You Want Me To Put What On My Face?

10 Mar

Home remedies have been around since, well, forever! I’m sure we have all heard of some pretty weird remedies for treating the common cold to some weird ‘black magic’ to get someone to fall in love with you (yes, some people do this). There is no denying that when it comes to your skin, importantly, your face, that we may have tried some far-fetched remedies/treatments. Most, if not all, home remedies for treating acne have not been scientifically proven to work. However, through these home mixtures, we know what will be going on our face; none of the scary spelled chemicals that we have never heard of before. Ever hear the remedy of putting toothpaste on problem spots? Think that’s weird? Here are some that might make you go huh? (squinty face included).

  • Rub a banana peel on your face. First, eat the banana, there’s good stuff in there for you too. No need to waste that potassium! Now, instead of throwing that peel         away, take it and rub the inside of the peel over your face and leave it on there for thirty minutes before rinsing. I know, I know… this sounds very, very odd, but that part of the peel has lutein in it. Lutein is an antioxidant that reduces swelling and inflammation, as well as promotes healthy cell growth. This will contribute to decreasing redness, obviousness, and discomfort of acne.
  • Honey and cinnamon!? This not only sounds good, but apparently these two ingredients work together as a damage-repairing mask. Honey is an unprocessed antibacterial agent that kills bacteria and eliminates acne. Cinnamon has beneficial properties from essential oils in cinnamon bark, allowing it to be an anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory agent to the skin.
  • Ice those pores! Seriously. Ice is commonly used for inflammation from an injury; same concept applies in this situation. Ice works to close pores and reduce inflammation. If you gently hold or rub over the problem spots, those open, swollen pores will shrink right up.
  • Make some green tea ice cubes for a more soothing feeling. The green tea will also act as an astringent.
  • Oatmeal, honey, and lemon juice. Sounds like a terrible breakfast oopsies! But this mixture cleanses and absorbs excess oil while exfoliating the skin. Just cook up one cup of oatmeal and mix in 1 teaspoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon, rub on skin, then let sit for about thirty minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Shoot for doing this once or twice a week.

It is important to remember that there are other factors that affect our skin. Be conscious of how much and what touches your face. Try to avoid touching it yourself, and definitely avoid direct contact with the blemishes! Don’t want to spread that stuff!

Closeup portrait of sweetlime slices and facial mask on a young girl's face


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