For many, clear and young-looking skin is the Holy Grail – and people are willing to spend their hard earned money for the promise of radiantly looking skin. The good news is you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive skin creams to get amazing looking skin – and I believe that it’s better if you don’t. Homemade facial remedies can be just as, if not more effective for common skin troubles. Many of the expensive store-bought skin creams are chock full of chemicals – exactly what your body is trying to get rid of, ironically enough, through your skin.
Over the years, I’ve had many people comment on how clear my skin looks, and people always ask me what I use. I love to tell them: I rarely use anything; I never use soap on my face and the only topical skin treatments I use are all-natural homemade facial remedies that involve 100% plants. My general rule for skin care is that if I wouldn’t eat it – I won’t put it on my skin.
It’s important to keep in mind that the condition of your skin is in large part a reflection of the internal health of your body, and skin ailments are best treated primarily with an inside-out approach. This means taking care of you’re your overall health, including eating a clean diet, managing stress and getting enough sleep and exercise.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever treat your skin with topical application, but it’s better if used in conjunction with your dietary and lifestyle efforts to be healthier.
Only treating skin troubles with topical application will not help cure the underlying cause and when treating skin with pharmaceutical chemicals, it could be doing more damage than good (even if your skin troubles appear to be subsiding).
5 Plant-Based Homemade Facial Remedies for Radiant Looking Skin
Here are 5 all-natural, cost-effective homemade facial remedies that you can make yourself at home to help your skin look more soft and radiant. I personally use these at home and always love the benefits of healthy looking skin.
Homemade Facial Remedy #1: Exfoliate the All-Natural Way
Personally, my favorite way to exfoliate my face and body is at the beach with sand and salt water. If you have limited beach access, you can either come visit me in Hawaii, or make you own all-natural facial scrub exfoliants at home.
For this scrub you can use either Epsom salts or brown sugar. Sugar tends to be finer, so it can make for a more gentle scrub. Epsom salts are a great source of minerals, so if the granules are rather large, crush it down to a finer grain.
How to Make a Natural Exfoliant
In a small bowl, mix together
- ¼ cup of honey
- ¼ cup of brown sugar or fine Epsom salt
- 1 teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil
Add in 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oils
- Violet essential oil – great for tightening sensitive skin)
- Rose essential oil – great for smoothing lines and wrinkles
- Lavender or Geranium oil – great for dry skin
Gently apply and remove with warm water. You may want to follow your exfoliant with aloe vera, an avocado or honey and papaya mask. There’s no need to over-exfoliate, which can be damaging to your skin. Be gentle when applying exfoliants to your skin!
Homemade Facial Remedy #2: Avocado Face Mask
Avocados are one of those plants that provides wonderful health benefits both when consumed internally and topically. Avocado is very effective for certain skin conditions when applied directly to the skin.
Best to use this for dry, lack luster, rather than oily skin. A one-ingredient avocado mask makes for a great natural remedy to relieve dry skin, skin blemishes, skin irritation, as well as helps reduce facial redness. But the great thing about avocados is that they’re safe to use on all skin types.
It’s the high essential fatty acid content in avocados that offers it’s remarkable hydrating benefits. These beneficial fatty acids help maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, lending the skin a soft and glowing look.
Avocados are also a rich source of antioxidants, including vitamin E, C and A, as well as glutathione, known to help prevent aging including the visible appearance of wrinkles.
How to Make an Avocado Face Mask
Making homemade face masks doesn’t get any easier than this: simply cut open a ripe avocado, remove the pit, scoop it out with a spoon and mash it up in a bowl. Apply generously to your face and leave it on for roughly 5 to 15 minutes. You may want to lie down in a cool dry space so the avocado doesn’t slide off your face and onto your new carpet! Rinse it with warm water and pat it dry with a clean towel. You may also want to follow up with aloe vera or tea toner if you like.
Homemade Facial Remedy #3: Honey & Papaya Face Mask
Another one of the homemade facial remedies I like to use is the honey and papaya face mask. This mask that supports clear looking skin and you can always eat whatever you have left over (the portion that you don’t use, that is).
Honey is a well-known anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, not to mention it’s powerful anti-oxidant properties. This makes raw, unprocessed honey an effective topical treatment for acne and skin infections and can help your skin rejuvenate, heal and repair itself as well as help reduce inflammation.
Combine this with the healing properties of papaya which are used to help a wide range of skin disorders and you have a potent medicinal combination to help prevent the signs of premature aging of your skin. One of the components that is thought to lend papaya its healing properties is peptin – a digestive enzyme that also has topical benefits. It can help reduce breakouts and can give the skin a healthy and smooth glow. Along with honey, papaya is also high in the antioxidant vitamins including vitamin A, C, E that help fight the damaging effects of free radicals and help prevent inflammation.
How to Make a Honey & Papaya Face Mask
Mash up a ripe papaya in a bowl and add in about 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply to your face and let sit for about 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Follow up with aloe vera or tea toner if you like.
Homemade Facial Remedy #4: Tone it Up with Tea
Tea is known world-wide for it’s anti-oxidant properties. Some cultures even claim tea to be a factor in longevity.
Puffiness in the eyes and face is a clear indication of an internal imbalance. Too much salt consumption can cause you to wake up with puffy eyes, refined foods can also cause face bloating and so can gluten intolerances. I recommend treating chronic face bloating and puffiness with an inside-out approach first and foremost, and topical application as a secondary approach.
How to Make a Skin Tea Toner
If you know how to make tea, then you’re already on your way to making tea toner. Use seeped tea bags for an easy-to-make, do-it-yourself skin-toner at home skin. You can even brew yourself a pot of tea, and then use the bags (after they cool) on your face and eyes. Try using white tea which tends to be lower in caffeine and high in anti-oxidants. Cucumbers also work great too! Combine this homemade remedy with one of the facial masks for a complete all-natural face-lift!
Homemade Facial Remedy #5: Aloe Vera
There are many health benefits of aloe vera – both internal and when applied topically. Aloe is great for treating skin irritations and discomforts like rashes, burns and sunburns, and aloe’s soothing qualities feel amazing on the skin when applied.
Aloe is now a common ingredient in the cosmetic industry, but I prefer to use the straight-up real deal, because as I like to say: fresh is best. Aloe can make your skin feel soft and can help treat blemishes, as well as acne and can potentially help prevent the visible signs of skin aging. The great thing about aloe is that it’s also appropriate for all skin types.
Simply cut open a piece of fresh aloe and apply to your skin. You can either let it dry and leave it on, or wash it off with warm water after about 15 minutes. Use aloe as a follow-up to any of the previous homemade facial remedies or as a stand-alone treatment.
Words of Caution When Making Your Own Homemade Facial Remedies
I don’t recommend trying to experiment with just any kind of plants laying around your garden or kitchen. Some plants can be very irritating to the skin and others will stain your skin – like turmeric (a potent anti-oxidant but is better used internally to avoid the yellow stain is causes your skin). Common facial treatments suggest either vinegar, citrus, hydrogen peroxide and some spices, but these can be more irritating than rejuvenating.
What homemade facial remedies do you like to use for radiant looking skin?
Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii!