As a social media-heavy culture, many things have been granted the "spotlight" that should or maybe should not have its "day in the sun." However, one thing we're glad it has brought a rise of awareness to is self-care trends and just an all around conscientious consumer platform.
That said, below are the top four products for girls who want to do their skin some good, all of which can be purchased for under $20 USD.
1. Tea Tree Essential Oil
A popular choice for treating acne for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, tea tree is great for cleansing the skin of impurities, all while calming redness and swelling. The strong, almost mint-like smell can leave a tingly refreshing feeling all over the skin. Apply it on its own or diluted with a carrier oil like almond or olive for added benefits. It's certainly a staple must-have, especially to spot-treat unwanted "bumpies" when they threaten to appear. We love this undiluted therapeutic natural one you can scoop here.
2. Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated Coconut oil is not only rich in fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, it also has the added bonus of not freezing in the frigid winter cold. So apply all day, errday, and everywhere - no more clumps in the hair (we've been there). Coconut oil is an all-around moisturizer that also aids in healing wounds, reducing inflammation and protecting the skin from harmful bacteria. Apply it anywhere your skin is asking for moisture, use it as a first step in cleaning your skin (this includes eye make-up) by rubbing it in circular motions then following it up with your favorite gentle wash.
3. Himalayan Salt Body Scrub
Himalayan salt has gained popularity for all the minerals that gift us so many things, including Chromium (fights acne and skin infections) and Zinc (aids in healing and preventing scars). Aside from aiding in regulating electrolytes, balancing PH, strengthening the bones, and remineralizing our body, the salt crystals allow the deliverance of these tiny minerals which we grind onto our skin for absorption via our pores. How to take advantage of such benefits? Soak in a brine, or scrub in the shower for the added bonus of a gentle exfoliation to remove dry, dull skin cells from the top of your epidermis. We love this natural Himalayan scrub for it's added goodies like shea butter.
4. The ULTIMATE Secret Weapon
It's readily available in your household right now--we guarantee it, and is the one thing proven to nourish beyond any and all things combined. It's water. Did you think it was the new ultimate discovery? Nope. It is, however, the ultimate elixir of life. Drinking enough water will help to maximize physical performance, while reducing oxidization and allowing you to lessen the blow to your muscles (which are 80 percent water), and let's not forget the brain is a muscle too. Loosing as little as 2 percent of the water retained by the body is all it takes for signs of dehydration...like aging skin.
So take this as your (not so gentle) reminder to hydrate. Now. Not a fan of plain ol' water? Try hydrating with lemon water instead, and read up on its benefits here.