I don’t think most of us, women or men, like to have rough or tired-looking skin. Acne, scars, blemishes, wrinkles and enlarged pores are some visible things that add to it. I’ve been on a mission to get my skin as soft as possible; and in the process, take over number one spot for soft skin from babies. Is it wrong to be in competition with babies that don’t even know they’re in one? I don’t think so. Hahaha!
If you’ve read some of my last few posts on skin, you know I’ve moved into using natural products. I’ve almost phased out all of my store bought products. There are so many products that promise smooth and flawless skin but they can be expensive, and some have harsh ingredients that can damage your skin.
Luckily, your skin can become smoother with the help of some readily available natural ingredients. Here some ways.
Find out if you are eating, wearing or using anything that is affecting your skin. Treat that first. Some things to look for are acne, dark circles under your eyes (one of the causes for this is a sinus problem), or a yellowish hue to your skin (kidney and liver issues are some organs that can cause this). Wrinkles can be caused by using products too harsh for your skin.
Drink lots of water, at least eight glasses a day. Water helps flush toxins out of the body. We all know this (yet I still don’t do it as often as I should). Some tricks for water:
Add lemon to your water: It helps to detox your body, clears skin, aids with weight loss, balances your body’s ph, boosts the immune system, is a blood purifier, and helps with throat infections.
Drink green tea. Technically it’s not food, but a cup of green tea can keep wrinkles at bay. Studies have shown that green tea is 200 times more potent than Vitamin E for healing damaged skin.
For the face
I covered a list of natural ways to help with acne in Natural ways to boost your skin’s appearance for anyone – even teens! I’ll cover one here in case you’re like me, and don’t always like to click other links to read. Make a lemon and honey mask. It helps to remove acne and discoloration. It also gives you a natural glow. To make one, cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice, and add a teaspoon of honey. Apply on your face for 20 minutes and rinse off with cold water.
Turmeric to rejuvenate dry and dehydrated skin. Once or twice a week, mix one teaspoon of turmeric, two teaspoons of sandalwood powder and enough water to make a paste. Apply it to your face allow it to dry completely before rinsing it off.
Cucumber cleanser. Mix cucumber juice with milk and use it instead of regular soap to keep your skin soft.
Sugar exfoliant. Exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. It also leaves your skin baby soft! Mix a half-cup white or brown sugar with enough olive or grapeseed oil to make a paste. Apply it to your face in a circular motion and let sit for 10 minutes. Wash it away with warm water.
Lemon and egg mask. Mix the juice from half a lemon with one egg white. It will help make your skin smooth. Apply it to your face, leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Use it once or twice a week.
At night, massage olive oil on your skin. It works to hydrate without clogging your pores. When you wake up your skin will be softer and smoother.
Tomato toner. Fresh tomato is an excellent natural skin toner that can help make your skin softer. Blend some fresh tomatoes in a blender and apply it to your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. If you use it every day, it can shrink enlarged pores and give you glowing skin.
For razor burn: Mix 1/2 a cucumber, peeled and chopped, and 1 tablespoon full-fat Greek yogurt
For the body
Olive oil, lemon and salt scrub. It makes a fabulous body scrub to leave your skin moisturized and soft. Mix the juice from one lemon with five tablespoons of sea salt and one tablespoon of olive oil.
Milk and honey bath. Run a warm bath, add about half a liter of milk, three tablespoons of honey (this amount won’t make you sticky) and open a vitamin E capsule and add it to the water.
Coconut oil bath. Add a few tablespoons of organic coconut oil to a warm bath to soften skin.
Turmeric and coconut oil to lighten scars. Mix one tablespoon of turmeric powder with enough coconut oil to make a paste. Apply it to the affected areas daily.
Coconut oil cleanser. I haven’t tried this yet, so I have no rating but felt the post was unfinished without one. I will try it soon. Mix three tablespoons liquid castille soap, three tablespoons raw honey and two tablespoons of coconut or almond oil.
Our skin is all different, what works for me and others, might not work for you, but these are easy and inexpensive, so it doesn’t hurt to see if they help. It will take some time to notice a difference, but if you create a routine and stick with it, you should see some.
Note: Try them on a small patch of skin first to see if you have any kind of allergic reaction to them.
These are some of my tips to make my skin baby soft. Do you have any to share? Do you have any natural body wash recipes you’ve tried that work?