If something works for everybody with your skin type, it will work for you too, right? Wrong. Skincare is no walk in the park. There are no simple answers. No ma’am. It’s way too complex and uncompromisable.
When picking skincare products, we tend to look to popular solutions for ourselves which have yielded results for many. Or take advice from people who have mastered the art. What we fail to realize, however, is popularity does not always mean that it will work for you.
So, what do you do when popular skincare products don’t work for you? You find an alternative. We recommend you keep it as close as you can to natural products so that you see results with minimal side effects.
If you are someone who is struggling to find your skincare kit, here are some products that may work for you:
Rosewater is created by distilling rose petals with steam. It has a mild fragrance and is sometimes also used as a natural perfume. It has powerful antiseptic properties. Rosewater has potential health benefits and has been around for centuries.
Skin benefits of Rose Water:
- Soothes irritation
- Reduces inflammation
- Prevents infection
- Heals cuts and scars
- Has anti-aging properties.
Rosewater can be an amazing alternative to toner. It soothes the skin and will remove excess oil from the skin thereby preventing blackheads, acne, and pimples. Combining it with rosehip oil can help create a serum that battles acne and slows aging.
Aloe Vera is the poster product of the skincare family. Found in almost every category of skincare like creams, lotions, gels, or shampoos, it hydrates and clears the skin without making it appear greasy. It also unclogs pores and softens the overall look and feel of the skin.
Skin benefits of Aloe Vera:
- Treats sunburns
- Helps treat inflammatory acne
- Alleviate itchiness.
Aloe Vera gel has a cooling sensation when applied. Its antibacterial properties make it a good cleanser for acne-prone skin. To treat acne, apply a thick layer of Aloe Vera gel overnight and wash it off in the morning.
Tea tree oil, mixed with Aloe Vera, can also prove to be a suitable cleanser for acne-prone skin.
Don’t let misconceptions make you miss out on this gem. Olive oil is oil, yes, but if used moderately and efficiently it can prove quite beneficial. Many skincare products use extracts from olive oil to increase effectiveness.
Skin benefits of Olive Oil:
- Treats sunburns
- Prevents premature aging
- Has antioxidant properties
- Helps in treating wounds and scars
Olive Oil has a high content of Squalane which hydrates and moisturizes the skin; and fatty acids which help in preventing the skin from drying. It works as a barrier, sealing the moisture below the surface.
Honey has incredible antimicrobial properties and has been used as a skincare product since ancient civilizations. Even Cleopatra swore by it! And if someone whose beauty was heralded used it, it must hold some mettle.
Skin benefits of honey:
- Fight acne
- Great exfoliator
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Speeds up the healing process
- Moisturizes the skin and acts like a pore cleanser
Honey is a versatile ingredient that caters to a variety of skin and hair issues. A lot of products on the market have honey as an additive. A natural ingredient, it is filled with nutrients that take care of our skin health in every aspect if introduced in our skincare regime.
Lavender oil has the ability to lighten skin, reduce wrinkles and fine lines and lessen acne. Always dilute the oil with a carrier oil before using it to treat acne. It can also be used as a facial toner when mixed with witch hazel.
Skin benefits of Lavender Oil:
- Soothes dry skin.
- Helps treat skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.
- Protects from free radicals
- Has Anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties.
Lavender oil brings down skin inflammation and unclogs the pores. It has anti-fungal properties which can help treat a number of skin diseases.
While many people and influencers also swear by these products - do not forget to consult a dermatologist if you are experiencing any side effects after their usage. How your skin reacts depends on the overall chemistry of your body as well.