5 Natural Beauty Hacks for Wedding-Ready Skin
Inexpensive skin care treatments you can make at home.
When it comes to quality, luxurious facial treatments, look no further than your kitchen. With the DIY movement extending into the beauty aisle, it is easier than ever to find recipes online that are great for your wallet and even better for your skin. To make it simple, we have listed our five favorite beauty hacks below.
1. Honey, I Shrunk My Pores
As a mask or a spot treatment, honey is a cheap and effective way to improve skin's texture and lighten acne scars.
Although the era of pubescence is long behind us, stubborn acne marks (and adult acne, for that matter) can carry on high school's legacy. Creams and treatments to fade acne scars are expensive and can often include harsh chemicals. Save yourself a visit to the dermatologist's office and instead pick up a jar of honey. Whether used as an overnight spot treatment or a ten minute full facial mask, honey has antibacterial properties that reduce redness and inflammation. Regular use of honey can soften skin dramatically and its gentle bleaching properties lighten pesky discoloration left by acne.
To use as a face mask: Tightly pin back your hair or use a shower cap and apply honey to your face using an art or cosmetic brush. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove honey with hot water and a wash cloth.
While plain honey works best for spot treatment and facial masks, raw honey is a great natural exfoliate for both your face and your lips. If you have very sensitive skin, work the scrub into your skin very slowly as to not cause further irritation.
To use as an exfoliant: For a beauty counter quality lip or face scrub, mix a teaspoon of raw honey with a teaspoon of brown sugar and a couple drops of lemon juice. For best lip results, use a small bristled tooth brush to gently work away dead skin and leave a smooth canvas perfect for a bold fall lip color.
2. When Life Gives You Lemons, Put Them on Your Face
An esteemed favorite of beauty gurus, lemons fight oily skin, discoloration and acne.
The skincare cousin to honey, lemons contain antibacterial and antifungal properties that fight off acne and lighten the appearance of scars. Filled with calcium, Vitamin C and potassium, lemons are a once-a-week must for any skincare regiment. Lemon juice also acts as a remedy for oily and combination skin.
To use: Cut a lemon in half and gently buff its interior across your face, being sure to stay clear of your eyes and lips. For the more cost-conscious, buy a container of lemon juice and apply several drops to a cotton pad.
Unlike more gentle skincare agents like honey, lemons and lemon juice should be used in moderation.
3. A Cup a Day Keeps the Dermatologist Away
While most proactive skin care seems to focus on the external, starting at the source may be the key to a healthy complexion. Green tea, laden with polyphenols, if drank regularly, can increase the elasticity of skin and bring more moisture into your pores. With the myriad of health benefits, including reduction of the effect of aging on skin and decreased risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke, green tea is a certain elixir in the herbal world.
4. It's the Great Pumpkin!
Photo and recipe courtesy of Petitelefant.com
It's jack-o-lantern season. Put those pumpkin guts to good use and turn them into a nourishing face mask. Aside from its sweet, nostalgic smell, pumpkin contains vitamins C, E and A, as well as, Zinc, Potassium and antioxidants. This recipe from the blog Petit Elefant does just the trick:
- ¼ cup pureed pumpkin
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of milk
Whip until the mix has a homogenous appearance. Use a cosmetic or art brush, seen above, for application. Keep on for around twenty minutes or until the paste has completely dried and has a cracked appearance.
5. Avocado Advocate
Thanks to its high levels of iron, potassium and calcium, avocado makes create skin masks perfect for those with dry skin.
Aside from the being the basis for tortilla chips' favorite topping, avocados also serve as a wonderful hydrating ingredient perfect for facial masks. The recipe is fool proof:
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup of honey
The most integral part to the success of this mask is the ripeness of the avocado. Using a very soft avocado, mash one soft avocado with a fork. Dissolve honey into warm water and add into mixture. With a rubber spatula, mix the ingredients until all parts are mixed together. Apply with art or cosmetic brush. Keep mask on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Make sure to refrigerate any scrub or mask leftovers to increase their. Do not start any new beauty routine within several weeks of a wedding date, as a dormant allergy may surface and wreak havoc. For more DIY facial care ideas, check out our Pinterest board here.