The price of skin care products is skyrocketing. Most of these products contain chemicals that you don’t understand and can’t even pronounce. If you knew that you could make your own skincare products at home that are better for your skin and for a fraction of the price, wouldn’t you want to do so? Luckily, you can have youthful skin using affordable, natural ingredients. You don’t have to be a chemist to fill your beauty cabinet with effective, customized products.
Top Natural Anti-Aging Ingredients
There are several ingredients that repeatedly appear in anti-aging products. These ingredients have repeatedly shown to have properties that naturally soothe skin, moisturize, boost collagen production and/or increase circulation in blood cells.
Argan oil has been in use for centuries in Morocco, where the oil is produced. It has recently been discovered by the rest of the world as a powerhouse in skincare. This oil has been shown to fade scars and age spots, increase collagen production, tighten skin and balance oil production. It is excellent for all ages as it can function as an acne cure as well as an age cream.
Rice is a commonly used skin product in eastern cultures. Using rice milk and/or rice flour as a cleanser can smooth aging skin by adding vitamin E and vitamin A to the skin’s surface. These vital vitamins boost retinol production, which decreases the number of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin’s surface.
Honey is a soothing ingredient that calms red, inflamed skin. It is also a natural source of glycolic acid, which acts as an ideal facial cleanser. Honey provides a deep cleaning without stripping the skin of essential oils.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Like argan oil, rosehip seed oil is a cold-pressed oil that has been used as a skin moisturizer since ancient times. Rosehip seed oil is rich in fatty acids that help to regenerate skin tissue and cellular membranes. Rosehip seed oil is also high in vitamin C, which can help lessen the appearance of scars and age spots.
Kaolin clay, or white clay powder, is a gentle clay that is excellent at providing a deep clean to aging skin. This clay is perfect for sensitive skin as it is not harsh like so many other clays can be. It is important to make your own clay mask rather than relying on pre-purchased masks so that you can customize it to fit your needs.
Benefits of Using Products with Natural Anti-Aging Ingredients
All skincare products that are created in a laboratory have one thing in common: They are filled with chemicals that can damage your skin more than they help. Using natural ingredients ensures that you aren’t adding anything harmful to your body.
Natural anti-aging ingredients have been proven as effective over the course of time. Many of these ingredients have been used for centuries with results that you can see for yourself. In addition, most natural anti-aging ingredients are inexpensive. You can load your beauty pantry with natural ingredients without going into debt. The same can rarely be said for over-the-counter skincare products.
DIY Treatments/Recipes That Can be Done at Home
Argan Oil Moisturizer
An argan oil moisturizer is the easiest of all. After washing your face with warm water, pat dry. Warm argan oil in your fingertips and apply directly to your face and neck in a circular motion. You may add to the benefits of an argan oil moisturizer by combining equal parts of argan oil with rosehip seed oil and almond oil. Store in a tightly sealed bottle in a cool, dry location. Use as you would any other facial or body oil.
Full Body Rice Milk Exfoliator
Place equal parts rice flour and unsweetened rice milk in a jar with a tight seal. Apply to your body with a sponge or washcloth. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and follow up with an application of argan oil. This full body exfoliator will remove dead skin cells, which will make your skin feel baby soft.
Honey Face Mask
No additional ingredients are needed to create a facial mask out of honey. Pull your hair back from your face and cover the hairline. Apply honey in a light layer and allow it to absorb for about fifteen minutes. Rinse. To increase the benefits of the honey face mask, add a few drops of essential oils. Lavender is a good choice as it is soothing and calming to the skin.
Rosehip Seed Facial Cleanser
A deep cleansing of your facial skin is probably already in your pantry. In a small bowl, combine sea salt with a few drops of rosehip seed oil. Mix until well combined and then apply to your face in circles. For additional benefits, add argan oil and vitamin C oil to the salt scrub. Rinse with warm water and follow up with an argan oil moisturizer. Do not use this scrub on broken skin as the salt may sting.
DIY Kaolin Clay Mask
A kaolin clay mask is suitable for dry or oily skin. You simply need to customize the mask to fit your skin type. If your skin is dry, combine the white clay powder with a small amount of water to make a paste. Add a few drops of argan oil and rosehip seed oil and mix well. Apply to your face and rinse after allowing the mask to absorb into your skin for about 10 to 15 minutes. Oily skin should use the same techniques while avoiding the additional oils. However, it is important to remember to follow up rinsing with an application of argan oil in order to keep your skin feeling fresh and soft.