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Homemade Facials Using Ingredients in your Kitchen

By Jessica Mckinnie on
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Following up on my last article about the home remedies used to treat cold and allergies, there is also another great way to use those fresh ingredients in your refrigerator. That's right! You guessed it! Homemade Facials.Now some people, like myself, are looking for inexpensive ways to treat our skin from time and time. However, sometimes thinking of someone putting strange chemicals on our face can make us a little skeptical. A lot of the same products that are used in facial masks are the same ingredients we can get at the supermarket--just without the added chemicals.

Some of these ingredients listed below, like I said, you can find in a supermarket and have natural ingredients that are excellent for your skin.

Avocado

Personally, I'm a big fan of avocado because I love guacamole.But also, avocado, if you use it on your face, it's very good for moisturizing and it has Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant.

Yogurt

Now Yogurt has never been that much of a favorite in my book, but I'm not going to sit here and say it's not good. In addition to being a probiotic,which can help skin conditions such as acne and eczema, its antibacterial properties make it a useful, degerming cleanser, and its lactic-acid content soothes irritation, clarifies the pores and softens the skin.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another one of my preferences because it's something that you can not only eat, but can be great for your face. Plainly rolled oats can be used to make a great skin cleanser, soothing facial mask and scrub.Oatmeal helps to relieve dryness, restoring natural moisture balance to aid in healing minor irritations. When you use it as a mask, it deeply cleanses your pores without drying out your skin. When used as a cleanser, it actually absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean, without soap, When used as a facial scrub,oatmeal gently but effectively removes dead skin cells, to reveal softer, smoother looking skin. In addition, cleansing and exfoliating with oatmeal provides the bonus of a natural, healthy glow.

Lemons and Oranges

Both lemons and oranges are citrus fruits and contain vitamin C. They act as an astringent which is great for oily skin because it will reduce the oil secretion. You can use it to reduce blotches and discolorations of the skin.Citrus fruits could also protect the skin cells from the activities of the free radicals, preventing premature aging of the skin.

Pineapple

Pineapple, I will tell you right now, comes in second place on my list of favorite fruits. Pineapple is not only better when it's fresh (at least in my opinion) but when used on the face, it helps the elasticity of the skin. Pineapple contains alpha hydroxy acids, a type of inorganic acid, that helps improve the elasticity of the skin. It is better used on aging skin because it nourishes and hydrates the skin.The anti-inflammatory property of bromelain, an enzyme present in pineapple, could also prevent skin lesions.

Banana

Bananas are a good one in my book too, but what's more interesting is that you can find some good for the banana peel. Instead if throwing it away, banana peels can be used to help skin problems like acne and psoriasis. You can reduce the itchiness by rubbing the inside of the banana on the affected area.

Strawberries

Strawberries on your skin work in the same way that pineapples and other citrus fruits do because it contains alpha-hydroxy acids which helps us slough off dead cells so that new, youthful skin is revealed. Truth be told that strawberries have more Vitamin C and are higher in soluble fiber. Strawberries will help to tone your skin, brighten it up and keep it smooth and supple. Below is one recipe for your face using strawberries
Strawberries are also great for making lip scrubs. All you have to do is the same thing you did for the facial (without the corn starch) and use a toothbrush to rub it on your lips.It helps to make your lips soft and smooth.

Egg

Now, this is something I wouldn't think to use on my face but apparently, egg yolks tighten and moisturize dry skin while the egg white tighten oily skin and reduce the size of pores.

Honey

Mmmm, everyone loves the universal sweet taste of honey. I would prefer honey on my face anyday and that's because it's great for all skin types. It's a great exfoliator and moisturizer. A lot of people mix this in with whatever base ingredient they're using to get a moisturizing effect to their facial.

Milk

Milk is a great product to use on your face. Milk contains a whole bunch of sugars, minerals and naturals pigments.It's used in a lot of other products, such as heavy or sour cream. Milk contains lactic acid, which nourishes without stripping the skin of its essential oils. It also refines your pores and cools sunburns. My best bet would be to use whole milk that way you're getting everything that can contribute to the effect of the facial.
Homemade facial ingredients.jpgFor those of you who have dry skin, you want to try recipes that will moisturize and nourish your skin. Some good recipes are Oatmeal and Honey, Oatmeal and Yogurt, and Cucumber and Milk. All of these are ingredients that will moisturize and hydrate your skin because they contain cream (except for the cucumbers of course).

For those who have oily skin, you want to choose ingredients that will cleanse your skin. I am one with oily skin and a lot of dirt and bacteria can get trapped and therefore, leading to pimples. Some ingredients such as Vinegar and Lemon will clean your skin because they have Vitamin C, which will help with the bacteria. You can also use milk and yogurt because sometimes you hate washing your face and it feeling like a desert after so these products will definitely cleanse, but moisturize at the same time.

When you apply these facials, always use a cotton ball or rub very gently. The worst thing is to use an abrasive facial mask and then use an abrasive applicator because you end up scratching your face and you don't get the results you wanted.

Just naming all these products just makes me hungry. And I'm sure it will too once you try it on your face. One thing about natural facials is that the ingredients are edible and you can't help but to eat a little.Just in case if you are allergic to anything, always try a dab on your hand that way, you don't wash your face and once you're done, you've broken out. And don't forget the cucumbers for the bags and puffiness under the eyes. Other than that, I would say, grab some of your girls and have a facial party.





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