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DIY Skin Care Using Items Found in Your Pantry

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 3/09/2015 Sana Alam

© REX Features Lavish skincare products needed for beautiful and radiant skin can be found right in your own home. There is little to no need to spend a fortune on products that promise brighter, softer and more vibrant skin. The best part of DIY skin care is getting amazing results while avoiding putting your skin in contact with potentially harmful chemicals. Below are some of my favorite DIY treatments that only take minutes to whip up.

1. Organic Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many benefits not only for your health but for your skin. It is wonderful for anti aging and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. Apply ½ teaspoon of coconut oil directly onto your face and work it into your skin using circular motions. After a few minutes wash off the oil with your favorite cleanser and warm water. If desired you can add the tiniest drops of the oil into your face moisturizer and apply it to your face and neck. Coconut oil is known to soften, brighten and clear up blemishes on the skin.

2. Raw Honey

© AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Eric Brady Honey is known to help moisturize, fight aging and fight bacteria. Mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey with 1 egg white and apply the mask directly to your face for about 15 minutes. Apply this mixture twice a week to both brighten and tighten your skin.

3. Turmeric

Tumeric is a spice derived from the roots of the curcuma longa plant. It is normally known for its health benefits when used for cooking. Turmeric is also an inexpensive and natural way to treat several skin problems such as stretch marks, wrinkles, acne, blemishes and dark spots. This yellow spice possesses antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix ½ teaspoon of Turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Once a paste forms, apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Use your favorite cleanser and cold water to wash it off.

4. Witch Hazel

Blossoms of the witch-hazel (Hamamelis). © Image Broker/Rex Features Blossoms of the witch-hazel (Hamamelis). If you look at some of your beauty products you might notice the ingredient Witch Hazel in them. This is a very good thing. Witch Hazel is known to refresh skin, lock in moisture and treat sunburns. Whisk 1 egg white until it is a stiff consistency. Add 6 drops of Witch Hazel and 6 drops of lemon juice to the egg white and mix. Apply to your face and wash with warm water after about 15 minutes.

5. Sugar

While sugar isn't so great for your waistline it can do wonders for your skin as a natural body scrub. Mix ½ a cup of sugar with ½ a cup of olive or coconut oil. Use about 1 to 2 tablespoons as needed in the shower. Scrub your body with the mixture and rinse will. Your skin will be left feeling like silk. This scrub is incredibly moisturizing and exfoliating to the skin and only cost pennies to make.

6. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great exfoliant and treatment to calm acne and overactive oil glands. Mix about 1 ½ tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water to make a paste. Wash your face with warm water prior to applying this mask. As the mask dries it will lift impurities away from your face. After the mask is completely dry gently wipe it off with warm water and a washcloth. Apply a generous amount of moisturizer as baking soda can be drying to the skin. I only recommend this as a spot treatment for those of you with overly sensitive or dry skin.

7. Green Tea

© 68/George Doyle/Ocean/Corbis In a perfect world we would all be getting 8 glorious hours of sleep a night. In reality, this is hardly the case and many of us end up walking around with puffy dark circles under our eyes. While under eye creams can be great, they can also run up to $200 for some of the higher end products. Before throwing a bunch of money into these products, try out some green tea bags on your eyes. Take two green tea bags and steep them in hot water for about 3 minutes. Take the tea bags out and place them in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes and allow them to cool. In the meantime you can relax and enjoy the delicious cup of tea you just made. Once the bags have cooled, squeeze out the excess water until the bags are just damp and not dripping. Lay down and place the bags over your eyes for about 20 minutes. Remove and gently rinse your face. For optimal results do this at least once a week. Not only does green tea contain caffeine, which can help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, but it also contains tannins that are known to stimulate healthy blood circulation and tighten and soothe skin.

8. Rice Flour

Rice flour is a known ingredient to treat blemishes and wrinkles. It also has exfoliating properties that are known to brighten the skin. Making this mask for your face is super easy. Mix 2 tablespoons of rice flour with 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Apply the mixture to your face for about 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. Apply this mask two to three times a week for the best results.


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