March 25, 2012

Quick At Home Remedies for Acne.

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a lot of  money for a good acne treatment.  In fact, some of the best can be found in your kitchen!  The first one has been a tried and true favorite of mine, and that is...Apple cider vinegar.  There are 2 common methods for this: Using it as a toner (at night so you don't smell funny), or (brace yourselves) drinking it.  Now hear me out, there are way more pros than cons with this method.  If you get true apple cider vinegar (I use Spectrum's) then it will contain Mother of Vinegar.  This has amazing benefits for your over all health.  It can increase you metabolism, balance high cholesterol, and  help with both sinus and bladder infections.  It's also great for you girl (or guys) out there with oily skin and hair.  This is a simple and inexpensive method, and it works wonders.  Yes, I have done several hair washes with it during the times when my hair was at its oiliest. Followed by shampooing of course. (Smell again)

The next method is a little messy. A turmeric face mask; I will warn you that it may give your skin a slight orange tint for a few hours (not my personal experience).  You'll need two ingredients:  Greek yogurt, it has a thicker consistency than normal yogurt, and turmeric.  All you need to do is mix the two in a bowl (about 1 teaspoon  or so of turmeric and a big spoon full of yogurt)and apply it to your face (always test it on a discreet part of your face first , just to make sure you won't end up looking like Snookie XD) let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse it off. I've only tried this a few times, but both times it gave my skin a healthy glow, and improved the texture.  This is also great for fighting free radicals, which cause aging in the skin.

The last one is an exfoliator.  This is one of my personal favorites.  You will need: green tea bags, sugar, and lemon juice.  Again you can tweak this depending on your personal preference.  Start by brewing the tea in 3 oz. of water, you want it to be strong.  While it is steeping, mix 6-7 tsp. sugar and a small amount of lemon juice (1/4 to 1/2 a tsp. should do it) in a bowl.  Once your tea has cooled, mix it in until you get a slightly runny but still grainy consistency.  Now, with clean fingers apply this to your face, and scrub. I scrub for 1-2 min.  You know your own skin, use your own judgement on timing.   Then rinse off with warm water. Use the left over green tea as a toner (waste not, want not!).  You can also blot the tea bags under your eyes to help with dark circles.  Apply a moisturizer and you're done! :)  This makes my skin feel a lot softer, and just gives it an over all healthy look.  Just a side note: I occasionally have to do this twice just to get all the dead skin off, if you have to do this, make sure you wait a day in between so as not to irritate the skin.  

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