Since all skin reacts differently, if you’re trying out a new trick, we do recommend you test it out first on the inside of your arm to see how your skin will react.
Don’t Use Bar Soaps
According to Renée Rouleau, using bar soaps can dry out the skin. Using a bar of soap, especially to wash your face, can be harmful to the skin. She claims that, “although many bar soaps are now better formulated and gentler (due to a lower pH that closely matches the normal skin level), they will still be more drying than sulfate-free gels, foams, liquids and creams.”
When you wash with soap that is too harsh or drying, it pulls all the moisture from the skin and creates dead, dry skin cell buildup. Your skin is left feeling tight and dehydrated. Instead, try using ultra-gentle liquid face washes, like our pure, organic soapberry facial cleanser.
Use a Natural Toner, Designed for Sensitive Skin
Cider Vinegar diluted in water
Using a cider vinegar as a toner on your skin can have many benefits. It can help reduce age spots, skin imperfections and blemishes, and it can help balance your skin’s pH. To prepare this toner, simply mix 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar in a cup of water.
To use, apply on a cotton pad and gently dab onto the face. Splash your face with cold water once you’re done if you want to remove the smell. This will also close up your pores to prevent dirt from entering afterward. If you find that the mixture is still too strong for your sensitive skin, simply add more water until you find the balance that works for you.
Aloe vera is also a natural anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredient for sensitive skin. It contains various minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and saponins that are vital to the healthy function of the body’s systems. Aloe vera is also commonly used to treat rashes and burns, reduce inflammation and to boost the immune system.
To prepare the toner, simply slice an aloe vera leaf and scoop out the gel inside. Dilute 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel in 1 cup of cool or cold water. If it’s too thick, you can also mix it in the blender until it’s nice and smooth.To use, apply the aloe vera solution onto your face using a cotton pad.
Use a Natural Moisturizer
Coconut oil is a skin superfood that also has many uses for all around the house! Coconut oil is a great moisturizer. It is absorbed quickly by the skin, and its antibacterial properties aid in the treatment of acne, wrinkles, and soothing irritated skin.
To use, simply pour a very small amount onto your hands and massage into your face. Wait 5-10 minutes for the skin to absorb the coconut oil and gently wipe off any excess with a cotton towel. Remember this last step, as coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it can clog your pores if not properly rinsed off!
Shea butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. Shea butter is also anti-inflammatory and gives the skin essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.
To use on the skin, simply rub a small amount onto your hands and massage into the skin. No need to use a huge amount, since a little also goes a long way!
Gently Exfoliate Your Skin Once a Week
Yogurt is packed with many nutrients that are good for the skin. Yogurt is a great gentle exfoliator. The pH of yogurt is about 4.5 which is low enough for it to be effective as an exfoliant.
To use, apply a tablespoon of full fat plain yogurt onto your face. Let it sit for a 5-10 minutes and then rinse off. Another natural option is buttermilk, it contains more levels of lactic acid (3-4%), which is the natural exfoliant in yogurt.