Ideas for Natural Skin Care on a Budget
by James McDonnel
We all want to have healthy, glowing skin. But when we are on a tight budget, skin care is often one of the first areas we cut back on. However just because we don’t want to spend a fortune doesn’t mean we can’t take good care of our skin.
Here you will learn how to look after your skin using home made remedies and techniques. Most of the ingredients you will need for these remedies can be found in your kitchen cupboard or purchased cheaply. You will also learn the steps you need to take to maintain healthy skin over the long term.
How to Prevent Dry Skin
Avocado makes for an excellent face mask as it is packed with Vitamins C and E as well as fatty acids. The fatty acids in Avocado soften your skin while the vitamins supply it with healthy nutrients.
To start you will need a mixing bowel and an avocado. Slice the avocado in half and then mash until it forms a paste. Add almond oil to the mixture to increase the amount of moisture and add a couple of slices of banana for extra nutrients. Cleanse your face with cold water and then pat with warm water. Apply the avocado paste to your face and wait for fifteen minutes. Clean your face thoroughly and pat dry.
Curing Your Acne the Natural Way
Acne is a commonly thought of primarily as a teenage problem. However, according to the American Academy of Dermatology 80% of people in their twenties and thirties suffer from either mild or moderate acne. Curing your acne does not have to be expensive and you don’t need to resort to artificial chemicals. Here you will learn a simple natural remedy you can use to fix your acne.
Take equal parts baking soda and water and mix together in a bowl until they form a paste. Then take the paste and apply it to the skin for fifteen minutes. After fifteen minutes is up remove the paste using soap and water.
Processed foods such as baked goods and confectionery are also a common cause of acne. Try and remove as many of these from your diet. The cleaner you can keep your diet the better results you will get from using the method mentioned above.
How to Slow Aging Skin Naturally
If you are suffering from age spots you should apply lemon juice to the affected area twice a day. Leave the lemon juice in place for thirty minutes before removing. As an alternative you can use yogurt mixed with honey.
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging but their appearance can be reduced. Take a grape and slice it in half. Rub the grape on the fine lines of your wrinkles. Let the juice from the grape soak in for twenty minutes and then wash off with warm water. Allow your skin to dry in the air rather than with a towel. This is effective because grapes contain alpha-hydroxy acid which helps to remove the dead skin cells.
The other important part of preventing aging is nutrition. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water each day. You want to drink at least eight glasses of water a day in order to stay properly dehydrated.
You also need to make sure that you are getting enough essential fatty acids. Good sources include fatty fish such as sardines and salmon. You should also add flaxseed or walnut oil to your salads. When storing flaxseed and walnut oil you should keep it properly refrigerated to retain its effectiveness.
Reduce the Amount of Sugar in Your Diet
One of the most common causes of poor skin is too much sugar in your diet. If you have excess sugar in your bloodstream over time it will cause what is known as glycation. This is where the sugar molecules adhere to protein molecules.
From these new molecules known as Advanced Glycation End Products or AGES are formed. These attack the collagen found in the skin and cartilage which in turn causes the skin to lose its elasticity.
One of the reasons that people consume so much sugar is simply because they are unaware how common place it is. Most drinks contain at least some sugar as do many processed foods. In order to reduce the sugar first starts to make a note of which foods you are eating contain sugar.
Try and replace as many processed foods as possible with unprocessed alternatives such as grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes. Try switching out coffee and black tea for green tea as this contains a large number of anti-oxidants and nutrients which are good for the skin. Also drink water instead of sugary drinks such as colas, sports drinks and juices. Even a small change to your diet can make a significant impact on the amount of sugar that you are consuming.
(James McDonnel is a passionate freelance writer who loves sharing health tips. James writes for SolsticeMed.com, which is one of the most powerful Chinese-American pharmaceutical enterprises in the country.)