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"Popular home remedies for the skin"
By: Vanessa ValenzuelaKitchen Beauty

You don’t actually have to spend thousands of pesos on expensive products that promise soft, smooth, young-looking skin. All you need to do is check out your refrigerator or kitchen cupboard. Natural remedies for common skin problems can be addressed by some herbs, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and other substances that can be acquired naturally. Using these natural ingredients not only cuts your beauty budget dramatically but also keeps you away from harmful side effects of chemical ingredients.

Here are popular natural remedies that serve as delightful treats for your skin:

Honey is a fantastic natural moisturizer. It brings back the softness and suppleness in tired, stressed out skin. It is often used as an ingredient in facials and commercial skin creams. Honey is also a famous remedy for chapped, cracked lips, as well as roughed up elbows and cracked heels. 

Simply apply honey on areas that need moisturizing and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Plain yogurt can be used as a good skin cleanser and mild exfoliant that promotes skin renewal. The exfoliating action of yogurt comes from its lactic acid content, not from the usual scrubbing granules that can potentially scratch and harm already dry and sensitive skin. Apart from this, yogurt’s lactic acid content also helps even out skin tone and address dark spots.  

To create an excellent home remedy for dark spots, mix equal amounts of yogurt and honey then apply on the affected area. Leave for 5 minutes and rinse off with water.

Egg whites give a temporary feeling of tightness when placed on the skin, which makes the pores appear smaller. It also contains amino acids that reduce skin inflammation so it’s great for irritated skin.

Applying an egg mask before a party or a special event will make your skin look tighter and more toned. To achieve a youthful glow, mix egg whites with a natural moisturizer such as honey.

Eggs are also an alternative to cucumbers in addressing tired eyes.

Simply put a thin film of egg white under the eyes and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes. This will make your skin appear less puffy.

Raw eggs are also great for the hair and scalp. The essential proteins in the egg strengthen the scalp and the hair follicles, as well as promote growth of glossy, voluminous hair.

Use egg whites together with your regular shampoo and use the yolks as a hair conditioner. To make a home-made conditioner, whisk an egg yolk with olive oil and some water. Apply on hair and leave for about 20 minutes before you wash it off.

Buttermilk. Buttermilk contains lactic acid, a natural type of acid which promotes peeling of the skin’s dead layers.

To give your face a nice even skin tone, soak a cotton ball in buttermilk and apply gently on your face. Leave on for just 5 minutes and rinse completely with water afterwards.

Jojoba oil is an extract taken from the Jojoba plant, which grows in southern America and northern Mexico. It has a similar structure and chemical makeup as the skin’s natural sebum or oily secretion, so it’s a great moisturizer that does not clog pores, irritate sensitive skin, or cause any allergic reaction compared to other oils.

Olive oil is another great natural moisturizer that beauty experts recommend because it contains antioxidants and good fatty acids. It can be used to remove makeup, groom your dry cuticles, make hands and elbows softer, and soothe dry itchy skin.

Help your skin get rid of dead layers by scrubbing it once in a while with sugar. Mix brown sugar with oil and rub it on your skin to reveal baby smooth skin afterwards. Rub a sugar cube on your lips, your forehead and nose to help remove dead skin cells. After a good scrub, you’ll have a boost in blood circulation, which gives your skin a pinkish glow!

Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent. To even out your skin tone, slice a lemon in half and rub the juicy fruit on your knees and elbows. Lemon is also a great astringent for oily skin, but it can easily cause a reaction with sensitive skin so make sure you test it first in a small area before deciding to apply it on your face. 

If you have a dark spot or patch in other parts of your face or body, use a cotton swab to apply the citrus juice on the problem areas. Make sure you stay indoors for at least 20 minutes and rinse it off with water before you go out as the sun can cause you to burn.

 Some people mix lemon juice with other ingredients like avocados to lessen its harshness on the skin.

Alternatives to lemon juice are orange or lime juice, as well as apple cider vinegar. They all have natural acids that lighten dark areas to help even out your skin tone.

There are so many ways that water can give you good-looking skin. Since our bodies contain 70 percent water, it is a major component of each and every bodily process that keeps us alive. Water is involved in absorption, digestion, circulation, and excretion and is also needed to flush out toxins that cause a plethora of skin problems. Bottom line is if you drink at least the recommended 8 glasses a day, you have better chances of sporting beautiful, well-hydrated skin.

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