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Taking care of your skin naturally is far less difficult than marketers make it seem. With a few simple, quality household ingredients, your kitchen can become the best spa around at a fraction on the cost. All you need to remember about skin care is four essential things:

  • Healthy skin begins from the inside out, so drink lots of water, eat healthy food and sleep well.
  • If you don’t understand an ingredient, don’t put it on your skin.
  • Understand that common cosmetics and skin care creams are filled with toxic ingredients.
  • Quality skin care doesn’t require a lot of ingredients — just the right ones.

Below, we detail how to deal with common skin type issues naturally and effectively. Remember for the most effective results, use quality and organic or locally grown ingredients. Never put colored or really pungent essential oils on your skin, as they may cause irritation or burning.

Okay, so here’s what to have on stock for taking care of skin issues naturally at home.

1. Clearing Oily Skin

You need lemons! The acid in lemons always slightly dehydrates and tones my oily skin. You can add just a little fresh lemon squeeze to your current face wash or face toner. Of course, make sure to never to get this in your eyes. Try these awesome lemon hacks today!

2.Easing Your Eczema

No one enjoys when the cold season strikes and suddenly their once-tanned skin is paler and suffering from dryness, redness, soreness and, for many, the pains of eczema. The Huffington Post warns readers of the winter skin woes ahead: cold temperatures, hot showers, dry air — all of these contribute to redness, itchiness and dryness. Soothing the skin with a high quality oil is a great option for calming it. Prevention magazine advises you use coconut oil several times per day on the affected area. I’ve definitely seen the benefits of daily coconut oil use on my own skin, especially in the winter.

3. Blasting the Red Blotchies

Redness of the face, or rosacea, affects approximately at least 16 million people in the United States alone and approximately 45 million worldwide.

What’s everyone to do? Well, how about brew some tea? Medicinenet suggests green tea, stating: “Green tea soaks to the face may also help decrease the redness and inflammation seen in rosacea. Green tea is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.”

4. Combat Dryness

Although it seems simple – drink lots of water and moisturize – keeping your skin properly hydrated through the colder months can still be challenging. If your skin is chronically dehydrated, it becomes ever more difficult to help it bounce back. It’s best to keep your skin well moisturized in the first place. You can use a variety of organic oils at home: coconut, olive, apricot, almond, hemp, flax and more for safe, natural moisturizing purposes.

5. Treat Incredibly Itchy Skin

Itchy skin can come from dryness or irritation. Aside then from staying hydrated, we should also ideally avoid irritants. Well, this just isn’t always possible. Consider that sometimes we may use a soap that irritates our skin, we may soak our hands too long doing dishes, or we spend too much time in extreme temperatures unprotected. All of these can leave behind an itch. To treat, look to oats and oil. Oats are notorious for relieving itch, while the added oil helps to soothe and hydrate.

For every 1 cup cooked oats, add 2 Tablespoons oil, like olive, coconut, apricot, almond, hemp, flax, etc. Then, simply cover the affected area with warm oats and oil for relief, and rinse clean with warm water after.

Proper skin care truly does begin at home. These simple household ingredients work to gently ease your skin issues while adding nutrients back into your system. Spa night, anyone?

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