Start off 2014 with beautiful skin! Here are some natural, DIY tips for you to consider at home.
The next time you pick up your favorite makeup, see if you can find what is in it. The chances are that you can’t. Of course, it has to be safe, since otherwise they couldn’t sell it, but it would be nice to know exactly what you are putting on your skin. Fortunately, there are lots of secrets for keeping your skin beautiful naturally – and these are a lot less expensive than store-bought cosmetics.
Natural Exfoliant – Baking Soda
One thing that we all just can’t do without is a nice exfoliating scrub. However, if you buy a good one, you’ll end up spending $30 or more for a small amount that seems to last no time at all. One good alternative for getting rid of all that dead, dry skin is to use ordinary baking soda. This is a very mild abrasive – exactly what you want for exfoliating. Simply mix it with a little water and apply it to your skin, making small, round movements with your fingers. If you keep on doing this for about five minutes and then rinse your skin, it will really give your face a wonderful smooth, natural glow. You don’t need to do this very often – in fact, once every two weeks should be enough to keep your skin in great condition. The other thing that’s nice about using baking soda is that it also tends to neutralize any acids that are on your skin.
For another great natural way to keep your skin looking its best, take a look at this article at www.elanveda.com. Apparently you can use a mixture of oils such as olive oil and grapeseed oil, along with some castor oil to cleanse and moisturize your skin. All you need to do is take a small amount of the mixture and massage it gently into your face. Once your skin has absorbed the oil you simply use a warm compress to wipe away any oil that is left. The oil dissolves the dirt on your skin, and even cleans your pores. They suggest adding a couple of drops of lavender oil to make this an even more relaxing experience.
Another way of cleaning your pores is to use peppermint – especially if you have a blemish caused by a blocked pore. All you need to do is to take some peppermint leaves, and then grind them up in lemon juice. If you dab this mixture on your blemish and leave it on for a few minutes, it will soothe the inflammation and start to clean out the blocked pore. If you keep on doing this on a daily basis, your blemish will start to fade. The reason this works is that peppermint contains menthol, which is very good for inflammations and also dries out the oil in your pores.
Not only as a Drink – Ginger Ale
Finally – this isn’t actually a skincare secret – but did you know that if you soak your fingernails regularly in ginger ale, it will make them wonderfully white. Ginger ale has some ingredients in it that bleach your fingernails, which is why this works. Don’t worry about drinking ginger ale because of this – the bleaching action is much, much too gentle to cause you any harm.
It’s a cold one out there today, -40 degrees Celsius in Toronto today. If you’re experiencing this extreme cold effect, make sure you put some of these natural skin remedies to use to keep your skin flawless after a dry cold day!
What are some of your natural, DIY beauty secrets?!
Hope 2014 is treating you well so far, talk soon!