Dry skin, acne, rashes, you name it. There are so many irritants in the air we breathe and the food we eat (Does milk cause acne?) that there’s hardly a woman with naturally flawless skin, unless she lives far from cities and eats only what she grows.
For the rest of us, it’s a daily battle to at least minimize, if not get rid of, these many skin problems. The great thing is that we don’t necessarily have to spend a load of money on branded skincare to know how to get rid of scars. We could just as well use what nature has provided. Here are ten natural skin care remedies for various problems
Chamomile for acne
Acne is a form of inflammation, and chamomile is one of the best herbal anti-inflammatory agents. You can manage an outbreak by making a cup of camomile tea, and then gently rubbing it with a cotton pad onto your skin until the tea cools. Warmth is important. That’s why you should do this while the tea is still warm (but not too hot). The temperature wakes up your immune system cells and helps them do their job.
Papaya for spots and freckles
Papaya has a whitening and clearing effect on the skin, so if you have any spots or freckles that you don’t find charming, just mash a papaya and apply it on your face as a mask. Add a little honey, leave it on for five or ten minutes and wash.
Tomato for those big pores
There’s almost nothing more annoying than a few wide pores that look like craters to your highly self-critical eyes. Take care of them by pureeing half a fresh tomato and rubbing it on your face. Let it stay for about five or ten minutes, then rinse it off. The acids in the fruit will tighten the pores, and vitamins will rejuvenate and freshen your skin, adding a wonderful glow.
Oatmeal for rashes
There are so many reasons for skin irritations, and there are equally as many natural remedies. Oatmeal is among the best. You don’t even have to cook it – just grind it in a blender, if you have one, or try to crush it into smaller pieces, soak it in some warm water until it resembles a paste. Then, just apply it to your face for about five minutes to soothe your skin naturally and add a beautiful glow.
Fresh basil for irritations
Whether it’s a skin allergy or a food allergy, or even a mosquito bite, you will get quick relief if you crush some fresh basil leaves and rub them gently onto your face. Basil has a soothing, cooling effect, and it also acts against inflammation.
Olive oil for wrinkles
If you don’t particularly like the lines starting to form here and there on your face, treat them to in-depth moisturising with a rub of olive oil. It has none of the synthetic ingredients of anti-wrinkle creams, which could give you a rash, and it’s eco-friendly. Plus, it works, and that’s the most important thing!
Baking soda for acne
Herbs and fruit are not the only goodies at home. Baking soda is one more great treatment for irritations and acne. Mixing it with water in proportions that make it into a paste and applying it as mask on your face will quickly relieve the irritation.
Lemon juice for whitening
If you want to lighten your skin tone, you can use freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed with water in equal proportions. Simply rinse your face with it, and let it sit for a couple of minutes before washing it off. However, if you have extra-sensitive skin, first try the juice on a little patch of skin to see if it gets irritated or itchy. In that case, choose another whitening option, such as rose water, for instance.
Turmeric for smooth and glowing skin
Turmeric can whiten the skin, reduce scars and add a beautiful glow to your face. Make a paste from a tablespoon of the herb and some pineapple juice, and apply the mixture to your skin. Leave it on for five minutes, then rinse. If you do this regularly, you might be surprised with the effect: beautiful, smooth and glowing skin.
About the author: James Stroup is a freelance writer from Chicago, who has written on behalf of a range of clients including the Live Strong Network and Demand Media. In addition to writing about a range of topics, he seeks to make topics about home decor clearer to the public.