We know proper skin nourishment is essential if you want radiant and healthy skin, especially when Singapore’s hot and humid climate wreaks havoc on us every day. But it is not an easy task when we lead such busy lives, constantly rushing from one place to the next.
To make matters worse, skincare products may not be terribly expensive, but they are definitely not cheap either. Well, it’s your lucky day because we’re here to share with you some natural alternatives that will hopefully work just as well as your expensive creams and lotions. Here are 7 all-natural substitutes to keep you looking fresh.
Coconut oil is great at keeping your skin moisturized, thanks to the many vitamins and antioxidants it consists of. It also contains collagen-supporting lauric acid, and gets absorbed easily by your skin without making you feel sticky. Coconut oil even helps to reduce wrinkles and can also be beneficial to getting rid of stretch marks, scars, or cellulite.
Coconut oil is relatively inexpensive and can be easily found at pharmacies and grocery stores. For the best results, keep an eye out for unrefined or organic coconut oil.
Chances are you already have some olive oil in your kitchen, but it can be used for more than just cooking. It contains high amounts of Vitamin E, which is good for keeping your skin moisturized. Olive oil can also help to reduce scarring and keep your skin looking young thanks to its collagen-producing properties. Be sure to use it sparingly, because if used in excess you could risk clogging your pores.
It’s cheap and it can be found in most supermarkets. You can use it as a replacement for shaving cream for a smoother shave, or add a few tablespoons together with some essential oil to create a refreshing and relaxing bath.
A rich source of Vitamins A and F, shea butter is the perfect remedy for dry skin. Extracted from the nuts of the African shea tree, it is a natural moisturizer and when applied, it provides a barrier from harmful environmental elements. Fatty acids within also nourish the skin to prevent drying, and with long-term use, it can give soft and wrinkle-free skin.
Shea butter is a versatile natural ingredient and can be purchased from supermarkets and beauty shops. Keep an eye out for raw or unbleached variants for best results.
Raw honey is a natural anti-bacterial agent, so it is especially effective when used to treat acne and for unclogging your pores. Being full of antioxidants, it is also a fantastic fighter of premature ageing signs like wrinkles and blemishes. Rubbing a teaspoon of raw honey on your face and washing it off with warm water will even give your skin a faint glow.
Be sure to choose raw organic honey from the supermarket, because regular honey is pasteurized and filtered, thereby losing its healing effects.
Widely known as a useful plant with healing properties, aloe vera is also used in many skin care products because of its moisturizing properties. If you have a sunburn, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory effects that can help to soothe your burned skin. It heals irritated skin with ease and can also reduce stretch marks and wrinkles.
Aloe vera gel can be found in pharmacies and some supermarkets, and you might want to check that there are no additives included for optimal results. If you have the green thumb, you can try cultivating your own aloe vera plant. The leaves can be cut off and peeled, and the natural gel can be used right away.
Avocados are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as Vitamins A, D and E. They are excellent moisturizers and can nourish your skin. Natural antioxidants also help to heal irritated dry skin, so it is perfect for people with skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. As if all that were not enough, it also can be used to treat acne and can help fight the signs of ageing.
Available in oil or raw fruit form, avocados can be found in most supermarkets. As a great side benefit, it goes great with toast and eggs too.
Cucumbers are almost fully made out of water, so they are excellent sources of hydration. With nutrients like magnesium and potassium, and vitamins A and E, they encourage blood circulation within your body. You’ve probably seen how people have cucumber slices over their eyes in the spa, and that’s because cucumbers are great at reducing the dark circles under your eyes.
Easily found in the supermarket for cheap, you can find recipes online for making DIY cucumber face masks. These are great alternatives to buying face masks from beauty stores, for keeping your skin hydrated and refreshed.