The Vitamin-C and antioxidants present in Amla helps to revive the skin, makes it smooth and results in a reduction of skin blemishes and pigmentation, giving it a rejuvenated and healthy glow. (Apart from applying Amla powder to our skin, if the fresh fruits are consumed, they can aid in reducing an outbreak of Acne and pimples and promote overall wellbeing.) With its antioxidants and anti-viral properties, Amla is known to restrict free radical damage to the skin, reduce the onset of wrinkles and is known to help balance and control the overproduction of natural oils produced by our skin (sebum.)
As with many natural butters, Avocado butter has a high content of natural vitamins. It is highly moisturizing and due to its properties is known to reduce wrinkles, age spots, marks and scars (when used consistently.) Some use it as an eye makeup remover and it has been said to effectively slowdown the appearance of ageing, especially when used in combination with Cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter is a popular butter known for its deep hydrating and moisturizing properties due to its high fatty acid content. It is said that the butter can help reduce stretch marks and the fact that Cocoa butter is packed with antioxidants, means that it can help fight off free radicals and skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis.
Mango butter is known to effectively treat and relieve dry and itchy skin as well as being a light “sun block” due to its ability to mildly protect the skin from UVA and UVB sun rays. Mango butter can aid relieve skin allergies such as poison ivy, poison oak as well as treating eczema and dermatitis. It can help soften the skin and when used frequently and continuously (for weeks/months) it is known to reduce lines and wrinkles on the face.
Apart from being another popular butter for hair, Shea butter is amazing for our skin as well! It is highly moisturizing, improves the skin’s softness, suppleness as well as soothes burns. Shea butter can also be used as a mild “sun protectant”, soothes, moisturizes and is an effective anti-aging & anti-wrinkling butter.
Almond oil is rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E, has been used to improve the skins complexion and its emollient properties soften the skin. Almond oil is quickly absorb into the skin and has healing and hydrating properties. Another good reason to use it around the eyes it that with regular use it can even out skin tones (dark circles.)
Avocado oil is easily absorbed into the skin which makes it an excellent moisturizing oil that helps relieve dry, itchy and even flaky skin. The oil contains a high amount of proteins and omega-3 fatty acids all of which makes it an extremely nourishing oil. Because Avocado oil is packed with Vitamin A, D, E, and antioxidants, it helps make the skin supple, moisturized and less damaged. Another one of its attributes is that Avocado oil also helps heal mildly sun-damaged skin, wounds and burn. It is also said to help fight skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Since castor oil is a humectant it draws moisture in the air (if it is present) to the area where it is applied. It is known to soften and soothe dry and irritated skin. Castor oil contains minerals, vitamins and fatty acids which are important for healthy skin. It is an excellent anti-oxidant and contains many compounds which help to fight of the effects of aging. It also contains anti-viral properties which is known to reduce skin inflammation, infections and irritated or itchy skin. The only “drawback” of Castor oil is that it is thick and sticky and therefore can make the skin oily it is best to use a little at a time.
Coconut oil is very good at rehydrating the skin because it is absorbed into the skin and conditions, moisturizes, and softens the skin. Coconut oil naturally clears away dirt, grime, and dead skin cells and due to its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties the oil acts as a good protectant against skin irritations and rashes. Coconut oil is known to soothe insect bites, flaking skin and mildly sun damaged skin. It is known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and can be used as a natural eye makeup remover.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is loaded with nutrition and antioxidants like vitamins A and E which can help repair dry, itchy and flakey skin. EVOO moisturizes the skin due to the fact that it is easily absorbed by the skin, making it smooth and supple. When massaged, it can help to revive the skins natural elasticity and is said to heal mildly sunburnt skin. It is also known as an alternative natural eye makeup remover.
Grapeseed oil, similar to Almond oil, is extremely light on the skin and therefore does not clog up pores. The oil has great moisturizing properties and can help the skin regenerate. Should you suffer from acne and skin rashes, its mild astringent qualities can help combat that as well as help to tighten and tone our skin.
Jojoba oil is similar to the natural oils produced by our skin and therefore is highly moisturizing especially to those with dry skin. It is easily absorbed into the skin without clogging up the skins pores and does not leave the skin feeling oily. With it’s an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, the oil is very effective in preventing and treating infections, reducing painful swelling and is known to help treat acne.
Similar to Castor oil, Glycerin, is a natural humectant that draws moisture onto the skin by extracting it out of the air. Apart from its ability to draw in moisture, it is also known to help retain moisture in the skin. This makes Glycerin a great agent in fighting rough, dry, irritated and dull skin. It also makes it an excellent skin plumping product that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aging. Similar to Castor oil, Glycerin is also a think and sticky oil and it is best to use a little of it at a time.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is an excellent moisturizer that contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent the early onset of premature gaining. While the oil does get absorbed into the skin it is a heavy oil and therefore should be used lightly in order to avoid pore blockage. Vitamin E oil can help soothe minor sunburns and if that wasn’t enough, the oil is also known to help fade scares and stretch marks if used consistently and frequently.
Essential Oils (EO’s) – When using Essential oils for your skin it is important to ALWAYS dilute it with either a carrier oil, butter or some other diluting element because they are highly concentrated and can cause skin irritations if used undiluted. It is also best to contact your doctor before using EO’s if you are pregnant.
Lavender essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil is great for all skin types but is particularly good for acne prone skin, eczema, dermatitis, healing burns, psoriasis, stings and insect bites because it inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection and helps to rebalance the over-secretion of the skins natural sebum.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is known to soothe and heal the skin as well as nourish and hydrate dull or dry skin. It also improves the condition of oily skin. Peppermint oil is very effective in reducing itching and irritation which makes it good for dealing with lesions, rashes, eczema and insect bites. Peppermint EO oil also keeps pimples at bay and keep the skin healthy and blemish-free.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary EO is known for its ability to treat skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis and eczema. Not only does this EO promote better skin but it is also use to reduce swelling, puffiness and congestion of the skin. Rosemary essential oil has astringent properties. Rosemary EO can rehydrate, tone, reduce wrinkles, as well as help reduce skin irritations due to its astringent properties. Should you have stretch marks and scares, this EO is said to help reduce them over time if used frequently and consistently.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has antifungal properties and is known to help clear up acne and is most effect for oily to very oily skin. With its antiseptic properties the EO protects small cuts and wounds from getting infected and septic. It is also an effective treatment for boils, sores, insect bites and rashes. Tea Tree EO is said to help reduce the appearance of scars, blemishes and reduces the excessive buildup of oil on the skin.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
The EO conditions the skin, helps combat acne and blemishes, stimulates new cell growth, reduces wrinkles and helps fight the early onset of premature gaining. Ylang-ylang EO has a soothing effect and its balancing properties helps balance over-dry as well as overly-oily skin by controlling the secretion of sebum.
Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ)
AVJ can almost be considered as a natural wonder! It contains nutrients, minerals, amino acids, active enzymes as well as a number of Vitamins. All of this makes it an effective skin conditioner and moisturizer. It helps cure flaky or dry skin as well as skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. AVJ is known to heal blisters, insect bites and itchy skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is an effective acne fighting agent, reduces redness in the skin and is commonly used to help soothe sunburns. AVJ helps to restore the natural pH level of the skin and with the presence of antioxidants, it helps to hydrate, firm and combat premature aging.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV on the skin has similar effects as is does on our hair. It helps to regulate the pH level of our skin, aids in fighting against rashes & acne as well as reducing blemishes. Using AVJ on skin helps to gain a natural glowing appearance. While ACV is amazing for the skin it is necessary to dilute it with water. If you are in the market for a natural chemical free toner you can dilute 1 part ACV with three parts water and apply the concoction over your face with a cotton ball.
Honey not only nourishes and soothes your skin, but its anti-bacterial and hydrating properties has the ability to promote a healthy natural glow, rejuvenate the skin, reduce blemishes and leaves the skin soft and silky. It is a light humectant, drawing moisture in the air to the skin and also has the ability to retain moisture in the skin. Honey helps to balance the natural pH level of the skin and due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, is able to heal small cuts quickly, combat rashes and light skin irritations. Due to the gluconic acid present in honey (a mild natural hydrozy acid) it is able to help brighten complexions, even out skin blemishes and fade light scars.
Rosewater has a number of different natural attributes to it such as Vitamin A & C as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, all of which help to achieve healthy and glowing skin. Rosewater can be used to help combat light skin irritations, rashes and acne. It is so versatile that it can be used for every skin type (dry to oily.) Rosewater helps to maintain the skins natural pH. Level, which can help fight light skin diseases and eczema. It is known to prevent an early onset of aging by tightening the skins pores and even reduce wrinkles. Another amazing aspect it that it can be used as a light moisturizer due to its highly hydrating properties, a cleanser due to its antiseptic properties, and a toner due to the fact that it is able to close the skins pores.