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Natural Remedies - from your kitchen cupboard or fridge

Posted on August 01 2011

Natural Remedies for Problem Skin

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, the philosopher said. The same goes for problem skin. It might not be as bad as you think when you are looking in the mirror at the end of a stressful day. The most important thing to remember when you don’t like what you see is that you can do something about it.

 Firstly, use a good cleanser and moisturiser that suits your skin (the toner can be optional depending on your skin type).

Secondly, try making natural remedies that can help your skin immediately. We’ve got a few recipes here for you to try – all you need is a few ingredients that you’ll find in the kitchen, five minutes to make the products and a maximum of ten minutes to use them. They’re fun to try and they really work:

Masques

Beauty therapists use masques for several reasons: to give the skin a deep cleansing, to remove impurities or to ‘feed’ it with the nutrients it needs to return to good health.

You apply a masque to clean skin. Cleanse your face first (apply cleanser using damp cotton wool pads, then remove all the cleanser). Apply the masque and leave it on for ten minutes. After ten minutes remove the masque with lukewarm water and more cotton wool pads. You then cleanse again and follow up with a moisturiser.

For any of these recipes, you need a blender. Blending the fruit or vegetables gives you a nice, professional feeling to the masque. It feels nicer when it goes on (and you can always eat the leftovers).

Green grape masque 

Banana mask – for combination or sensitive skin

Yoghurt masque – for mild cases of acne on any skin type.

Avocado masque 

Under eye treatments

Whilst cold cucumber slices are an old favourite (and they do work if you want to reduce puffiness in the under-eye area. Here are two slightly more exotic ideas that really work. To get the best results, you need a juicer.

Papaya juice

Stick half a papaya through the juicer. Put the juice in a small bowl and dip cotton wool pads into it. Squeeze the cotton wool pads so that they are damp (with the juice), but not dripping. Shut your eyes and put the pads over your eyelids.

This smells lovely and feels nice going on. Leave on for a maximum of ten minutes. The papaya juice will reduce any puffiness you might have.

Mix any leftover juice with your favourite fruit juice for a tropical twist.

Raw Potato juice

This has a much more astringent (tightening) effect than the papaya juice. Only use this if you have very dark, puffy circles under your eyes. It works best on oily skin and for very tired eyes.

Stick a raw (peeled) potato through the juicer. Be warned, a potato doesn’t produce much juice and it makes A LOT of noise going through the juicer. Use the juice produced on cotton wool pads over (closed) eyelids. It doesn’t smell great, but it works.

Moisturiser

This is a very light and easy moisturizer to make. In a small bowl mix

  • - 3 heaped tablespoons of aloe vera gel (use unscented, uncoloured gel)
  • - 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil.

Mixed well, the compound will turn into a light creamy mixture. Decant it into a jar with a lid. For best results, keep it in the fridge. It will last six weeks if you make sure it is covered properly.

This moisturizer is great for all skin types for gentle, daily use. It is very useful in treating acne, especially in skin that is not oily. The aloe vera gel reduces the inflammation in the acne as well as having a mild antiseptic effect. Jojoba oil is one of nature’s secret beauty treatments. It is chemically very similar to sebum. This means that any impurities on the skin or blockages in the pores will dissolve in the jojoba, making it easier for them to leave the skin.  Jojoba also has some antiseptic qualities to reduce or prevent any ongoing skin infections.

This moisturizer is so light that it can be applied fifteen minutes before adding make up.

Stopping pimples in their tracks.

If you can feel a pimple before it erupts – or you have acne rosacea, try applying organic aloe vera gel straight to your skin. Aloe vera gel is wonderful for reducing inflammation, calming the skin and preventing the pimples from becoming a problem. Keep the gel in the fridge for best results.

When beauty is only skin deep

This is the last and best secret to clear skin. What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on your skin. A healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables plus lots of water is the best thing you can do to keep your skin clear and healthy. Sometimes it can be hard to make major changes to your diet. If that’s where you are now – then try these two little changes:

  1. 1.) Every time you have a soft drink, have a glass of water the same size first.  Or don't have the soft drink at all.
  2. 2.) Every time you have something high in sugar, fat or is a processed food – whether it’s cake, biscuits, chocolate or crisps, have a piece of fruit (or some carrot sticks) first.

Give it a month – and you’ll see the difference.

with love from the team @ Harmoni's Kiss

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