Skin care from the kitchen
Posted by Elizabeth Brophy, Asst. Health and Fitness Editor on Feb 13, 2013. Filed under H&F.
Throughout history, both men and women have sought miracle solutions for clear, vibrant skin. From ancient Egypt to Medieval Europe, people have sworn by various products as the key to their glowing complexions.
These days, most people turn to drug stores or designer products that claim to address various issues. Many of these products are expensive, and nearly all contain an unpronounceable list of ingredients that may or may not deliver the desired results.
Luckily, people are rediscovering that healthy skin doesn’t necessarily need the aid of obscure, expensive chemicals in order for it to look its best.
For many problems, the best solutions can be found closer to your grocery store produce section than the array of plastic bottles in a drugstore.
The first step in creating a personalized facial routine is identifying the needs of your skin. For dry skin, avocado and ripe bananas are a great place to start. Oily skin can benefit from tomatoes and egg whites. For acne prone individuals, strawberries contain salicylic acid to get rid of dead skin cells.
Tea tree oil and raw honey also make great spot treatments for pimple reduction. Plain yogurt and pumpkin are softening ingredients, and can be used on any skin type.When exploring different products, it’s important to buy the best quality available. Organic, raw and unprocessed will generally produce better results.
In addition, you should always spot-test any new ingredient on your wrist and check for signs of allergic reaction before applng it to your face. Even if you can safely consume a food, you may elicit a different reaction when placing it on your skin.
To get you started, here are a few homemade masks to try. Make sure to apply on a clean, dry face and rinse off thoroughly. I also recommend applying a skin-specific moisturizer or raw virgin coconut oil afterward to keep your skin from getting dry.
To remove dead skin:
1-2 tablespoons ground Quaker oats
1 teaspoon honey
a few drops of water
Mix and apply to face and neck. Let sit for 5 minutes and then gently rub in circular motion to exfoliate.
For dry skin:
1 tablespoon olive oil
Mash together and apply to face. Let dry for 15-20 minutes.
To reduce acne scars:
4 teaspoons lemon juice
3 teaspoons plain yogurt
4 tablespoons honey
1 egg white
Mix until smooth and apply to face. Let sit for 15 minutes.
For a glowing complexion:
3 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 cup honey
Mix until smooth and apply to face. Leave on for half an hour.