Blemishes, stretchmarks, scars, burns, dry skin, and oily skin.
Most of us suffer from some sort of skin problem. I’m a Nineteen year old girl who has had every problem under the sun at some time or another. I don’t claim to be a skin care guru, but I do have some helpful tips!!
Lavender~ Lavender is an Antiseptic and a relaxant. Adding a few drops of lavender oil to water and then cleansing the face helps relieve the pours of bacteria while making you feel more at ease!
Tomato~ Tomato juice (Fresh, not store bought) works great to remove unwanted excess oil.
Cucumber~ CUCUMBER IS MY FAVORITE, I use cucumber on my face all the time and I love it. Im actually growing it in my garden this year so i can use my own organic products for my face! Cucumber works as a coolant somewhat like aloe for sunburns, it tightens pours, reduces swelling, and clears up dark bags under the eyes.
Lemon~ (Warning, Lemon juice is acidic and can hurt sensitive skin.) Lemon juice decreases swelling, which is the worst part in my opinion because if I notice its there, I cant stop touching it.
Mint~ “You’ve probably never considered rubbing mint oil on your face to prevent pimples from popping up or to treat wounds and rashes. Mint oil, however, has served as a natural astringent, and people have used it to treat these problems for a long time. What makes mint helpful in treating inflammations such as acne is its high content of salicylic acid [source: Web MD]. This acid, which is found naturally in mint, is an active ingredient used in many skin care products. The acid loosens up dead skin cells, allowing them to shed easier. That has the potential to prevent your pores from clogging up, resulting in fewer pimples and clearer skin.”
Coconut oil~ Coconut oil is a great moisturizer, Many pregnant women swear by its effectiveness on treating* stretch marks. I put the asterisk there because you cant really treat a stretch mark, they are said to be genetic, and once you get them they don’t go away, but some products help to fade them and reduce your chances of getting them. Applying coconut oil to scars also helps to fade them, but I have no experience with this. The oil is also good for dry damaged hair, applying it to your roots and ends acts as a healthy conditioner.
Vitamin E oil~ Vitamin E is an Antioxidant which means it helps slow down processes that damage cells. When applied to skin in an oil substance, it helps dry skin, (Which I put on my acne during the healing process, helps my make up to go over it without looking all flakey and gross.) and increasing the elasticity of your skin. Another thing pregnant women swear by for the fight against stretch marks.
“Pure vitamin E oil is extremely versatile. A major benefit of vitamin E oil for the skin is that it helps the healing process. As vitamin E is absorbed by the epidermis layer of the skin, it can be used for treating sunburn or protecting you from the sun. Another wonderful benefit of vitamin E oil is that it can be used to treat scars, acne, and wrinkles because it speeds up cell regeneration. This creates an anti-aging effect, which makes the skin look younger.”
Silica Complex~ So here’s a quicky fact about silica complex. Some women get a cyst in the opening of their vagina, its called a Bartholin cyst. Its caused by a back up in the gland that excretes your vagina lubricant stuff. Many women SWEAR by this, if you take the pill form (The only form?) of silica complex, just above the daily recommended dosage, it helps to reduce the size of the cyst if not make it disappear all together. Other than that, silica is good for your hair nails and skin. There is no scientific evidence that it does so, other than it does, Ahaha.
Honey~ (DONT GIVE TO CHILDREN UNDER 2) Honey is god. No, but seriously. Honey is awesome. Here is Web MD’s little rant on honey, “Wound healing. Applying honey preparations directly to wounds or using dressings containing honey seems to improve healing. Several small clinical trials and case reports describe the use of honey or honey-soaked dressings for various types of wounds, including wounds after surgery, chronic leg ulcers, abscesses, burns, abrasions, cuts, and places where skin was taken for grafting. Honey seems to reduce odors and pus, help clean the wound, reduce infection, reduce pain, and decrease time to healing. In some reports, wounds healed with honey after other treatments failed to work." Its a moisturizer, works for sunburns, and dont even let me get started on how it helps when ingested…Okay im going to tell you anyways. Honey soothes sore throats, helps to reduce coughing, acts as an anti-fungal, A mild laxative, and heres where you can read up on about 70 more uses:
Tea-Tree Oil~ Tea Tree oil works as an antiseptic, It reduces the amount of bacteria on the skin. It works about the same as Benzoyl peroxide, taking slightly longer, but people who use it report that their skin burns and itches less. Its a good alternative.
Calendula Oil~ This oil from the marigold flower is another great antiseptic. It works below the skin and is particularly effective at treating those nasty puss-filled blemishes. Apply directly to blemishes daily.
Argan oil~Skin Moisturizer, hair conditioner, and face toner. Its great, here’s more info:
1. Make a Cucumber Toner
This formula is inspired by one in the book Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends–itis very mild and works well for all skin types. If you ever wake up feeling like your face is a little puffy, this toner is your best bet for calming and tightening your skin.
½ cucumber with peel, chopped
3 tablespoons witch hazel
2 tablespoons distilled water
Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove all of the solids, then pour the toner into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store this toner in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life—it should last for several weeks. To use, apply the toner to your face using a clean cotton ball.
2. Make a Cucumber Avocado Facial Mask
The next two formulas are from the Cucumber Growers Association, and are simple yet sumptuous treats for your face.
½ cup chopped cucumber
½ cup chopped avocado
1 egg white
2 teaspoons powdered milk
Blend all the ingredients together until they form a smooth, paste-like consistency. The mask can either be used immediately or left in the fridge for half an hour first. Massage 2 tbsp of the mask onto face and neck using circular upward motions. Relax for 30 minutes, or until the mask is dry. Rinse off with warm water, then follow with a cold water rinse. Pat dry.
3. Make a Cucumber & Yogurt Mask
This one is good for combination sin
1 tbsp plain/natural yogurt
Puree the cucumber in a blender. Mix in the yoghurt. Apply all over face and neck. Relax for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then follow with a splash of cold water.
4. Make a Cucumber Anti-Blemish Face Mask
From the book, The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book by Jo Fairley
1-inch chunk of cucumber
1 drop rosemary essential oil
1 egg white
Whizz the cucumber in a blender until it becomes completely liquid, then add the drop of rosemary essential oil. Whisk the egg white until stiff, fold in the cucumber mixture and smooth over the face avoiding the eyes and mouth area. Remove after 15 minutes using a clean, damp washcloth.
"A lot of paste can be made with the help of honey to treat acne. We can make a paste using oatmeal powder, lemon juice, turmeric, curd, crushed green tea leaves and honey and apply it on our face for 30 minutes. Honey can also be mixed with aspirin to remove pimples. We can also apply honey directly over the pimples and then cover it with clean Band Aid and leave it overnight. In the morning when we will remove the Band Aid, then there will not be a single spot of acne left on our skin. Paste of honey and Cinnamon powder also proves to be very efficacious in healing pimples. Mixture made from honey, lemon juice and kosher salt helps to treat pimples and at the same time sterilizes and exfoliates the skin. Honey and pure lemon juice when mixed together also do wonders in curing acne.”
"Lemon is the key ingredient in most of the remedies which are used to treat acne. We can directly massage the slice of lemon over acne to treat it. This will not only treat pimples but will also remove the dark spots left behind and will also minimize oil production thereby preventing the future formation of pimples. Lemon juice can also be mixed with rosewater or groundnut oil and the mixture has to be applied evenly on the pimples to cure them. Lemon is not suitable for sensitive skin as its acidic nature can cause burning sensation in the skin.“
"Pulp of ripe tomatoes is often used to treat acne as it absorbs the excess oil which is produced thereby removing acne to the fullest. Pulp of tomatoes can also be mixed with cucumber juice to prevent formation of bacteria which the one of the major cause of acne plus it has an added advantage of fairing the complexion. Tomato juice when added with turmeric and curd and applied over acne provides instant results. Make sure to leave the paste on acne for 20 minutes to let it dry and then rinse it off with cold water.”
Feel free to add your own remedies and knowledge, and correct me if need be! :) Enjoy guys! <3