By Zareen Muzaffar
Sometimes the best ingredients for skin care are at home, hiding in your kitchen. Try adding them to your weekly regimen (depending on your skin type and skin issues).
Baking soda serves as teeth whitener because it has natural bleaching properties. For those with breakouts or mild acne, if you ever get a pimple or redness, mix baking soda and water (or honey) and create a mixture. Apply for 15 minutes and wash off. This is one of the popular uses of baking soda.
Honey is loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and healing compounds that help moisturize skin, fight aging and fight bacteria as well. You can apply honey to your face for better moisturized skin or mix honey with coconut oil and apply on face to cleanse pores. Olive oil mixed with honey can also lighten blemishes on skin that have been caused by breakouts or mild acne.
A mixture of brown sugar and olive oil is not just a great scrub for smoother lips, it’s a perfect body scrub you can prepare and store in the fridge for multiple uses. Mix out equal parts of brown sugar and olive oil and see the difference.
Turmeric is an effective exfoliating agent that can help defeat signs of aging. Mix gram flour and turmeric powder in equal quantities and add water. You can replace water with milk or yogurt and apply. Leave on for couple of minutes and wash of with cool water. Mix turmeric with water and lemon juice for acne related issues, leave on for 15 minutes and wash.
are full of protein and a source of natural conditioner for your hair. Whip up some eggs, depending on the length and thickness of your hair, and apply graciously from root to tip. For added benefit, add some olive oil to the eggs for smooth texture.
Put your coffee grinds to good use by mixing them with honey and olive oil. This mixture can serve as a great scrub. Coffee contains natural ingredients that plump the skin, making it appear less wrinkled, rejuvenated and smooth.
Yogurt is a great part of everyday nutrition needs and its equally beneficial for the skin. It’s a great moisturizer, reduces redness and since it has anti-bacterial properties, it also helps in treating mild acne.
If problems persist or home remedies don’t suit you, please visit your dermatologist.