Wednesday, December 8, 2010

DIY Skincare 101

Let's travel back in time to a simpler era in which we all rummaged through Teen Magazine in hopes of discovering home remedies for our beauty woes. Mayonnaise hair mask? Check.Avocado on my face? Check. The editors of these long-forgotten articles had the right idea: there are definitely items found in our kitchen that can solve our beauty traumas. Today we are going to focus on natural exfoliants.

Do a mental inventory of your refrigerator and pantry: Do you have tomatoes? Lemons? You would be amazed at the wonders these salad toppers can perform on your skin.
Here's a more comprehensive list of food that can be used in exfoliating your skin: almonds, oatmeal, sugar, sea salt, pumpkin, berries, and baking soda.

{The antioxidants and acids found in many of these products act as a refreshing and natural way to exfoliate.}

Here are some recipes for you to try..Let me know if you like them!

**Note: these recipes are written to produce about 8 applications. If you just want to try it once, decrease amounts**

Oatmeal Mask for Oily/Acne Skin
{Oatmeal clears clogged pores. An anti-inflammatory, onions help heal acne scars.}

  • 1 ounce purified mineral water
  • 3 tablespoons plain organic oatmeal
  • 1 medium onion, peeled

1. Boil water and pour over oatmeal, letting steep for five minutes.
2. Finely grind onion in a food processor, making a smooth puree. Add to the oatmeal while still warm.

**Note: if you don't have oily skin but still want to try the oatmeal, omit the onions and simply add cold milk to a couple Tbsp of oatmeal**

Tomato Skin Brightener (Oily Skin)

Cut tomato in two pieces. Take a lemon and cut it into half, squeeze half lemon juice in a small plate and add little sugar to the lemon juice. Now dip the half cut tomato into the juice and and rub it in circular motions on the face and neck. Wash your face after ten minutes.

Almond Scrub (all skin types)

Soak few almonds in water for few hours and grind them into thick paste, mix it with milk and exfoliate (scrub) your face with it. The coarse particles will help you remove the dead cells from the skin and milk will nourish the skin making it smooth. Regular exfoliation with almonds also helps in lightening skin tone. You can exfoliate your skin with almonds and milk twice a week.

Lightening Lemon Mask:

The natural whitening properties of lemon and yogurt help fade dark spots, while the egg white protein boosts your skin's natural defenses against future wear and tear. The antibacterial benefits of honey soothe the skin - and linger as a relaxing, naturally sweet aroma.

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed or bottled)
  • 3 teaspoons plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg white

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until mask thickens.
2. Apply to clean, dry face and let set for 15 minutes. Gently wash off with warm water.
3. If the mask is not thick enough, add some honey or green clay until the mask is thick enough to sit comfortably on your face.

Remember: when exfoliating, do NOT scrub til you bleed. No, but really. Be soft and gentle with your face, it's the only one you have!! After exfoliating, be sure to apply a sunscreen (if its daytime) or a good moisturizer (nighttime).

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Theresa said...

As an type "B" (for Bad) skintype...I am always looking for home remedies for my skin...Thanks for the 411. I will definitely be trying all of these! Love the tips! If you guys are ever interested in purchasing your own domain name(.com address), I work at a website development company and I think you guys would do really well!