It’s easy to fall into the beauty industry’s advertising trap and believe that in order to have great skin, you have to drop big bucks. Not true. My skin has never been better than when I switched to an all-natural routine of just three items, all of which clock in at under $20 (and were just hanging out in my pantry, anyway).
1. Manuka Honey. Manuka is a honey native to New Zealand, produced by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush. All honey has antibacterial properties, but Manuka Honey’s antibacterial properties are above and beyond, thanks to something called methylglyoxal. Manuka has been known to treat infections, restore tissue damage, and soothe irritation.
When I was searching everywhere for a miracle cure for my Periorbital Dermatitis, Manuka Honey kept popping up. I tried it as a spot treatment, which was sticky but effective, before realizing Manuka worked even better as a face wash. Scoop a dime-sized amount in your hands and mix with warm water (which eliminates ALL the stickiness) before massaging onto your face. I swear, your skin will never be softer or clearer.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar. You probably already know ACV as a miracle product for everything health- and wellness-related, and now you can add beauty-related to that list. When diluted in water (one part ACV to three parts water), the pH level of Apple Cider Vinegar serves to balance the skin’s pH while also getting rid of dead skin cells, preventing the spread of bacteria, and brightening any lingering acne scars. Oh, and it’s also totally safe to use on breakouts. Dip a cotton ball (or, let’s be honest, a bunched up piece of toilet paper) into your diluted mixture and rub all over your face after cleansing.
3. Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is so much more than a healthy fat for cooking. It can be used as a makeup remover, moisturizer, shaving cream, and approximately one million other things–it’s nature’s ultimate multi-tasker. In my all-natural beauty routine, coconut oil serves double duty: I use it to remove my makeup every night, and then use it again after cleansing and toning as a moisturizer.
To remove makeup, slather a good amount of coconut oil on your face and massage in, concentrating on tough eye makeup like liner and mascara. Then, use a cotton ball to soak up the oil and makeup residue. Cleansing with Manuka Honey afterwards will get rid of any lingering oil.
Finally, after toning with ACV, rub a quarter-sized dollop of coconut oil over your face and neck and let it soak in as you sleep.
That’s literally all you need. You’re welcome.