Natural Beauty: Healthy Skin on a Budget

Let’s talk skincare today. How to nurture your skin to radiance without hurting your wallet. There are a lot of products with fancy names and ingredients out there. I used to buy into all the hype. Spending money I didn’t have on products with disappointing results.

It all started in 2011, straight out of NYSC camp. I was darker than usual. Staying three weeks in camp in the peak of dry season is no easy task! Imagine the heat. I spent an inordinate amount of time exposed to the sun. Because I wanted to experience all of NYSC. And my friends had bet that a “just-came-back” gal like me couldn’t possibly survive the travails of camp life. I was determined to prove them wrong. Parade. Volleyball. Endurance trek. I did it all. I won the bet. But my skin suffered.

After camp, I was several shades darker with uneven skintone. I succumbed to the pressure to “tone” my skin. I stopped using the shea butter I had at the time and bought expensive products that promised milky skin. Let’s just say I didn’t like the result. After much experimenting, I went back to using my shea butter mixed with natural oils.  My skin healed and I’ve never looked back since.

So, how do I get my skin to behave?

Natural cleansers, oils and butters. Totally inexpensive but very effective. I’ve been using a mixture of unrefined coconut oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil as my body moisturizer for a while now with great results. I especially like coconut oil because it’s lightweight. Perfect for our scorching weather. I also use it exclusively as a face moisturizer. For my cleanser, I use Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap. 

Exfoliate. Apart from the usual 3-step skincare retinue (wash, tone, moisturize), I like to use natural scrubs twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells. You can make your own scrubs with any natural skin oil of your choice. Just add sugar or sea salt as the exfoliating component. You can also add lime for its skin toning effect and honey for its anti-aging and moisturizing qualities.

Oil Cleansing: Believe it or not, oil cleansing is the rave right now. A simple google search and you’d be amazed. I know it sounds weird. You’re trying to rid your face of oil and here I am talking about cleansing with oil. But it has worked for me so far. Read all about it here and here.

These are just some of the things that have worked for me. Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to be effective. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it. 

I’ll be sharing more about my natural skincare routine in later articles.
1 comment on "Natural Beauty: Healthy Skin on a Budget"
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