Natural Skin Care From Your Kitchen

Olive Oil

If your wallet is feeling the economic crunch but beauty and natural skin care is still high on your priority list, try looking in your kitchen for some awesome, effective, and affordable ideas!

Green Tea

Green tea is not only delicious and healthy for your body when consumed, but it can also serve as a gentle but effective antiaging remedy. Green tea is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants combat free radicals that occur naturally in the body as well as in our environment. Free radicals can accelerate the aging process, so hindering their effect on skin can have positive results.

A simple way to employ the skin benefits of green tea is by making a 2x concentrated brew and using it as a toner after cleansing skin.

Steep double the amount of tea stated on the packaging in 8 ounces of hot water for double the recommended time. For example, if the package calls for 1 bag of tea to be steeped in 8 ounces of water for 5 minutes, you would steep 2 bags of tea in 8 ounces of water for 10 minutes. This leaves you with a 2x green tea concentrate.

Allow to cool and pour the liquid into ice cube trays and freeze for future use. This will keep the concentrate fresh for a long time, and the coolness of the cube will feel refreshing on skin and tighten pores.

Yogurt

Yogurt is more than a healthy snack, it can be great for your skin too. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can aid in reducing breakouts. It also contains lactic acid, which softens skin, hydrates, and if used over time may reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scarring.

It’s best to use organic, unsweetened full-fat yogurt. If you want a thicker consistency so that it’s less runny when it warms on your face, try organic, unsweetened Greek yogurt. It’s just the right consistency for a facial mask.

Simply apply a layer of yogurt to clean skin and allow it to sit until it starts to dry. Then, rinse well and follow up with your favorite moisturizer to lock in moisture.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has been used for it’s skin benefits for centuries. Highly moisturzing, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it won’t clog pores and works well to restore skin’s suppleness.

Extra virgin olive oil is the best kind to use. Try Swanson Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $8.99, amazon.com. Apply a thin layer to skin after cleansing as a natural moisturizer. It also works well on a cotton pad to break down and remove eye makeup gently but effectively.

It’s also wonderful as a scrub when added to sea salt. Mix 1 part sea salt to 2 parts olive oil and apply to face or body as a natural exfoliant. Skin will be left silky smooth and hydrated, no need to follow up with lotion.