I love having options. Something even more enticing than options is the knowledge that you could make your own skin care regimen at the comfort of your home, without spending a little fortune for it. Since these skin care ingredients are organic, you don’t have to worry about chemicals or cumbersome research. From a natural exfoliator to an anti ageing regimen. Get to nourish your skin with these organic ingredients that carry secret beauty-boosting properties like minerals, proteins and antioxidants.
- Getting rid of blackheads (Lemon & Egg white)
Blackheads are the black tiny bumps that appear on your skin due to clogged pores. They appear when your body produces too much oil or when a there’s too much build up of bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes
To get rid of them you need a face mask made of ingredients that contain salicylic acid, which is found in lemon.
First, squeeze a lemon to extract the juice. Mix 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice with 1 egg white, then apply the mask on your face. Leave it on for a few minutes until dry then wash with warm water to open up the pores.
- Healthy skin (Tumeric)
Turmeric is not only a spice praised for its medicinal properties but this ingredient has an entire ceremony to its name. I’m referring to the Haldi ceremony. You may have seen this on Indian TV series or movies when an Indian bride and groom don a paste of turmeric before their wedding. The paste is usually prepared using the spice mixed with milk or rose water. Indians continue to recognise turmeric as a super ingredient for beauty, added glow and healthy looking skin. Imagine what you will get from a paste of turmeric and coconut oil, which has the same benefits?
In a bowl mix turmeric with enough coconut oil to make a paste. Apply a thin layer of the paste to your face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse off scrubbing gently to remove. Finish off by applying your favourite moisturizer.
Coconut oil helps to improve skin elasticity and collagen production.
- Clear skin (Honey)
By now you probably have a jar of honey that you use for a myriad of reasons: a sweetener for your tea instead of sugar, paste for your bread or even as medicine to suppress a child’s cough. However, did you know that honey can be added to your skin care products for its humectant properties? It is good for soothing the skin so whenever you feel your lips are chapped or sore, you can dab a little honey to keep them moisturised.
When applied on dry skin it not only exfoliates getting rid of the dryness and in turn revealing new cells, but it soothes and calms the skin. It helps with redness, acne, blemishes and skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
To make a face mask, mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with 2 teaspoons of honey. Leave the mask on your face for several minutes before washing it off with warm water.
Alternatively, in place of lemon juice, you can use one part of freshly ground Cinnamon. Warm the mixture, apply to your skin then rinse off after 8 – 10 minutes. Use warm water to rinse it off.
Disclaimer! If you’re allergic to pollen and other bee-related products avoid using honey. This also applies to someone who is allergic to cinnamon.
To ensure you won’t have an allergic reaction, it is always advisable to do a patch test.
- Glowing skin (Yoghurt)
Yoghurt contains lactic acid which dissolves dead skin cells. This exfoliation process prevents break out, heals sunburns as well as create a natural glow. It also diminishes lines and wrinkles.
You can use it as part of your skin care regimen by topically applying it on your face or you can mix it with lemon juice for maximum effect.
Mix equal ratios of yoghurt with lemon juice. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh yoghurt to 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply this mask once a week. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Related: Tips for a beautiful glowing skin
- Bright skin (Tomato and milk)
Has someone ever asked you if you bathe in milk? well, there’s a story behind this question. Milk is a super ingredient that supplies the skin with vitamin B, D, biotin and calcium. It not only moisturises the skin, but it is also a great toner that leaves you with a bright and an even complexion. It reduces whiteheads, blackheads, redness and the lactic acid present in milk serves as a deep pore cleanser.
On the other hand, tomato juice is rich in antioxidants properties, proteins and vitamins A and C. It is great for cleansing, fighting sunburns, relieving skin irritation, and cell renewal which brightens the skin. This cleanser is also a good moisturiser for dry skin.
To make a cleanser mix 2 tablespoons of milk with tomato juice made from one tomato. Apply it on your face using circular motions. Give it a chance to dry then rinse off using cold water. Here are some other alternative ingredients you can use to make a cleanser using milk as your core ingredient.
- Clean pores (Oatmeal and Yoghurt)
The essence of this concoction is to exfoliate your skin. Mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of yoghurt. Let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Unlike your beauty store scrub, this mixture is organic, less expensive, and gentle on your skin.
- For Tight and Firm skin (Coffee and Honey)
More than providing an aromatic beverage that heals the soul, coffee is also appreciated for its high antioxidant properties. It is a great skin care ingredient widely known for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, inflammation and redness as well as fighting acne. Its benefits can be obtained by making a face mask, a paste from fresh coffee grounds or a scrub.
To make a face mask mix 2 teaspoons of coffee powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Leave it on for 15-60 minutes then wash it off with warm water and moisturise.
You can also opt to use olive oil instead of honey. Repeat up to three times a week.
- Anti ageing (Aloe Vera Gel and Egg white)
We couldn’t finish this list without including the plant of immortality also known as Aloe Vera gel. This plant is known for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and cell regenerative properties. It is one of the few plants recognised to have 75 active components hence you are sure that your skin won’t fail to benefit from more than one. Learn the 5 benefits of using Aloe Vera Gel
Egg white, on the other hand, carries astringent properties that help shrink and tighten pores. it also contains proteins and albumin that promote wrinkle-free skin. Egg white is beneficial to oily skin since it tightens the pore reducing the secretion of sebum.
Mix 2 tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel with one teaspoon of egg white. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water and pat dry with a soft towel. Use this mixture twice a week.
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