6 Homemade Beauty Tips for Flawless Skin
It’s time to go outside and be amazing! Summer is already here for everyone in the Northern hemisphere, and your soon-to-be sun-kissed face is glowing in a very special magical way. However, if for some reason you do not feel that “glowing” yet – no worries, we are here to help :). Let’s try some homemade beauty recipes to rejuvenate your skin and get it ready for the summer season!
1. Baking Soda and Mineral water
As simple as it sounds this recipe is an absolute wonder for sensitive (prone to redness and irritation) skin. As you all know regular
exfoliation is very important because by removing the dead cells from the skin surface, you stimulate its own rejuvenating process, which makes it a must-follow beauty procedure, regardless of your age and skin type. However, for people with sensitive skin, exfoliation can be an issue.
Years ago I was struggling with Atopic Dermatitis and my skin was flaky and covered with patches almost all the time. Back then one pharmacist recommended trying baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate – an alkaline compound that neutralizes acids and is incredibly gentle on the skin). Since then this is my all-time favorite, because for people with allergies, this is one of the few options that is sure not to cause any irritations or breakouts.
The recipe: It is actually quite simple – one table spoon of Baking Soda and some water, just to get a consistency suitable for applying. Then massage gently on the skin and wash away with cold water.
2. Honey, Cinnamon and Coconut flakes
I know you’d probably want to eat that, rather than put it on your face, but honey is one of the most popular natural substances that has been used by women for ages. It is full of antioxidants that neutralize free radicals (one of the main causes for premature aging), it has antibacterial properties (as all bee products) and it makes your skin baby soft – literally.
Before going for a full face procedure with honey, try applying a drop in a small area on your face and see how your skin reacts, because bee products are a very strong allergen and even if you are not aware you might turn out to be allergic, which can cause irritation and red flaky patches. As for the cinnamon and the coconut flakes – they are added to serve as exfoliating particles, so you can have 2 in 1 mask – nourishment and exfoliation.
The recipe: Mix one table spoon of honey with half teaspoon cinnamon and coconut flakes and massage gently on the skin for 2-3 minutes (and yes, you are allowed to taste some before putting it on your face). Wash with lukewarm water.
3. Grated Cucumber and Baking Soda
Cucumber is super famous among people that have problems with
puffy eyes and dark circles, and also known as a great calming agent for sunburns and marvelous cleanser and toner (recently, even Kate Moss revealed that her best skin secret is using cucumber water and ice cubes). Cucumber is rich in silica – an organic mineral that strengthens the skin, by protecting the connective tissues. It effectively reduces puffiness (caused mainly by water retention), without leaving your skin dehydrated. It also tightens and tones, which makes it great for people with enlarged pores. You can add baking soda if you want the mask to have exfoliating properties as well – it is a matter of personal preference and what is the effect you are seeking.
The recipe: Grind 1/3 cucumber and add one teaspoon of baking soda. Gently apply the mixture on your face with circular motions. If you want you can leave some of it on your face and lay down for 5 minutes, for even greater effect. Rinse with cold water. As a finish you can put two slices of cucumber on your eyes for 5 more minutes and – Voilà!
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4. Oatmeal and Milk
This is another multipurpose wonder. Oatmeal have the power to sooth irritations, providing relief for dry and itchy skin, and at the same time it can help you in the battle with acne and excess oil production – a true multipurpose helper – quite impressive, isn’t it? Oats contain specific polysaccharides, that become jelly-like in contact with water and when applied to the skin form a thin protective layer, that prevents water from evaporating, thus keeping your skin hydrated longer.
Milk, on the other hand, is great for deep nourishment – it leaves your skin plump and smooth, because it is full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that improve elasticity and promote firmness. It is important to always go for full-fat milk, as all beneficial substances are in higher concentrations, thus the effect will be greater. For oily skin, you can try with yoghurt, instead of milk, because it has acidic properties and there are certain bacteria in it that can be beneficial if you suffer from acne or breakouts.
The recipe: Mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with approximately 50ml milk (preferably warm) or yoghurt and leave for 1 hour, so the oats can “soak” well and release all of its beneficial substances in the mixture. Apply with circular motion and leave some of the mixture on your face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
5. Coffee, Brown Sugar and Olive Oil Favorite body exfoliating product of all times! (Let’s not forget that it is not just your face that will be exposed during the summer season – bikini-ready doesn’t only mean losing some pounds and getting toned up, your skin deserves some attention too). This exfoliating mixture does it all – it nourishes and effectively cleanses dead cells (I swear, you have never felt your skin so baby soft, like after applying this). By massaging it you also improve micro circulation, which will remove excess water from your skin and make it appear firmer (that is why coffee it is said to fights cellulite and prevent water retention). Go-go beautiful legs! The recipe: 3 tablespoons of coffee, 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or Sweet Almond Oil) and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. Massage on the skin with circular motions for at least 10 minutes on your legs, ties, belly – any part of your body you want. Wash with warm water. Put your shorts on and go out!
6. Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and Olive Oil
It is not a coincidence sea salts are included in many high-end spa treatments. Sea salts have detoxifying properties and are rich in minerals that strengthen your skin, and thus improve its overall condition and appearance. It is good to know that the content of minerals depends on where the sea salt has been gathered from. Always make sure to use sea salt with edges that are not very sharp, so you can exfoliate gently, otherwise you risk scratching your skin. While the salt removes the dead cells, the olive oil nourishes the skin in depth and forms a protective layer on it. Your skin is smoother, firmer and healthier. As an alternative of the sea salts you can also use Himalayan salt.
The recipe: Mix 3-4 tablespoons of sea salt and the same amount of olive oil. Massage onto your skin with circular motions for 10 minutes and then wash with warm water.
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