Both cosmetic stores and the average drugstore are lined with high-priced skincare items loaded with chemicals and other potentially toxic and irritating ingredients that can do more damage to our skin than good. Using natural ingredients in your skincare routine is a much simpler and healthier route—and usually cheaper, too! Check out these skincare tips for nontoxic beauty from our titles HOMEMADE BEAUTY, THE LITTLE BOOK OF HEALTHY BEAUTY, and FORGOTTEN WAYS FOR MODERN DAYS.
by Pina LoGuidice, ND, Lac
Instead of wasting money on creams that might not work, Pina suggests adding supplements to your diet. Pycnogenal is a bioflavonoid-rich supplement that helps rebuild elasticity of the skin, supports skin circulation, and protects skin from free radicals produced by UV rays, stress, and environmental damage. The supplement is also known to lower blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health! Pina recommends taking 50 mg, one to three times per day.
by Rachelle Blondel
A major superfood and household staple, honey is available almost everywhere you can think of. Besides having a great use as a healthy alternative to sugar, honey is great for the skin because of its moisturizing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. However, make sure you’re buying either organic or local honey—some may be loaded with unnecessary syrups and fillers! Here are four ways honey can help soothe your skin:
- Acne: dabbing honey on acne can fight infection and aid with the healing process.
- Cuts and scrapes: layering honey over them will keep away infection.
- Chapped lips: honey can help moisturize dry, flaky lips.
- Burns: applying a thin layer of honey and a damp cloth can protect and heal the skin.
by Annie Strole
We all know that carrots and avocados are delicious and nutritious snacks loaded with vital nutrients, but did you know that using them on your face can help build collagen and elastin, moisturize, and eliminate age spots? Follow Annie Strole’s face mask recipe and start seeing results:
Carrot-Avocado Anti-Aging Mask
½ large carrot, chopped
1 tbsp honey
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Cook carrot for 10-15 minutes, until soft. Drain, mash into a paste-like consistency and let cool. Chop and mash avocado until smooth. Combine carrot and avocado with honey, and apply mixture evenly over face. Let sit for 20 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Repeat once or twice a week.