Category: Fashion & Beauty
Published on Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00
Blackheads are the bane of beauty. Who does not love a flawless, glowing complexion? But unless you are rich enough to afford constant facial treatments and expensive facial products, or you are simply sponsored it, there is no way you can achieve that perfectly clear skin... or so dermatologists would want you to believe. Instead of zapping your face with painful lasers and slathering on overly-priced chemical products, why not go all natural with simple and economical home remedies?
Not all expensive skin products are good for your skin. They might show a very desirable immediate effect, however it might be detrimental for your skin in the long run as these products contain a lot of harsh chemicals that is specially formulated to give you that temporary glow. In fact, a quick search on the internet will reveal how some very well-known companies' products have melted the vats they are stored in before packaging.
Here are 5 inexpensive and guaranteed non-adverse fixes you can include in your daily beauty regime to achieve that crystal-clear, radiant skin:
Honey is a miracle treatment not only for skin, but also for various ailments. However, this article is dedicated to skin care, so we shall save the health benefits of honey for another day. Raw honey can help unclog pores while simultaneously delivering moisture to dry skin.
Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
Aging: Full of Antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.
Application: Layer raw honey on as a mask whenever desired. Since it does not contain chemicals at all, you can apply this every day without worrying about damaging your skin. Simply apply a thin layer of raw honey to slightly damp skin, messaging it in with circular motions. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash thoroughly with warm water.
This may sound like a very unorthodox remedy but toothpaste actually works wonders for stubborn blackheads, whiteheads and even pimples. Toothpaste helps in dissolving the oil seeds clogged in your pores.
Application: DO NOT apply this all over your face unless you want to feel like your face is on fire. Apply a thin paste to affected areas only and let it sit on your face for 30 minutes. Proceed to wash your face with your facial cleanser after stipulated waiting time. This procedure will remove the top layers of your blackheads or whiteheads so there will still be debris buildup underneath. Repeat every other day for two weeks to completely remove those pesky black/white heads.
Tomatoes have natural antiseptic properties that dry up blackheads and whiteheads, while at the same time, the juices keep your skin moisturized.
Application: Blend a tomato to a fine pulp. Apply the pulp onto your face before going to bed, you may choose to add a drop of extra virgin olive oil for extra dewy skin. Leave the tomato pulp on your face while you sleep and then wash your face with warm water in the morning. If you worry about getting the tomato juices all over your pillow, put a piece of cling-wrap on top of the tomato paste after you have applied it on your face. Just remember to cut out a hole for your nose and mouth in the cling-wrap to prevent suffocation!
Lemons are a great source of calcium, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium -- minerals and antioxidants that improve the appearance and condition of our hair, skin and nails.
Acne & Blackheads: Lemons' antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make them a natural alternative to treat acne and blackheads.
Dark Spots & Blemishes: The citric acid in lemon juices gradually lightens spots and blemishes, and evens out your skin tone over time.
Oily Skin: The disinfecting properties of lemon juice make it a very effective and affordable product for the skin.
Application: Squeeze lemon juice into a cotton pad and gently swipe all over face. Rinse off after 15 minutes. Try using lemons only once in two days. Lightening your skin with lemon juice will take a long time, so it's tempting to try to apply a mask or lemon juice every day. Try to stick to 3-4 applications every week. Lemon juice dries out the skin too much to apply every day.
Washing your face with rice water makes your skin soft and supple. It is a beauty secret used amongst the Japanese geishas for centuries in getting that snowy skin. Rice is rich in a complex of B vitamins called ‘inositol’ that helps promote cell growth, slows down the aging process and stimulates blood flow – the perfect recipe to tighten pores and bring a glow to the face. Besides this, rice water also has moisturising, antioxidant and UV-absorbing properties, along with an ability to bind to naturally occurring copper in the skin, thereby preventing the formation of melanin formation (hyper-pigmentation) and age spots.
Application: Best used with organic rice. Soak rice in distilled water and bring up to quick boil. Drain the water into a container. Rice can still be used for cooking. Store the container of rice water in refrigerator and apply as toner.
Good luck with getting that perfectly translucent, velvety skin!