Surprising Skin Care Products You Have In Your Kitchen
When you look in the mirror the night before a huge event, there is nothing worse than seeing you’ve broken out. However, this doesn’t mean you have to rush to the drug store. Interestingly, it has been discovered that many medicine cabinet and pantry staples actually moonlight as breakout busters. You may feel a little silly with slices of potatoes or aspirin on your face, but sometimes, when it comes to skin care, the simplest methods are the most effective. Here are six simple, gentle ingredients that have surprising skin-care benefits:
Aspirin Mask: Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is one of the most common (and gentlest) treatments for acne and inflammation. When combined with moisturizing honey (which also has natural anti-bacterial properties), crushed aspirin can make a big difference on acne-prone skin. Mix five to seven crushed aspirin pills with a touch of water to make a paste. Mix in one teaspoon of honey, and apply to skin for seven-to-15 minutes and rinse.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This humble pantry staple contains malic and lactic acids, which can treat acne while also exfoliating and reducing red marks. To make apple cider vinegar into a toner, simply mix one-part vinegar with one-part distilled water and apply to clean skin.
Egg Whites: You already know that high-protein egg whites are good for your waistline, but these nutrient powerhouses also have a myriad of skin benefits. The B vitamins and zinc found in egg whites provide all-natural skin regulating benefits. Apply egg white to clean skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse. Easy peasy!
Oatmeal: If your skin is dry as well as acne-prone, try an oatmeal mask. The starch in oatmeal absorbs excess oil while also soothing sensitive skin. Boil three-quarters of a cup of oats in one cup of water. Let cool, then add one-fourth of a cup of honey. Apply to clean skin, let dry for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse.
Potato Slices: The simple spud contains nutrients that can help heal acne. This vitamin-packed starch contains potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, and chloride — all of which are known to help heal blemishes. In addition, potatoes can have an astringent effect on skin, which can exfoliate and lighten post-acne marks or scars. Either grate a peeled potato or slice it up and apply to your skin for about 30 minutes, then rinse.
Baking Soda: If gentle exfoliation is what you’re looking for, try baking soda. This old-school treatment will slough away dead-skin cells and leave your skin glowing. Apply to skin with a bit of water so that a paste forms. Massage, then rinse.
Now that you’re on your way to a glowing complexion with just the items from your pantry, find out even more about how to keep your skin in tip-top shape by contacting the Paradise Valley Skin Klinic today.