Here are eight basic ways you can create your own natural skin care remedies using ingredients from your kitchen. As well as saving you money, you’ll be happy with how effectively they can clear up your acne, soothe your skin and brighten up your face.
Baking Soda (For Itches, Pimples and Rashes)
Turns out baking soda isn’t only good for your teeth and Grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s a godsend for basic skin care, too. This every day staple works by opening your skin pores and eliminating the top layer of the skin that contains oily secretions, dead skin cells and dirt. Can we say, Buh bye acne? Zits don’t stand a chance against this simple but powerful ingredient.
Create Your Own Baking Soda Paste: To create your own concoction, mix the baking soda with clean water, creating a soft gel resembling toothpaste. Leave on your face for 15 minutes after first rubbing it all over in small circular motion to clear dead skin and destroy acne-causing bacteria. Wash with warm water.
Chamomile (Itchy lesions, hives and sunburn)
Turns out everyone’s favorite calm down tea has another use. After soaking a bag of chamomile tea in hot water, open up the bag and rub it gently on the face with a warm washcloth. This is a soothing remedy for skin affected by sunburn, hives and itchy lesions.
Acne can be greatly reduced with Mom’s favorite go-to breakfast. Simply boil 1/2 cup oatmeal in 1/3 cup water and allow it to cool, creating a thick paste that you can then apply to pimply skin. Let the mixture remain for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water. (No brown sugar needed and no nibbling!)
Combine with Baking Soda for Extra Exfoliation: If you must be an over-achiever, combine the oatmeal with baking soda for even more exfoliating potential. Combine 2 teaspoons of oatmeal with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, adding warm water to form a thick paste. This will create an exfoliating mask that can be rubbed on with small circular motions. After 20 minutes, remove with warm water.
Sandalwood Powder (To Brighten Up Dry Skin)
Want to brighten up your skin? Sandalwood powder can be found at most major health food stores and Indian groceries. Mix it with turmeric and rose water for additional shine plus it smells heavenly, too.
Dry skin? Add argan oil or yogurt.
Acne? Mix in neem, tea tree oil or turmeric.
Oily skin? Add clay.
Almonds (Moisturizer and Skin Brightener)
The environment can play havoc on your skin. Our skin tends to look dull because of external factors like pollution, dirt and sweat layers. Almonds can work as a natural brightening factor. To make a simple powder, crush 4-5 crushed almonds, one teaspoon of milk, some lemon juice and gram flour (besan). Mix well and apply on the face for 30 minutes. Rinse it with warm water.
Garlic (For a Natural Skin Peel)
Got blemishes? No worries. Garlic can work as a natural chemical peel for them. Why a chemical peel? Because peels work at restoring sun damage, remove blackheads and reduce excessive skin oils. To do this with garlic, peel the cloves (or buy them already peeled) and rub each clove against the finest side of the grater. Apply the thin layer of the garlic paste on your face using your fingers. NOTE: Avoid getting the paste in your eyes, nose and mouth. That could really burn! Allow the paste to remain on your face for approximately 15 minutes. Wash your face with warm water to remove the garlic paste and dry with a clean towel. Its important to add moisturizer after this.
Aloe Vera (Moisturizers, wounds and scar repair)
Aloe Vera leaves in their simplest form are amazing for skin softeners and moisturizers. Apply directly onto the skin and rinse with water. The gel, found within the leaves accelerates wound healing. It not only improves healing but also serves as a topical pain reliever. Studies are showing that its also very effective in the treatment of psoriasis, a relatively common condition that leads to itchy, red scaly patches on the skin and scalp.
Green Tea and Honey (Tightened)
Chamomile tea isn’t the only tea that works on skin. After soaking a green tea bag in hot water, empty the contents into a small cup and add a little honey to it to make it into a paste. Leave it on for ten minutes and then rinse it off.
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