Everything you need to brighten up your face is found in the kitchen.| Photo by Joan Dino
By Maria Joan Paula Dino
Breakouts, open pores, or wrinkles. Your face is slowly turning to who knows what. Yeah there are hundreds of products you can find behind the counter but wait, hold your wallets! You don’t need to buy that tiny expensive chemical-filled magic potion to save your skin. Just head over to your kitchen or to your local grocery store and be amaze with what the simplest ingredient can do to you.
So just tuck that extra cash of yours, and go natural with these easy to follow steps.
Brown sugar has Vitamin B which helps exfoliates and moisturizes skin. To create the scrub, you can add a few drops of soap-free cleanser like Cetaphil or Phisiogel to a tablespoon of sugar however if you want to go all natural, add a teaspoon of olive oil instead. If you want to make it extra sweet, use honey. For best results, wash your face with warm water before using the scrub then rinse with cool water after.
When we were young, our grandmothers will usually let us have a tablespoon of honey to help combat the common cold. Aside from that, this lovely brown liquid also helps hydrate the skin. As it is, it can acts as mask. But you can use oatmeal for its anti-inflammatory properties or banana for its moisturizing effect to give it an extra kick. Just grind the oatmeal first by using a blender or a mortar and pestle, or if you’ll be using bananas, mashed them up, and add a teaspoon of calamansi juice. Apply the mask on your face while avoiding your eyes and mouth. Leave it on for about 15 minutes then rinse it off.
Honey is just one of those ingredients that you can always use for your homemade facial remedies. It does not just act as a mask but also a good facial cleanser. Yoghurt is another thing you should consider using. It has lactic acid that helps remove dead skin, revealing a smoother and softer skin. Tomato is also a good alternative. Just blend or mash some of the fruit, dip a clean cloth into the juice, and rub it on your face. Rinse and your good to go.
Tea is like the fountain of youth. A cup is packed with antioxidants that help repair skin cells and slow down aging. It, especially green tea, is also good to reduce the puffiness and dark circles under your eyes due to its anti-inflammatory properties. For this method, you only need two tea bags. After you made some tea, place the bags in the fridge to cool it down for a couple of minutes. Next, place the tea bags over your eyes and leave them for around 20 minutes, and that’s it.