5 Natural Ingredients for Your Skin from Your Kitchen

Looking for a new skincare routine that will limit your exposure to chemicals found in store bought products? The answer is right in your kitchen. Add these ingredients to a smoothie or use them externally as a mask. Get more natural ingredients in Clean Skin from Within.

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Avocado

Avocado is packed with hydrating oils and skin-nourishing vitamins A and E. If you can resist eating it, a ripe avocado can be instantly transformed into a moisturizing mask. It is one of my favorite ingredients for DIY face masks because it is high in antioxidants and has moisturizing and penetrating benefits.  Allergy alert: If you have an avocado allergy, do not apply it to your face. If you have an allergy to latex, you may also be sensitive to avocados, bananas, green papayas, and kiwi, so start with a skin patch test on your arm before applying it to your face.

Natural Honey

Honey, a natural humectant, helps retain moisture and regulate pH, making it a perfect ingredient in skin care. In addition to honey’s cosmetic benefits, it has powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it’s helpful for wound healing and a number of skin conditions. In fact, according to a December 2013 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, historical records show honey has been used for healing and cosmetics since the earliest civilizations (even as far back as 4500 BCE in Egypt). Honey has many healing benefits and is rich in amino acids, enzymes, biotin, vitamins B1, B3, B5, and B6, potassium, and calcium. In food and skin care, use raw (unpasteurized) honey, as you don’t want to kill the beneficial bacteria or remove the nutrients. Darker honeys tend to have higher antioxidant levels. Acacia and Manuka honey seem to have the most therapeutic effects, but any raw honey can be used, especially if you have a local source.

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Oats

Oats provide moisturizing, healing, and anti-inflammatory skin benefits. Due to their saponin content, oats work well to cleanse skin without drying it out. In addition, their antioxidant and hydrating qualities make them a great addition to face masks. Because oats have skin-soothing and itch-reducing properties, they also help soothe inflamed, irritated skin and heal eczema and hives.

Yogurt

Yogurt contains nutrients, enzymes, and active cultures that can aid in smoothing and balancing your skin. Lactic acid (an alpha-hydroxyl acid) helps dissolve dead skin cells for natural exfoliation to help smooth and rejuvenate. The natural acidity of yogurt also balances skin’s mildly acidic pH, and its beneficial microorganisms may help support your skin’s microbiome. Yogurt’s properties also have the ability to sooth irritated and inflamed skin. Topically, you can choose any type of yogurt—cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, coconut milk, or other variety— as long as it is unsweetened and plain.

Papaya

Papaya is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, which are nourishing and protective. Papaya’s natural enzyme papain helps exfoliate skin, leaving it smooth and soft. These are the reasons papaya is one of my favorite DIY skin care ingredients. Not only does it naturally exfoliate your skin, but it also hydrates and can reduce signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Greener, less-ripe papayas have higher amounts of papain. For sensitive skin types, I suggest using ripe papayas because they’re less likely to trigger an inflammatory reaction. As you can see, nature provides us with natural actives that have powerful abilities to help clear, rejuvenate, and heal skin. In addition to avoiding harmful effects of potentially toxic chemicals in common skin care products, choosing natural solutions enhances your skin’s appearance and your natural beauty.

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Clean skin coverGet the clear skin you’ve always wanted with simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.Many people suffer from skin conditions — acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis — and seek conventional medical help but don’t get the results they hope for. Other people end up worse than when they started, after being prescribed antibiotic after antibiotic. And then there are those who don’t realize how good their skin can be until they adopt a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.

In Clean Skin from Within, Dr. Trevor Cates presents guidelines and recipes to transform your skin from the inside out.  

“Your skin is similar to a magic mirror—offering clues about your internal health. When you look at your skin in the bathroom mirror, what do you see? Your first instinct may be to mask redness, bumps, fine lines, and discolorations with makeup. But have you ever thought about why your skin contains blemishes in the first place? Checking for the hints your skin provides to figure out the “why” is what this magic-mirror concept is all about.” —Dr. Cates
With this book, you can:

          –  Determine your skin type and better understand its root causes

          –  Achieve a clean mind, a clean plate, and a clean body  

          –  Nourish your body and your skin with recipes for collagen-boosting bone broths, antioxidant-rich salads, and delicious smoothies

          –  Whip up all-natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, and masks  

At the end of two weeks, both your skin and your whole being will be polished, perfect, and ready to glow.