Each of us could use a weekend at a spa or a wellness centre. Stress, pollution and unhealthy life style get to your skin quicker than you think, and before you know it, your skin looks old, uncared for and without it’s usual glow. In order to avoid this, we need to take care of our skin in an apropiate way, and the best of all is having a good homemade cleansing treatment.
Allright, we all want to have a perfect skin, but pursuing this goal following wrong tips could lead you to disaster. So, let’s make a reviwe of the most common skin myths to discover what’s good and what’s not for your skin.
Revealing Skin myths
Soap cleans your skin best
Totally false. Indeed, soap will really clean your face – way too much. It’ll not only get rid of makeup and dirt, but natural oils and moisture as well. Although this leaves you with a feeling of really ‘squeaky’ clean face, under a microscope it’s a disaster.
After soap your skin is completely unprotected and it takes time for it to produce its protective layer again. So, remember, best cleansing for your face is milk, gel or cream cleanser. You can find gentle soaps, which state to nourish your skin, be careful. If it leaves your face tightened, and your skin itchy, don’t use it.
Big pores can be smaller
Sorry to have to say this, but – not! No matter what you do, which cream, lotion or oil you use, you can’t contract or narrow your pores. Pores expand with age, especially if you have oily skin. Dirt and dead cells can also broaden pores.
You can stop skin aging
You really can’t but you can slow it down a bit and make your skin look its best. Your worst enemies when it comes to skin aging are free radicals which are introduced when sunbathing, smoking, eating unhealthy foods and under stress. What to do? Always apply moisturizing cream after bathing or showering, use sun block daily, wear a hat to protect your face and practice daily skin care routine. Sleep enough and rest when you need to.
Foundation and powder compliment your skin
Foundation, loose or compact powders are, in fact, bad for your skin. They stop your skin from breathing, and enter your pores, clogging and widening them. If you have acne and other skin problems, powders can make it worse, if left on for too long. The trick is to wear light foundation and loose powder rather than using compact powder. Think about what you’re trying to achieve, sometimes all you need is a good, well blended concealer.
Take your makeup off as soon as you can and try to spend your free time without powder on your face.
Dehydrated and dry skin are the same
False. When skin is dehydrated, it lacks moisture on the surface. Dry skin is a completely different condition, it lacks oils and not water. Most of us have dehydrated skin. Although it feels dry, it’s just the lack of water.
But, if you apply creams for dry skin to dehydrated skin, you opt for a real disaster. So, the best thing to do is to use peeling at least once a week and generously apply moisturizing products. If it doesn’t get any better in two months, visit your dermatologist, who can tell you if you have dry skin or not.
So, now that you know the truth, if you are ready for a good beauty cleansing treatment, try out some of these homemade solutions. Remember, our goal is to get back that radiant glow, reduce wrinkles, banish the blemish, make pores less visible and firm the skin.
Home Remedies For Beauty Treatment – Cleansing your skin
- Mash cucumbers and strain the juice. Smear the juice on clean skin and leave it for a while.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of potato flour with 2 tablespoons of glycerin and half a cup of water. Fill up a pot with water, put the mixture in a pan and cook over the pot with the water. Make sure its not boiling. Cool and apply on face as a face wash.
- Mix 40gm of orange flowers to 40gm of rose water, 40gm of distilled water, 5gm of alcohol, 5gm of glycerin, and 20gm of colon water. Use as a face wash.
- Mash and strain strawberries, apply the juice on clean skin and leave for a while.
- Mash strawberries and strain them, apply the strawberries on face for 20 minutes and wash.
- Melt some yeast in water and apply on face once a week.
- Grind an onion and Rub on face.
- Boil rosemary leaves in 1/4 liter of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of brandy. Apply as a face wash with a cotton ball.
- Cleansing face, Mix: half a cup of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of yeast and 1 teaspoon of yeast sprout oil; apply on face for 15 minutes and wash.
Wow, that’s a lot of info, isn’t it, but it ain’t all, check this homemade recipes list:
Cleansing Creams, Milks and Scrubs
Apricot Butter Cold Cream (For Dry Skin)
- 10 oz apricot kernel oil
- 2 oz cocoa butter
- 2 oz beeswax
Heat all in top of double boiler until wax and butter are melted. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and cooled. Transfer to jars, cap and refrigerate.
Buttermilk and Fennel Cleansing Milk (For Oily Skin)
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 Tbsp crushed fennel seeds
Heat the milk and fennel seeds in top of double boiler for 30 minutes. Turn off heat, let steep for 2 hours. Strain, cool, pour into bottle and refrigerate. Keeps for 2 weeks.
Chamomile Cleansing Milk (For Dry and Sensitive Skin)
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 Tbsp chamomile flowers, fresh or dried
Simmer ingredients in top of a double boiler for about 30 minutes, do not allow milk to boil. Turn off heat and let sit for about 2 hours, strain. Keep refrigerated. Apply with cotton balls to the face. Variations: Use elderflowers, sweet violets or lime blossoms in place of chamomile
Cornmeal Cleanser (for Oily Skin)
- Castile soap
- 1 Tsp Cornmeal
Wet face. Pour a little castile soap into the palm of your hand, add cornmeal. Mix meal and soap into a lather, wash face, being careful to avoid the delicate skin around the eyes.
Honey Cleanser (For Dry Skin)
- Castile soap
- 1 Tsp Honey
Wet face. Pour a little castile soap into the palm of your hand, add honey. Mix honey and soap into a lather, wash face.
Honey Almond Scrub
- 2 Tbsp almonds
- 2 tsp milk
- 1/2 tsp flour
- 1/2 tsp honey
Grind almonds in a blender. Add milk, flour and honey, mixing until a thick paste is formed. Rub into skin, rinse with warm water followed by the pH balancer.
Honey ‘n Oats Scrub
- 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tsp ground almonds
Moisten face with a warm washcloth then apply mixture to face avoiding the sensitive area around the eyes. Let mixture dry, then remove with a warm, damp washcloth.
Lemon Cleansing Cream (For Oily Skin)
- 1 Tbsp beeswax
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Unpetroleum Jelly (available in natural foods stores)
- 3 Tbsp jojoba oil
- 1 Tbsp witch hazel
- 1 Tbsp strained lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp borax
- 6 drops essential oil of lemon
Melt beeswax and unpetroleum jelly over low heat. Add warmed jojoba oil to wax and jelly mixture, blending for 3-5 minutes. Mix witch hazel and lemon juice, warm gently, mix in borax until dissolved. Slowly add this to the wax mixture, beating until cool and creamy. After completely cooled, add lemon oil, spoon into clean jar.
Milk and Honey Cleanser
- Mix 1 tsp warm honey with 1 tablespoon milk or cream.
This recipe should be prepared fresh each time.
Peppermint Patty Scrub (For Oily Skin)
- 2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almonds
- 2 tsp dried lavender
- 2 tsp dried peppermint
- 2 cup white cosmetic clay
Grind oats, almonds and herbs to a very fine powder in blender or with a mortar and pestle. Mix ground herbs with clay, store in covered container. To use: mix 1 heaping tsp of mixture with water to make a paste. Massage into skin then rinse well with warm water.
Sesame Oil Cleanser (For Dry Skin)
Apply sesame oil to face and neck. Remove oil and makeup with a washcloth that has been soaked in hot water and wrung out.
Sweet Butter Cleansing Cream (For Dry Skin)
Whip sweet, unsalted butter, transfer to container with a tid lid. May be stored at room temperature away from heat sources or refrigerate.
Grind almonds to a fine powder in a blender. Wet face then rub on almond powder. Rinse. Store powder in a tighly sealed container.
Orange & Oats Scrubbing Grains
- 1 cup dried orange peel
- 1 cup cooked oatmeal
- 1 cup almonds
Place peels, oats, and almonds in food processor, blend until mixture is a fine powder. Place some in the palm of your hand and moisten with a few drops of warm water. Rub paste onto face with a gentle circular motion. Rinse with warm water.
What?, you still want more?, follow this interesting tutorial…
Skin improvement tutorial
Here’s what you need: a bathrobe, some relaxing music, essential oils, a good bath brush on a long handle, bath salts, a handful of sea-salt, your usual cream, toner and a mild anti-inflammation solution.During this reviving treatment, you should eat only antioxidants (orange, yellow, red and green vegetables and fruits, sea food and brown rice). Drink spring water with a twist of lemon or lime.
How to start? Turn your mobile off, TV as well, heat up your bathroom and light a few candles. Put your favourite relax CD on and just sit still for a few minutes.
While showering, use the brush to get rid of dry skin. Moderation is the word here, be gentle. If you rub your skin too vigorously, you could induce an inflammation. Brush your skin in slow, circular moves. Wash well and apply a toner and a cream generously o your whole body.
Do a gommage, very popular in pricey European spas. Mix 30 grams of hard sea salt with 12 drops of essential oil (blueberry, grapefruit or lemon) and enough warm water to make an even paste. Put on a bathing glove and start massaging your body with the mixture. Pay special attention to your thighs, behind and stomach. This peeling will relieve you of dead skin cells, cleanse pores, and activate the capillaries, enhancing lymph-drainage. You’ll get rid of various toxins this way.
Have fun and enjoy the benefits of natural treatments.