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6 of the Best Ingredients for Natural Skincare without the Chemicals

There are more ways to incorporate natural products into your skincare routine than ever, which is great news considering that natural products offer tons of benefits for your skin without the nasty drawbacks of man made products.

When you use natural skincare products regularly, you’re also absorbing helpful antioxidants, improving your skin’s UV resistance, and boosting your immune system, too!

Let’s take a look at six of the BEST all-natural products for a healthier, more beautiful skincare routine, starting with…

Coconut Oil

No list like this would be complete with coconut oil. As one of the most versatile food products on the planet, coconut oil’s many benefits include:

  • Strengthening skin tissue
  • Removing dead skin cells
  • Protecting you from sunburn
  • Cleansing with a combination of antiviral, antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties
  • Coconut oil may even help fight several chronic skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis!

    You can use coconut oils on both your hair and skin to cleanse, moisturize, heal scars and wounds faster, stop razor burn, and remove makeup. Drinking coconut oil also comes with the benefit of boosting your immune system, and comes loaded with tons of healthy fats that help keep your stomach health in tip-top shape.

    Like your other organs, your skin needs a constant supply of nutrients and oxygen to function and wash away poisons, making coconut oil one of your top choices when it comes to skin health.

    Tea Tree Oil

    Tea tree has been used for hundreds of years to combat redness, inflammation and breakouts. Although many acne sufferers react harshly to typical acne treatment ingredients (which are mostly acids), tea tree oil is tolerated much better and has few side effects, if any, when combined with a carrier oil.

    Use tea tree oil at home to fight inflammation, protect against bacterial growth and more. Its natural phytochemical makeup cements tea tree oil as one of the most versatile and effective essential oils out there, truly making it essential for your skincare routine.

    Tea tree oil may come from more than 200 species of plants, a majority of which are native to Australia. Its primary active ingredients include a class of chemicals called terpenes, which are able to travel through the air, pores, and mucus membranes of your body to deliver their healing benefits.

    Apple Cider Vinegar

    Another favorite, apple cider vinegar is both cheap and versatile. Its benefits include fighting pathogens, clearing up stubborn skin problems caused by stomach issues, cleansing your skin and preventing acne, and providing resistance to fungal growth.

    Apple cider vinegar has been used for more than 2000 years (at least), and even then people were aware of its ability to clear ulcers and treat skin sores—people like Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine.

    Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and beneficial vitamins like magnesium and potassium that make it a potent detox agent too.

    Raw Honey

    Raw honey is one of the greatest natural sources of enzymes, nutrients, beneficial acids and vitamins. Its benefits include reducing the frequency of breakouts, moisturizing, working as an antiseptic, speeding up wound healing, fighting off rashes and allergies, and reducing the visibility of scars.

    Raw honey in particular is unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed, unlike a vast majority of honey you find at the grocery store. That means its healing properties are left intact instead of being destroyed by processing.

    Because of its natural antimicrobial capabilities, honey is effective as a wound and burn dressing, and it’s used to treat infections, diaper rash, dandruff and more.

    Honey also excels in homemade skincare products as it helps fight acne and can be used on sensitive and mixed skin types. For a cleanser that couldn’t possibly be any more simple, take about a teaspoon of honey, warm it between your hands and spread it on your face. Wash it off after about ten minutes with some warm water and you’re set!

    Sea Salt

    Us at Temple Siren are big fans of sea salt (especially the pink Himalayan variety), and for good reason.

    Sea salt is packed with minerals and nutrients such as calcium, sodium, magnesium and potassium—the same ones needed by our skin cells and our bodies to maintain balance.

    If you’re using sea salt in your home remedies, try mixing some Himalayan or Celtic sea salts into masks, scrubs and toners with other staples like lavender oil, raw honey and coconut oil. Sea salt is anti-inflammatory and helps soothe breakouts, removing dead skin cells and reducing irritation in the process. It also helps keep your skin moist!

    For a simple scrub recipe, mix two teaspoons of your favorite sea salt with four teaspoons of raw honey. Apply it evenly to your skin, rubbing it in gently and letting it stand for 15 minutes before rinsing off. These types of scrubs are gentle enough that you can use them several times per week without irritating your skin.

    Avocado

    Avocado is really a miracle fruit, and its fatty flesh contains skin-penetrating vitamins A, D and E. These help soothe skin damaged by the sun, boost collagen production and minimize age spots, and it’s also effective at reducing inflammation on the skin—both when applied externally or eaten!

    Treat your skin to a luxurious face mask made from avocado, essential oils, honey (or a carrier oil) to leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed!

    Treat Your Skin to Some Natural Healing

    When you’re ready to climb out of the chemical soup that makes up our everyday facial products, these six natural miracle cures are a great place to start. There’s a reason why we use many of them in our facial packages here at Temple Siren, after all!

    But we’re not done quite yet—tune in next time for 7 more of the biggest, greatest natural remedies for DIY skincare products that’ll take your radiance to a whole new level.