We all crave a clear complexion. Your skincare regime is much more important than your makeup routine because the better you take care of your skin, the less makeup you will need to apply. Unfortunately, skincare products can be quite pricy. Wouldn’t it be nice to use fruits, vegetables and other natural ingredients that could clear your skin without cleaning out your wallet? We have composed a list of the best homemade face masks and exfoliants that you can’t help but share with your friends. Or, maybe you’ll decide to keep these awesome secrets to yourself…totally up to you! WARNING: these tips may cause clear, radiant, smooth, and poreless skin. Try at your own risk…
1. Apple Cider Vinegar: Relieves sunburn, tones your skin, reduces redness and inflammation, removes product build-up/acne, absorbs excess oil and much more. The most common way to use it is by placing 3-5 drops of the vinegar onto a cotton ball and applying it directly onto your t-zone. Bonus: use it as a mouthwash for an excellent teeth whitener.
2. Lemons: When life gives you lemons, rub them on your face? Okay, maybe that’s not how the saying goes, but it really works! Because lemons are so acidic, they are excellent for fighting bacteria that causes acne, tightening your pores, and removing acne scars.
3. Baking Soda: This is an effective ingredient for an acne fighting face mask. Mix about 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of honey and leave it on your face for 10 minutes. After rinsing, your face will feel smooth and nourished.
5. Egg whites: It sounds strange, but looks amazing afterwards. It will shrink your pores and clear your skin, leaving you with a radiant face. Break one egg and separate the yolk and the egg whites. Apply the egg whites onto your face, allowing it to settle into your skin for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
6. Sugar: In need of an exfoliant? It’s time to ditch the store bought brands. Exfoliating your skin is one of the most important steps for clear skin and is commonly overlooked. It removes dead skin, oil and product build up, and thoroughly cleanses your skin. Dissolve about 2 tablespoons of sugar in 3 tablespoons of warm water. There is no specific time you need to exfoliate for, but be sure to not overdo it. Having learned from experience, 1-2 minutes does the job just right. You can also check out some amazing recipes from BRIT + CO, like this sugar, kiwi and safflower oil brightening scrub.
7. Bananas: They are the perfect food for brightening up your skin; this is ideal for dull and dry skin. Mash it up and mix it with honey, like Daria over at Kittenhood did. It will rejuvenate your skin, leaving you with a super soft face. Seriously, you will not stop touching it… it’s that smooth.
8. Coffee beans: Just like coffee brightens up your morning, it also brightens up your face. It is anti-inflammatory so it eliminates and prevents acne, exfoliates dead skin, minimizes pores, reduces redness, and reduces under eye circles. Mix (preferably in a blender) 3 tablespoons of coffee grounded very finely and one cup of milk. Ideally, the consistency should be thick and clump- free.
9. Tomatoes: Because they are high in vitamins and minerals, they have natural astringent properties. This makes them excellent for oil control, redefining your pores, and removing those pesky pimples. You can directly place a cut-open tomato onto your face, swirling it in circular motions. If you would like a different option, you can squeeze tomatoes into a bowl, producing tomato juice, and dipping your cotton ball into the juice and applying it to your face. It is recommended to allow the juice to sit on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
10. Coconut Oil: We have saved the best for last. Coconut Oil is the “holy grail” household/beauty item. There are endless amounts of health and beauty benefits that come from coconut oil so we will just list a few: it soothes dry skin, can be used as a face highlighter, face wash, makeup remover, under eye cream, shaving cream, night cream, teeth whitener, deodorant, sunscreen, scar cream, anti- inflammatory cream, and acne eliminator. Phew… can you understand why coconut oil is so hyped now? It can be used on its own for most of these benefits, and that is the most common way to use it.