Beauty regimes don’t have to be expensive and time consuming. Many everyday items can double as skin care products and help give skin a beautiful, natural glow. The ingredients below are just a few of the many items that can be used for effective and affordable skin care at home.
Bi-Carbonate Soda for Zapping Zits
Bi-carb or baking soda can help to dry out nasty pimples overnight. Simply mix a teaspoon of bi-carb soda with a few drops of water to make a thick paste and apply to spots before going to bed. Wash off with a splash of warm water in the morning and be amazed by the results.
Alternatively, make a larger batch of the paste for use as a regular facial scrub.
Lemon Juice Makes a Great Cleanser
For a natural anti-bacterial cleanser squeeze the juice from half a freshly cut lemon and rub it over the skin with cotton wool, taking care to avoid contact with the eyes.
Exfoliate with a Sweet Sugar Face Scrub
Buff away dull, dry skin with a half a teaspoon of white sugar mixed with a little bit of warm water or vitamin E cream. This scrub is great for road trips or emergencies because single serve sugar packets can be collected from fast food outlets or road-side cafés as needed.
Soothe and Soften Skin with Petroleum Jelly
Because petroleum jelly does not contain chemicals or perfume it is a perfect moisturizer even for the most sensitive skin. Rub petroleum jelly onto hands and feet liberally after showing and cover with gloves and socks to keep from making a mess. Petroleum jelly is also great for those extra dry spots, such as lips, elbows and knees.
Unblock Pores with an Egg White Face Mask
Draw out unwanted oil by whisking three egg whites and applying to a washed face. Leave the egg whites to dry and peel off slowly, starting from the edges of the face and working inward. Remove any left-over residue with warm water.
Stave Off Wrinkles with Honey
Take advantage of honey’s ability to retain moisture by using it as a weekly five minute face mask. Honey will help to keep skin supple by prolonging elasticity, keeping dryness at bay and prolonging the development of wrinkles. Antioxidants in honey will also help to protect the skin from sun damage and speed the healing of burns, cuts and acne scars.
Many common household ingredients can double as fantastic skin care products. Don’t forget that plenty of fruit and vegetables will also help deliver the nutrients necessary for glowing skin and eight glasses of water a day will help keep premature ageing at bay.