Undergoing various facial treatments is one of the best ways to pamper your skin. However, most of them are quite expensive. In this context, using homemade facials is a wise and affordable choice. As far as getting the ingredient is concerned, most of them are there in your kitchen’s cabinets.
The very famous writer of Hollywood Beauty Secrets, Louisa Macan-Graves and the owner of Plantogen a renowned skin care range, Elda Argenti, when asked about their favorite homemade facials for rescuing our skin from the furies of the nature and our stressed lifestyles, they come up with a long list. Let’s check out what the list read!
Note: The super recipes given below are for all skin types.
Brighten your skin with papaya
Take a ripe papaya from your fridge and cut a slice of it. Scrap out the seeds and keep the pulp aside as you are not going to use the pulp on your face. You can munch it later on as a snack. It’s good for digestion. What you are going to use is the skin of papaya. Rub the inner part of the skin on your face. Make sure your face is clean. While rubbing the peel, you need to focus on the fine lines surrounding your eyes and mouth, thinning temples, crow’s feet, neck as well as hands. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. You can use this mask 2 times a week.
Louisa Maccan-Graves says, “The enzymes present in this fruit repair sun damage, exfoliate your skin, reduce the signs of ageing and soothes the skin. It makes your skin radiant and provides a polished finish.
Exfoliate with cooked oatmeal and honey
Mix 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil and keep it aside. Cook a packet of plain oatmeal. Make sure to use less water than the instructions (back of the packet) read to form a thick paste. Add the mixture of honey and olive oil you have kept aside to the cooked oatmeal. Apply this mixture as a scrub and gently rub it in small circles on your face. Don’t apply around the eyes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry. This mask can be used twice a week. “The oatmeal exfoliates and the honey and olive oil moisturize your skin”, says Argenti.
Cleanse your face with oil
Argenti also adds that she loves to cleanse her skin with oil. In order to prepare this facial, you need to mix 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt with 2 tsp olive oil and ½ tsp lemon oil. Don’t confuse lemon oil with lemon juice. You can get lemon oil at supermarkets or local health and food stores. Keep the mixture runny, but not like water. Apply this solution on your skin and wipe off immediately using a washcloth dipped in warm water.
You need to be a bit careful when applying this potion around your skin as its quite sticky. Use this facial daily. You should use high quality essential oil. You will be surprises to see how clean and clear your skin feels after this application – says Argenti. She adds – No matter how your stubborn your acne and their scars are, you should should not harsh products.
Lift and tighten with lemon and yogurt
Mix 2 tbsp of plain yogurt with 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice. Use an entire lemon. Wash your face and apply this mixture and leave it for 20 to 30 mins or until your get a tightening feel. Wash off with lukewarm water followed by a cool rinse. Use this mask two to three times a week or whenever you require a face lift. The author says – This mask is all about face-lifting and firming, but it also helps in reducing age-spots, blemishes and acne scars. Moreover, it also keeps acne and pimples in check. This pack also improves your skin tone.
Toning eye treatment
What can make you look more beautiful than a pair of relaxed, energized, refreshed and de-puffed eyes? Argenti says – this amazing toning eye treatment helps you with all these. In fact, it is much more soothing than your very own cucumber slices.
Cleanse your face properly and make a cup of green or chamomile. Allow it to cool down. After that, soak two round and makeup sponges in the tea. Make sure to squeeze out the extra tea. Place these sponges on your eyes for 15 minutes daily. It is highly advisable to use alcohol-free toner for cleansing and tightening the pores. Alcohol can be detrimental – says Argenti.
What if your skin is too dry? Don’t worry – here are remedies for your skin type as well!
Soothe your face with apple cider vinegar
You need to mix 2 tbsp honey with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. You can also use lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar. Apply this mixture on your cleansed face and leave it for at least 20 minutes. Then wash with lukewarm water followed by a rinsing with cold water. Use this at least three times a week. Macan-Graves says that this mask not only soothes your skin, but also heals, moisturizes as well as balances the natural pH of your skin.
Honey is a natural antibiotic and offers humectant benefits, whereas apple cider vinegar balances the pH level of your skin and replenishes skin by repairing damaged skin.
Find some Moisturizing ingredients in your kitchen
You can use fennel and oatmeal for moisturising your dry skin. These two ingredients are also recommended by Macan-Graves. Grind 1 tbsp of oatmeal and keep it aside. Boil ½ cup water and add 1 tbsp fennel seeds to it to prepare a decoction. Soak the seeds for about 10 minutes and then strain it and discard the residue. Bring it down to room temperature.
After that, mix 1 tbsp of the fennel tea with 1 tbsp ground oatmeal and 1 tbsp honey. Cleanse your face and apply this mixture, leaving it for 20 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water followed by a rinse with cool water. You can use this twice a week.
Brighten your dull face with cream and honey
Mix 2 tbsp sour cream with 2 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar/lemon juice. Cleanse your face and apply this mixture, leaving it for 20 minutes. Wash off with tepid water followed by a cool rinse. This mask can be used twice a week. Macan-Graves says – This facial mask can help you heal, brighten, exfoliate and moisturise your skin. It also refines your pores and reduces scars. It also prevents blemishes to appear in the future.
This is how you can meet a radiant and beautiful you without spending a fortune on expensive skin treatments and cosmetics.