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I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that we all like to look good. And you know what they say -- when you feel good, you look good. It comes naturally. Thus, we’re going to focus this post on green alternatives to skincare.

You can feel good about yourself knowing that you’re saving the Earth, and look good as well! What’s there to lose? That’s a rhetorical question, if you didn’t realise. It’s most definitely a beneficial situation for all the parties involved!

Bar Soaps

We’ve talked about bar soaps in our previous blog post, if you missed that. Bar soaps aren’t just for your body, they make for a great facial wash as well! Of course, the skin on your face is often more sensitive, so do be mindful when switching out your facial washes for bar soaps.

Some might suit you, others might not! It’s a system of trial and error but once you find the right one, you won’t have to fret about the plastic waste that comes with looking good again.

Lotion Bars

Similar to soap bars, except they don’t lather. Lotion bars are just body lotions in bar form! We’re not going to say much about this since it’s pretty self-explanatory, but you can obtain these from Trove of Gaia, or Lush, among other places.

Raw Honey

Honey is like the HG of skincare products (Holy Grail, if you’re not up to date with social media lingo). It’s antibacterial, antifungal, hydrating, and overall just great for your skin, hair, and nails.

Do be mindful that we’re referring to raw honey here and not the honey that you typically buy in supermarkets. Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been heat-treated or pasteurized. They tend to cost a tad more than the regular honey that we get, but trust us, it’s well worth it.

Use honey as a facial wash, as a mask, as a treatment for sunburn, and really, just about anything you can think of. We found this link particularly helpful when it comes to the uses of raw honey in our skincare routine!

Homemade Masks

Time to ditch those sheet masks with all their plastic packaging! You can make amazing masks right at home with some cheap ingredients. We’re not going to start rattling off mask recipes because there are a ton of them out there, but there are a few select ingredients that constantly pop up.

Now, most ingredients can probably be found either at home or in the supermarkets, but some ingredients might be slightly more difficult to obtain. For instance, bentonite clay is great for those with acne-prone or oily skin. If you can’t find bentonite clay around, iHerb has it stocked!

There are homemade masks for just about any skin type and problem that you might be facing, look them up, and try them out!

Essential Oils

Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy to help people relax, but did you know that they also make great skincare products? Actually, essential oils are great in cleaning supplies too, in case you missed our post on that earlier this week.

For a comprehensive list of the benefits of essential oils, do check out this link. Just for the purpose of this post though, we would like to point out two essential oils -- jojoba oil, and tea tree oil.

Jojoba oil is great for reducing scarring on the skin, and also aids in wound closure. This means that they work great on acne-prone skin. They also make for a great moisturizer. Just rub a couple of drops between your hands, and pat it into your skin!

I’m sure tea tree oil is familiar with most of you. It’s often found in products that helps reduce blemishes, and for good reason too! Among other things, tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. This essentially means that they help get rid of harmful bacteria, which makes them great for clearing up those blemishes. However, do note that tea tree oil on its own can be fairly strong, so do dilute it if you have sensitive skin!

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil isn’t an essential oil per se, but its properties are fairly similar. Generally, rosehip oil is just great for moisturizing your face. It also helps to reduce scarring and prevent fine lines. Their usage is similar to that of jojoba oil! Our lady boss swears by this oil because of how quickly it is absorbed by the skin. It isn’t as greasy as the other oils she has tried - Argan, Sweet Almond and Nigella oils. They are sold in glass bottles in supermarkets, Guardian, Watsons, or online. One bottle definitely goes a long way with them since you only use 1-2 drops at a time!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used in masks, hair products, to moisturize, a mild sunscreen, lip balm, and so much more! It’s incredibly versatile and easily obtainable. Buy a huge tub, if you see it fit. After all, it can be used for cooking and as well. Now, who would have ever thought we would use the oil we cook with to moisturise our body?

Source: Joss & Joy

We’ve talked a lot about different kinds of oils in this posts, but really, so many of these natural oils are just great for skincare. It’s curious why we would use chemicals at all when natural alternatives are so plentiful, especially since they work just as well, if not better! Like all other beauty products, remember to do a skin patch test before committing to it.

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