DIY Skin Care

Are you tired of spending your hard earned money on skin care products that are loaded with chemicals and preservatives that don’t even help your complexion? Cause I know that I am. I never had a bad acne problem but when I recently started breaking out, I decided to do something about it.

My old face washing routine consisted of Apricot Scrub in the shower and facial wipes at night to take off my make-up and any dirt that collected during the day. I hadn’t used a moisturizer in years because I was never satisfied with them (at least the ones I could afford). And I have always been skeptical of putting these overly processed products on my skin it absorbs everything you put on it into the body.

Brown Sugar Face Scrub

I went on a virtual search for natural skin care products; can’t believe I never did this before! I was happily surprised to find some easy and convenient options. My favorite was the brown sugar face scrub. Brown sugar is a great  exfoliator because of its grainy texture. It is also a effective moisturizer, especially when combined with ingredients like honey or olive oil. I use this scrub in the shower because it can become a sticky mess.

Brown Sugar Face Scrub

  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar

This recipe is less about measuring quantities and more about creating a consistency that you prefer. I honestly just shake out some brown sugar into my palm, glob on some honey and mix it together in my hands; wah lah!

Coconut Oil

After exfoliating, it is important to moisturize. You have just exposed a fresh layer of skin and it is important that you treat it right. Commercial moisturizers contain lots of water, which tricks you into feeling like your skin is being moisturized. But as soon as the water dries, your skin becomes dry again. Also, many commercial brands of moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin causing acne. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. It also great for shine and as a natural moisturizer for your hair.

Tip: Rub a dime-sized amount of coconut oil on your ends to hydrate and tame frizzy flyaways. I use it when my hair is wet after a shower. On your face, apply as you would your normal moisturizer. While it tends to have a greasier consistency when you first apply, it’s fantastic at absorbing quickly into skin. A spoonful is enough to hydrate your entire body and leave you smelling like the beach!

Looking for ways to further even out your skin tone? Just apply straight lemon juice to your face (or any skin that needs softening) before bed and wash off in the morning with cool water. After a week or two, the lemon will have cleansed the skin and lighten the color. If you want an all over body treatment, just add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice to your bath and soak for 20 minutes. If you struggle with black heads, then we have something in common. If you rub lemon juice on the area with your blackheads, it should make them disappear. Do this every night and rinse with cool water in the morning until blackheads are gone.

While cleaning and moisturizing are very important parts of maintaining healthy skin, the foods you eat and the beverages you drink have a huge impact too. Here are a few items that you should include in your diet:

  • Blueberries
  • Wild Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Oysters
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Kiwis
  • Dark Cholcolate (yes, ladies, you CAN eat chocolate)
  • Yogurt
  • Sweet Potatoes

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