Get Gorgeous Glowing Skin
It’s long been said that beauty is only skin deep – but the appearance of our skin can still tell a whole lot about us.
While what goes INTO to our bodies is important, there are still natural topical remedies we can use to keep us looking radiant – particularly in view of Valentine’s celebrations this month when we may want to do a little extra to look our best for a special night with a loved one.
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For an inexpensive and readily available natural product that will nourish your skin and keep you beautiful, look no further than aloe vera. You may very well have it growing in your backyard.
Aloe vera contains vitamins and minerals that can help eczema and psoriasis flare ups. It is ideal if you’re looking for a natural alternative for these bothersome skin conditions. It also has many other skin benefits:
Effective toner: Using aloe vera after washing your face will help keep it tight without over drying your skin. Since it has ingredients that brighten the skin and prevent acne breakouts, it is excellent to use before applying moisturiser.
Exfoliator: Aloe softens skin and provides the cells with oxygen. What’s more, it helps strengthen tissue that gives a more glowing appearance. Apply especially to the drier areas such as the knees, arms, elbows and heels.
Makeup Remover: To avoid using makeup removers with contain harsh chemicals that can make your skin dry, simply apply the gel on a cotton ball, and wipe the desired area for a refreshed feeling.
Eyebrow tamer: Apply gel to an eyebrow brush and glide across your brows to keep them in place.
Shaving balm: Antibacterial, aloe helps with shaving nicks. The slippery feel gives a closer shave, and also serves as a moisturiser.
Anti-wrinkle: Applying the gel and drinking aloe vera juice over a period of time helps to reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.
Emergency acne treatment: Aloe vera helps reduce inflammation, the cause of many breakouts, and helps reduce redness.
While honey is considered a healthier sweetener, it also boasts myriad skin and hair benefits. It is well known that ancient beauties regularly applied a mixture of honey and milk to the face to keep their skin looking smooth, youthful and radiant.
So before you spend an exorbitant sum on commercial anti-aging and moisturising creams, why not try some easy, home-made honey remedies?
Produced in nature from the alchemy of bees gathering nectar, pollen and resins from flowers, honey can help moisturise and fight aging and bacteria. Plus, it’s rich in nutrients, antioxidants and healing compounds.
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Be sure to choose RAW honey (unfiltered and unheated) as this contains more active phytonutrient antioxidants and enzymes for enhanced benefits.
Here are a few ways to put this wonder of nature to use:
Pore cleanser: The enzymes in raw honey clarify the skin and keep pores clear and clean. It gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils as is the case with foaming cleansers and soaps, causing the skin to overproduce oil.
Combined with coconut oil, the antibacterial properties are magnified, preventing build-up of bacteria that can cause skin imbalances and break-outs.
Mix a teaspoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil until you get a spreadable consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin, and gently massage in a circular motion, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with tepid water.
Moisturising mask: Honey is a natural hydrator, drawing moisture from the air into the skin, ensuring it is retained in the layers for long-lasting effects. It works well on all skin types, balancing oily skin and moisturising dry skin. Since it is so gentle and nurturing to the skin, it is ideal for very sensitive skin and conditions like rosacea and eczema.
Honey’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties also help protect the skin from sun damage, supporting the skin’s ability to rejuvenate, leaving it soft and supple.
Spread a teaspoon of raw honey on clean, dry skin. Allow to sit for 15 – 20 mins before rinsing with tepid water.
Excellent exfoliator: Added to baking soda, a gentle natural exfoliator, it removes dead skin, allowing new cells to emerge.
Combine two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of baking soda. Splash your skin with water, then gently rub on your face or body using a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly.
Acne treatment: One of the most common natural skin care benefits with honey is related to treatment of minor acne, which can be caused by hormonal changes or “heatiness in the body”, or the imbalance of yin and yang in the body, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The natural antibacterial and probiotic properties of raw honey effectively reduce breakouts and prevent recurrence. Although any raw honey works well, manuka honey boasts superior antibacterial and healing properties, and is therefore recommended for acne-prone skin.
Scar Fading: Reputed to lighten skin, honey’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help reduce the appearance of scars, and promote healing and tissue regeneration.
Coconut or olive oil also help revitalise cells, and frequent massage will increase circulation to aid skin recovery and cell turnover.
Mix one teaspoon of raw honey with one teaspoon of coconut or olive oil. Apply to relevant areas, massaging with fingertips in a circular motion for a minute or two. Place a hot washcloth over the skin, and allow to sit until cool. Repeat daily.
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