There are tons of skincare products on the shelves of department stores and spas that do amazing things! But, did you know that there are tons of things in your kitchen that also do amazing things? We all know that you are what you eat which means the reverse should be true. And, indeed, it is! As a matter of fact, it is suspected that Cleopatra took milk baths which helped her skin to be radiant. Lactic acid, after all, is an alpha hydroxy acid that is derived from milk.
HOMEMADE CLEANSER FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
No matter what your skin type is, you go straight to the refrigerator and cleanse your face with this one. It contains a mixture of milk, grapes, and olive oil. This low-budget mixture not only cleanses your skin but will moisturize and leave your skin soft like Cleopatra’s skin. The alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) in the milk melt the glue that holds dead skin cells together while the olive oil is a moisturizer that penetrates deep into the skin. Getting rid of dead skin will not only leave your skin softer, but brighter. Consistently removing dead skin, which is exfoliation, will lead to a more even skin tone and help fight aging. What sets this cleanser apart is that is it gentle enough to use everyday. Finally, the less dead skin you have, the better your skincare products will actually work! Alpha hydroxy acids can also be found in lemon juice, vinegar, blackberries, grapes, oranges, tomatoes and apple juice.
Combine a 2 tablespoons extra virgin Olive oil; 5 fresh Grapes; and 1 teaspoon Milk in a food processor/blender until you have a smooth watery mixture.
Rub on mixture with cotton ball with circular motion. Leave on for 3 minutes. Rinse. Avoid your eyes. Morning and night daily.
HOMEMADE EXFOLIATOR FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
The best defense to protect your face from breakouts and wrinkles in the future is to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation helps reduce bacteria on the skin and contributes toward a healthy glow. Like the cleanser above, many exfoliators can be created from ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. You will be amazed with the results!
Facial exfoliators can come from certain fruits and substances in your home, such as egg yolks or corn starch. These ingredients gently remove dead skin cells from your face and other parts of your body. Homemade exfoliators are ideal because many store bought exfoliants can be harsh on the face, especially if you have sensitive skin. Even when using homemade exfoliators, be sure to simultaneously moisturize the skin and remove dirt and oil from the skin. Over exfoliating can cause the skin to dry easily and lead to breakouts.
The perfect facial exfoliator relies on a combination of coarse and moist ingredients combined to make a rough mixture. The budget-friendly exfoliator below is a mixture of oatmeal (use natural unflavored) and honey. The oatmeal soothes the skin while the honey soothes and locks in moisture. Healing and soothing for the skin especially sensitive skin.
1/2 cup uncooked oats, 1 tablespoon of honey, and water. For a finer scrub, blend the oatmeal into a powder so it will dissolve in the water. If you use ground up oats you may want to adjust the honey. Although there are pre-made oatmeal scrub packs for sale, save money by doing it yourself! If you have a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder you should be able to get the oatmeal to a powdery consistency that you like. Mix ingredients in a bowl together to form a paste. Add water if mixture is too thick.
Massage into face and neck. Let scrub sit on skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Recommend laying a hot moist towel over face and removing scrub in an upward motion. Perform every other day.
HOMEMADE ACNE TREATMENT
We all have experienced some degree of acne. This condition can be upsetting and disfiguring and affecting not only one’s skin, but her self-esteem. Applying lemon juice to face is a budget friendly treatment for acne and way to rebuild your self-esteem. The lemons contain alpha hydroxy acids which helps decrease the size of the pimples, reduce acne, as well as provide Vitamin C to your overall skin healthcare.
Lemon juice and rose water should be applied directly to the skin and rinsed off after 10 minutes with cold water. Lemon juice is a natural astringent and mild antibacterial agent. The rose petals, from which rose water is made, acts as a skin toner while mitigating the acidity of straight lemon juice. Another good natural remedy for acne is crushed mint. Crush fresh peppermint leaves thoroughly with a mortar and pestle, apply directly on the skin, and leave for 10 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Peppermint brings relief from acne because it contains menthol which is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
VERY DRY SKIN TREATMENT
Is your skin excessively dry? Is it due to your diet, the weather, systemic illness, overexposure to sunlight, or medication? Whatever the source, the solution is right in your kitchen! You only need one ingredient: OLIVE OIL! Using olive oil on the skin dates back to the Egyptians, and can actually take the place of your daily moisturizer by penetrating deep into skin. You will get the best results when you apply the olive oil immediately after bathing to lock in the moisture. If you don’t like the smell, try mixing in a VERY small amount of lemon or non-drying essential oils to cut the smell a bit.
Apply extra virgin olive oil (the best to use) on to your skin right after showering especially during winter months. Make sure to avoid eyes.
The information provided in this article is intended for general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.