Skincare From The Pantry: Do Natural Products Work?
Posted on June 07 2017
Do you have memories of sleepovers that involved smearing a lumpy mixture of honey and banana on your face, complete with cucumber slices over your eyes? Ah, childhood.
As it turns out, those messy concoctions (and mum getting mad about not having any honey for her morning toast) weren’t for nothing. Natural ingredients can work wonders for your skin as well as your stomach.
When you want a quick skin pick-me-up, just reach for these ingredients. Chances are, you’ve already got them in your fridge or pantry.
It’s no wonder this magic oil has become a cult beauty product in recent years. Antibacterial, antifungal, and extremely hydrating, coconut oil is great for keeping your knees, elbows, and cuticles moisturised. It also makes a great natural makeup remover – just be sure to use an organic, unrefined form of coconut oil.
Watch out if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin though; coconut oil is known to clog pores and cause breakouts for some skin types.
Our alternative: Medik8 Glow Oil – Fast-absorbing, intense hydration packed with 12 essential oils for a radiant complexion.
This sweet golden goo is antibacterial, probiotic, and nourishing. Ideal for dry or acne-prone skin, honey can help to banish flakiness and reduce breakouts. As long as it’s raw and unfiltered (unlike your Instagram posts – am I right?), honey can make a great facewash.
Just be sure to rinse thoroughly, as honey can leave behind a residue that may lead to pesky breakouts.
Our alternative: Cosmedix Purity Solution – Deep cleans and purifies the skin without stripping natural essential oils.
Cucumber contains a lot of water and vitamin C – perfect for soothing irritations and redness. It also helps reduce swelling, which is why these slices are often used over the eyes to send those bags packing!
Shop the ingredient: Dr Spiller Cucumber Toner – With cucumber extract, this toner revitalises skin and balances PH levels.
Ever noticed how much better your skin feels after a weekend at the beach? Sea salt helps to deeply cleanse pores and remove bacteria from the skin. It also makes a great all-over exfoliator. As if we needed another reason to hit the coast.
If you’ve got sensitive or dry skin, however, you may want to avoid using sea salt too often, as it can be too harsh and drying for some.
Our alternative: ASAP Daily Exfoliating Scrub – Gently removes dead skin to promote cell renewal and improve skin texture.
Packed with potassium, moisture, and vitamins A, C and E, it’s no wonder banana is regularly used in at-home face masks. This bad boy can help hydrate your skin and fade acne scars and dark spots.
Coffee scrubs are fast becoming a favourite for removing dead skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Coffee grounds make a great exfoliator, and the caffeine helps promote blood flow to banish any lumps and bumps.
Shop the ingredient: Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask – This antioxidant-rich mask contains coffee extract to help exfoliate the skin.
Hungry for more great skin tips? Find out if you’re using the right products for your skin in this helpful post.