The cosmetic market today caters to the needs of each and every one. You can find skin care products that are formulated to suit an individual skin type or a particular skin problem; or so the cosmetic brands make us believe.
The truth is that there is no way of being sure whether the tall claims made by many of the cosmetic brands actually work out or not. And most of the skin care products are way beyond the reach of the common man. The cosmetics are so expensive that spending a fortune on just testing them isn’t really worth the expense.
The answer to all your skin problems lies not in the chemically loaded cosmetics but in natural products. Most of the ingredients available in your kitchen or growing in your vegetable garden can take care of your skin better than any of the cosmetic products. All you have to do is be regular with their use to give your skin health, glow and youth. In this article we will discuss some of the natural products that can go a long way in protecting and caring for your skin.
1. Aloe Vera
We have all heard of the medicinal properties of aloe vera. It helps with weight loss and also keeps cholesterol in control. To pamper your skin always use fresh aloe vera instead of using aloe vera creams and lotions. An aloe vera plant will not cost you much and it does not require a lot of care. To treat your skinto a wonderful massage simply take two aloe vera leaves medium in length. Peel the green of the leaves.
The inside of the leaves is a white fleshy gel-like substance which is extremely useful. Mash the gel well and add only two teaspoons of raw milk in it. Take the paste and apply it all over your face, neck, elbows and knees. Massage the mixture well on the face and other parts. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off using cold water. Aloe vera will give glow to your face and also help diminish scars, pigmentation marks and other blemishes. It is also good for lightening dark elbows and knees.
2. Baking Soda
Most women keep a good stock of baking soda in their kitchens for the simple reason that baking soda is used for baking cakes, cookies, brownies etc. however, very few people know that baking soda makes an excellent natural scrub for skinthat has blackheads, clogged pores and acne. Prepare a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste on your face and leave it for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes gently start massaging your facialskinin upwards strokes. Massage for 2 minutes and then wash your face using cold water.
Dry the face and immediately apply a toner if you have oily skin or a moisturizer if you have dry skin. People with normal skin can apply a thin layer of lotion. Baking soda will effectively clean the pores and remove all the accumulated dirt, grime, sebum and dead skin cells. Regular use of baking soda on the face will also give your skin an even tone by getting rid blemishes and acne scars. Rubbing baking soda paste on elbows and knees will exfoliate the skin of these parts and also lighten them in color. People with oily skin should use baking soda paste thrice a week to prevent formation of acne and to keep their skin clean.
Besides adding a tangy flavor to your foods, lemon has excellent astringent qualities. This makes it excellent for taking care of oily skin. Applying lemon juice on the face will help control the secretion of oil without removing the layer of natural oils from the skin. The rind of lemon is also used in making facial masks for all skin types. The rind has chemicals that provide elasticity and suppleness to the skin thus effectively delaying the onset of wrinkles. Drinking a glass of sugarless lemon juice first thing in the morning helps flush out the toxins from the body. Removal of harmful toxins from the body helps keep the skin clean and clear from outside.
Papaya fruit is a rich source of Vitamin A. And we all know that Vitamin A or retinol is extremely important for keeping the skin healthy and young. Vitamin A boosts the production of collagen and elastin in the body, both of which keep the skin young by delaying the appearance of wrinkles. Mash a few pieces of ripe papaya and mix two teaspoons milk in it.
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Make a paste and apply it on your face and neck. Remove after 20 minutes. Papaya face mask will brighten up your skin, reduce blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. Eating papaya will help the body fight against wrinkle causing agents.
Turmeric is a spice that is being used since times immemorial to add color to the food. But turmeric also has excellent medicinal properties and is a very good antiseptic. Hence turmeric is used extensively in skin care creams. You must prepare your own turmeric powder at home if you wish to use the spice for spicing up your skin. You cannot be sure of the quality of the turmeric powder that is sold at food stores. So buy turmeric sticks and grind them into fine powder at home in your electric mixer.
Take two teaspoons of turmeric powder and add some rosewater to it to make a fine paste of spreadable consistency. Apply the paste all over your face and neck and leave it to dry. Wash off the paste using cold water. do this once a day to keep you skin free from developing infections like acne and pimples. You can even wear the turmeric paste to bed each night. To avoid staining your sheets and pillow covers rub of the turmeric paste without using water or without wetting your hands. Traces of dry turmeric on your face are enough to help heal the damaged skin cells and tissues.