There are so many cosmetic products available today that it’s getting hard to choose which kind of scrub or moisturizer you really need. Each seems to be good and the promises of their manufacturers spell wonders. However, as people are getting more conscious of the negative effects caused by synthetic chemicals, they turn to more natural products. In essence, we revert to the remedies used by our ancestors, just distilled and mixed using hi-tech equipment.
This means that you can get all those beauty benefits from your pantry instead of spending a fortune on products based on the same ingredients. Some recipes for herbal beauty remedies have been around for centuries. The fact that they are still used now proves how effective they are. Most importantly, these ‘beauty enhancers’ are 100% natural, so you can be sure they are perfectly safe.
Sugar + Oats Exfoliant for Every Skin Type
While eating sugar is not good for your diet, it’s a perfect ingredient for a natural scrub. The kind of exfoliation it provides is mild enough to not irritate even sensitive skin. It’s also efficient enough to remove the dead skin cells and microscopic dirt particles that clog your pores.
Oats complement this kind of scrub nicely because of their whitening effect as well as nutrients contained in the grains.
Mix spoonfuls of white and brown sugar with a tablespoon of oats milled in your blender. Add a tiny bit of water to make a paste and apply the scrub to your face. Rub the skin gently for a few minutes and wash off using lukewarm water.
Honey + Lemon Face Brightening Mask
Discolorations caused by age, acne, or hormonal reasons can look quite unattractive. Combining the antibacterial effects of honey with the whitening ability of lemon juice will help you remove these imperfections from your skin. Using this mask a few times a week would make your face brighter. It will also bleach your facial hair, which will make it less noticeable.
Combine a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Leave for ten minutes and wash off with warm water. It’s best to use this mask before going to bed.
Chocolate + Honey Post-Acne Brightening Mask
Chocolate is full of antioxidants that brighten and heal the skin, and honey helps stop inflammation that causes acne. Together they can help you remove the unattractive pimples and the tiny marks they leave on your skin. It’s imperative to use unsweetened cocoa powder for this remedy as sugar can cause acne.
Mix half a tablespoon of cocoa powder or melted dark bitter chocolate with the same amount of honey and one teaspoon of powdered oats. Apply to your skin and wash off as soon as the mask dries completely. Repeat 2-3 times a week.
Coconut Oil Moisturizer
The ability to moisturize and protect your skin without clogging pores is one of the many benefits of coconut oil. It’s so good at this role, you don’t even have to mix it with anything and can use the oil itself as a moisturizing cream. Just heat it up so that it melts and massage it into your skin.
You can make a coconut oil mask by mixing it with honey. This would also add the skin-brightening property to the remedy.
Taking Coconut Oil supplement would allow you to enjoy the benefits of this extraordinary product on the ‘inside’ of your body as well.
Cucumber + Orange Skin Toner
It’s another fantastic skin brightening and hydrating remedy. It will also help fight off the visible effects of aging (wrinkles and age spots) due to antioxidants. Just mix equal portions of cucumber and orange juices (both freshly squeezed and strained to remove all pulp) and apply to the skin every morning and washing off after 10 minutes. Keep the mixture in the fridge.
Your pantry is a treasure chest of natural beauty products, so don’t be afraid to experiment using the recipes passed down through generations.