There are so many ingredients that you can usually find around the home to help with a plethora of skin issues. From clearing up spots to soothing dry, irritated skin, you’re often not too far from something that can help.
Baking Soda Exfoliator
The sheer amount of things baking soda can be used for is absolutely phenomenal. When addressing the skin, however, it’s brilliant as a cheap, natural and simple exfoliant.
Mix it with a little bit of water to make it into a fine paste and apply it to the skin. Once you’re done exfoliating, rinse off well and pat dry. You’ll likely notice a glow as your fresh skin has come up to breathe.
Remember to Drink Up
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Above everything, remembering to drinking plenty of freshwaters each day is one of the very best things you can do for your skin.
Try adding a few drops of lemon or lime to your water for an added boost of vitamin C. This will also help to flush out toxins and balance the pH level of your blood.
Bottled mineral water, which contains electrolytes such as Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium, is particularly great if you work out often as it’ll help to replenish lost electrolytes and keep your skin looking supple and fresh.
Greek Yoghurt Face Mask
Greek yogurt is brilliant for the health of the gut. It’s also a great source of protein and calcium plus it’s super tasty. It can also make a great face mask!
Simply apply it to your freshly washed face for 10-15 minutes, relax and then thoroughly wash it off. The lactic acid in the yogurt should leave you with a bright and glowing complexion.
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I personally use extra virgin, certified organic, cold-pressed, fair trade coconut oil as an all-over body moisturizer, facial moisturizer and hair conditioner. I don’t currently use any other moisturizer because coconut oil is completely natural, incredibly cleansing and nutritious for the skin, works amazingly well and is an absolute joy to apply.
If you haven’t used it before, consider doing a patch test because here’s the thing — when I was in my teens, I used coconut oil on my face and after applying it at night, I woke up the next morning with painful red bumps all over my face. The bumps then turned into huge zits… It wasn’t a great experience. This could have been because my skin was different at that point but definitely err on the side of caution if you haven’t used it on your face before.
Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, which isn’t a salt at all. Bathing in Epsom salt will not only help to raise your Magnesium levels but it will also leave you with beautifully soft and smooth skin.
If you find you have rough or dry skin anywhere such as on your knees or the backs of your hands, try purchasing some Epsom salts and bathe in them for around 20-30 minutes. The improvement in the texture of your skin may shock you.
As an important side-note, it’s inadvisable to bathe in Epsom salts too often as this can cause you to develop elevated magnesium levels that can impact your overall health so do be careful with how often you add them to your bath.
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If you have irritated skin, chamomile tea can be very soothing. Brew the tea for around 5 minutes and then leave to cool until tepid. Dip the cotton ball in the tea and squeeze out the excess. Apply to the irritated areas of your skin and leave it to dry. Wipe off after 20 minutes and your skin should be a little calmer. Repeat 2-3 times a day if needed.
Rooibos tea from South Africa (pronounced roy-boss), also known as Red Bush tea, is a wonderful substitute for black tea. It tastes very similar but it doesn’t contain any caffeine whatsoever so you can drink it any time of the day.
It contains plenty of antioxidants which have an anti-aging effect and is very low on tannins. It additionally contains minerals such as iron and zinc, which are also wonderful for keeping the skin clear and rosy.
Tea Tree Oil as an Antiseptic
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If you dilute a couple of drops of tea tree oil in half a cup of water, you can apply it to zits to speed up healing and disinfect them.