This is part one of two natural skincare reviews and How To’s! This piece will focus only on the natural or “raw” hair and skin remedies. The next part of this series will include products with natural ingredients that you can pick up at a store or online. Using natural or raw materials as an alternative to drugstore products has shown to be beneficial for my hair and skin, and I am excited to share with you how it can help. Oftentimes our skin and hair becomes sensitive to the chemicals found in everyday products we use to treat ourselves and specific issues we face. This can lead to skin irritation, acne, dry/flakiness, and redness. Sometimes all we need for our skin to be its best is found in nature (or our pantry). For myself, I have used raw materials to treat my hair and skin for acne, dryness, and damage, and it has proven to be very effective, even more so than some drugstore products. This is a list of my absolutely favorite raw products that I consistently use. I will also include some DIY skincare that has worked for me! Lets get into it…
- Coconut Oil: A miracle worker when it comes to skincare – this stuff can fix almost any skin problem you face. You can use it as a face and body moisturizer, to shave your legs, a cosmetic highlighter for your face, a deep conditioner, and a makeup remover. This stuff is ultra hydrating, and the best part is its natural! I personally like to use this stuff on my dry legs and as an oil cleanser in my double cleansing routine. Here is how to use coconut oil:
Deep Conditioner: Before shampooing your hair put a dime size amount of coconut oil in the palm of your hand. The coconut oil will melt with the heat of your hand. Run the oil through your hair focusing on your ends. Put your hair in a shower cap and let it sit for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Shampoo and condition as normal and your hair should be luxuriously shiny and soft!
Highlighter for Face: Use less than a pea size and let it melt in your hands. With two finger streak the tops of your cheekbones, down your nose, and in between your eyebrows. The results? You should have a natural glow and nicely moisturized face !
Makeup Remover/Oil Cleanser: Place a dime size amount of coconut oil in your hands and let it melt (a little goes a long way!) Then gently massage your face and eyes with the oil. Coconut oil dissolves makeup, even water proof mascara! Use a clean towel to wipe away the oil and makeup. Optional: Rinse face and begin second cleaner if you double cleanse.
Shaving Oil: Place a dime size of oil onto each leg and massage into the skin. Begin shaving with your razor. Your legs should be touchable soft and beautiful hydrated!
Moisturizing Body Scrub: Don’t waste money on those body scrubs you buy at your local store! You can make it at home for less and with only natural ingredients! Take about 1/2 cup of coconut oil and melt it with 1 cup of brown sugar. Then exfoliate the body by gently massage the skin in a circular motion. This is great because it gets rid of dead skin and moisturizes the new layer. Your skin will most definitely be soft to the touch and visibly glowing. Say “Auf Wiedersehen” to dull skin!
2. Jojoba Oil: I love to use this as a supplement to my moisturizer and as a hair oil. Jojoba oil is magic for acne prone, dry, and oily skin types due to its incredible moisturizing properties. Believe it or not jojoba oil is molecularly similar to the body’s natural oil and therefore is your safest bet when it comes to moisturizing sensitive skin. Because of its similar composition to the natural oil your body produces this will not break you out or cause irritation. And it that wasn’t good enough, jojoba oil has been shown to help relieve oily skin because it tricks the skin into thinking it has produced the oil. However, you shouldn’t use jojoba oil alone as a moisturizer because it can make the skin feel too oily. I suggest that you add it to aloe vera gel (or a moisturizer of your preference). What I like to do with jojoba oil:
Carrier Oil: I used essential oils to treat my skin such as tea tree and frankincense but I could not apply them by themselves. I used jojoba oil to dilute the essential oils and help “carry” them into my skin. Use one drop of jojoba and one drop of frankincense to treat pigmentation. Do the same for tea tree if you suffer from acne!
Hair Oil: Use no more than a dime size and work it into damp hair. This will help nourish dry ends and prevent from further damage! You can even use it as a hair mask by using a quarter size amount and running it through the hair. Leave this on for 15-30 minutes then shampoo and condition. Either way your hair will be super shiny and soft!
Moisturizer: Add a few drops of jojoba oil to aloe vera or shea butter. Your skin will thank you!
3. Essential Oils: Ok, I admit I am going to need to create another post to fully cover how to use essential oils and what benefits they have, but in short essential oils are a great alternative to treating your skin! A few of my favorites are frankincense, tea tree, lavender, and clary sage. These can help treat dull skin, hyperpigmentation, acne, and redness naturally! Tea Tree is particularly popular for treating acne. Lavender is amazing for soothing redness in the skin and adding hydration. Both tea tree and lavender have astringent properties so they work well on acne prone skin to kill bacteria! Frankincense is the miracle worker and fan favorite when it comes to essential oils. It has helped many people (including myself) treat hyperpigmentation and aging skin. You will find this ingredient in any natural anti-aging product on the market guaranteed! Clary sage helps relieve menstrual issues, including hormonal acne and cramps. Again these are only a few of the ones I have used and trust. I will go into more depth in an exclusively dedicated essential oil post.
Anti Blemish Serum: Use one drop tea tree and one drop lavender and mix it with a carrier oil (ex: jojoba oil). Apply to a clean face at night every night. Your skin will show visible improvement in one to two weeks.
Anti-Aging Serum: Use one drop of frankincense, lavender, and geranium essential oil, then mix it with 3 drops of a carrier oil. Apply to the face at night every day.
*Essential oils have a strong smell that may take a while to adjust to
*Never use an essential oil without a carrier
4. Manuka Honey: Honey is a great weapon against problematic skin, particularly because of its brightening and anti-bacterial properties. If you have acne or sensitive skin, honey is a great way to treat many of the issues you may face. Use honey to treat a break out by using it as a mask or spot treatment. Honey can also brighten skin and even out discoloration over time. Even better it can help prevent future acne and scarring! Here are a few of my favorite recipes:
Honey Lemon Mask: Squeeze a lemon wedge and add Honey for a 2:1 ratio of honey and lemon. Mix in a bowl and remove any seeds. Apply to a clean dry face and let it sit for 5-10 minutes (NO MORE). Then rinse off with warm water and use a wash cloth to remove any residue. You can do this up to twice a week for a brightening anti-acne treatment!
Honey Sugar Face Exfoliator: At a 1:1 ratio of honey and brown sugar add both to a bowl and mix (You can add more sugar if you want more exfoliation). Apply to clean dry skin and very gently rub in a circular motion focusing on your dry areas. Once exfoliation is done, use warm water to remove. Your skin will look brighter, softer, and will feel much smoother. I do not recommend doing this more than once a week.
5. Baking Soda: Ok…so this isn’t exactly “raw” however it does provide some amazing benefits to the skin and hair! Baking soda has been used as an age old trick against acne. For whatever reason acne fears baking soda, and I like to use this when my skin is too sensitive to use rigorous exfoliators or chemicals. Additionally, baking soda is great against black heads and oily skin! These are the many ways I use baking soda:
Exfoliator: Moisten your face by splashing water on it (Do not dry your hands). Add a quarter size of baking soda to the palm of your hand and then apply it to your face in gentle circular motions. The baking soda will soften up as it contact to the water making it a gentle exfoliator. Gently wash off with water and pat dry your face. You can do this up to 5 times a week but I typically only do this only 3 times a week. Your skin will be incredibly soft and your acne should begin healing.
Pimple Paste: Add a nickel size of baking soda to a small bowl. Add tea tree oil until it is a paste consistency. Dot this on active acne and leave to dry or overnight. Rinse with warm water. Do this nightly! Alternative: Add a nickel size amount of baking soda to a bowl. Add a smaller amount of tooth paste and stir. Place this on the skin overnight. By the morning your pimple should be reduced!
Shampoo “No-Poo”: If you want to stop using a shampoo you can use baking soda to clean your scalp! You should start by adding a bit of baking soda to your hand (quarter size), then add a bit of water to it so it creates a paste. Once your paste is made massage it into the scalp for 3 minutes. Rinse your hair so there is no more left (Optional: add conditioner only to ends/jojoba oil). Begin by doing this 5 times a week, then three, then two time a week. Due to my oily hair type this had to been done 3-5 times a week with baby powder in between. No-Poo helps reduce breakage and brittleness of the hair. It even reduces buildup!
Hair Volumizer: MY FAVORITE! I have really straight and limp hair with zero volume. I hate using mouses or hairspray because they make my hair feel heavy and disgusting. To volumes your hair add a bit of baking soda to your shampoo so that it is a 1:1 ratio. Once you mix it together massage it into your scalp. This should feel quite thick in your hair but continue massage it into you roots then rinse. Brush your hair back and let air dry. Once your hair is dry you should see much more fullness! If you want to add heat to your hair you can achieve better results by flipping your head upside down and drying the roots. When you are done your hair will be lightweight, bouncy, and refreshingly clean!
I hope you enjoyed my top 5 raw beauty hacks! Comment below if you try one of these or if you have a natural beauty hack of your own! Make sure to follow my blog for part II!