The Best Fresh Ingredients for Natural Skin Care

Natural skin care is popular these days as we shift from using harmful chemicals to organic and sustainable products. So, here are some of the best ingredients you can use for better health.

Exotic Fruits and Oil Extracts

The shampoo industry has been using exotic fruits and their oils for decades. Fruits such as papaya, coconut, and banana are well known for their nourishing properties. And you can find them in a wide range of products, from shampoo and conditioner to body sugar scrub. You can also make your own from fresh ingredients and apply them as part of your hair or body-washing routine for a healthy glow and an alternative way to nourish your skin and treat your hair.

Antioxidant Green Tea

You don’t need to rub fresh ingredients all over yourself for the benefits. And you can get healthier skin from consuming certain things. Foods rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene are well known for making your skin look and feel great. But you can also drink antioxidant beverages such as green tea. Green tea has one of the highest antioxidant rates in the world and actively removes free radicals from your body. As a result, your skin looks healthier and much younger.

The Best Fresh Ingredients for Natural Skin Care

You Can Use Herbs for Natural Skin Care

The use of herbs for treating ailments and health dates back to before recorded history when shamans would use them to heal and help people. Recent history tells a different story, as men and women were accused of witchcraft for using herbs for healing. Today, of course, we use herbs in our recipes. You can use dried herbs, but fresh is always better. The best herbs for skin care include saffron and aloe vera. But also traditional ones like rosemary, sage, and thyme.

Ground Coffee and Nuts

Coffee isn’t just for waking you up. And nuts aren’t only a bar snack. Each of these has some excellent properties when it comes to health, and not just from consuming them. Of course, coffee can help reduce the chance of diabetes. And the good fat in nuts supports brain health. But you can also use coffee grounds from your fresh coffee machine and ground nuts like almonds in home-made skin products. They work very well in hand-crafted soap as an exfoliant.

The Best Fresh Ingredients for Natural Skin Care

Eat a Varied and Vitamin Rich Diet

Fresh ingredients work best when used in food. The fresher something is, the more nutrients it contains. You can also flash-freeze certain foods to lock in their nutrients. But for the most part, a vitamin-rich and varied diet will help you the most. Fresh food to eat for better skin includes avocados, fatty fish, and leafy greens. These promote a healthy glow, regeneration, and antioxidants. Foods to avoid are milk and dairy, alcohol, and foods with a high glycemic index,


You can use many fresh ingredients beyond eating and for natural skin care. These include exotic fruits such as papaya in scrubs. But also herbs in food and coffee grounds in your soap.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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