I searched for a similar thread and could not find one, so I decided to make a new thread all about 100% natural skin care and natural remedies (with no chemicals whatsoever) for skin problems.
I have read that unrefined shea butter is very good for natural skin care. I have read from various sources that it can help with the following: fading scars, burns, rashes, spots, hyper-pigmentation, chapped lips and stretch marks. I have yet to try it and verify anything, but I may be getting some unrefined shea butter as a present.
I've already made quite a number of posts about spearmint tea helping to reduce acne. It is not 100% cleared up, but I have had a drastic improvement and it appears to be permanent.
People have recommended vitamin E oil to me before for hyper-pigmentation, but I found it did not make much of a difference. Then again, I was trying it at a time when I had loads of acne and they left more hyper-pigmentation scars, so if it was working the new blotches prevented me from noticing a difference.
I have also taken evening primrose oil capsules for PMS and period pain and I can say it has worked very well! Normally I get such nasty hot flushes that I become an insomniac during that time of the month and have to endure a lot of pain and spontaneous depression, but the EPO got rid of all of that or lessened it enough that I was no longer so stressed.
I have also tried tea tree oil face washes and it did make me feel a lot cleaner and reduced the number of spots, but not as much as the spearmint tea I drank every day.
What natural products have you tried for the purpose of improving skin problems? What skin problem did you use it for? What were your results?
I use Akamuti African Black soap and Distilled Organic Rosewater. It's 100% natural and organic. http://www.akamuti.co.uk/
I also use simple clay instead of mask. Clay is great for oily skin! And OCM is not bad neither.
I suggest you to drink nettle tea. It cleanses the blood and you can use it for a toner too.
Can you expand on the spearmint tea clearing skin? I've never heard of something like that. I'd be really interested to know more! Thank you!
Some researchers found that men from a certain country (can't remember which country) were complaining of lower sex drives. They discovered the men were all drinking spearmint tea and decided to do some experiments on this tea. They tested it on hirsute women who were hairy due to excess androgen. The women drank tea twice a day. The hair was reduced. The scientists found the spearmint tea attached itself to the androgen, making it inactive. Spots are also caused by excess androgen, so I drank one cup a day and have been doing so for perhaps half a year now. I stopped maybe a month ago and have never gone back to having the number of spots I used to suffer from. Please keep in mind it may work in different degrees for everyone, though. If your spots are caused by something other than androgen it probably wouldn't work, but I think it is worth a try!
Also, I should give people a WARNING before they try spearmint tea: it is recommended you do not use it if you are pregnant, have hiatal hernia, or are having an acute gallstone attack.
Isa - Is the soap only for washing, or does it do something else?
I have tried cucumber and cold teabags on my eyes for dark circles and although it did make my eyes feel a lot better (they were stinging and 'tired' feeling before) it did not make much of a difference to the circles. Then again, I was often waking up at 4 a.m. to commute to university and not getting home until 11 p.m. because of evening classes. Maybe I should try it again now that I can sleep more like a normal person. Does anyone have any idea how long I should try cucumbers for there to be a difference? Or is there something better I could be trying?
A while ago I bought a moisturiser (for body and face) that is made from cocoa butter, aloe vera and vitamin E. It is very good for helping injuries heal quicker and it helps a little to make spots go away faster (you only need a very small amount). It also works very well as after-sun lotion (that is actually what it was sold as).
Another good remedy for period pains is blue and black cohosh. You can purchase them in pill form. One is stronger than the other, but I do not remember which. It is recommended you try the weaker one first.
Isa - Thanks for the information on the soap! I'll give it a try one day, but I still have a big box of soap bars to use before I can buy it.
I use apple cider vinegar mixed with green or white tea (1/2) as a toner for my face - gives me a rosy glow and helped clear my skin.
When I have small scratches on my hands (I have cat, so that's quite often ), I apply a mixture of shea butter (any The Body Shop body butter I have at the moment) and the liquid of vitamin E capsules on my hands and massage it in. That seems so help as well.
I got free samples today: Blue Green Algae Moisturizer (SPF 15) for combination/oily skin, Vegecol with aloe Moisturizing Cream for sensitive skin and GPB Balancing shampoo.
I need very good moisturizing cream, because my skin is sooo dry these days (I suppose it's because of Diacneal).
I wash my face every night with oil - I use a mix of jojoba, olive, and grapeseed oils (mostly jojoba). Doing this decreased the oil that appears on my face all day the next day! I usually rinse the oil off with either a clean handtowel soaked in hot water or with a cotton pad with soap (I just bought Bioderma Crealine h20 cleanser I read about on the Model Skin Care thread=D).
If my skin is starting to freak out acne-wise, it helps to put some hot water and a few drops of tea tree oil and lime in a saucer and soak it up with a clean hand towel and pat it over your skin.
My favorite facial mask is a few drops of lime juice, a 1/2 spoon of honey and a 1/2 spoon of yogurt. It is moisturizing and makes my skin soft and smooth and helps to clear up any spots I may have.
In the shower I use soap with laurel oil. It is made of olive oil and laurel oil and it has helped tremendously with "bacne" and it does not dry out my skin. You can find it all over ebay and at some middle easter and indian stores. History puts this type of soap from Alep, Syria, so sometimes it is called Aleppo Soap or Savon d'Alep (or something like that, lol)
Castor oil is supposed to help your eyelashes and eyebrows grow in thicker if you use nightly - I never tried this so I can't vouch.
Coconut milk is a fantastic pre-shampooing treatment for softening your hair.
A quick exfoliator can be whipped up by crushing a few aspirin and mixing it with water, honey, yogurt, whatever. Aspirin has (or is?) salicylic acid. OK, I sneaked on chemical in this post, lol.
I try to use natural-ish products, but the things I swear by that are 100% natural are grapeseed and avocado oil to cleanse, shea butter for the body, coconut oil for the hair and body, plus a coconut, olive, grapseed and sweet almond oil blend for by body. HTH, I also like black soap.