How often do we wake up with less-than-perfect skin? These everyday problems, including redness, dryness, and overnight blemishes, may only take hours to form, but they take days to treat. While a salon facial may be just what you’d like to give your skin, your wallet doesn’t always cooperate. And unfortunately, over-the-counter products don’t have the same effect. and often contain harsh chemicals that could be doing your skin more harm than good. Studies have shown that you can take care of your skin with natural ingredients found at home, and below are some of our favourite DIY home remedies for glowing skin.
FOR OILY SKIN
Banana & Honey Mask
Excess oil on the face leads to blemishes and pimples. 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.
Try it: 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 & Raw Honey Mask
This mask is an amazing way to gently exfoliate your skin, as raw honey has anti-inflammatory benefits, it calms inflamed blemishes.
Try it: 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. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Aspirin Face Mask
This face mask is meant specifically for treating pimples or for soothing the irritation caused by them.
Try it: Crush one to three aspirin pills (or more if you need more coverage) in a small dish, and mix in just enough water to turn the powder into a paste. Add a few drops of warmed honey. Apply the mixture to your face, and let it sit until it dries (about 10 minutes), then wash off.
This mask is particularly good for acne-prone skin, but it will revitalize any skin type. In addition to plum being a good source of vitamins A, C, E, K, and B complex, they are also rich in beta carotene, iron, potassium, and magnesium. 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.
FOR DRY SKIN
Aloe Vera and Avocado Face Mask
Avocados are filed with fatty acids and vitamins that hydrate the skin’s cells, lock in moisture, and heal dry and flaky skin. Aloe Vera is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Try it: 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.
An easy thing to do is to add a little raw honey to any moisturizer. 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. Do not add too much, or it can make it too sticky.
Try it: Just mix a couple of drops of honey into your regular moisturizer before applying.
FOR RED SKIN
These two ingredients can significantly reduce inflammation.
Try it: Mix together one cup cooked oatmeal with a finely chopped cucumber. Apply the mixture to your face for 20 minutes, and then rinse with a warm washcloth.
Article courtesy of WomensHealthmag.com.au