Today I want to bring to you some simple at home things you can do to make your skin healthier and treat every day skin problems. I came across this article at Women’s Magazine and I will share this with you today. “Many of these over the counter treatments contain harsh chemicals that could be doing you and your skin more harm than good,” says New York-based dermatologist David Bank, M.D. “Studies have shown that you can take care of your skin with natural ingredients found at home.” Solve all of your skincare needs with these DIY fixes. Hope you start the year with beautiful glowing skin. Happy reading.
- For oily skin we have Banana and Honey mask. Excess oil in our face can lead to blemishes and pimples. Bananas are among the most widely consumed fruits on the planet and, according to the US. Department of Agriculture, Americans’ favorite fresh fruit. It is high in potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, and B6. It is also high in anti-oxidants, which can protect us from free radicals that are roaming around every day. Moreover, according to Dr. Banks, “Banana contains zinc and vitamin C, which help fight and treat acne and control your skin’s natural oils.” The mask serves as the perfect acne prevention. Hence, in order to make this mask, mash one fully ripe banana, two tablespoons honey, and a few drops lemon juice together in a bowl. Apply to the face, and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth, and pat dry.
- Pumpkin Cream and Raw Honey Mask: “This mask is an amazing way to gently exfoliate your skin,” says Kimberly Smith, an aesthetician at Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics in Scottsdale, Arizona. The honey is anti-inflammatory and a great moisturizer as well. Because raw honey has anti-inflammatory benefits, it calms inflamed blemishes. In order to make this mask, mix one tablespoon organic canned pumpkin (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling), a half-teaspoon organic full-fat cream or buttermilk, and one teaspoon raw honey. I use organic raw honey. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
- The next mask is Aspirin Face Mask. I myself have used this mask for blemished. According to Dr. Banks, this mask is great for treating specially meant for treating pimples or for soothing irritation caused by them. In order to make this mask crush one to three aspirin pills (or more if you need more coverage; I use uncoated aspirin) in a small dish, and mix in just enough water to turn the powder into a paste. Add a few drops of warmed honey (again I use raw organic honey). Apply the mixture to your face, and let it sit until it dries (about 10 minutes), then wash of
- Revitalizing Plum Mask: According to Smith, this mask is not only great mask for acne prone skin but also great for revitalizing all type of skin. On top of being a great source of vitamins A, C, E, K and B complex, it is also rich is beta carotene, iron, potassium, and magnesium as per Smith. When applied topically, plums “protect our cells from inflammation caused by free radicals and decrease the loss of elasticity that makes skin sag. People who suffer from acne also benefit because it helps to normalize oil production and revitalize dull, uneven-looking skin” says Smith. Hence, in order to make this make, puree three to four ripe plums, and mix with a half-teaspoon turmeric, one tablespoon raw honey, and one tablespoon organic Greek yogurt. Massage onto the skin, and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm
- Aloe Vera and Avocado Face Mask: According to Banks, avocadoes are filled with fatty acids and vitamins, which hydrates skin’s cells, locks its moisture, and heal dry and flaky skin, while aloe vera is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Hence in order to make this mask, mash half an avocado in a bowl. Mix in two tablespoons aloe vera gel, one tablespoon dry oatmeal, and one tablespoon warmed honey. Apply the mixture to clean, dry skin, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a warm washcloth.
- Honey Spiked Lotion: This is a simple process, just a little raw organic honey to moisturizer. According to Smith “It will make it hydrate better because honey is a natural humectant.” Humectants are key ingredients in many creams and cleansers because they hold onto moisture. Just make that you do not add too much honey because it can make the moisture too sticky. Hence, just mix couple of drop of raw organic honey to your regular moisturizer before applying.
- Cucumber and Oatmeal Face Mask: According to Dr. Banks, these two ingredients can significantly reduce inflammation in your face. Hence, in order to make this mask, just mix together one cup oatmeal with a finely chopped cucumber. Apply the mixture to you face for 20 minutes, and then rinse with a warm washcloth.
I would love to hear if any of these home remedies worked for you. If you have any home remedies of you own I would love to hear that as well.