5 Foods That Double As Skin Care Products

by Paul on March 21, 2014

skin-careIf you can and time allows you, it’s always a good idea to include more natural remedies in your skin care (and general well-being, for that matter). We’ve talked about it before, but today we’re going to show you how you can use common food items that you most probably have around the house at any given time (or that are easy to procure) to make yourselves some delicious skin treats in no time. Admittedly, these home-made products generally require a bit more time to make, apply and remove than your go-to pre-packaged skin care products, but they’re more efficient, richer in nutrients and cheaper. If your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to experiment with these home-made goodies on a daily basis, at least try them out in the week-end. Your skin will glow more beautiful than ever.

1. Yogurt

Natural, plain yogurt (if yours is home-made, that’s even better) is full of wonderful enzymes and fats that can replenish dry and tired skin like no commercially-produced serum can. This, along with exfoliation, is actually one of the best ways to get rid of the unflattering gray and greenish hues that your skin might catch after a long winter or a long period of dryness. Just apply a generous layer of yogurt on freshly cleansed skin, all over your face (avoiding eye area), neck and cleavage. Let it sink in until almost completely absorbed (if you have the patience, let it nourish your skin for up to 30 minutes), then wash skin and pat dry. Now check out the amazing softness.

2. Brewer’s Yeast

Ok, if you’re not into bread-baking, then perhaps this isn’t really a product that you currently have lying around your pantry. But you definitely should get a few cubes of yeast and keep them around for cosmetic purposes. No face mask gives the skin the instant pick-me-up that a yeast mask can provide. This is especially recommended before a party or an event where you need to look your best. Clean skin, and then apply a mixture of a crumbled yeast cube plus a few tablespoons of honey. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse and pat dry. Your skin will look fabulous.

3. Citrus Fruits

We’re showed you the wonders you can do with oranges before, but know that other citrus fruits are suitable for skin care use as well. But because they tend to be too astringent, it’s best if you mix them with something more nourishing to make them milder (yogurt, honey, a very ripe mashed banana, an egg yolk and so on). Lemon juice also has the bonus to whiten your skin if used regularly, of course assuming that you like having white(er) skin.

4. Tea (Used Tea Bags)

There are two ways to use this: leave the tea bags whole and apply them over your eyes as a mask (green tea cares for the skin and provides anti-oxidants, while chamomile tea reduces puffiness and redness after losing sleep); or take the wet tea out of the bags and either use it as a scrub for your face or mix it with something else (like yogurt) for a mask. Experiment with your tea in more than one way for best results.

5. Sugar and Salt

These two have wonderful scrubbing properties, on the condition that you use large-grained (granulated) sugar and salt. Mix either one of them with oil (olive or grape-seed) or with cream and maybe a bit of perfume for a scrub that literally melts on your skin while you rub it. As a general rule, sugar is meant for drier areas, and salt is to be used on rougher patches that are not too sensitive (like heels). For the face, only use soft wet brown sugar (the demerara variety).

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