Every day, incredulous amounts of money are spent on facials, wraps and beauty treatments. However, exfoliating and refurbishing your skin may be closer to home than you think! Just take a few steps into the kitchen and healthier skin will be at your fingertips…
Common household foods like oatmeal, lemon and eggs are fantastic for your skin – and I don’t just mean for eating. While many foods are great for your skin from the inside, directly applying the goods to your face and body can work wonders. Below are quick and easy recipes for dry skin, oily skin and acne prone skin.
If you have dry skin, try…
- ½ cup ground oatmeal (put oats into coffee grinder or blender)
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
The consistency of this mask should be thick enough to apply with your fingers, but not too chunky. Evenly coat your face as you would with any other mask, leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Follow immediately with you favorite moisturizer. In addition to this facial tasting delicious, it has many restorative properties to help get over any dryness from the seemingly endless winter. In addition to its soothing qualities, the oatmeal also helps to remove dead skin cells as it replenishes your skin – due to the extremely hydrating property of Omega-3 fatty acids. Honey, containing antibiotic properties, can prevent bacteria growth (also good for acne prone skin!). The olive oil, obviously a moisturizing element, also helps to bind all these ingredients in a less viscous, clumpy way.
If you have oily skin, try…
- 1 egg white
- 1 egg yolk
- Unused paint brush or makeup brush (for application)
You will only need one egg for this facial. After separating, start with the whites by applying all over the face with a brush. After about 10 minutes or so, you will begin to feel a taught sensation all over your face. This is the pore-diminishing property at work! Rinse with warm water. The yolk of an egg acts as a natural moisturizer; however, it still has this pore-refining element. Carry out the same process with the yolk, rinsing after about 10 minutes or whenever the tightness occurs. This two-part facial is an age-old trick for what my grandmother used to call a “temporary facelift.”
If you have acne-prone skin, try…
Have you ever seen the ingredient “salicylic acid” in your face wash? This chemical, also known as a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), is one of the main components in aspirin as well. Place the uncoated aspirin tablets in a small dish of water. After a few minutes, they will dissolve into a pasty consistency, after which you can combine it with the other ingredients. Using a brush or your (clean) fingers, apply to the face. After 5 minutes, rinse with warm water. The BHA acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps to remove dead skin cells, especially when used as an exfoliating scrub. The BHA has a tendency to increase skin sensitivity – especially to the sun – so make sure to follow with a moisturizer containing high SPF. The honey and coconut oil both have moisturizing and healing properties to counteract any intensity from the salicylic acid.
PRO TIP: After any of these facials, run a cube of ice over your face to tighten pores and retain all the goodies that your skin has absorbed. Don’t worry, it won’t rinse off!
Phoebe is from San Francisco, California and has lived in Manhattan for a year. She is studying Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design, in her second year of their Bachelor of Business Administration program. When she’s not working on EcoHabitude’s blog or social media platforms, she loves to explore New York City rooftops, upcycle her clothes and learn new languages.
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