Natural body care is much the same as looking after the skin on your face, except the skin on your body is not nearly as sensitive. With a little extra time and natural skin ingredients you can have softer, more youthful skin in no time!
Of course you want to start off with a gentle cleanser that you can use everyday on your skin with out drying or damaging it. Once or twice a week the use of a natural body scrub is very beneficial for getting rid of dry rough spots like elbows and feet. Last, a good natural moisturizer that nourishes and keeps skin hydrated.
Below is more detailed information on these three simple steps for your natural body care routine.
To keep your skin healthy and enable it to absorb as many nutrients as possible your skin needs to be properly cleaned with a natural and gentle body wash. It should remove dead skin cells and unclog pores without being harsh and drying out your skin. After you have washed your skin should feel moist, smooth and rejuvenated. If it feels tight and dry after you dry off from your shower whatever products you are using are damaging your skin.
The following are natural ingredients that are ideal to have in your natural body wash..
Coconut Milk This ingredient is excellent in your body wash. It is a natural antiseptic and a gentle cleanser that is even good for sensitive skin which is why it is commonly in natural body care products.
Almond Oil This oil has very high antibacterial properties making it ideal for a cleansing ingredient in your natural body care routine.
Honey Honey not only has antibacterial properties, it is also an excellent moisturizer and healer.
Geranium Oil Geranium Oil is a great for cleansing aging skin and is also good for healing.
Lavender Oil Not only does it smell great but it is also a natural antiseptic. Lavender also increases circulation to the surface of the skin making it stronger and healthier.
Tea Tree Oil If you suffer from acne include this oil in your natural body care routine. Tea tree oil is an excellent choice as a cleanser for acne prone skin. Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic that is very helpful in treating acne.
Citrus Extracts And Oils These are excellent for skin cleansing. They also increase circulation to the skin, aid in building collagen and skin cell regeneration.
If you are making your own body wash you can experiment with different oils and natural ingredients to best suit your skin. The easiest way to make your own body wash is to purchase castile soap and then add whatever cleansing oil or other natural ingredients you like.
What is castile soap?
Castile soap has been around for hundreds of years and is made from the fat from pure vegetable oils making it ideal for your natural body care routine. It comes in three different forms. Flakes, bar or liquid, depending on what your recipe calls for. Liquid Castile Soap is obviously ideal for making homemade body wash making it super easy to whip up your own recipes.
Originally castile soap was mainly made from olive oil, but now you can get it from many other natural sources like hemp oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil. They often come in different mixtures, but it does let you choose a castile soap to suit your own personal skin's needs.
Castile soap is extremely gentle on your skin and can even be used on a baby's skin. It is a very effective cleanser and is also a natural moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin this could be an excellent choice for an everyday cleanser for your body.
In your natural body care routine using a gentle natural body scrub twice a week will keep your skin fresh and rejuvenated preventing tired, dull looking skin. Not only does a scrub deep clean and remove dead skin cells but it also increases circulation to the skin's surface. This increases collagen production and is good for your skin's over all health.
Your natural body scrub should contain a gentle exfoliater, a moisturizer and usually a natural aromatic ingredient all suited to your skin type.
Below are ingredients commonly found in natural body scrubs
A natural body lotion should be applied daily right after your shower or bath and can also be used additionally through out the day as needed. It should improve the moisture content of your skin and help maintain it's elasticity, preventing and slowing premature aging.
Below are some natural ingredients that are excellent in natural body lotions
If you include these three simple things in your natural body care routine you will have softer smoother and younger looking skin in no time.
What if your skin needs a little special attention due to harsh weather or if you just struggle with dry skin?
If a natural body lotion just isn't cutting it, you probably need to step up your moisturizing efforts and use a more concentrated and effective, deep moisturizer.
Natural body butters are very effective in treating very dry rough skin. They have much less water content than lotions making them more concentrated and therefore give your skin extra moisturizing. Body butters also form a protective barrier between your skin and any harsh elements they may be exposed to such as hot sunny weather, dry cold winters and so on.
The following are the most common and beneficial natural butters used for intensive moisturizing.
Include these ingredients in your body butter and your skin will feel luxurious! For the best results use your body butter in the evening before bed. Right after a bath or shower is ideal, and then as you sleep your skin is being pampered and rejuvenated!
If purchasing any natural body care products be sure to read the ingredients carefully to be sure it is all natural or organic.
these guidelines and use these natural ingredients in your natural body
care routine and have smooth beautiful youthful skin!