With a plethora of skin-care products in department and drug stores these days, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in deciding which product best suits your skin care needs. No longer is it a simple choice of which cleanser, toner and moisturizer to choose. With a wide selection of facials, masks, scrubs, microdermabrasion kits to enzyme peels at your disposal the decision becomes more difficult. Not to mention having to select from the multitudes of brands suggesting their beauty-in-a-bottle concoction will do the job.
Why spend a half hour in the skin-care aisle contemplating what to buy? Some in-store products contain ingredients that may or may not be right for your regimen. Most stores do not allow sampling the items before purchasing and some products can make your skin worse.
There are plenty of options right in your kitchen that can help with your facial woes. At-home options offer a peace of mind because you know what you are getting. Understanding your skin type is all you need to determine which ingredients will work best for you.
Blemishes rarely occur with this skin-type. Just a simple boost to your complexion here and there is required. At home treatments to refresh your skin is sometimes all you need.
For a Marie Antoinette mask- blend one egg, juice of one lemon, four tablespoons of non-fat dry powder milk and one table spoon of witch hazel. Apply to face, neck, and chest for fifteen to twenty minutes. Use the remaining mask to cleanse your face. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
A strawberry butter mask calls for one tablespoon of unsalted butter and one mashed strawberry. Beat together and leave on for ten minutes. Finish off by rinsing with lukewarm water and patting your face dry.
Rose water and cucumber make wonderful toners for normal skin. Rose water hydrates the skin while increasing circulation. Fresh cucumber mixed with plain yogurt refreshes. Mix one small cucumber with the yogurt and apply for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands that produces more oil than your skin actually needs. This can leave your skin looking and feeling greasy. Your pores are enlarged and it also causes blemish problems. The following recipes are recommended for you.
A quick mask for oily skin is a banana mask. This mask calls for 1/2 banana, preferably ripe, 1/2 tablespoon of honey and an orange or lemon. Mix the banana and honey together, add only a few drops from the orange or lemon. Apply to face and leave on for fifteen minutes and rinse off with a cool washcloth or steaming warm washcloth.
Just because you have oily skin does not mean you should stay away from all oil-based products. Bergamot, lavender, lemon and sage oil, to name a few, are great for oily skin. Lavender water, especially, can be spritzed all over your face throughout the day.
To create a sauna ambiance, gather some lemon grass, licorice roots, and rosebuds. Two to three times a week simmer two to four
tablespoons of the dried or fresh herbs in two quarts of water. When it starts to steam, place on a table. Cover the pot with your face at a comfortable distance for about fifteen minutes. Rinse off with cool water and allow face to air dry or pat dry. This mixture can be used later as a toner lotion once it’s cooled down. Just moisten a cotton ball and apply.
Dry skin is caused by an underdevelopment of oil produced from the oil glands. This can be a serious problem, especially in the winter. In the face it affects the eye and cheek area the most…causing cracks and scaliness.
A great mask for dry skin contains green clay powder and raw honey. Just mix the ingredients together and apply to your face avoiding the eye area. Leave on for fifteen to twenty minutes, and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Another remedy simply calls for applying a mashed ripe banana to the face and leaving it on for few minutes. When ready, rinse off with lukewarm water.
Oils are also essential for dry skin-care. Grape seed oil is recommended, but for more severe cases, castor oil or avocado oil should be used.
Yogurt with orange-peels makes a great moisturizing exfoliant for dry skin. Leave a few orange pills in a windowsill in the sun to dry. Grind the peels to a powder and mix with yogurt. Leave on for about fifteen minutes and rinse off.
Combination skin is just that, it’s a combination of oily and dry skin. Usually the forehead, chin and nose are oily. While the cheeks, mouth, and eye areas are dry. This skin type can be treated using the same treatments above in the respective facial areas.
EYE CARE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
Dark circles and puffiness in the eye area are a problem no one wants. There are a number of factors that can contribute to dark circles and puffiness. Lack of sleep is the most common reason. The following are ideas great for combating these issues.
Cut one fresh fig in half. Place each half under the eye. Leave on for about ten to thirty minutes. Rinse off with tepid water and apply a little peanut oil to under-eye area.
Frozen cucumbers and cotton balls dipped in cold water are both easy solutions for puffiness. Take the cucumbers and massage onto eyes (this works for dark circles as well). With a cotton ball, just dip in cold water and leave on for about fifteen minutes and you’re all set to go!
Turmeric powder can be mixed with pineapples juice to create a paste and apply to get rid of dark circles. While almond oil, applied at bed time each day for two weeks, can work wonders for dark circles.
These recipes are simple and do not require much time. They are relaxing, refreshing and make you look good. What more can you ask for? Next time you go out to find another skin care treatment, skip the trip to the drugstore and go straight to your grocer’s market!