Homemade Skin Care Part 1

Healthy body, healthy mind.

You need to feel good in order to do great things, so taking care of your body is important. I’ve talked about eating right, but what else can we do to make sure we feel ready to take on the world? Well, take care of our skin.

There are several different ways to make sure your skin looks and feels healthy, and have people asking you how you got that natural glow. The first thing any woman (or man) will go for is store-bought products; scrubs, masks, moisturizers etc. I do too, but some brands tend to be a little harsh on the skin and with my paranoia with vitiligo, I needed to find skin care options that were easier on the skin.

Welcome to the world of homemade skin care!

I was inspired to go down this road after an old friend and I did a science project that involved mask made from onion and avocado. Our little project did pretty well in Science Congress, but it was all theory.

So here are a few practice home remedies I’d like you to try with me:

Honey-Almond Face Scrub:

almonds and honeyFacial scrubs are meant to exfoliate – remove dead skin, leaving behind a layer of younger, healthier skin behind. This scrub has ground almonds for gentle exfoliation, honey that has antibacterial and healing properties, and lemon. It also has oatmeal which also has exfoliation properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties, and helps with the removal of dead skin cells, plus the treatment of acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp finely ground almonds
  • 4 tbsp oats
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or yogurt

Directions

  • Blend the almonds until fine. 
  • Add the oats and honey
  • Keep the blending speed low and add lemon juice until the mixture was a thick, oatmeal-like consistency.

Application

Gently rub the mixture on clean skin. Leave on for about 5 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Use a few times a day at first to see how your skin reacts, then you can move to daily use.

You can store the mixture in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

Source: one good thing by jillee

pic: style ethics

Avocado Face mask:

Face-mask-natural-dry-skin-beautiful-glowing-facial-delicious-avocado-cacao-honey-ultra-luxe-skin-medica-TNS-snap-venom-human-fibroblast-conditioned-media-formaldehyde-toluene-sodium-laurel-sulphate-greenster.com-pic-530Face masks help exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores so your toner, hydrating and protecting products work more effectively.

There are several variations for avocado face masks. I have fairly oily skin so I need something suited to that.

This treatment has avocado (obviously) which moisturizes the skin, repairs damaged skin cells, has antioxidants that help repair damaged skin cells and prevent visible signs of aging, and maintains the skin’s elasticity and firmness. It also has cocoa which has antioxidants and honey.

Ingredients

  • 2 tblsp mashed avocado
  • 1 tblsp honey
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

Directions

  • Mash or blend the avocado till smooth
  • Add the honey and cocoa powder till a smooth paste is formed

Application

Smear it on to face and neck, being careful to avoid the eyes. Leave on for 20mins then rinse with lukewarm water.

NB: You could opt to use cinnamon instead of cocoa. Cinnamon is a spice that brings blood and nutrients to the skin surface (plumping) while also helping to dry acne.

Source: best natural tips

pic: greenster

Cucumber-Honey Toner:

Cucumber Honey TonerI’ve never  been very sure what toner does, this is what an article in how stuff works says:

“Traditional toners consist of moisturizers, oils and extracts that help soothe your skin. Astringents, which are generally alcohol-based, tighten the skin and pores and remove oil. Fresheners work similarly to astringents by tightening the skin, but they are made of ingredients like caffeine and green tea instead of alcohol. “

This treatment has honey and cucumber that revitalizes the skin, has antioxidants that reduce puffiness and dark patches under the eyes, and get rid of freckles . It hydrates the skin and acts  instant relief  on sun-burnt skin.

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tps honey

Directions

  • Puree the cucumber in a blender, strain and collect the juice.
  • Add the honey and mix.
  • Pour into a bottle.

Application:

Apply on the face and neck area with a cotton pad in the morning and at night. Air dry it and rinse clean. 

Source: one good thing by jillee

pic: totkaz

I have used variation of these treatments before, but I’m excited just what they’ll do for my skin.

Feel free to look up different combinations that suit your skin type and share with me. If you have your own treatments that you swear by, share them below.

 

 

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