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Make up comes with packaging and so is your skin care. Unfortunately, women’s need to have luminous skin and appear beautiful might be partly responsible for excessive plastic waste that the world is facing. It is understandable that many will focus on food industry when it comes to finding the culprit of this environmental havoc, but beauty industry is just as guilty. One of the easier options to reduce our consumption are not to have any duplicates and to use brands that opt for eco-friendly ingredients and packaging. However, when these products are not available in your country, you might want to think of other alternatives. The following tips are some of the things you can do to keep your skin healthy and look beautiful without using any commercial products.

Wash your Face Thoroughly

In my experience, facial wash alone has never been able to clean every last bit of your make up or dust; even the ones that claim to do so. To prove this, you can always dab a cotton with olive oil and wipe it across your face to find some dirt that was still sticking to it. Some soap also contain harsh ingredients that can strip your skin off of its natural oil and pH level. In other words, your face does not need any facial wash that comes in plastic tubes. To cleanse your skin, rub some olive oil in circular motion (you can also mix it with castor oil) and massage it gently. Wipe the oil and dirt by using cotton pad, preferably reusable one. Slide it all the way down to your neck and nape. Rinse with water, and remove the excessive oil with a clean towel. Do this twice a day, especially before bed.

Olive oil is rich in unsaturated fat, vitamin A, and E that can be absorbed quickly. It helps moisturize your skin and has antibacterial properties. Unlike coconut oil, olive oil is not comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores and cause any breakouts. I personally think that removing facial wash from my beauty regimen does not make much difference, if anything, my face no longer feels tight after washing; which signals that the skin’s barrier isn’t damaged.

Exfoliate!

Exfoliation is crucial to remove dead cells that make your skin appear dull. Not removing these can clog your pores making it hard for your skin to breath. This process also helps circulate more oxygen and reduce pore appearance. When you skip this step, your skin won’t be able to absorb anything you put on it effectively. But instead of using expensive exfoliator, use coffee grounds to do the job. Mix it with warm water and mildly scrub all over your face and body to avoid any irritation. The caffeine content in the coffee can dilate blood vessels under the skin promoting better blood flow. This method can also be used to reduce cellulite.

Apply facial Mask

Facial masks have various benefits such as for relaxation, deep-cleansing, moisturizing, nourishing, and reducing fine wrinkles. Some facial masks are even used to draw impurities and restore your skin glow. Don’t bother paying for expensive facial masks that are heavily added with chemical formula. These types of masks might cause your skin to burn. Sheet masks are not an option either because of how much waste they produce. Making your own facial mask is not only cheaper but also healthier, at the same time, it’s plastic free!

  1. Turmeric powder: This is amazing for any skin type, especially acne-prone one. Turmeric contains antioxidant and has an anti-inflammatory qualities. The secret is to mix it with milk so it doesn’t stain your skin. Turmeric’s use for medical purpose can be traced way back in South Asia that it is dubbed as the Golden Spice. Using this can even out your skin tone and brighten it.
  2. Lemon: Slice a lemon and put three drops of honey on it before rubbing it all over your face. Lemon, with its vitamin C, is a wonderful skin brightener. Let the lemon juice get rid of your acne and blemishes.
  3. Fruit masks: If this is still too much work, the easiest way is to take out fruits or vegetables that you find in your fridge and mush it. Some common ones that you can put on your face are cucumber, tomato, bananas, berries, papaya, avocado, squash or other fridge items such as eggs and yogurt.

Drink plenty of water

Water flushes toxins out of your body. Up to 60% of human adult body is water so it’s no wonder that increasing your water intake will significantly affect your skin radiance. Keep a water bottle near you so you will always be reminded to drink. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, because this just indicates that you are already dehydrated. Dehydration causes our skin to look dry, wrinkly, and sometimes flaky. Drink at least two glass of water right after you woke up because when you are sleeping, 6-8 hours have passed without drinking.

Sweat it out

Your blood delivers oxygen and nutrition throughout your body, including your skin. While doing so, it carries any waste and free radical away from your cells. Exercising increases the flow and cleanse your skin from the inside. It also releases a chemical called endorphin, which reduces stress. We all know what stress does to our body and skin!

Use natural ingredients for make up

Make up might cover your imperfections, but it doesn’t remove them. Under the layers of products that you put on your face, you will still have to deal with them somehow. Once you focus on keeping your skin radiant, you will find that you can minimize your makeup and still look stunning. However, you can always highlight your natural features to make them stand out even more. For rosy lips and cheeks, thinly slice¬†a beetroot and use it to enhance the color and plumpness. Use charcoal to darken eyebrows naturally and cocoa powder to contour.

¬†Having a glowing radiant skin is one of the most important keys to improve your appearance with minimal makeup. Nourish it from the inside by eating healthy and consume plenty of vegetables and fruits that will alkalize your body. Don’t forget to moisturize from the outside by applying natural oils on your skin before bed.

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