People who use home remedies for common skin problems also have the added peace of mind of knowing that the ingredients contained within are all natural. Even with all the homeopathic hype out there today, many people overlook the potential for using items found in their home to treat their worst skin problems.
Home remedies are an effective way to treat many different ailments and save money.
Wouldn’t it be nice to replace your expensive acne treatment with something already found inside your cupboard? Following is a list of five skin concerns along with items in your own home that can treat them.
The Home Remedies for Common Skin Problems
Aging Lackluster Skin
Eggs, the protein-packed breakfast food, can double as not one but two types of facial masks.
Egg yolk is packed full of nutrients, and when applied to your face, it can smooth your skin’s surface, leaving a healthy glow. For those who feel like their skin needs a lift, egg whites can have a temporary firming effect on skin.
Simply crack the egg open and separate the white from the yolk. Using your finger, apply the egg white to your face, and make sure to avoid getting it too close to your eyes. Leave it on your skin for at least fifteen minutes or until it has fully dried before washing it off. Once you have firmed your skin with the egg whites, apply the egg yolk to your skin, again avoiding the eye area.
Let it dry, then wash off. Your skin should appear tighter and more radiant.
Dry Skin and Chapped Lips
Olive oil is beneficial when applied topically as well as part of a balanced diet.
The unsaturated fats contained in olive oil are necessary to keep skin, hair and nail cells healthy, so try substituting your regular cooking oil for olive oil whenever possible.
As a topical treatment, it packs a powerful punch of moisture. Although you can use it all over to moisturize very dry skin, one of the best uses is on dry, chapped lips. After just one use, chapping will be reduced and lips will feel smoother.
It’s far more effective (and natural) than any lip balm on the market.
Salicylic acid, the active ingredient in most acne creams, is also the main ingredient in aspirin.
That makes the over-the-counter medication a cheap alternative to expensive acne creams. Although you can melt down aspirin tablets with water, the powder form of aspirin is the easiest to use.
Add a bit of water to either melted down tablets or aspirin powder, and you have created a gentle exfoliant that will dry up acne. You can also add some honey to help make the concoction stick to your face. Rub the mixture on your skin in a circular motion to slough off dead skin cells, then allow it to dry.
It’s best to leave the aspirin mask on for 10-15 minutes to get the most out of its acne-fighting properties.
Red, Puffy Eyes
Although cucumbers have long been reputed as the go-to treatment for alleviating tired, baggy eyes.
Tea bags are actually just as effective, if not, more so. Soak the tea bags in warm water and gently squeeze out excess moisture, just enough that you won’t have tea streaming down your face. Let the bags cool to a comfortable temperature, then close your eyes tightly, and apply them over your eyes. Leave the tea bags in place for 5-10 minutes before removing them.
The warmth will soothe your eyes while the caffeine constricts the blood vessels, reducing puffiness. If you’re looking to reduce redness, herbal tea (without caffeine) is even more effective.
Aloe vera, the same thing you keep in your house to treat sunburns, can be an effective treatment for drying up excess oil on your face.
If you have oily skin, you probably already wash your face several times a day. Keep it up. And when you’re done, dab on a bit of aloe vera on dry skin. It will absorb excess oils, and it can also help clear oil build-up in your pores to prevent future face grease. Apply it several times a day to keep your skin looking fresh and oil-free.
Tips to Remember
It’s always important to test the ingredients of any treatment before you apply it everywhere. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it can’t cause an adverse reaction. Once you’ve tested these treatments, you can mix and match them to create an effective, cost-saving beauty regimen made from simple household items.