Treating your skin to a day of pampering at the spa or beauty salon is just that – a treat. Unfortunately, it can be too expensive and too time-consuming to do very often, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t pamper your skin on a regular basis. With these homemade skin treatments, which are made with natural ingredients from your own home, you can treat your skin as much and as often as you'd like.
Although skin is the largest organ of the body, it can be easily forgotten, which is why many people have dry skin. They either forget to moisturize or don’t moisturize as much as they should. If your skin is feeling a little neglected lately, soften it up with a homemade lotion. Mix together a mashed banana, mango and apricot with a bit of green tea leaf, honey and milk, and rub the concoction onto your skin. The honey and fruit will add moisture – as well as a sweet smell – to your skin and the green tea leaves will offer some protection from the sun.
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On the opposite end of the spectrum are those with oily skin, which can be caused by genetics or hormones. While oily skin will usually stay youthful-looking for a longer period of time, it also stays greasier looking and can cause breakouts. If you have this type of skin, clear it up with some aloe vera gel. Just break a leaf off an aloe vera plant, squeeze the gel out and rub it onto your skin. Apply two to three times a day, including after you wash your face or body.
If you don’t have an aloe vera plant, make a honey-apple facial mask instead. Simply blend a peeled and seeded apple with three teaspoons of honey. Blend well and apply the mask. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Honey is a natural astringent, which means that it removes oil from the skin, and it can also make your skin feel tighter.
Don’t put those apples away just yet! No matter what skin type you have, you want to make sure that your skin is clean and your pores are clog-free to prevent acne. Luckily, apples contain acetic acid, which removes dirt and oil from pores. To make the wash, combine one fourth-cup of apple juice with four tablespoons of witch hazel. Apply to your face twice a day if you have oily skin or once a day if you have dry skin.
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Some skin types are more sensitive to harsh chemicals and heat than others. A pumpkin mask, which contains antioxidants, is just the treatment for soothing inflammation and redness. Mix together one fourth-cup of mashed pumpkin and one tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture to your skin and let it seep in for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
If any part of the body doesn’t get the love it deserves, it’s probably your feet. So give them a little extra care with this peppermint foot scrub. Peppermint not only feels refreshing, but the menthol it contains has antibacterial and odor-eating properties, which makes it great for using on feet. Simply mix three drops of peppermint oil with three tablespoons of olive oil, a bit of fresh mint and some sea salt to exfoliate. Rub the mixture on your feet, giving extra attention to the soles and other dry areas. Then rinse the scrub off with warm water. For best results, soak your feet in water before using the scrub.
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The skin on your hands can easily become dry, mottled and wrinkled just by overexposure to the elements. To keep it looking youthful and feeling soft, combine one cup of brown sugar with one cup of almond or walnut oil, a tablespoon of tea tree oil, a few drops of calendula oil and some freshly squeezed lime juice. Massage the mixture onto both of your hands and then rinse off with warm water. The oils will keep your skin soft and supple while the antioxidants will ward off premature aging of the skin.
That scrape not healing as well as you wanted? Squeeze a little vitamin E oil on it and watch it fade away. Vitamin E is known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties and will speed the healing of any blemish. It’s also said to fade existing scars, and on top of that, it will make your skin feel extra soft.
This body wash will not only leave you smelling sweet as pie, it will also give your skin a soft glow. The antibacterial properties of cinnamon also make it an excellent pore cleanser and is especially good at clearing up acne on the back. Just mix one cup of sugar with one fourth-cup of almond or walnut oil and one-half tablespoon of cinnamon. Massage the body wash into your skin while in the shower and rinse off with warm water.
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As we age, the collagen and elastin in our skin breaks down, leading to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Although many people choose to get fillers or plastic surgery, there’s a simpler remedy – cranberries. The ellagic acid in cranberries inhibits the formation of enzymes that break down collagen and elastin. It can also prevent wrinkles caused by the sun’s rays. To keep your skin looking young, mix two tablespoons of crushed cranberries, two teaspoons of honey, one fourth-cup of cornmeal and one tablespoon of milk. Scrub the mixture onto your face and then rinse it off with warm water.