Our skin is our prized possession that can allude to one’s beauty or appear neglected and unattractive. The secret to beautiful skin lies in many things but most of all, it’s in how we handle different everyday skin problems we may face. We will often wake up with less-than-perfect skin that’s dry, sensitive, blemished, and/or acne ridden. Facials are great and all but cost an arm and a leg and are not always so effective. After paying so much money, the least we should be able to expect is clear skin devoid of any problems. Over-the-counter products can be even worse. Not only are you spending the money, you are probably also adding side effects to the mix while trying to perfect the hide you are in. You can, however, technically use natural products at home to take care of your skin and get rid of common skin problems.
For Oily Skin or Acne:
• Banana and Honey Mask: The excess oil leads to blemishes and pimples. A mask of honey and banana can help clear the skin as banana holds zinc and vitamin C, while honey is great to mix with a number of other ingredients. You may also just mash the banana until it is creamy then add one teaspoon of lemon juice and mix it up. The honey will have an added effect if you add two tablespoons of it to this concoction; apply to the face and leave it on as a mask for up to 20 minutes. Wash it off and pat your face dry.
• Aloe Vera and Honey Mask: Aine McAteer, an internationally renowned chef and best-selling author, recommends the mixing of 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with one teaspoon of honey for the more sensitive skin. It makes for an excellent moisturizing facial mask.
• Curcumin: A 2011 study found that gels containing curcumin, which is a component of turmeric, are almost as effective as some leading medical gels used for acne treatment.
• Pumpkin Cream and Raw Honey: We really like the honey, yes. Organic canned pumpkin can be mixed with cream or buttermilk (1 tablespoon of the former with half a teaspoon of the cream), along with adding a teaspoon of honey and applying the mask for 15 minutes. Raw honey has anti-inflammatory benefits and is truly great for the skin.
• Plum Mask: Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B complex are all components of a single plum, alongside it’s wealth in beta carotene, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Plums are great to eat but even better to make a face mask from. It keeps the skin from sagging, the breakouts from occurring and revitalizes the dull uneven skin you may have. Greek yoghurt and honey (1 tablespoon each) mixed with four ripe plums and half a teaspoon of turmeric make the perfect home concoction to massage onto your skin. You’ll be glowing with health in no time!
For Puffy, Tired Eyes:
• Tea is the Best Recipe: Boil some camomile tea, soak some cotton balls in there and apply it to your irritated or puffy eyes. It helps rid your skin of the bacteria causing the trouble while adding a soothing factor to it. It’s an old wives’ tale and it is a household staple for taking care of the skin around your eyes in the Middle East.
For Dry or Red Skin:
• Aloe Vera and Avocado: they’ve got a lot of moisture, full of fatty acids and an absolute wealth of vitamins. Just mash the avocado in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, a tablespoon of honey that’s been warmed and a bit of oatmeal to add to the thickness of the mask. 15 minutes with this and your skill will feel like you’ve been reborn!
• Cucumber and Oatmeal: You want to reduce inflammation and you want to do it naturally. You’ve seen the cucumber used as a spa procedure on the eyes in movies and now we say it goes perfectly well with your skin. Cook up a cup of oatmeal with a finely chopped cucumber before applying it as a mask to your face. Up to 20 minutes with this refreshing paste and you’ll be as good as new.
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