My cousin is a doctor on her way to becoming an endocrinologist. She visited me a few weeks ago and gave me some advice on skincare. If you want to maintain your youth, the best way is to take care of your skin. Wrinkles and a dull complexion adds age to your overall look. Plus, it doesn’t help that a lot of commercial makeup and skincare products contain chemicals that can be toxic or bad for your health.
She suggested some products that’s all-natural and toxin-free for me to try since she loves using all-natural things. For a while, she made her own cosmetics like lip balms and things, but since she’s so busy now, she doesn’t have the time. Still, there are so many things I’ve learned from her during her quick stay over here…I thought I’d share some of her top items.
Sweet Almond Oil
This oil makes a great moisturizer or a hydrating boost to creams and lotions. I use this as a night-time moisturizer since I don’t want to smell like almonds during the day. A few drops is just enough to cover my face and even a few drops added to regular lotions and creams makes it more hydrating. It absorbs fairly quickly into the skin so you don’t feel greasy.
Witch hazel has plenty of uses, but my cousin prefers to use this as a astringent or toner. It can also be used on acne, bruises, sores, swelling, dry skin, and other skin irritants. I did my best scouting for 100% witch hazel without any alcohol content and it was such a challenge. I was looking for a bottle without any additives either, but the Rose Petal one is the closest I could find in a brick and mortar store. I may have to resort online for the exact bottle I want.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been touted to help with acne, but it also has other uses as an anti-septic and anti-fungal. It can help reduce the effects of dry skin and reduce dandruff when added to shampoo. It has quite an aromatic kick to it, but once you get over the smell, it’s not so bad.
I’ve tried all three products since my cousin left the States. Since then, I have discovered that I love the sweet almond oil. It makes my skin feel smooth and more hydrated than it usually looks. The rose water witch hazel works well as a toner. However, I think I might be slightly allergic to an ingredient in it because my face was a little red the next morning. Perhaps when I find that plain 100% witch hazel, I’ll have a better idea of how it works. And though I have seen the effectiveness of Tea Tree Oil on acne, especially since I’m allergic to benzoyl peroxide, I dislike the smell. It’s so medicinal and pungent. It definitely takes some getting used to, but it surely wakes you up.
It’s quite amazing that you don’t need much for these items to be effective. In fact, a little goes a long way.
What are your natural make-up or skincare products and does it work?