I’m a skincare product junkie. More specifically, a clean beauty skincare product junkie. I love a good clean beauty buy and experience complete joy wandering through the beauty aisle of Whole Foods, curiously scouring the ingredients list of different products and trying out a new lavender hand scrub or coconut oil face wash- all in the name of healthy skin and well, journalism.

Growing up, I experienced seasonal breakouts that left my face inflamed, red and itchy for weeks at a time. Anxious to rid myself of this irritable and embarrassing skin condition, I tried a countless amount of chemically-enhanced products I’d see in commercials showing the models smiling from ear-to-ear after using some miraculous cleanser and splashing the handful of water on their faces to reveal beautiful and clear skin.

After unsuccessfully trying out different skin cleansers and treatments that couldn’t seem to heal my skin (although I quickly learned how to cup water with my hands and splash it onto my face like a pro), I completely purged my beauty arsenal of every product that contained any “dirty” ingredients and started fresh with clean beauty goods.

Needless to say, I haven’t looked back since.

What I love most about clean beauty items, besides the mostly natural and easy-to-pronounce ingredients that work wonders on your skin, is a lot of these beauty buys derive from plants that can actually be grown in your own backyard. So, if you thought plants were simply used for aesthetic purposes in your home – think again. Next time you find yourself near a greenery or garden center, pick up these affordable plants to help enhance your natural beauty and get a head start on your summer glow.

Aloe Vera
This powerhouse plant is packed with minerals, vitamins and several properties that have been effective in treating a range of skin conditions such as eczema, burns, acne and can