Ideally cleaning your skin from dirt, dust and impurities is mandatory. Cleaning your skin properly will solve half of your skin problems. It also gives you a refreshed and awakening effect.
In order to balance your skin’s Ph after cleansing, it is essential to use a toner. Toners can be used to wipe off dirt that is not effectively removed by your cleanser, by using a cotton ball soaked in a toner or it can also be used as a mist, imparting quick hydration.
Hydrating the skin is often overlooked. No matter what is your skin type, you will need to use something to put the hydration/moisture back to your skin that was lost by cleansing your skin. You can use creams, gels or oils, whatever that suits your skin. But you need to use one!
Lastly, protecting your skin from sun damage and premature aging. You will have to use a sunscreen. There are a couple of natural ingredients that provide sun protection. I will always recommend going for a store bought sunscreen, rather than picking something from the kitchen, if at all there may be anything! Sunscreens are available as physical and chemical sunscreens.
Moving on to simple sample skin care routines for every skin type using natural/kitchen ingredients
Oatmeal! There isn’t anything as soothing, as gentle, as effective, as mild to be found in your kitchen. Oatmeal is such an underrated skin beneficial ingredient. Due to its saponin content (a natural foaming agent), Oatmeal is a great natural cleanser. It is also rich in anti-oxidants and proteins. Oatmeal is an anti-bacterial (helps to keep acne at bay) and is an anti-inflammatory (helps to soothe itchy and irritated skin).
What You Need To Do Is:
Grind and powder the oatmeal and store it in an airtight container. So whenever you need to use it, take a teaspoon of the powdered oatmeal and add three teaspoons of warm water and let the oatmeal soak in it for at least 15 mins, until it becomes soft, mushy and fluffy. This plain soaked oatmeal is perfect for Normal and Oily Skin types. Combination Skin types can add a dash of honey for a little boost of hydration. Dry Skin types can add 3 to 4 drops of olive for intense nourishment.
There are many easy toning recipes that can be easily made at home. But I am going to put up two of my most favourite ones.
What You Need To Do Is:
Rose water is amazing for all skin types. It is an excellent acne fighter, pore cleanser, anti-inflammatory and maintains skin’s pH balance. To make rose water at home, you can either use fresh or dried rose petals. Place the rose petals in distilled hot water and let it soak for 30 to 60 minutes and strain off the rose petal residue to get pure rose water. This rose water toner is best for those who prefer hydrating toners and can be used both by swiping with a cotton pad or spraying directly on the skin as a mist or you can buy it from the store as well.
The other toner I trust is the Apple Cidar Vinegar Toner. Apple Cidar Vinegar is anti-bacterial and antiseptic and is highly beneficial for people suffering from skin infections like eczema and acne.
Lazy to prepare these? Do you eat Rice everyday? Then while rinsing it, take the second rinse and use it as a toner. This water is great for brightening the skin over time.
Picking up a moisturizer that suits your skin is perfectly is kind of hard. For oily skin, Grape seed Oil works best. If you have acne, then Tamanu Oil is great and for acne scars, you could go with Rose hip Seed Oil. For dry skin, you can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Virgin Coconut Oil if your skin is not acne prone. Both the oils tackle dryness and nourishes the skin beautifully. Normal and Combination Skin Types can use two drops of Jojoba Oil. Still skeptical of using oils, them cut a fresh Aloe Vera Leaf and extract the gel and use it. You can store it in the refrigerator and can use the gel for maximum 2 or 3 days or until it smells bad. You may also add one Capsule of Vitamin E in it for added benefits.
Like I said earlier, I would always recommend using a store bought sunscreen rather than ingredients from the kitchen. You can choose the best sunscreen that suits your skin type.
Face Mask cum Scrub:
There are a variety of masks that you can make with your kitchen ingredients. I’m going to stick to the traditional age old grandma recipe with Besan and a pinch of wild turmeric. For oily, normal skin – Add in yogurt, make a smooth paste, apply it and leave it on until dry and then rinse it off to reveal glowing skin. Alternate Yogurt with Malai (the yellowish layer that comes when boiled milk is cooled down or get some fresh cream) for combination and dry skin. You can also add a little honey to this mixture. Yogurt and Malai has lactic acid hence this face pack gives you not only glowing skin but also brighter skin. It also helps with de-tanning. Continuous usage may help with retarding facial hair growth due to the properties of turmeric and besan.