream (one tablespoon each). Add egg white and mix everything well. Spread it onto your skin and allow it to dry. Rinse well after. This mixture will keep your skin hydrated and moisturized since these ingredients are packed with antioxidants.

Sensitive Skin Facial: Oatmeal Scrub

Oatmeal is not only a breakfast staple; it can also be used for skin care. Grind oatmeal using a blender – larger-sized grounds are recommended than fine grounds. Add the oatmeal to your face wash or cleanser. Massage it onto your face in circular motions while avoiding the eye area. Rinse well. This scrub is suitable for sensitive skin.

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Cellulite Exfoliating: Coffee Grounds

Coffee is not just a stimulant that can help increase alertness; it can also nourish your skin. Caffeine works by tightening the blood vessels. It also increases the circulation on the surface of the skin. Add some coffee grounds to your body scrub to exfoliate your skin and fight cellulitis.

For Dull Hair: Baking Soda

A lot of people are busy with work and life in general that they often have no time to address dull and frizzy hair. Fortunately, DIY hair treatments are quite easy to do and inexpensive too. Get bouncy and shiny hair by adding one teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo.

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Lip & Cheek Stain: Beets

Do you like having soft and tone cheeks and lips? Try using beets as a lip and cheek stain. All you need to do is get a thin slice of beet and apply it onto the face directly. For best results, you can also dab a bit of coconut oil using a cotton swab.

Moisturizer for Dry Skin: Raw Honey

Gently massage raw honey to your skin as part of your evening skin care routine.  Honey is a humectant that adds extra moisture to your skin. 

Acne Breakout: Apple Cider Vinegar

Erase acne and acne marks instantly with apple cider vinegar. Apply ACV using a cotton pad – it cleanses the skin well. It also helps shrink pores and eliminate bacteria.

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Yellowing Teeth: Orange Peels

Smiling is the best makeup that any girl can wear – and that’s true. Get pearly white skin by just scrubbing your teeth with an orange peel. Citric acid will break down stains and plaque, and the spongy peel will scrub it away. Rinse it well with water. Don’t brush your teeth for at least an hour because it weakens the teeth

Blemished Skin: Greek Yogurt

This natural skin care DIY will help you get rid of skin redness, blemishes, and clogged pores. The lactic acid in this product gently loosens dead, dull skin cells while hydrating the skin (due to its fat content). Take note that it’s important to use full fat (as opposed to skim or nonfat) to achieve these benefits.

Exfoliating Foot Soak: Baking Soda

Get rid of dead skin and calluses by adding ½ cup baking soda for every gallon of warm water in a shallow tub. Stir until the powder dissolves. Let your feet soak for about 30 minutes. Rinse away the baking soda and pat your feet dry before applying foot cream or wearing your socks.

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Hydration for Cuticles: Coconut Oil

Coconut oil will keep your skin hydrated, exfoliated, and moisturized. It will instantly dissolve even the waterproof cosmetics you have applied on your face. Use your fingers to gently massage your eyes before using cotton pads to wipe off the excess. It is best to leave it overnight.

Face Detox for Brightening: Blueberry Face Mask

Combine crushed, ripe blueberries (one tbsp), lemon juice (one tbsp), cucumber juice (one tbsp), baking soda (two tbsp), and water (two tbsp). Mix well and apply it directly to your face. The antioxidants from the blueberries help repair damaged skin and inhibit skin radicals. Vitamin C from the lemon brightens the skin.

Soft Hands: Milk Soak

Heat two to three cups of milk. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool a bit for 10 minutes (make sure it won’t burn your skin) to allow the fat from milk to be absorbed by your skin and keep it hydrated. Vitamins A and E also nourish dry skin.

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Why Are Natural Products Good for the Environment?

You must be wondering how natural skin care products are beneficial for the environment. There’s many reasons why, and hopefully these reasons will convince you to switch to natural skin care products. 

  • Natural skin care products do not cause harm to plants and animals when they come in contact with the ecosystem.
  • Natural skin care products when seeped into the ground cannot damage the ecosystem. In fact, the naturally made skin care products can serve as natural fertilizers for plants. 
  • Natural skin care products do not need mining and other industrial procedures that leave carbon footprints on the environment. 
  • Natural skin care products does not require animal testing because most of these organic brands promotes taking care of the environment. Thus foregoing animal testing and aims to do no harm in the environment. 
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Final Thoughts

The above-mentioned skin care is undoubtedly effective if you want to achieve perfect skin. Make sure to note and keep track of everything – the procedures, routines, uses, and precautions. Always remember to pick the products that suit your skin. Consulting your dermatologist is highly recommended so he/she can guide you on the suitable skin care products and the routine that works for you.

These natural skin care products will help you achieve beautiful skin while preserving the environment. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to keep your confidence level at 100% regardless of your skin condition. Whether you use products or not, you are gorgeous in your own way!

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