Diane Balch lives in a rural horse town and is passionate about simple living and eating, as seen in her blog at SimpleLivingEating.com.
Buried deep in your kitchen pantry are the ingredients that are going to make your skin glow. The base for many facial cleansers and treatments are products that you may already have sitting on a shelf in your kitchen. So, if you just ran out of your facial soap or you are in need of quick pick-me-up, here are some recipes for radiant skin.
The key to preventing breakouts is to thoroughly remove make up and daily grim from your face each night. Make-up wipes and astringent cleaners can be costly and drying to your skin. Surprisingly, they don't always remove as much dirt as plain old fashion oil. The classic way make-up has been removed for generations was with cold cream. Cold cream is primarily mineral oil in a thickened form to make it easier to work into your skin.
On your pantry shelf with all your baking supplies is a can of vegetable shortening that can work the same magic as cold cream. Rub a generous amount all over your face and rub it off with a wash cloth wet with warm water. Not only will all the make-up and grim on your face be removed, but your skin will feel so moist you may not need to moisturize your skin.
The build up of dead skin on the surface of your face can make your complexion dull. For dry skin it can even appear flaky and for oily skin the layer of dead skin cells can clog pours causing breakouts. All types of skin can use exfoliating from time to time.
Oat bran exfoliant:
Oat bran can be used as a gentle exfoliating scrub. It is best for dry or sensitive skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of oat bran with a 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of water. Scrub this paste over your face for a minute and then remove it with a warm wash cloth. Skip the salt if your skin is sensitive.
Brown Sugar is an abrasive natural exfoliator that is suited to normal and oily skin. Mix 1 tablespoons of brown sugar with 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Gently scrub your face with the paste for one minute and remove with a warm wash cloth.
Instead of buying expensive treatment masks for every skin condition that can flare up, shop around in your kitchen for these inexpensive foods that work really well on the most common skin problems.
For skin that is prone to breakouts try this mask made by heating honey. Put two tablespoons of honey in the microwave on high for 10 seconds. Do not over heat the honey you can get burned. Rub the warmed honey all over you face and pat your skin gently with your finger tips. Your skin will start to warm and get slightly red. The patting motion increases blood flow to the skin to help it fight impurities. The honey itself has natural antibacterial properties that will assist in clearing up your skin. Gently remove the honey after an minute with a moist wash cloth.
Yogurt naturally lightens your skin and tightens your pores. Just spread 2 teaspoons of plain whole milk yogurt over your face and let it dry. Rinse with warm water. If you have an uneven complex this treatment can help to lighten dark spots on your face and give your skin a firmer look.
After you have removed the day's dirt from your face, exfoliated and treated your skin to a natural mask of honey or yogurt, moisturize your skin with a natural oil like coconut. Treat yourself to a quality cold pressed coconut oil like Biconi's Virgin Coconut Oil and shop their other face products. Coconut oil is gentle for all skin types and it penetrates so quickly your skin won't feel greasy. Your face will glow with healthy radiances from using natural foods and food based products on it.