Thursday, February 6, 2014
by P. Gough
Department stores have entire sections devoted to expensive beauty products promising healthy, glowing skin, and I am not saying they don’t work – I’ve even been known to buy a few – I just want you to know there are alternatives to a $60 eye cream.
Even if price isn’t an issue for you, going the natural route has other benefits. Did you know that 60% of what we put on our skin is actually absorbed into our blood stream? So it is very important to use only 100% natural ingredients on your skin.
When choosing skin care products, opt for those that use only natural ingredients and that contain absolutely no parabens, sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) or harmful petrochemicals. You can also just step into your kitchen to find a complete skin care regimen that uses ingredients in their raw form.
To Cleanse Skin – Main Ingredient: Grape Juice
Grape juice (the kind squeezed from fresh grapes not in the bottle) can make a great cleanser for all skin types. Cut 1-3 grapes (red or green) in half and remove the seeds. Next, rub the grape over your face and neck, covering each area a couple of times. Once complete, you should then rinse your face with cool water. This process can be used daily and does not need to be followed with any additional cleansing method.
To Moisturize Skin – Main Ingredient: Avocado
Avocados make a great guacamole but they also make a great addition to your beauty regimen as they are naturally a very rich moisturizer. Cut 1 avocado in half and remove the skin and seeds. Mash together both halves until the texture is smooth and creamy, and can easily be applied to the skin. Massage onto both your face and neck, and let sit for about 15 minutes before using warm water to rinse the mixture off your face. Use weekly for best results.
To Brighten Skin – Main Ingredient: Honey
Honey is one of the best natural ingredients to brighten dull, listless skin. First, open your pores by placing a warm, wet face cloth over your entire face (and neck if you want) for about 2-3 minutes. Then, smear on the honey. It’s best to leave the honey on your skin for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water to remove the honey and then rinse again with cold water – this closes the pores. Use weekly for bright and beautiful skin.
ClearSkin Skin Wash™ gently cleanses and nourishes skin to promote soft, smooth texture.
To Exfoliate Skin – Main Ingredient: Miracle Whip
I have no idea why this works… but it does work! Apply a thin layer of the Miracle Whip over your entire face (and neck if you want). If you can stand the smell, leave the mixture on for 10-15 minutes and then massage lightly moving in small circles. Rinse your face with warm water and cleanse thoroughly with your regular cleanser. Use weekly to remove dead skin cells for natural skin renewal.
To Fight Wrinkles – Main Ingredient: Banana
Anti-wrinkle treatments can costs hundreds of dollars but why spend the money when one of the most effective natural anti-aging remedies can be found in your produce department. Bananas are a wonderful anti-wrinkle treatment; just mash together ½ of a fresh banana until the texture is smooth and creamy. Apply the mixture liberally to the entire face and neck area and let sit for about 15-20 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and follow with a splash of cool water to close your pores. This homemade wrinkle fighter can be used daily.
To Lighten Dark Under-eye Circles – Main Ingredient: Potato
Dark circles under your eyes don’t only make you look tired, they can also age you. While there are beauty creams available that claim to help, they are expensive and whether they work or not is definitely a gamble. To try this natural method, grate one half of a medium sized potato, then divide it into two even piles and place into small pieces of cheese cloth. Apply the small sachets to your entire eye area for 10-15 minutes daily. Gently wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any residue and then apply a small amount of moisturizing eye cream for best results.
To Balance Oily Skin – Main Ingredient: Yogurt & Yeast
To create your natural cure for oily skin, you need to look in both your refrigerator and your kitchen cabinet. Just mix together 1 teaspoon of brewer’s yeast with approximately ¼ cup of plain yogurt (do not use flavored yogurt). The mixture should be thin enough to spread easily onto the oily areas of your face (generally the t-zone). Let the mixture sit long enough to dry, about 15-20 minutes and then rinse with warm water and follow with a splash of cool water to close your pores, then gently blot dry. Use weekly to maintain balanced healthy skin.
To Even out Blotchy Skin – Main Ingredient: Lemon
If you have blotchy skin you can use lemon juice to even out your skin tone. Cut a lemon in half and then squeeze to extract as much juice as possible. Then mix the juice with the egg white from one egg. Apply liberally to your skin, concentrating on the reddish areas. To remove, wash your face gently with warm water. This natural skin treatment can be left on skin for 10-15 minutes as a quick treatment or it may be left overnight for more dramatic results.