Contributed by: Blanca Ciotoiu
Home made recipes are the alternative to skin care products. Not only are they completely natural, but it won't cost the earth. Most of this skin care recipes can be done from the comfort of your own home, mainly with ingredients that we already have in our kitchen.
The only inconvenience about homemade recipes for skin care, is that any leftovers can be kept in the fridge for no longer than twenty four hours, so try to make only the necessary amount and you will be saving some money.
Here is a selection of homemade recipes for skin care
1- Avocado skin care mask
Avocados are very rich in vitamin e and c, protecting cells from external factors. Mix half ripe avocado with a spoon of olive oil. Apply it over a clean face, leave it on for twenty five minutes and rinse off with warm water.
2- Lemon juice exfoliator
Lemons are rich in vitamin c, which is a potent antioxidant. Mix one spoon of sugar with some lemon juice. Rub it gently over the face, avoiding the eye area. Cleanse with warm water. Don't use if you have sensitive areas on your skin.
3- Grapes to diminish sunspots
Grapes contain up to twenty antioxidants, and are a good source of vitamins and minerals. To diminish sunspots, rub half grape over the skin, before bedtime. Rinse off with warm water the next day. Use sunblock with at least SPF 15 every day.
4- Tomato skin care mask.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which are antioxidant red pigments that helps to prevent some forms of cancer. They are also a good source of vitamin c and alpha-lipoic-acid. Mix a mashed ripe tomato with two teaspoons of natural yogurt. Apply it over the face, and leave it on for twenty five minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
5- Strawberry cleansing milk.
Strawberries are very rich in vitamin c and ellagiac acid, which helps to activate the body's natural defences. Put in the mixer some strawberries with a little bit of milk. Cleanse your face with this mixture and a cotton. Throw away any remaining product.
6- Carrot rejuvenating mask.
This is another great homemade recipe for skin care, that will rejuvenate the skin. Carrots are rich in carotenoids, which give them their orange colour. Boil two carrots, mash them and add one spoon of honey. Use the carrots while they are still warm. Apply it over a clean face and leave it on for fifteen minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
7- Cocoa anti wrinkle mask.
Cocoa contains coenzyme q10, which is essential for good cell function. Is a great antioxidant, protecting the body and skin from free radical damage. Mix 100 gr of cocoa powder with one spoon of olive oil. Add some fresh cream and mix all the ingredients until consistent. Apply this mixture over the face, and leave it on for fifteen minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
8- Exfoliate your skin with yogurt
Yogurt is rich in lactic acid. Mix two spoons of natural yogurt with one spoon of honey. Apply over the face and neck and leave it on for about twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water and apply a moisturizer.
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