Achieving beautiful, flawless skin is not as hard and expensive as you think. While there are a wide range of commercial beauty products at your disposal, nothing beats the original. If you look closely at the labels of the creams and serums you buy, you will find that most of them indicate plant extracts as ingredients. So why not skip the chemicals and go straight to the source? Buying a complete set of beauty products from commercial brands like Belo can cost you aroundPhP800.00 to PhP4,000. By turning to home remedies
, you will not only save money but also save yourself from possible side effects, like irritations. Below are some time-tested natural alternatives to maintaining a healthy and gorgeous visage.
1. Eyebags – Cucumber
Eyebags are normally caused by a buildup of lymphatic fluids, which can be attributed to too much salt intake. Cucumbers can help reduce their puffiness as they contain powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that reduce irritation around the eyes. To lessen the inflammation, take two slices of chilled cucumber and carefully place them onto your eyes for about five minutes. While you’re at it, drink lots of water to flush out the excess sodium in your system.
2. Dark Skin – Calamansi
Ask any of the Titas of Manila what the most effective natural skin whitening agent is and they will only tell you one thing—calamansi juice. Our lolas and aunts have used it, and skincare companies are infusing it in soaps and other whitening products. That is because calamansi is packed with Vitamin C, a popular bleaching agent also known for helping improve collagen production in the body. Apply calamansi extract in the target area twice a week before taking a bath and you will see results in as little as two weeks.
3. Blackheads and Whiteheads – Steam
If you have been to a dermatology clinic for a facial
, you would notice that the attending staff would start with a facial steamer that gently blew warm steam over your face. Steaming helps soften dead skin cells as well as target the oil and bacteria that clog the pores, allowing for easy removal during the treatment. Forcefully removing these impurities may cause further irritation and breaking of the skin, so steaming is necessary. To have an improvised steamer at home, follow these steps: Put 8 cups of water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and let the water simmer. Afterwards, put your face over the saucepan, with a towel covering your head. Do this for five to ten minutes, once or twice a week. Be sure to cleanse your face before steaming.
4. Oily Skin – Oatmeal and Honey
When used as a face mask, oatmeal can absorb excess oil from skin. It balances the amount of oil in the skin, thereby reducing acne and other skin problems. To create a mask, mix one tablespoon of honey with an egg. Then, pour the mixture over five tablespoons of ground oatmeal to create a thick paste. Smooth the paste over your face and leave the mask on for about 15 minutes. Rinse well after removing the mask.
5. Dry Skin – Avocado and Honey
Aside from being a powerful weight-loss food, avocado can also treat dry skin, especially when combined with honey. These natural ingredients are excellent sources of sterolin and humectants—phytonutrients that effectively remove loose and flaky skin for a soft and smooth feel. To create a mixture for a mask, simply mash half an avocado and combine with half a cup of honey. Apply on your face and leave for 15 minutes. If you do this regularly, you will definitely notice a change in your skin’s texture.
Getting enough sleep and rest, eating healthy, and drinking lots of water are still the best ways to prevent any skin and health issues. However, if you are dealing with a problem already and do not want to further damage your skin, let the above tips guide you. A clean and beautiful skin is your finest accessory—make sure you are taking care of it.