The hot summer months are over, but believe it or not, your skin in still working to heal itself from those long, hot and hazy days outdoors, and sizzling visits to the beach.
It’s time to exfoliate, moisturize and tone the skin to prevent wrinkles and help reverse the damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays.
These easy and inexpensive home remedies are as effective as many expensive, over the counter, products – not only do they work, we will tell you why they work. The recipes follow an easy three-step process: Clean and Exfoliate; Calm and Tone; and finally, Moisturize.
Clean and Exfoliate
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup milk
Combine milk and honey in a small bowl – mix well. Add lemon juice and mix until well blended.
Pour a little of the mixture on a cleansing sponge or clean washcloth. Gently wash the face with the mixture for a new minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with clean towel.
Why this works: Honey is a natural exfoliant. Milk is a great cleanser. Lemon juice contains citric acid which sloughs off dead skin, promotes skin elasticity, and enables new skin cell growth.
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 egg white
In a small bowl – beat egg white until frothy. Add the sugar and mix well.
Using your fingers, gently rub into skin for 2-3 minutes– do not scrub. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with clean towel.
Why this works: Egg whites have so many beneficial qualities. In this case the egg acts as a cleanser and toner. The sugar acts as a gentle exfoliant to slough away dead skin cells.
Calm and Tone
- 2 cups water
- 1 Chamomile Tea Bag
Simply boil 2 cups of water. Add 1 chamomile tea bag to the water and let it stand for 10 minutes. Remove the bag and when the tea is cooled, wipe the tea on the face with a clean cotton ball. No need to rinse. You can leave the tea on the skin and let it dry.
Why this works: Chamomile tea not only calms you down at night when you drink it – it is a very effective anti-inflammatory treatment for all kinds of skin conditions.
- ½ Cucumber
Peel the cucumber. Then, either slice the cucumber and place the slices on the face while lying down. Or, blend the cucumber in a blender and apply to the skin (no lying down required). Leave cucumber on the skin for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with clean towel.
Why this works: Cucumber (cucumis sativus) extract is widely known for its astringent and soothing effects. It is also an excellent anti-inflammatory, and works to tighten and tone the skin as well.
Moisturize with Bananas
Peel the skin off and mash the whole banana. Apply on all over your face and relax for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with clean towel.
Banana, Honey, Sour Cream Mask
- ½ Banana
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 2 teaspoons Sour Cream
Mash the banana. Add the honey and sour cream and mix well. Apply to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with clean towel.
Banana and Yogurt Paste
- 1 or 2 Bananas
- 6.6 oz Plain Yogurt
Mix one or two bananas with the yogurt and mash it until it begins to look like a paste. After washing face apply this paste before sleeping. In the morning, wash with warm water and pat dry with clean towel.
Why these work: Bananas are one of the most nourishing fruits available because they contain large quantities of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine, and vitamins A, B (folic acid), E, and F. Bananas nourish the skin and help prevent wrinkles.
Honey contains amino acids, which help the skin retain its essential moisture.
Sour cream helps the skin retain moisture, it is a natural exfoliator and it boosts the production of collagen.
Yogurt adds enzymes and oils to the skin, working as a natural moisturizer. It also acts to reduce pore size, improve overall skin texture and give you that healthy glow.
A Note of Caution:
Before trying any home remedy, take care to avoid any of the natural products or food groups that you may be allergic to – they may trigger a reaction.