Discover these natural beauty essentials for healthy, glowing skin and be beautiful inside and out. Although witch hazel and apple cider vinegar may sound old-fashioned, these basic skin care products are as versatile as they are beneficial. Usually, different products suit different skin types, ages, and concerns. But there are some simple products that have stood the test of time and work for just about everyone. Plus, they can be used in a myriad of ways. These 5 truly amazing natural beauty essentials will not let you down.

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1. CLAY POWDER

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From volcanic ash in North America to ancient sea floors in Europe, there are many types, and each is said to be beneficial for a particular skin type or concern.

BENEFITS:

Clay proponents claim that the minerals and trace elements in clay benefit our complexions, while drawing out impurities. Although human studies are lacking, it has been suggested that clay, applied topically, might increase skin’s collagen synthesis—meaning that it could improve the health and appearance of skin.

HOW TO USE IT:

Apply as a face mask
Following the directions on the package, mix clay powder with a small amount of water to form a paste that can be applied as a facial mask.

Make a wrap or poultice
Clay can also be used in a similar way to create body wraps or poultices on specific areas. Every product is slightly different, so follow the specific directions on the package.

Deodorize feet
Clay can be used as a natural foot deodorant.

2. WITCH HAZEL

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This strange-sounding product is really just a shrublike plant. Boiling the plant in water results in what we call witch hazel. It should be used topically.

BENEFITS:

Witch hazel has anti-acne and astringent properties but also is soothing on the skin—a rarity for blemish-fighting products. It also has antioxidant properties and is thought to help protect skin from photoaging—meaning it’s not just for the blemish-prone.

HOW TO USE IT:

Use as a toner
Between cleansing and moisturizing, apply witch hazel on a cotton pad to remove traces of makeup and refresh the skin.

Apply to skin as a spot treatment
Apply it to minor skin irritation or injury to promote healing.

Help soothe diaper rash
Witch hazel has been shown to help with skin irritations and diaper rashes.

3. EPSOM SALT

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Despite the name, Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, a mineral famously known for its detoxifying and muscle relaxing properties.

BENEFITS:

Epsom salts are mainly known as the go-to ingredient for muscle-relaxing detoxifying baths. Thanks to its high magnesium content, after soaking in it, Epsom salts give an all-natural sense of well-being.

HOW TO USE IT:

Have a bath
Pour a generous amount of Epsom salts to a hot bath to soak up its muscle relaxing and anti-inflammatory benefits. Make your bath experience extra rejuvenating with aromatherapy by adding your choice of essential oils to the mix.

Make a body scrub
Simply mix 2 parts Epsom salt with 1 part carrier oil and add your choice of essential oil(s) for an all-natural body scrub that leaves your skin clean and soft.

Make a volumizing hair spray
Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt into a cup of boiling water. Let cool and pour into a spray bottle and style your hair as desired.

4. SWEET ALMOND OIL

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Made by pressing almond kernels, sweet almond oil is used widely as an ingredient in cosmetics, but can also be used topically on its own. Note that sweet almond oil is not the same as the almond oil used in cooking.

BENEFITS:

Sweet almond oil is a light skin moisturizer that absorbs easily and promotes skin health. It’s also suitable for blemish-prone skin because it will not clog pores.

HOW TO USE IT:

Use as a light moisturizer
Massage into facial skin or body any time you’d like a light, nourishing boost of moisture.

Give your nails some shine
Doing a manicure or pedicure at home? Skip the polish, and instead give your nails some natural shine by working sweet almond oil into your nails and cuticles after filing and buffing.

Make DIY hair oil
To restore desperately needed moisture to hair, work a few drops between your hands and gently smooth over your hair.

5. CASTOR OIL

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Made by pressing the seeds of the castor plant, castor oil is a thick emollient oil that is excellent as a beautifying oil on its own, or mixed with other oils.

BENEFITS:

Castor oil has become a natural-beauty shelf staple thanks to its hair restoring properties and skin beautifying benefits.

HOW TO USE IT:

Use it to restore hair
Massage onto your scalp, brush over eyebrows and dab on eyelashes to promote thicker hair growth and reduce hair fall. You can even take it a step further for hair and scalp health by mixing it with essential oils known for hair health, such as rosemary and peppermint.

Use it for oil cleansing
Thanks to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, castor oil is an ideal oil for oil cleansing as it unclogs pores and promotes an even complexion. Simply massage castor oil onto your skin and cover your face with a hot towel for 5 minutes before wiping off.

Use as a carrier oil
Use castor oil as a carrier oil to further reap the benefits of essential oils by simply mixing them together. Castor oil on its own is already good for detoxifying and improving circulation when massaged onto the skin.

Source: healthline.com