When it comes to skin care, most people usually look for the next big thing or the best products out there. Instead of spending a pretty penny, find ingredients in your home that can double as natural and inexpensive skin treatments. Among your kitchen items, avocados, cucumbers and extra virgin olive oil (to name a few) can eliminate wrinkles, acne, dead skin cells, and dry, itchy skin. Try these steps to achieve a fresh, healthy glow at hardly any cost at all:
Beyond a delicious guacamole dish, avocados serve as a go-to ingredient for a variety of homemade face masks. Their healthy fats and high levels of vitamins, particularly vitamins A and E, work together to improve skin texture, eliminate acne, reduce fine lines and even soothe sunburned skin. So, get on board with this do-it-yourself cure—A-list celebrities already have. Whether you decide to add yogurt, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, coconut oil, egg yolks or oatmeal to the mixture, you’ll discover a natural beauty remedy that leaves your skin feeling so fresh and so clean.
Cut the avocado in half and discard the pit. Transfer the avocado to a small-sized bowl, add 1 tbsp. of honey and mash together. Using your fingers or a special brush, rub the mixture on your face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Aloe vera My family has used aloe vera for as long as I can remember, especially for sunburns in the summertime. This natural plant contains nutrients that heals scars and stimulates skin cell growth, and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritated skin. If you don’t already have one, I suggest getting an aloe vera plant for a continuous supply of cooling and soothing gel. Combine it with lemon juice and you’ll have a natural and inexpensive beauty remedy in no time.
Aloe vera plant
Select a leaf from the plant and use a knife to slice it open and extract the gel. Apply the gel to your face or affected area using a cotton ball. Let it dry on its own for about half an hour, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Audrey, one of our HR gurus, chooses the cucumber as her go-to ingredient for a homemade face mask. Why cucumbers? This vegetable is loaded with vitamins A, B and C, as well as magnesium, manganese, silicon and potassium. They are also full of water, which helps hydrate the skin. The cucumber has become a natural, popular item in face packs, facials, juice and many other products that helps soothe and soften the skin.
Cucumber and egg white Ingredients:
1 egg white
A few leaves of fresh mint
Peel the cucumber and dice. In a processor, blend the mint leaves and cucumber pieces. In a bowl, whisk the egg white until it becomes firm, then combine it with the mixture of cucumber and mint in the processor. Take it out once the mixture becomes paste-like and apply it to the face and neck. Keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes then wash off with water.
Extra virgin olive oil
Another one of our gurus, Jana, uses extra virgin olive oil for soft and glowing skin. Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, especially vitamins A and E, extra virgin olive oil penetrates deep into the skin to provide the necessary moisture that helps keep it smooth. Additionally, this traditional Italian ingredient is made naturally, without the use of chemicals, and emits the smell and flavor of fresh olives.
Extra virgin olive oil, honey and egg yolk Ingredients:
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. honey
1 egg yolk
Mix the extra virgin olive oil, honey and egg yolk in a bowl. Stir until smooth and then gently apply to the face and neck. After 15 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water. Some oil may remain on the face to moisturize the skin.
Apple cider vinegar
If you haven’t used apple cider vinegar as a facial toner, now is the time. A common solution for almost anything, ACV helps balance the pH levels of the skin. Full of enzymes, minerals, nutrients and beneficial bacteria, this all-natural and inexpensive remedy can help improve skin tone, eliminate acne and pimples, and promote a natural glow. That’s what I’m talking about.
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 small container/cup
Add apple cider vinegar to the container and mix it with filtered water. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, dilute the mixture to 50 percent ACV and 50 percent water. Dip a cotton pad or washcloth into the mixture and spread evenly on your face. Either rinse it off or let it air dry.
What natural skin care remedies do you use? Please share in the comments below!
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Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.