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You don’t need expensive, chemically-laden products or tedious, time-consuming routines to get beautiful skin. Healthy skin requires a simple daily routine and good nutrition. Many natural products work just as well or better than expensive commercial products. Simply add these affordable, natural products to your daily skin care routine for gorgeous, glowing skin.

1. A Gentle Wash

Wash with a gentle cleanser and exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. A gentle cleanser will clean away makeup and oil, but leave your skin feeling clean rather than tight and over-stripped. Castile soap is a natural, gentle soap that can be found at many health food stores, or these many Castile soap options on evoxMarketplace.com. After washing, exfoliate once or twice a week.

Try this easy honey mask from womenshealthmag.com.

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  2. Add water and smooth over face.
  3. Rinse after 10-15 minutes.

Honey has many beneficial properties. It is a humectant, which means it pulls moisture into the skin. It is also antimicrobial, which may help to clear up acne. Studies that have demonstrated the benefits of honey were conducted with medicinal grade products, such as Manuka honey and Revamil honey. If these types of honey are not available, look for raw locally produced honey. The mass-produced processed honey in the plastic bear at your grocery store will probably not have the same healing qualities.

2. Natural Toner

Applying a toner takes just seconds, but the benefits are tremendous. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an excellent and inexpensive toner. To minimize pores, the experts at womenshealthmag.com recommend swiping a cotton ball dipped in a mixture of 1T. apple cider vinegar and two cups of purified water over your face. They claim that the alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid in the ACV will stimulate circulation. Doctors recommend ACV as a natural astringent to smooth skin, reduce excess oil, and reduce fine lines. As with the honey, it is best to avoid mass-produced and heavily processed kinds of vinegar. For the best results, look for an organic vinegar such as Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.

3. Natural Oils to Moisturize and Protect

This is an important step for gorgeous skin. Dr.Trevor Cates recommends natural oils such as virgin sea buckthorn oil, cranberry seed oil, or raspberry seed oil. Dr. Cates refers to sea buckthorn oil as ‘the ultimate healer’ (www.mindbodygreen.com). It increases collagen and can improve wrinkles. Cranberry seed oil contains vitamin E, and raspberry seed oil contains loads of antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, and provides protection from UV sun exposure. If you are concerned about dark spots, add a vitamin C rich serum to your routine.

4. Nourish

Nourish your skin from the inside out by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking enough water. The National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recommends about 15. 5 cups for men and 11.5 cups for women.

The same nutrients that are good for your skin on the outside are also good for your skin on the inside. Vitamin C supports collagen production and is one of the most important vitamins for skin health. An excellent source of vitamin C is camu camu powder. Dr. Axe from draxe.com claims that camu camu is the newest superfood and contains more vitamin C than any other food. Adding collagen powder or supplements is also beneficial for skin health. Look for quality, organic powders or supplements with all three types of collagen, such as the Youtheory brand. To ensure proper absorption of key nutrients, considering adding ACV to your diet. Raw, organic ACV can add a healthy dose of beneficial bacteria to your digestive system.

Healthy, beautiful skin can be yours with just a few tweaks to your beauty routine. There is no need to invest in expensive commercial products when many effective, natural products are right there in your pantry!

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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