Want to Clear Acne? Reduce Redness? Clear acne marks or scars? Moisturize? Balance out the oiliness? Depending on what your goal is here are a few POWERFUL PLANT-BASED products that will heal you naturally that I use DAILY.
1. Aloe Vera—TOP on my LIST because of its versatility and HEALING properties. I use the ALOE GEL from the ALOE VERA/ ALOE BARBADENSIS plant since it’s the MOST BENEFICIAL type of aloe for the human body. You can find it in many stores in the fresh produce section ranging from $.99-2.99.
So how do you use it? You want to leave the aloe gel on your face for 1-3 minutes a few times a week.
What does it do? Aloe Vera gel will REDUCE acne inflammation, CLEAR acne, reduce acne scars, SMOOTHEN and MOISTURIZE your face and helps to SLOW AGING. Read my blog post for hair and other uses of aloe vera: "BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA.” I also use plant-based moisturizers with aloe gel as a MAIN INGREDIENT such as TRADER JOES’s GREEN TEA & ALOE VERA EXTRACT MOISTURIZER.
2. Thayers Witch Hazel Cucumber Toner—Cucumber is known for body and skin hydration. Witch Hazel is a plant that was used widely and grown by Native Americans used for inflammation on the skin. This means that it is useful for soothing blemishes, acne and even burns!
Your face is exposed to DIRT, GRIME, and POLLUTION every time you step out of the house. Toners help REMOVE these impurities that might get stuck in your pores. It has also been known to CONTROL OILY SKIN, EVEN OUT SKIN TONE, and add HYDRATION. I’m LOVIN ORGANIC Thayers Toner with ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS. LITERALLY ONLY 6 INGREDIENTS! 4 of which are ORGANIC plants. It’s naturally fragrant and does not irritate my sensitive skin at all! Thayers also have LAVENDER, ROSE and an UNSCENTED plant-based toners.
3. Plant Based Sunscreen—Its summer time my people. I have some color on me and I still use sunscreen—PLANT-BASED SUNSCREEN OF COURSE. I’m a BIG ADVOCATE OF VITAMIN D, but you only need 20-30 minutes a day, anything past that and your body is taking in HARMFUL UV RAYS which can increase your risk of developing skin cancer, skin blemishes and SPEEDS UP AGING (wrinkles). Your face is one of THE MOST SENSITIVE parts of your body and THE MOST EXPOSED. If you live in place mostly hot/sunny year-around sunscreen this should not EVEN BE A QUESTION. I live in a place where I get ALL 4 seasons which means I protect my face with sunscreen 3 seasons of the year—SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL.
I found out about plant-based sunscreens a few years ago and never looked back. The smell of the harmful chemicals used in traditional sunscreens says enough to me to NOT USE IT FOR MY FACE. Plants heal the body, harmful chemicals do not. Try using plant-based sunscreens or buying plant-based moisturizers with sunscreen already in them (SPF 30+).
Don’t have a skin routine? It’s never too late or too early to start! Everyone’s skin is different so it might take a lot of trial and error to find the PERFECT PRODUCTS but always choose products that are PLANT-DERIVED. If you’re looking to heal your face with FOODS, check out my blog post “FIVE FOODS FOR YOUR FACE.”
Comment your TOP FAVORITE plant-based products below!