Organic Skin Care: Go Green This Summer For Spotless Skin!
Every woman faces skin problems like acne, blackheads, wrinkles, sun-burnt skin, blemishes, open pores, pimples and spots at some time or another in her life. These skin problems can be very distressing since beauty is often associated with a glowing complexion and spotless skin.
Skin trouble often shows up during puberty mainly in the form of acne and blackheads. Skin troubles can be caused by over active sebaceous glands, stress, emotional disturbances, ultra-violet rays from the sun, poor eating habits and of course age.
Oily skin is also considered more problematic than normal and dry skin. People with oily skin have very active sebaceous glands which secrete more-than-is-required amounts of oil on the surface of the skin. As a result the pores on the skin become clogged and with the oil that in turn attracts dirt and grime to it. This dirt and grime is responsible for the formation of blackheads, whiteheads, acne and pimples on the skin.
Taking care of young or aging skin is not a herculean task. All it requires is dedicated skin care regime in order to ensure that the skin remains clean and thus spotless. The cosmetics market is flooded with many skin care products that are either very expensive or so cheap that you don’t trust their claims.
Also these products are made from chemicals which can cause harm to your skin with prolonged use. You have the option of making your skin care products by using the readily available ingredients from your kitchen and kitchen garden. Various organic products can be used to prepare astringents, creams and face masks to keep your skin spotless.
Garlic has long been known for its anti-bacterial properties. Since centuries women have used raw garlic on their faces to clear acne and pimples. You can use garlic face mask everyday on your skin if you have acne trouble. You will require
One egg white
One teaspoon coarsely grinded oatmeal
One teaspoon honey
One teaspoon lemon juice and
One clove of garlic
Mix all the ingredients to make a fine paste. Apply this paste on your face and neck and leave on for not longer than 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. Oatmeal will gently exfoliate the skin while honey will soothe it.
Apricot or apricot extracts are used to prepare anti-wrinkle creams. To make your own anti-wrinkle cream at home simply mix pulp of one ripe apricot with one tablespoon fresh cream, one teaspoon carrot juice and a few drops of almond oil. Apply this cream before going to bed and wash off with warm water in the morning. You will notice dramatic improvement in the texture of your skin and the dreaded wrinkles would also have disappeared.
While onions may not look or smell ‘beautiful’ the truth is that they can help you prevent wrinkles. A centuries old product that is used for keeping wrinkles at bay requires one onion, one tablespoon fuller’ earth or kaolin and honey. Make a fine paste of onion and mix fuller’s earth and two tablespoons honey in it. Apply this mask on face and neck avoiding the eyes. The onion might sting your eyes a little so you can wear your sun glasses. Keep the mask on for 20 minutes and wipe off with cotton dipped in almond oil.
Let the oil remain on your skin for five to ten minutes and then wash your face using warm water and soap. This anti-wrinkle face mask is beneficial for all skin types and should be used at least twice a week to avoid wrinkles. If you have wrinkles then use the mask four times a week to smoothen out the wrinkles.
Astringents play an important role in keeping the skin healthy and smooth. They keep the pores on the skin clean. Astringents also help close the pores thus giving the skin a smooth look. Mint leaves make excellent astringents. To prepare mint astringent simply boil handful of mint leaves with one grated cucumber in distilled water.
Strain the mixture. Let the liquid cool and then add one teaspoon of lemon juice to it. This is an excellent astringent for all skin types. Apply using on the face and neck using cotton. Refrigerate the astringent but for not more than three days.
Dry skin also requires the soothing effects of astringent. Honey water is an excellent astringent for normal to dry skin. In a glass jar mix three tablespoons of honey, two tablespoons of rose water, two-three drops of almond oil or olive oil, one small piece of sandalwood and three teaspoons of cucumber extract.
To this add half a liter of distilled water. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for three days. This will give sandalwood enough time to expend its properties in to the water. After three days your astringent is ready. Strain before use. Keep it refrigerated and use up within three days.
Lemon water is the best astringent for oily to greasy skin and should be used regularly especially in summers. Lemon helps keep the oil away and also discourages the enlargement of pores. Take two teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Add it in 500ml water. Also add two tablespoon rose water. Keep it under refrigeration. Lemon astringent can also be added to fuller’s earth to make a paste. This paste makes an excellent face mask for oily skin and acne skin.
There are plenty of organic products that can be used for skin care. One needs to be aware of their skin type in order to make the most judicious use of these natural ingredients. For example, while lemon is good for oily skin and acne-prone skin, it can cause quite a disaster on dry skin.
Similarly, honey while the ideal choice for normal to dry skin can lead to breakouts on oily skin because of its natural moisturization properties. Egg white, on the other hand, is the best product for tightening and firming loose and wrinkled skin irrespective of skin type. So research your ingredients well.