Fight acne and other skin problems with homemade treatments

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Skin care treatments you can make at home
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Learn how to make your own skin care treatments at home. Each suggestion is pure and natural so you don’t need to worry about allergens or carcinogens found in commercial skin care products.

Making your own skin care products at home can also help save a significant amount of money.

Turmeric

The Indian spice makes a great skin care treatment because it has antibacterial properties, can help eliminate age spots and is moisturizing. You can make a paste from the spice at home easily. Just add enough water to the spice to make a thick paste. Apply the orange mask to your face, under the eyes or anywhere on the body. You can even bathe in turmeric to help fight skin infections and for an overall moisturizing effect that can help especially during winter months. Using turmeric on the face could also help reduce acne.

A 2011 study, published in the journal Pharmaceutical biology showed gels applied to the face containing curcumin, the compound found in turmeric that provides health benefits, was almost as effective as the antibiotic gel Clindamycin as an acne treatment. In the study, a combination formula of Rawvolfia serpentina, Curcuma longa, and Azadiracta indica was used.

Honey

Another at-home remedy for itchy, flaking skin that occurs especially from allergies is applying honey to the face.

Aine McAteer, an internationally renowned chef and best-selling author, discusses the benefits of raw honey for targeting acne in her article “Natural Beauty, Inside and Out” at Oprah.com.

McAteer, who specializes in healing foods and macrobiotics, recommends mixing 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with one teaspoon of honey. The mixture is good for sensitive skin and makes an excellent moisturizing facial mask.

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Banana

If your skin is oily, make a facial treatment from bananas, yogurt and lemon juice. Just mash the banana until it’s creamy then add one teaspoon of lemon juice and mix it up. To make the mask thicker, add oatmeal.

Yogurt is another excellent remedy for oily skin. McAteer explains yogurt helps draw bacteria and oils from the pores. If you want a hydrating mask for mature skin, just add honey.

Tea

Don’t forget the healing benefit of tea bags for the eyes. Brew some soothing loose leaf Chamomile tea. Soak cotton balls in the tea and apply to puffy tired eyes.

Keeping the skin free from bacteria and oils is a great way to fight acne outbreaks.
If you’re suffering from skin irritations, simply go to the grocery store for some basic ingredients that can soothe and relieve the skin.

If you’re on a tight budget, consider a simple turmeric paste that can be used all over the body to soothe dry skin especially in the winter months. It’s also important to eat a variety of nutritious foods to promote healthy skin at a cellular level.

There’s no need to spend a lot of money on skin care treatments that moisturize, fight acne, even skin tone and brighten and reduce wrinkles. Try these easy to use homemade skin care remedies at a fraction of the cost you would spend at the cosmetic counter.

Resources:
PubMed.gov
"Formulation and comparative evaluation of poly herbal anti-acne face wash gels"
May 25, 2011

Natural Beauty Recipes
Oprah.com

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Comments

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