Say goodbye to your zits with homemade acne cream

Let’s face it– having zits is everyone’s worst nightmare. Whether you’re in the midst of your teenage years or not, acne is never a welcomed thing.

According to the Acne Resource Center, acne is one of the most common skin diseases in the U.S. among all ages, races and genders.

It is caused by a surplus production of oil in your sebaceous glands that can leave behind scars and psychological problems such as low self-esteem and depression.

FIX THIS AND TRY SOMETHING NEW.

You have to be tired of spending money on expensive products that aren’t guaranteed to clear up your skin. I recommended putting the problem in your own hands and whipping up something yourself!

What could be more natural to your skin than making your own acne cream at home?

Homemade treatments can be less harsh on your skin and can quickly adapt to your individual skin type.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED.

If you don’t already have these essential ingredients in your kitchen, make a quick trip to the store.

  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 apple slices
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Spoon
  • Washcloth

THE BASICS:

  1. First, add the baking soda and water together and stir it around in the mixing bowl. If the mixture has too much liquid, add 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda. If the mixture is too thick, add 1-2 teaspoons of water.
  2. Combine the grated cucumber into the mix.
  3. In a different bowl, crush the apple pieces until they feel mushy. Then blend the apple mixture into the baking soda, water and cucumber mix. Make sure to stir these together well!
  4. Insert a tablespoon of honey into the same bowl. Once you have completely mixed the ingredients together, place the bowl in the refrigerator to sit for an hour.
  5. Take your concoction out of the refrigerator and slowly rub it on your face with your hands. Let it sit for up to five minutes and then wash it off with warm water and a washcloth.
  6. Repeat the next day.

These are easy (and cheap) steps in the right direction to finding the cure for your acne. This recipe opens up your pores with the baking soda and water mix, cleanses your skin with the cucumbers and heals the zits with the apples and honey.

There are tons of homemade recipes out there however, this one, in my opinion, is the most simple and effective.

If you’re interested in other methods, here’s a tutorial video to help you make your own facial cream.

Take this advice and dare to be domesticated. Make acne facial treatments in your very own kitchen!

Bonne chance!

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Foods for your healthy skin diet

You are what you eat. Don’t wait any longer to edit your grocery list and start your healthy skin diet.

Eating like a junk maniac, shoving salty food in your face or licking every sugar crumb off the kitchen table is not the way to go for soft, clear skin.

Experts at Discovery Health say the solutions behind skin care problems are a lot easier than we may think. They explain that changing our daily eating habits can make a huge difference for our body and skin.

START YOUR BEAUTIFUL SKIN DIET. 

Most of us know that having a healthy, balanced diet is probably the best way to obtain a healthier you. However, if you want soft and supple skin, nutritional doctors encourage you to change the types of food you eat.

Here is a list of my 5 favorite foods that can benefit your skin and help get that natural look you’ve been waiting for:

1. Seafood 

Once I got over the peculiar smell some fish seemed to radiate, I understood the importance of the so-called ‘Mediterranean Diet.’ The main nutrients in fish, zinc and omega-3, can benefit your skins’ complexion in many ways.

Taking omega-3 reduces dryness and irritation, while zinc can offer your skin a pleasant glow by getting rid of dead skin during new-cell production.

2. Citrus Fruits

We’ve all been told more than once to increase our intake of vitamin C in our everyday routine. Do it. 

Eating foods like oranges, grapefruits, acerola cherries and tomatoes (which have a lot of vitamin C) freshen your skin and can prevent wrinkles.

Vitamin C decreases inflammation and counterbalances the free radicals that hurt cells and prematurely age your face.

3. Red and Green Vegetables 

You know the food group you tried to avoid as a kid but discovered a new love for it as you got older? Red-orange and green vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach (some of my favorites) can result in light, smooth skin.

Orange-red vegetables contain beta-carotene that our body turns into vitamin A to avoid cell damage and premature aging (yes–you can try to look young forever).

Also, green, leafy foods have a lot of vitamin A that help your skin get rid of old cells by making new ones.

4. Nuts 

This is the best hassle-free snack known to man (or woman). Nuts hold vitamin E that fights the skin-aging free radicals and helps your skin hold the right amount of moisture to relieve dryness.

5. Whole Grains 

Hold on, ladies. Don’t start cooking every carbohydrate you’ve been craving in the past month for your next meal just yet. You must keep in mind the “whole” part to ensure all of the benefits.

Whole grains are a great source for antioxidant rutin that can help stop irritated skin damage.

Also, wheat germs include the B-vitamin biotin that can decrease your chances of having dry and scaly skin.

MAKE GROCERY SHOPPING EASY.

To make it simpler, Life Script  skin expert Jennifer Gruenemay suggests making a few changes to your next shopping trip.

Scratch out the unhealthy snacks on your grocery list and add in these easy-to-eat-and-very-essential foods:

  • Avacados
  • Mangoes
  • Almonds
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cherries
  • Oysters
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Mushrooms

It’s time to mix up your pantry with some new and tasty ingredients.

If you’re craving a snack after work, put the Pringles can aside and grab a delicious yogurt. Or if you need a mid-morning boost before lunch, go treat yourself to some mouthwatering strawberries.

Put your best face forward and switch up your everyday food for the healthy skin you deserve.

Bon Appétit!

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Solutions for your dry skin

I know it’s not the middle of summer and your bronzed glow has probably turned into a pale mess, but dry skin is a major problem during these winter months. Let’s change that.

Dryness first occurs when your skin feels rough and begins to look dull and cracked.

For most cases, dry skin can result from your skin lacking moisture. However, keep in mind that too much moisture can cause just as much damage. You have to find your balance.

WHAT TO DO?

Here are some tips to help get you through this dry spell:

  • Refrain from those intense soaps and detergents
  • Use indoor room humidifiers
  • Take warm (not hot) showers
  • Make sure to always use a moisturizing body/hand soap
  • Put on a moisturizer after drying off from a shower or washing your hands

WHEN IN DOUBT – MOISTURIZE.

Moisturizers are the savers of your skin and can help you get back to your smooth ways. They should be applied during the day and at night or whenever you’re feeling itchy.

Dermatologists and skin care experts have recommended different types of moisturizers to prevent (and stop) dry skin.

There are four basic kinds of body moisturizers.

  • Ointment moisturizers are great for trapping the moisture inside your skin. Just apply it in tiny amounts and rub it all in. But you may have to get over the fact it’s greasy and feels like goopy syrup.
  • Oil moisturizers aren’t always everybody’s favorite, but are still very beneficial. You can put baby oil or bath oil directly onto your body to help eliminate the lack of moisture in your skin.
  • Cream moisturizers usually win in the war against oils. Because they are not oily, these creamy substances disappear quickly after being rubbed into your skin.
  • Lotion moisturizers take the trophy for the leading moisturizer (at least for me). They are the least oily which makes them much more tolerable and pleasurable. Apply it in appropriate amounts and see the results right away.

I promise this isn’t as hard as it looks. I encourage you to take care of your skin, it will make you look and feel more beautiful. It’s time to bring that silky skin back and show it off during these dry, winter months.

Happy moisturizing!

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