Want to take care of your skin naturally but don’t have a big budget? Today, let’s talk about effective and affordable natural ingredients for skincare- found right in your kitchen!
“I’d love to use more natural products on my skin, but it’s so expensive. I don’t know how anyone affords it!”
This comment came up in a conversation with a friend the other day, and it got me thinking. We started our clean living journey when we were dirt poor. Like…walk to the grocery store pushing a stroller because I couldn’t afford to buy the milk my child needed and gas for my car kind of poor. How did we do it? Because my friend was right. Most of the natural products on the market today do cost more than their conventional alternatives. Some cost a lot more. And 10 years ago, it was even worse!
Luckily, natural skincare doesn’t actually have to be expensive. There are ways to work within any budget. In fact, if you’re just willing to spend a couple of minutes on some simply DIYs, you can find many natural ingredients for skincare right in your kitchen!
Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite options, as well as a few easy ways to use them. Keep reading and get ready to pamper yourself on a budget!
Why We Should Choose Natural Skincare
Up until a few years ago, I had no idea that the beauty and skincare industry was virtually ungoverned.
In fact, the laws in place regarding cosmetics have pretty much stayed the same since the 1930’s. Imagine life in the 30’s and think about how much has changed in that amount of time.
Due to this, countless ingredients have hit the shelves that can cause some serious adverse effects in consumers.
We’re talking about hormone disruptors, allergens, respiratory irritants, neurotoxins, skin irritants, and carcinogens. And they’re just hiding right there in all the pretty packages just begging you to use them.
It’s up to us to know better and learn what’s safe and what’s not. We deserve better. We deserve to know that the products we’re buying are worthy of putting on our faces.
And, while I definitely think high end, natural products are worth the expense, I’m also all about balance. The natural ingredients I’m going to share today are all items you can find in your kitchen, which can help you save loads of money on skincare items!
- Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid
- The Benefits of Using Natural Products
- Best Essential Oils for Skincare
5 Natural Ingredients for Skincare You Can Find In Your Kitchen
One of my favorite ways to care for my skin is with a yogurt face mask. Have you tried it yet? It’s great for added moisture, reducing fine lines and acne, and decreased inflammation. And, due to the probiotics in the yogurt, it can help balance your skin’s microbiome naturally. (source)
Want to give a yogurt face mask a try? I’ve got the recipe for you to try right here!
This is such a good ingredient for your skin. It’s naturally good for inflammation, which makes it great if you’re suffering from acne, eczema, or psoriasis. It’s something I make sure to use regularly to treat my skin! Pair it with yogurt to make a powerhouse face mask-like the one in the recipe above! (source)
Anyone else grow up taking oatmeal baths every time you were itchy? It was always my favorite, because an oatmeal bath meant I could stay in the tub longer than a normal bath. It turns out, that wasn’t just some old wives tale. Oatmeal is actually great for treating a variety of skin conditions thanks to the aventhramides (antioxidants), vitamin E, and ferulic acid. So, add it to your next bath, or blend it up really fine to use as an exfoliant! (source)
Have you ever tried a sugar scrub and been amazed at how soft it leaves your skin? Of course, exfoliating always helps soften skin, but as it turns out, sugar actually contains nutrients that our skin loves! It’s also a natural humectant, which means it doesn’t strip your skin of it’s moisture. (source)
Want to try out a sugar scrub yourself? Check out the recipe here! If you’re using it on your face, be sure to use a finer sugar, and not sugar in the raw.
Olive and Coconut Oil
If you’ve been paying attention to the beauty industry at all lately, you’ve probably heard the chatter about oil cleansing. It seems counterintuitive to clean your face with oil, but check this out. When you clean your face with soap, you strip your skin of it’s natural oils. That sends a message to your skin that it needs to produce more oils, starting a vicious cycle. Of course, you can buy special facial oils to use as cleansers, but while you’re deciding if oil cleansing is for you, try what you’ve got on hand!
Read more about oil cleansing, learn how to make your own, and find my favorite products right here.
(Bonus) Aloe Vera Gel
Okay, so you may or may not have an aloe plant in your kitchen, so I’m calling this one a bonus. But, it’s good enough that it deserved to be included! We all know about the benefits of aloe vera when we have a sunburn, but it’s actually really great for all sorts of skin ailments! You can learn more and find out how to use your houseplant to take care of your skin right here.
My Favorite DIY Skincare Recipes
Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to start DIYing! Of course, many of the ingredients we talked about today can be used by themselves or together really simply. But, the more you experiment, the more great uses you can find!
Natural Ingredients for Skincare: Final Thoughts
Natural skincare doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, I’m a huge advocate for finding skincare products that fit into any budget! That’s why today, I compiled a list of amazing natural ingredients for skincare that most people have right in their kitchen, plus tips on how to use them. Hopefully, this list gives you a head start on being able to pamper yourself naturally on a budget.
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Find more on clean beauty here:
- What is Oil Cleansing? Everything You Need to Know
- How to Make Skincare Products at Home
- DIY Skincare Recipes You Need in Your Life
- Simply Earth DIY and Essential Oils Review