Natural Skincare Remedies
Skin absorbs what it comes in contact with, including toxins such as pollutants and first- and secondhand cigarette smoke, which increase skin wrinkling, Dermnet NZ reports. A growing interest in natural skincare reflects concern for the environment and personal health. Commercial skin care products often contain chemicals, fragrances and dyes -- some of these ingredients can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Natural skin care remedies offer an option to use healthy ingredients on your skin.
Dry Brush Exfoliation
Dry brushing helps to polish the skin, making it smooth. Rubbing a soft brush or loofah sponge on your dry skin loosens dead skin cells; helps to clean pores; and smooths rough areas such as elbows, knees and feet. The process involves polishing the skin in a circular motion, moving toward the heart.
Olive Oil Moisturizer
Olive oil provides a natural treatment to moisturize the skin on your face and body. It soothes winter dryness and can help prevent winter chapping. Olive oil also helps care for a dry scalp. Applying olive oil after a shower or bath helps to keep your skin moist.
Lemon for Blemishes, Freckles and Age Spots
Applying lemon juice with a cotton swab will help dry up a pimple. Lemon juice also helps to fade freckles and solar litigines, brown discolorations from sun damage commonly called age spots or liver spots. Rubbing lemon juice directly on the freckles or sun spots helps to lighten them over time. For sensitive skin, mixing lemon juice with rosewater provides a milder remedy.
Castor Oil Skin Care
Natural oils offer a rich emollient to lubricate, moisturize and improve the appearance of dry skin and wrinkles. Derived from the seed of the castor tree, castor oil offers the advantage of an odorless, colorless oil that penetrates the skin quickly. Dabbing the oil on with your fingers while your skin is damp allows the oil to seal in moisture.
Commercial products designed as "peels" to help exfoliate surface skin to reveal new, healthy unblemished skin use concentrated acids derived from fruit or milk. Making your own mask from fruit provides a gentle treatment. The antioxidants in fruit may also provide benefits for the skin. Fruits such as pineapple or blueberries combined with yogurt for lactic acid create an antioxidant-rich skin remedy.
Aloe Vera Soother
Aloe vera, a succulent, exudes a soothing gel. It helps to ease sunburn or other burn pain and heal the skin. It also soothes skin irritations, such as chafed areas. Keeping a bottle of aloe in the refrigerator provides cool gel for painful skin. It's convenient to use aloe vera directly from the plant by cutting part of one of the leaves and squeezing it. Straining the pulp from the aloe vera allows you to use it in spray bottle.
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