Guest Post: 5 Natural alternatives to expensive skin care products

Everyday stress and pollution can cause a lot of damage to your skin. There are skincare products you can use to help you combat these negative effects, but they can also be very expensive, so here are five natural alternatives—some of which you may find in your very own kitchen:

EGG WHITES

Eggs are rich in dietary proteins that are known to build muscles but are also great for combating skin inflammation and early signs of ageing. In the article on this blog about What Egg Whites Can Do for Your Skin’ Cassie mentioned other benefits like how it helps tighten your skin, reduce wrinkles, and gets rid of visible pores and facial lines.

Egg whites are rich in collagen, which fills in facial lines, especially when you use it as a face mask. Simply separate the yolk from the whites, beat the whites until you end up with a fluffy white foam and apply liberally to your face. Let it sit until it dries and rinse off everything with water. In just a few minutes, you’ll get radiant and glowing skin.

OLIVE OIL

If you’re looking for good vitamins for your face, you can use olive oil. It’s rich in fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K—all of which are great for your skin. Medical News Today explains that olive oil is a great moisturiser that you can use on your skin and hair. You can apply it directly on your skin before blotting out extra oil or use it to exfoliate your ankles, elbows, feet, neck, and face by mixing it with some sea salt. Olive oil is also a great makeup remover, especially if you always use water-resistant makeup.

ALOE VERA

The gel-like parts of the plant are known to heal the skin from minor ailments like burns, sunburns, small abrasions, and cuts, but it’s also great for dry skin and inflammatory acne. Healthline points out that the insides of the aloe plant’s leaves are more potent and it’s suitable for all skin types. It can hydrate and moisturise your skin without clogging your pores and it prevents fine lines from getting worse. 

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Pretty Me’s guides on personal health cover a range of pressing topics including natural alternatives. In their article on the benefits of aloe vera, they describe how it is also known as an effective anti-inflammatory that can help get rid of your pimples. Not only that, aloe also helps exfoliate your skin, leaving it bright, rejuvenated, and hydrated.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

This is one of the most popular home remedies for acne and blemishes because it’s rich in malic acid, which can help exfoliate the skin. Exfoliating promotes cell turnover, gets rid of dead cells, and clears out and prevents clogged pores.

Apple cider vinegar also has a clarifying property that can help even out your overall complexion. Just remember to dilute your apple cider with water to prevent any skin breakouts. If you have oily skin, it’s best to combine one part water with one part apple cider vinegar. For normal skin, two parts water works best. Add more water if you have sensitive skin.

AVOCADO

It’s a superfood loaded with good fats, omega fatty acids, vitamins, and nutrients. Since it’s a natural moisturiser, it works wonders if you’re suffering from acne or dry, flaky skin. It also has lauric acid and anti-inflammatory properties that act as antibacterial and antiviral agents that can help reduce acne and scars.

There are plenty more ingredients in your kitchen that can help you take care of your skin. Honey and sugar, for one, are great ingredients to use if you’re looking for a gentle lip and face scrub and oats are a great mask if you want radiant skin. Natural alternatives to skincare will not only save you a lot of money, but they’re also generally safer for your skin, too. Let me know your own tips for natural and money-saving alternatives to beauty products in the comments below 🙂

This blog post is a guest post written by Heather Carr and the pink links may indicate a collaborative link or information source.



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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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