How to Take Care of your Skin Organically


Stress, pollution and aging are tough enough on our skin without using harsh skin care products. Good skin care improves and balances skin so that less of the product is needed. Some products have the opposite effect, as natural product maker Charlotte Vohtz found. “Ordinary products, we all fall for them with their nice packaging, but they never did anything for my skin,” she says. “I had to keep using more of the product because my skin was dry! I started to work with natural oils in products and my dry skin improved in two weeks.”

Look for cleansers that retain the skin’s natural pH and moisture levels and don’t use harsh ingredients such as alcohol. Good exfoliators gently remove dead skin without taking healthy skin with them (a natural abrasive like oatmeal works well), while moisturisers based on plant oils and healing botanical ingredients nourish skin without petroleum-based oils and synthetic fragrances.

If you find yourself with dry skin and no moisturizer to hand, simply put a small amount of a cold pressed oil on your skin after a bath or shower. Olive and sunflower oils are natural and rich in fatty acids which are beneficial for the skin and, as they’re absorbed, for the inner person as well. Try scent with a tiny amount of an appropriate essential oil (choose oils packed in glass rather than plastic). Because you need less than a drop for one application, prepare a larger amount and keep this in the refrigerator to use as needed. Tone with witch hazel, or the water from fresh parsley soaked overnight.

For luxurious, cleansing face packs, mix clays such as kaolin or fuller’s earth with a little water to help draw out impurities—add essential oils and ingredients such as honey and oatmeal. The following simple recipes from the America’s National Honey Board incorporate the healing properties of honey.

Face fruit

Some natural beauty products contain ingredients—such as grape seeds, pine bark and extracts of green tea—that act as antioxidants and may protect your body against free radicals that damage skin cells and accelerate skin aging. They also contain vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene, said to strengthen capillaries and stop enzymes breaking down the collagen and elastin that make skin elastic and youthful. With the possible exception of vitamin E, it’s uncertain whether these actually do work when applied to skin; including them in your diet is a better bet. Be wary of products made to look natural with fruit images on the packaging—check the label for the real story.

Facial toner

Blend 1 tablespoon honey with a peeled, cored apple and smooth mixture over face. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Honey moisturizer

Mix 1 teaspoon vegetable oil with 1 teaspoon honey and Vi teaspoon lemon juice. Rub into hands, elbows, heels—anywhere that has dry skin. Leave on for ten minutes then rinse.

Natural winners

  • Honey makes a superb natural moisturizer and contains antioxidants that may protect skin from damaging UV rays. It also has a firm place in the medicine cabinet. Honey expert Professor Peter Molan’s research has revealed anti­bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; honey from New Zealand’s native manuka plant has even healed serious wounds including leg ulcers and septicaemia where conventional treatments proved ineffective.
  • Tea tree oil, from a tree native to Northern Australia, was used by Aborigine tribes for thousands of years for healing—and Australian soldiers fighting in World War II were issued with it as part of their first aid kit. It is a natural antiseptic for minor skin conditions such as spots and one of the few essential oils that can be applied straight to the skin. Don’t put it on sensitive skin that’s dry or cracked, or in the eyes or mouth.
  • Hemp oil’s centuries-old beauty secrets are being revived as soaps, shampoos and conditioners, hand creams, moisturisers and lip balms, which incorporate the moisturising properties of its essential fatty acids. It helps to heal minor skin problems, including acne, and adds body and shine to hair.

In a lather

There’s nothing simpler than soap, right? In fact, many soaps these days are synthetic detergent products dressed up with artificial perfumes and colours. The best natural soaps use plant-based oils from almonds, cocoa butter, olives and hemp with essential oils, herbs, spices and flowers. For a clean wash, straight from nature, certain plants—the aptly-named soapwort, North America’s Soap Lily and bracken, to name a few—contain saponins that lather in water to create a gentle yet effective soap.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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