The Best Skincare Treatments to Try At Home

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Guest Post | Contributor: Carolyn Clarke

The skin is one of the most important parts of our bodies to care for, as it is our largest organ and first line of defense against bacteria and dirt. Often, drugstore products are packed with chemicals that can harm or dry skin, only contributing to our skincare woes. For these situations, consider trying one of these 5 skincare treatments to try in the comfort of your home!

Most of the following skincare treatments can be performed with the ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. Inexpensive and perfect for travel, these products will have your skin flawless and smooth in no time.

Microdermabrasion Crystals for Flawless Skin

Microdermabrasion crystals are one of the easiest ways to get flawless skin without the high spa prices. Highly versatile and all-natural, the white aluminum oxide crystals are mother nature’s way of pampering your pores.
The microdermabrasion crystals smooth and cleanse your skin as fine particles enter your pores, unclogging any trapped dirt or oil.

For the perfect at-home microdermabrasion scrub, all you’ll need is:

 1 tsp. microdermabrasion crystals (120 grit for best results)
 2 tbsp. jojoba oil
 Moisturizing lotion (optional)

First, make sure your skin is thoroughly cleaned. Then, combine 1 tsp. of microdermabrasion crystals with 2 tbsp. of jojoba oil. Gently rub in a circular motion across your face, making sure to capture your T-zone. Rinse your face and pat dry. Apply your favorite moisturizer to soothe any possible irritation from over scrubbing.

Don’t have oil in your pantry? No problem! Simply add a teaspoon of the crystals to your favorite face wash. Microdermabrasion crystals can work on any part of the body that has rough or dry skin. Put a small amount of the crystals in a salt shaker for the ultimate travel beauty kit!

Oatmeal Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

Acne can be one of the most embarrassing and distracting skincare problems. Instead of covering it up with makeup and products that can dry your skin, try this at-home oatmeal face mask instead. Rich with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, oatmeal is one of the best ingredients for at-home skincare treatments.

To make this mask at home, all you’ll need is:

 1 tbsp. ground oatmeal
 1 tsp. microdermabrasion crystals
 1 tbsp. milk
 1 tsp. honey

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and gently tap them onto your clean face with a wash cloth or napkin. Wait for about 10-15 minutes for the milk to seep into your skin, allowing the oatmeal to act as a sponge, absorbing any excess oils or impurities. The honey will then work as a natural moisturizer that will leave your skin fragrant and smooth.

Baking Soda & Lemon Deodorant  to Fight Body Odor

yellow-763833_960_720.jpgAs we get older and our bodies change, so do our pH levels. A deodorant that used to work for us in the past may not get the job done anymore. However, you don’t need to travel with a tiny deodorant in your pocket or check your underarms to make sure you’re still smelling fresh.

A convenient and cheap supplement to your deodorant of choice is a baking soda and lemon underarm skin care regimen. The high acidity of lemon kills any odor-causing bacteria that may linger, while the baking soda balances any acids and irregular pH.

To make this natural, at-home deodorant you’ll need:

 1 slice of lemon
 1 tsp. baking soda

After your shower, place 1 tsp. of baking soda on the lemon slice. Wait for about 1 minute for the lemon to fizz the baking soda, and then gently rub on your arm. Be careful not to use this option after shaving your underarms, as it may irritate or sting your skin.

Sugar and Honey Scrub for Dry Lips

Our lips are highly sensitive to sun exposure and cold weather, making them one of the easiest parts of the skin to flake and dry. Get ultra-smooth lips with this brown sugar and honey scrub. Strikingly similar to most store-bought lip smoothing products and gels, this at-home skincare routine will be your next favorite beauty secret.

For soft lips, all you’ll need is:

 1 tsp. honey
 1/4 tsp. brown sugar

Simply mix the honey and sugar in a small bowl or plate and dab it across your lips with the tip of your finger, being careful not to over scrub. If you don’t have brown or coarse sugar, microdermabrasion crystals or kosher salt work just as well.

For lips with a lot of damage, you can add more sugar to the mixture for a dense scrub. When you’re done, gently wipe it off with a napkin and add your favorite lip balm or gloss. Voila! Your lips are ready to shine.

Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner for a Dry Scalp

Apple_cider_vinegar.jpgA common, yet embarrassing skincare problem is a dry, flaky scalp that will leave small particles clinging to your hair. However, conditioners and shampoos can be costly and effective when used daily.

Try making this at-home apple cider and vinegar conditioner to combat flakes and unwanted odors.

For a hydrated and flake-free scalp, you’ll need:

 1 cup of water
 2-4 tbs. apple cider vinegar
 1 tsp. lavender or tea tree oil (optional)

Mix the water and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl before you shower. Since vinegar has an easily identifiable smell, you can choose for a more fragrant finish by adding lavender or tea tree oil. In addition to providing a nice smell, they add shine and help fight dandruff.

After you have rinsed off your shampoo in the shower, grab your bowl and gently pour it over your hair, making sure to avoid your eyes. Gently massage the oils into your scalp for about two minutes, then rinse clean. Repeat this skincare regimen about twice a week for fast results.

Now that you understand the best skincare treatments to try at home, you can rest assured that you will have soft skin and fragrant hair in no time!

Author Bio:
Carolyn Clarke is a professional makeup artist and a freelance beauty writer from Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, she has helped many clients with skincare problems achieve luminous and healthy skin tone. When she is not busy with work, she enjoys exercising and reading.

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