Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kitchen cupboard treatments

I know in this economy it is near impossible to spend your hard earned money on skin care products. Or is it, you secret product junkie? Whatever the circumstance sometimes people like to turn to their own ways instead of trusting bottles of secret potions. Totally understandable. Heres some home remedies that I have found and personally tested for a satisfying spa day at home.

Acne mask
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
Mix to a thick paste. Apply to pimples every evening and leave on for up to 30 minutes. Once the skin has cleared, this treatment can be used to prevent breakouts as a face pack once a month.

(Turmeric has been used for centuries as a liver tonic and to relieve digestive problems. Some people are known to use it as an anti inflammatory as well. You can find it at your grocery store, with the spices.)

nose mask
  • 1/2 teaspoon gram flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • a pinch of salt
  • a few drops of lemon juice
Cover your nose with the paste, allowing it to overlap onto your cheeks. Leave on for 5-10 minutes...

The PH (Potential hydrogen) of the honey prevents the growth of many bacteria. Which makes this treatment great for pesky blackheads. Honey is also used to prevent scarring or swelling when used to treat wounds. Winnie the Pooh was on to something!!!

Lip Scrub
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • olive oil
Mix the honey and baking soda so it makes a paste, apply to lips and leave on for a couple of minutes. Gently rub the lips, remove with lukewarm water. After, apply olive oil.

Glowing face mask
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tablespoon of rice flour
  • 1 tablet of ground up calcium
  • 1 teaspoon honey
Mix well and then apply it to your face for 20 minutes. Wash off lightly with lukewarm water.

Coffee body scrub
  • 2 cups of ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup of sugar OR sea salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of massage oil of your choice
Mix ingredients well. Take a quick warm shower and then apply the scrub massaging the skin lightly. Rinse off with warm water.

The antioxidants that are in coffee can prevent free radicals from cell damage. Your skin will drink it up!

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