Natural skin remedies

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Natural skincare remediesYou got problems? We’ve got (natural) remedies!

Eczema

• Aloe vera gel is a great anti-inflammatory and has a soothing, healing effect on eczema. If you have an aloe vera plant at home, even better! Simply pick a leaf, squeeze out some gel and apply as needed.
• Virgin coconut oil also has soothing, healing properties and will prevent your skin from drying out. Apply a little after you’ve rubbed in some aloe vera.
• Omega 3 essential fatty acids are also believed to help reduce inflammation in the body. Try to eat three servings of oily fish a week, such as tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon, or take a fish oil supplement. Drink plenty of water as well to stay hydrated from the inside out.

Acne

• Aloe vera, as mentioned above, is excellent for soothing and healing angry skin, and as such is an effective balm for acne.
• You might also want to try a honey-cinnamon treatment: honey is a natural antibacterial (one of acne’s causes is an overgrowth of bacteria), and cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory that has anti-microbial properties and can halt the growth of bacteria and fungi. Mix honey and ground cinnamon until you have a thick paste, apply to the affected area and leave on overnight.
• You might also want to try a yoghurt-turmeric face mask, as both have excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Yoghurt is also rich in zinc, which is commonly known to aid in the healing of acne blemishes. Apply to clean skin for 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Wrinkles

Here are two easy-to-make anti-ageing face masks that pack a wrinkle fighting punch. Apply each once a week for maximum benefit.

Vitamin E mask

Vitamin E is known to help skin regenerate, while yoghurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to smooth rough, dry skin and prevent premature ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Lemon juice tightens pores, and honey has moisturising properties.

2 capsules vitamin E
1 tablespoon full fat yogurt
½ tablespoon honey
½ tablespoon lemon juice

Empty the capsules into a small bowl and combine with the other ingredients. Mix well to combine. Apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. (TIP: If you have hypoallergenic skin, leave out the lemon juice, as it may irritate your skin.)

Turmeric face mask

Turmeric is packed with antioxidants that help to slow the skin ageing process – just one of a whole host of skincare benefits (for this reason fresh turmeric is first prize, but powder works too). Sour cream helps to impart and lock in moisture, and also contains lactic acid to gently smooth skin and improve texture.

½ teaspoon turmeric
½ tablespoon honey
½ tablespoon sour cream

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined. Apply for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Make sure to clean your eyebrows and the opening of your nostrils. Now, turn the water ice cold, and rinse off a second time to close the pores.

Sun spots

Lemon juice is a safe and effective skin-lightening agent – it has natural bleaching properties and has long been used as a home remedy to help fade sun spots. Apply lemon juice directly to the area you wished lightened with a cotton bud. Rinse off after 15 minutes if your skin becomes irritated. Repeat twice a day for the best results. You should be able to notice a difference after two weeks.
TIP: Apple cider vinegar can also be used instead of lemon juice.

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Rachel McGregor is a Cape Town journalist (and part-time narcissist) specialising in food, health and lifestyle-related features. In her spare time she loves to cook and poke fun at hipsters. Sometimes she dreams of giving it all up and becoming a millionaire.

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  1. Afsana Chhipa

    Honey and cinnamon is great. tired it, loved it. I just dont leave it on for the entire night as it gets a bit messy. I will definitely try the Yoghurt and tumeric. Does the tumeric not leave your face a bit yellow?

    3 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    This is awesome advice! Going to try the honey and cinnamon and Vit E mask. Thank you!

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I heard alot of Aloe Vera solutions, but coconut oil I’m new to, especially for hair treatments. Time for some DIY

    6 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Think I will be trying the honey-cinnamon treatment.

    6 years ago •

  1. G

    Excellent tips!! Never thought such simple things would actually work!

    6 years ago •

  1. Ra’eesa

    I have tried the turmeric face mask and its amazing. Other variations are turmeric powder,olive/almond oil and yoghurt.
    Or
    Turmeric powder,chickpea flour/almond oil and milk.
    Both help to give a radiant glow and the turmeric powder is rich in anti oxidants so helps to prevent breakouts.

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Thank You so much!!! I’m truly grateful for these tips

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Doesn’t tumeric make your face kind of yellow?

    6 years ago •

  1. Lorraine

    This are usefull tips .Going to try these home remedies.

    6 years ago •

  1. Anita

    I am going to try the to wrinkle face masks!

    6 years ago •

  1. Charles

    The turmeric face mask sounds great! Will give it a try ASAP!

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Love it,love it,love it,thanks so much!

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Platinum rules to follow before applying a face mask
    1. Pull back hair, pin it up, tie it, just make sure they are out of the way.

    2. Clean you face before applying the mask

    3. Always apply with fingertips. Apply it over the forehad, cheek, nose, chip and neck.

    4. Never apply the mask around the eye area. The eye area is really sensitive, so leave gaps underneath

    5. Try to relax when you have put the mask on, try not to talk, and lie down. The best time to apply a mask is when you are soaking in a bathtub.

    6. Leave on the mask for the recommended period of time, and not longer.

    7. All masks come with instructions of application and removal of masks, try to follow them.

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Almond pack: Grind four almonds soaked in water with two spoons of milk. Add one spoon of orange juice and apply on the face. Apply more on spots; wash the face after 20 minutes.

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Facial Masks for Beauty

    Never use artificial face packs; regular use of these packs makes the skin fat, ugly and dry. Natural masks prepared at home have a natural affect on the skin and it is also suitable as per the nature.

    Raw papaya face pack: Cut the raw papaya in to small pieces and extract the juice. Apply the juice on the face and wash it after 20 minutes, this remove scars and marks from the face.

    Olive oil pack: Mix half a spoon of olive oil, one fourth a spoon of lemon juice and apply this on the face, wash it off after 20 minutes.

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    Tea tree oil also great for acne. Been using the new range from The Body Shop and clears up any problem areas within a few days.

    6 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    I gave the turmeric face mask a try. It felt soothing on my skin and left it feeling refreshed and softer.

    6 years ago •

  1. Noh

    Great article.. very informative! I can’t wait to try these recipes.

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    wow i love these diy remedies will def try them

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I remember when I has measles as a child, they covered my entire body in a turmeric paste that was used to help prevent pock marks

    6 years ago •

  1. Linda Ferrari Mnaphi

    Wow, anti-ageing tips, sounds very interesting. Will keep them for when i’m old :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Tumeric mask turned my sister-in-law yellow. But her skin is so smooth!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. GREEN

    WOULD BE GOOD 2 HEAR IF ANY 1 TRIED THESE! DON’T THINK IT’LL BE SUITABLE 4 SENSITIVE SKIN THOUGH! GOOD LUCK!

    6 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    So glad to have more masks to try!
    Am definitely going to give the lemon juice a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. wyona

    I just wonder about the tumeric, won’t it turn your face yellow.

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    I have heard great things about the turmeric mask!

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Good mask tips and I love the lemon juice tip, will give it a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    love the ideas and would try vit E one soon.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Love this! Those masks sound great. I love using masks on my skin and that Vit E one sounds delicious. ;)

    6 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    During a horrible bout of eczema,when I tried all the prescription creams and my body wouldn’t budge. An old man suggested I tried aloe,I did everyday 2x. By the end of the week the flaking was gone and the itching was mild.end of week 2 I had forgotten how it looked and felt. Aloe plant is best i.e if you don’t mind the bitterness of your hands

    6 years ago •

  1. Clarad

    Absolutely love this kind of article.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Tumeric? Really? Must try it out!

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Will this work for sensitive skin?

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Asians use aloe vera and coconut oil for for the hair

    6 years ago •

  1. Charles

    For the past two nights I’ve been using coconut oil on my little girls skin (she has eczema) and her skin is not nearly as dry as it usually is! No negative reaction thus far; holding thumbs!

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Great article. My daughter suffers from eczema and I’ve tried some many remedies. Will give this one a go.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I must try the Vitamin E mask, sounds great.

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Loving all the natural skincare articles! Thanks for the recipes!

    6 years ago •

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