Dull skin? Blotchy skin. Red, cracked, and peeling skin. No matter what’s wrong with your skin, you can find solutions for it right in your home, either in your cupboard or your refrigerator. Next time you’re thinking about taking a pricey trip to a dermatologist or aesthetician, use a few of these ingredients in your home instead.
Home Remedies For Healthy Skin
Milk and honey
Using a milk and honey treatment for your skin will put you in the company of none less than the famed Queen Cleopatra.
The Eygptian beauty was reputed to have bathed in milk and honey to keep her skin young and supple. If stories of her good looks survived the passage of time, imagine what milk and honey can do for you.
Milk and honey are antimicrobial and antibacterial. This means that they are effective in treating skin irritations, like psoriasis as well as acne. Milk also adds moisture to the skin and keeps it smooth.
Apply a mixture of milk and raw honey to your regular face routine to see its benefits there, or make a full go of it, with warm milk and a honey bath filled with your choice of flowers and essential oils for the royal treatment.
The benefits of fruit extend well beyond a healthy snack. Did you know enzymes from the fruit can eat through that dead, dull skin to get through to the glowing, silky skin beneath?
Yes, and these enzymes are available in fruit commonly found in the grocery aisle. You can have the benefit of these fruit enzymes, using natural skincare to cleanse and exfoliate dead skin to reveal a younger, fresher complexion.
Fruits that are recommended are pineapples, bananas, papaya, guava, and passion fruit. Prepare a facial mask. Most only require up to 30 minutes of wear to get the benefits of those fruit enzymes.
Potatoes aren’t just good for French fries and vodka. They make a pretty good remedy for dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. Potatoes help reduce inflammation around the eye, which in turn reduces the swollen look.
There are also natural bleaching agents in the potato that will lighten those dark circles. The secret ingredient is a compound called catecholase. The potato remedy is best combined with slices of cucumber, which will have a soothing, cooling effect. Cut them into slices and leave them in the fridge overnight for the best effect.
This is the spice behind some of your favorite curries, but did you know it also has antioxidant properties and can also lighten and brighten skin?
The bright yellow spice has been used in India for centuries to even up blotchy complexions, erase dark spots and circles under the eyes. Because of its antioxidant properties, it is also very good for slowing down aging as well as preventing acne. Psoriasis sufferers can also benefit from its healing and soothing effects.
According to scientists, the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin works wonders in clearing up both the dry, cracked appearance of psoriasis and reduces the number of patches visible on the skin.
It is best used mixed as a paste and placed on the affected area.
This is another multitasker that sits quietly in your cupboard but packs quite a punch for your skin. Oatmeal can be used as a moisturizer, an exfoliant, and a cleanser.
Oatmeal can be used to treat acne as it is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It also gently lifts dirt and oils from the skin leaving a clean environment, making it hard for dirt and bacteria to clog pores.
Oatmeal can also form a protective layer over the skin, helping it to retain more moisture. Those with dry skin will certainly consider that good news.
This is not just good for toast. Avocado is another versatile fruit that can help you manage a variety of skin conditions. It contains biotin, which is not only important for healthy skin but healthy nails and hair too.
The oils in avocado, as well as abundant Vitamins A, D, and E assist in keeping skin moist, something you’ll want to remember if you have dry skin. If you’re worried about your skin looking aged, whip out that avocado and apply it to your skin.
The oleic acid in it acts as an anti-inflammatory, which reduces puffiness and redness. There are also compounds in avocado that help fight free radicals. This also protects your skin against premature aging.
For best results, use avocado as a facial mask overnight.
You’ll never look at these humble kitchen and grocery ingredients the same again. When next you’re thinking about dropping hundreds at the spa, just go to your fridge or cupboard for natural skin relief.