DIY Natural Remedies
common skin conditions and their natural cure
Article contributed by Author: Michael Fortomas, Biology Expert
The skin is a reflection of the general health and hygiene of the overall body.
But even when common skin conditions like blackheads, blotches, pimples, age spots or dull looking skin, there are DIY natural remedies and cures that can be used as highly effective treatments.
Health is the first requisite for achieving ageless looking skin.
Overall skin health improves dramatically with regular exercise, wholesome food, plenty of water and adequate sleep.
Taking care of the skin means avoiding the sun's UV rays, over-exposure to wind, and harmful environmental influences.
Proper cleansing is a key factor in maintaining overall healthy skin.
As a general rule, use cold water in the morning to stimulate the skin. Typically, no cleanser is necessary in the morning, just a soft face cloth to gently cleanse the skin followed by a natural antioxidant toner.
Use warm water at night with a soap and detergent free cleanser prior to proceeding with your nighttime skin care routine.
Gentle tap the skin after cleansing to increase circulation and stimulate the cells to be more receptive to your natural skin care ingredients.
Recipes for making your own DIY natural remedies. . .
- Two teaspoonfuls of benzoin in a pint of cold water. Bathe face night and morning. Benzoin is used on minor skin sores, cankers and wounds to protect the area from irritation and infection, promoting healing.
- Mix flower of sulphur with milk. Rub into skin when the mixture has settled a couple of hours. To be applied in small quantities daily. Flower of sulphur is a bright yellow powder obtained from naturally occurring volcanic brimstone mineral with antiseptic and antifungal properties that has been used as a remedy for a variety of skin conditions since ancient times including the treatment of dry, scaly, itchy, red skin.
- Liberally us the gel from aloe vera leaves to reduce inflammation, sooth and moisturizes inflamed skin, boosting collagen production to speed up healing.
- Soak a cotton cloth with witch hazel and gently apply it to sunburned skin. Witch hazel is rich in tannins and antioxidants that reduce inflammation.
- One ounce lemon juice, one pint rosewater. Apply to skin four, five or six times a day.
- Mix one tablespoon apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon honey. The malic acid in the ACV exfoliated darkened skin cells, lightening freckles.
- Apply a cotton ball saturated in freshly squeezed lemon juice to freckles. Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C with photoprotective and anti-pigmentary properties that help protect the skin from UV rays while reducing melanin production to decrease pigmentation on the skin.
- Use a scrub made from sugar, oatmeal, and citrus juice directly after a facial steam. The warmth of the steam open pore and stimulates sebum excretion which are easily removed from a homemade scrub.
- Apply a saturated cotton ball with strong green tea to treat blackheads. Green tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties shown to improve blackheads, acne and oily skin.
- A bentonite clay mask is very absorbent along with abrasive properties to provide exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and the build-up of keratin debris.
Finely ground almonds and other nuts make an effective scrub while imparting valuable nutrients and stimulating skin healing.
A word of caution:
While natural clay masks are an excellent treatment for blackheads, they can be very drying on the skin. Liberally apply virgin coconut oil to the skin after rinsing of the mask. Do not use a clay mask more than once a week!
- A teaspoonful of plain yogurt, to which a little common salt has been added is dabbed on the affected skin.
- Citrus juice has natural lightening and bleaching properties. Simply dab freshly squeezed orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit directly on the discolored skin.
- Turmeric, tomato, apple cider vinegar, castor oil, aloe vera, buttermilk, and pineapple are all natural home skin care remedies for age spots and discolored skin.
Natural remedies do work quite effectively!
They date back centuries, before modern science, which even to this day relies heavily on natural ingredients to formulate skin treatments.
About the Author:
Michael Fortomas is a teacher of Biology and his Free Guide "151 Beauty Tips" is a look at specific tips, old and new, to help women meet the current perception of our societal definition of beauty.
and what better time to make use of your natural pantry ingredients?
It's quite easy to Make your own effective natural remedies!
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