Have you ever been horrified as you glanced in the mirror, only to find a new wrinkle or age spot glaring at you?
With so many skin care products out there, knowing what’s best for your skin can be a challenge to say the least. So many companies are dying for you to buy their expensive new products. Claims of revolutionary anti-aging effects and wrinkle banishment seem to cover every label…however do you really need all those products to achieve healthy, glowing skin?
The resounding answer is NO! Before allowing the beauty industry to suck away more of your hard-earned cash, try these DIY beauty skin care tricks. Not only are they all natural, but most can be done with items you already have at home.
The first remedy is probably the easiest. Simply cut up two slices of cucumber and place over your eyes (yup, just like in the movies). Just like most other vegetables, cucumbers hold an incredible amount of nutrients. Additionally, they possess antioxidants and flavonoids. Both of these give cucumbers an anti-inflammatory effect.
Want to get rid of dark circles under the eyes? The anti-inflammatory effects of cucumbers draws out the fluid in your skin and decreases puffiness. Another benefit is you only have to leave them on your eyes for 15-20 minutes to see results.
As one of the most common treatments for sunburns, aloe Vera is a very popular choice for skin care. And for a good reason! It holds a host of beneficial properties for improving skin health. Some top ones I’ve listed below.
- Rich in vitamins containing antioxidants (anti-inflammatory properties)
- Enzymes to assist with breaking down the top layer of dead skin
- Abundant amino acid and fatty acid content, rich in anti-inflammatory properties
- Growth hormones that speed up the process of new skin formation (especially useful for burns)
- Cooling effect when applied to the skin
For those of you wondering how aloe Vera makes your skin feel so cool and smooth, it’s because of the plant’s makeup. When you rub it on your skin, the majority of water evaporates off, leaving the rich vitamins, amino acids and enzymes to absorb into your skin.
Pretty neat, huh?
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that aloe Vera contains a plant compound called saponins. The neat thing about saponins is that they possess soap-like-qualities when lathered up. This makes aloe Vera another good cleanser for the skin. It’s like having your own soap and moisturizer all combined into one!
You probably hadn’t thought of putting a spice on your skin for inflammation, but Turmeric is one you’ll definitely want to use! People of all ages either consume Turmeric orally or apply topically for scar reduction, acne and decreasing inflammation. For anti-inflammatory purposes, I would recommend applying topically since Turmeric doesn’t absorb as well when consumed by mouth.
When applying topically, mix turmeric with either plain yogurt, milk and/or honey for a moisturizing effect. If your skin is somewhat dry to begin with, keep in mind that Turmeric is also commonly used for managing oily skin so it can be somewhat drying.
One of my personal favorites when it comes to hydration is caster oil. With so many anti-aging benefits from the fatty acids, it can also be used on your hair and nails for improving luster and growth. The oil itself is thick, so application is sometimes messy. However, the low cost and widespread availability of it greatly offsets the syrupy consistency.
Apply a thin layer to your face and massage thoroughly before going to bed. The next morning wash off and voila! Say hello to a softer and smoother complexion. Oh! And don’t forget to wash your pillowcase after. Since my face naturally gets red after I wash it, my husband’s nickname for me became “Fuego Face” after I started wearing caster oil to bed. Nothing like going to bed with a red and oily face (no worries, the following day my face is always super soft and moisturized).
Check out this article for more information on the benefits of caster oil for your skin.
Another great moisturizer that also doubles as an anti-aging cream is vitamin e. It’s antioxidant and healing properties not only act as a moisturizer, but also heal sunburns and slows down the appearance of aging by blocking free radicals from damaging the body’s cells.
The only caution I would give to someone using vitamin e is to try a little at a time. For those with oily skin to begin with, vitamin e might be too heavy (as may caster oil). Try olive oil or coconut oil for a lighter moisturizing effect.
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Mmm…with honey, the benefits are pretty much endless! I’s natural antibacterial properties, high antioxidant content and moisturizing effects allow it to be made into just about anything. Create a facial scrub by mixing brown sugar and honey together. Create a mask by mixing a few drops of lavender oil and honey together. Or even just rub a little honey on your skin and let sit overnight for a glowing effect.
You may have heard of a honey and lemon facial mask. This is a great way of lightening your complexion without drying out your skin. The honey acts as a moisturizer while the citric acid in the lemon lightens your complexion. It’s both a cheap and easy skin care trick to try.
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Apple cider vinegar
Yet another fantastic DIY skin care cleanser you can use at home is apple cider vinegar. Listed below are just a few of it’s beneficial properties.
- PH balancer for the skin by controlling the amount of sebum produced
- Contains vitamins, including vitamin B1, B2 and B6
- Antibacterial and anti fungal qualities from the alpha hydroxy acid present (exfoliating properties)
- Tightens the skin through pH balance
Another way you can use apple cider vinegar is by dabbing some on your face with a cotton ball. Continued use has also shown to prove effective in fighting acne.
Drinking water is also known to fight stubborn acne, as it cleanses all the toxins from your skin. Read What to Drink Besides Water – My Top Choices for those days where water is too bland.
Oily Skin Remedies
You may have seen some women using lemon juice during the summer as a natural hair lightener. However, lemons are useful for much more than that. When applied to the skin, they not only lighten your complexion (you can thank the vitamin C and citric acid for that), but they also dry up much of the oil in your face. This is due to the high acidity of the lemon.
With a pH of around 2.0, they are another item worth cautioning against in certain scenarios.
If you have sensitive skin then I would recommend diluting the lemon juice with water to decrease your chances of irritating the skin. Some people even mix lemon juice with yogurt, honey or olive oil.
Whatever your skin situation, lemons can be very beneficial. Their high vitamin and citric acid content can help those with overly oily skin. Just be mindful not to apply too much.
Want an even better alternative? Try lemon-based essential oil. It still holds all the benefits of lemons without the harsh pH factor.
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Bet you never thought of using egg whites to combat oily skin! In fact, the astringent properties of egg whites make them also a natural skin tightener. If you want a quick and easy recipe for a mask, just mix one egg white (separate out the yolk first) with a drop or two of lemon juice. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Then simply peel off and wash with cool water.
Another plus of using egg whites for skin health is the protein content. Just like your body needs protein, your skin also needs it for damage repair. It’s a very valuable resource to heal sunburns, dry skin, acne and any other antagonist to skin health.
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Summing Things Up
You may be wondering if there’s any particular home remedy that is the best. The answer to that is no, however there are many DIY skin care tricks that benefit your skin in more ways than one. Try mixing up different ingredients for a combination of benefits that tailors to your skin. And as always, give these beauty skin care tricks a little time before deciding on how well they work. Unless you’re allergic to any of the items listed above, experiment and find out what works best for you!