7 More of the Best Ingredients for Natural, Healthier Skincare

We recently went over some of the top natural ingredients to incorporate into your DIY skincare regimen if you’re looking to escape the chemical soup of store-bought products you already own.

Up next? 7 more awesome substitutes that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and renewed, without all the nasty poisons of modern skincare products. Starting with…

Lemon Essential Oil

Ever wondered why so many cleaning products are citrus-scented? It’s because we associate lemons with cleanliness, and for good reason—lemon oil is capable of destroying and managing tough bacterial strains and stubborn acne.

Lemon oil is also an exfoliant, a scar reducer, skin lightener, and can help tone skin and fight wrinkles!

In short, it’s one of THE best and most versatile essential oils to keep stocked. Oh, and did we mention it can be used to whiten teeth, freshen your laundry, wash your face, and about a million other things? Mix it together with a carrier oil such as jojoba and work it into your skin for some amazing results, or use it on your hair to remove oily residue and give yourself some major shine.

Argan Oil

Used in its home country of Morocco for generations, argan oil is reach in healing Vitamins A and E, antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. It’s great as a skin moisturizer AND making your hair shinier and healthier, too.

Just apply a little argan oil right on top of troubled skin once or twice per day to help with irritations like bug bites, acne, psoriasis and eczema.

Aloe Vera

Yes, aloe is amazing for healing sunburns. But it’s also a capable germ-fighter, skin-soother and inflammation-reducer in its own right.

Besides its superficial uses on your skin, aloe vera may even help detoxify your body on the inside too!

Aloe vera’s secret is that it contains at least 75 active ingredients that make it both versatile and effective at healing multiple symptoms.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is one of the most commonly used carrier oils because it’s incredibly moisturizing and can help heal sores, dermatitis, burns, scars, wrinkles and acne psoriasis. Jojoba oil has even been used to treat baldness since it encourages hair growth, relaxes skin and unclogs blocked hair follicles.

Jojoba oil is especially unique because it’s technically a wax, and in this form jojoba oil is adept at protecting your skin and providing moisture control.

Almond Oil

Almonds are one of nature’s superfoods, and almond oil is one of nature’s super oils, too! Almond oil, for starters, smells awesome. But if that isn’t enough reason to use it, consider that it also boasts antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great carrier oil for your favorite essential oils.

Plus, it blends well with a variety of scents, making it perfect for homemade lotions, masks and washes.

Shea Butter

Shea butter has been used for hundreds of years as a natural skincare product in Africa, as it makes a superb moisturizer while remaining relatively inexpensive.

Shea butter makes a great base for homemade skin butters using essential oils like eucalyptus, frankincense, bergamot oil, or whatever else might tickle your fancy.

Castor Oil

Although it might sound like a contradiction, castor oil actually has drying properties (despite being an oil).

Used as a facial cleanser, you’ll only need a tiny amount—try mixing a teaspoon of castor oil with a quarter cup of other oil, like almond or coconut. Massage it into your face, than wash away with warm water to get rid of impurities.

Ditch the Store-Bought Chemicals for At-Home Natural Goodness

We often buy things from the store out of habit, out of convenience, and with the assumption that modern stuff is just plain better—but we’re now finding out that buying a lotion or facial mask with a thousand hard-to-pronounce ingredients might not be the best decision.

Rather than threatening your health and well-being, try swapping out a few of your skincare products with DIY products using the ingredients we’ve discussed, and let us know how you feel!

Temple Siren’s treatment packages are geared around the same principle, including our luxurious facials with all-natural and restorative ingredients like milk, honey, and even gold that’ll leave you feeling like a goddess.

When you’re ready for a total reset and a chance to revitalize your body and mind, you know where to find us!