Sensitive Skin – save money and treat it yourself!
Millions of women suffer from sensitive skin but struggle to find products and remedies that effectively treat it without adding to the problem. Very often the harsh chemicals that are frequently found in non-organic skincare products tend to aggravate sensitive skin further.
Besides using Celgenics products which obviously we’re recommending, because they’re organic and were created for women with sensitive skin, I thought it would be useful to know about a few things you can do yourself with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen and which are great for sensitive skin.
1. Honey – Honey is not only a natural healer but is also a natural antibacterial which makes it the perfect option for those prone to breakouts. You can combine honey with cinnamon and little lemon juice for a lightly exfoliating DIY mask that will deter acne and infections. Coconut oil also works well with honey for a soothing and cleansing mask. This will leave your skin healed and hydrated which is perfect for the colder winter months. Honey can also be applied directly to a blemish to calm the skin. If you’re looking for a more intense exfoliating remedy for your skin then simply mix honey and sugar for an organic scrub that will remove dead skin cells. If you’re not sure if your skin will like any of these options do a patch test on a very small area first.
2. Yogurt – is a great, easy base to add different ingredients to. Even using it just on its own will give you soft, supple skin. To give yourself a facial, first cleanse your face, making sure you remove all make up and dirt from the day. Then smooth some organic, creamy yogurt all over your face and neck. It contains lactic acid, a natural exfoliator, so leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash off. Be sure to use only organic yogurt and one that’s thick and rich in active probiotic cultures. You can add cinnamon powder to yogurt but make sure you’re not allergic to it by doing a patch test. Cinnamon is fantastic for unclogging pores, it’s a powerful anti bacterial and helps with itchy skin.
3. Oatmeal – Sensitive skin and eczema or rosacea often go hand in hand; oatmeal is a great anti inflammatory as well as having cleansing and hydrating properties. As an anti oxidant it’s full of vitamins and minerals that benefit skin so using it in the bath means you really get to soak up all its goodness. Savvy mums use oatmeal to relieve the symptoms of chickenpox. Pour a cup of plain oatmeal into a bath as it fills up then add either some dried lavender or one or two drops of organic lavender oil. Lie back and enjoy the calming and soothing effect on your skin.
4. Chamomile – is one of the best skincare herbs available and is really useful for skin conditions such as contact dermatitis (eczema). It has anti – fungal, anti – inflammatory and anti –bacterial properties so is very useful for skin irritants and inflammation. Simply use a cooled chamomile tea bag on the skin for 15 minutes; its anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe and calm any inflammation.
5. Aloe Vera – You might not have this in your kitchen cupboard but it’s well worth getting some for the times you burn yourself on a hot pan, spill burning fat, cut yourself chopping vegetables, it’s something I wouldn’t be without! In fact, I grow it myself so I always have it to hand.
In ancient Egypt Aloe Vera was called the plant of immortality and is probably the most promoted organic ingredient for sensitive skin because of its all round benefits. It’s full of anti-oxidants, is a natural anti-inflammatory and is well known for helping with wounds and blisters. If you’re in a country where Aloe Vera grows naturally, breaking off a tip will give instant relief for sunburn. It helps with acne and stretch marks, it promotes firmness and elasticity in the skin and moisturises your skin without leaving a greasy feel. Taking Aloe Vera internally as a drink can be beneficial as it helps to heal the gut which is often where skin problems start.
We think aloe vera is brilliant and use it in our Deep Cleansing Lotion.
If you have any favourite recipes, do send them to us, we’d love to add them and share with everyone. Who knows, if we get enough we could create an ebook of your tried and tested home-made skin remedies.