Having glowing, flawless skin is so important to many women that they’re willing to spend a great deal of their hard-earned money in pursuit of that goal.
There are any number of methods that promise to slow the appearance of aging and give your skin better texture and tone, ranging from deep-cleansing facials at day spas to pricey moisturizers and serums.
What if you don’t have that kind of money (or time), though? One or more of these home remedies may be for you. This article will show you that you don’t need lots of money or undergo complex treatments to get great skin. All you need are a few ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen.
There are records of women in ancient times taking baths in milk and honey to maintain their beauty. This wasn’t as crazy as it sounds: honey is a natural humectant, or substance that holds on to moisture.
You can make a simple, natural skin lotion by combining 1 teaspoon each of vegetable oil and honey with ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the lotion to dry sin, wait ten minutes, and rinse.
2. Green Apples
Did you know that green apples can help to prevent pimples? They contain a flavonol known as quercetin, which is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory – both of those properties make it effective against pimples.
3. Potato Slices
We all know about the cucumber-slice trick to improve the appearance of puffy or tired-looking eyes, but it’s a lesser-known fact that slices of raw potato do all that, and more. The vitamin B in potatoes soothes inflammation.
You can use either sliced raw potatoes, or a cotton pad soaked in the juice from a grated potato. Apply either treatment to closed eyelids for 15 minutes.
Tomatoes contain the antioxidants beta carotene, lycopene, and vitamin E, which can help to soothe skin and reduce the appearance of large pores. They’re a great ingredient in pizzas, salads, and sandwiches.
5. Egg Whites
This home remedy lends a new meaning to the expression “You’ve got egg on your face.” Egg whites can be used as a firming and pore-reducing skin treatment. Whip the egg whites until foamy, spread the liquid evenly onto your face, and allow it to dry. Rinse it off after 10-15 minutes. Don’t just throw the egg yolks away, either – use them in a crème brulee or a homemade pudding.
Why does this work? Egg whites are packed with proteins, which bind to your skin and draw oil out of it. When the egg whites dry, they cause the skin to tighten up and your enlarged pores to shrink.
6. Olive Oil
Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, making it a great moisturizer. Rub it into the skin on your hands and feet to soften it, soak your fingernails in it to give your at-home manicure additional shine, or leave it in your hair for 30 minutes before shampooing to get lustrous locks.
7. Apple-Cider Vinegar
For optimal skin health, you should avoid getting a sunburn in the first place, but everyone slips up sometimes. When you’ve gotten a little too much sun, apply apple cider vinegar to the affected skin to keep it from blistering and peeling.
Apply apple-cider vinegar by soaking a towel in it and blotting the vinegar onto the affected area. If you have an all-over sunburn, mix some vinegar into a bathtub filled with cool water, and soak in it to soothe your skin. It might make you smell like salad dressing, but it’ll keep you from looking like a lobster for quite as long.
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