Most people, especially those of the female persuasion, are concerned about the health and appearance of their skin. And this is understandable; it’s our container, what people first see when they meet us and often what they judge us by. That saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ is seldom taken seriously when it comes to the physical appearance!
And yet, the most authentically beautiful people, the ones who seem to glow and shine – very possibly from the inside out – are usually the ones who are wearing very little or no makeup whatsoever. And they don’t need to. If their skin is healthy, it becomes superfluous.
And those that don’t have healthy skin are normally doing harm to it in the long run by applying products to clean, moisturise or as cover. There is now so much evidence out there that the chemicals found in most mainstream ‘face care’ products are not only ineffective long term, they are dangerous to our skins!
This article about harmful chemicals in beauty products states:
“Your makeup, face cream, skin moisturiser, or cleanser may deliver short term smoothness and brightness, but it may disrupt your hormones and fertility, expose you to known cancer-causing pesticides, and deliver dangerous toxins that penetrate and age your skin. That’s right. The cosmetics you use may actually speed the formation of wrinkles, age spots, and worse.”
For us, skin care – and we mean, really caring for the skin – means using very few, raw/unprocessed, ideally organic, and 100% natural ingredients. These should serve to nourish and enhance the natural beauty of the skin, rather than manipulate it into looking a certain way or disguising its essence. Another thing, you should never use anything on your skin you cannot eat! Makes sense, it gets absorbed into your body.
So, what do we recommend? Having a very simple daily regimen using a few basic, gentle, natural items as a base, then mixing with other natural ingredients (some you can get from your own kitchen!) as needed for the desired effect. For example, mixing your own masks is good for the skin, means you don’t have to go out and buy a new product and can be fun!
Try our Coffee Scrub Mask recipe…
It’s also got other amazing benefits, read for yourself! You can also eat all these ingredients!
Coffee Scrub Mask (makes enough for a couple of uses)
1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon finely ground coffee beans
1 teaspoon Moringa powder
The above are recommended amounts – increase or decrease for the desired consistency!
Apply to clean, dry skin with your fingers and gently massage in a circular motion. Leave in for a few minutes to give your skin a chance to really absorb the ingredients, then rinse off with warm water.
Coconut oil for skin –
Suits all skin types, is deeply nourishing, contains antioxidants to protect the skin from free radicals (anti-aging), is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial AND anti-fungal and good for people with acne!
Coffee on skin –
Is a rich source of antioxidants (also anti-aging!), the caffeine as a stimulant increases blood flow to the face (making you glow), stimulates the growth of collagen and elastin (also good for anti-aging), reduces fine lines and helps reverse the damage of UV rays!
Marula oil/Neem oil –
Marula oil; Rich in essential fatty acids Omega 9 – oleic and Omega 6 – linoleic that deeply hydrate and reduce redness while nourishing, healing, moisturizing and improving skin elasticity. It reportedly reverses photo damage, boosts cellular activity, aids in building collagen, protects against environmental toxins, and supports the health of the skin and hair. Good for anti-aging.
Neem oil; An excellent moisturizing oil with insecticidal and medicinal properties. Packed full of anti-viral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties, containing vitamin E and other essential amino acids and some percentages of fatty acids. Good for treating many skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies, ring worm, chickenpox etc.
Moringa powder –
This African superfood is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, with a total of 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants. Need we say more?
Find more 100% natural African organic skin products at Earthtribe.co.za