Occasionally, the old wives’ tales and homeopathy of days gone by turn out to be really effective when it comes to skincare. Following are some natural skincare tips so simple that you’ll want to kiss Aunt Gladys for telling you to do these things when you were in junior high, whilst she annoyingly pinched your baby fat.
1. Love Those Lemons
Lemons, their juice and their oil are useful for things like cooking, cleaning and hair lightening. But did you know that your skin loves lemons just as much as browning apples do? Lemon juice and lemon essential oil are terrific for loosening dry skin. Add some lemon to your bath, enjoy the aroma, soak for a few minutes, and then use a sponge or washcloth to gently exfoliate dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet.
Lemon juice is also a great way to tone the skin on your face. Just dab lemon juice on your face with a cotton round and voila! Your face is practically blemish-proof. No need to buy expensive and abrasive astringents and toners for acne treatment ever again. Lemons provide a terrific natural skincare remedy for acne!
2. Vinegar Value
Wisdom tells us that white vinegar is a super cleaner: great for getting sticky stuff off surfaces, vanquishing unwanted smells, and even softening your clothes in the wash. But vinegar is also one of the best sunburn remedies for sore skin. Simply rub vinegar on your sunburn and your skin will feel cooler immediately. Although you might smell a bit like a salad, you’ll be glad of this super simple natural skincare method.
3. Go Bananas
Ever wonder how to get rid of oily skin? Many do and many end up over-drying the sensitive skin on their faces with harsh astringents. Instead, try this time-tested facial mask recipe: mash one banana with a teaspoon of honey and a couple drops of (you guessed it!) lemon juice. Apply this mixture to your face and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
4. Garlic Goodness
Nobody likes itchy skin due to athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. If you often find your toes squirming in your shoes, try this simple but effective foot fungus prevention method. Crush two cloves of garlic into a large bowl of hot water and soak your feet until the water cools. Do this once or twice per week. Not only will you find that foot fungus is a thing of the past, but you’ll enjoy the opportunity to relax tired muscles.
5. Baby Shampoo Secret
Commercial makeup removal products are costly. Try this cheap substitute: baby shampoo. It’s much less expensive and usually smells great. Baby shampoo actually contains many of the same ingredients found in solutions used to remove mascara, eye shadow and eye liner. Simply apply a small amount to made-up skin and then rinse with water. After all, you deserve to treat your sensitive skin as gently as you would treat a baby, right?