My niece has incredibly sensitive skin and she is allergic to just about every dye, perfume and synthetic additive out there. As she approaches her tween years, she is desperate to put on makeup and indulge in beauty regimens that her friends are enjoying. Thanks to all the chemical potions and lotions out there she has to be very careful what she puts on her skin.
Her plight has inspired me to search out natural beauty solutions that are safe for most skin types and work. After researching and testing, we found these to be our best options. Our goal was to keep everything organic, but accessible.
Problem: Dry Skin
Solution: Oat and Honey Infused Face Mask
These were a staple at sleepovers when I was young and experimenting with beauty tips. We’d end up looking like green masked monsters and had a few laughs, but most products we looked into irritated my niece’s skin. Thankfully, we found a wonderful dry skin remedy in a natural and wonderful smelling remedy!
1/2 cup powdered oats (powder in a blender)
2 tbsp honey
1 squished gel-cap of vitamin E
1 teaspoon sunflower, or any other liquid oil
Mix the ingredients with warm water until it forms a thick paste. As mentioned in my Waste Not Want Not post, open your pores with a bit of warm water to maximize your results. Apply and leave on skin for 10 minutes. Gently wash away and enjoy the results.
Solution: Witch Hazel or Lemon Juice
Use a warm compress to open the clogged pore. This will soften the black head. Gently push out the offending invader and dab witch hazel or lemon juice on the spot.
Problem: Teeth Stains
Solution: Baking Soda
This one was obvious, but you don’t need to pay a small fortune for a whitener. After brushing as you normally would, rub baking soda on your teeth. Floss, with the baking soda still on your teeth. This will help get all the nooks and crannies. Brush and rinse again.
Problem: Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Solution: Coconut Oil
Vegetable oil is another option, but the smell of the coconut oil is superior.