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D-I-Y Kitchen Skincare!

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In keeping with the "Go Green" theme, I am sharing some of the best products to use that are natural, organic, and can be found right at home! If you don't like making your own skincare treats at home, there are plenty of natural alternatives available in stores everywhere... otherwise, enjoy these skincare tips and tricks using products you would find in your own kitchen!

Oatmeal/Yogurt Face Mask
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3-4 tablespoons of unflavored instant oats

Mix together until it becomes a spreadable paste (...sounds luxurious!), then wait until the oats soften and release their oat goodness into the yogurt. Apply to your face. This should most likely be done over a sink because oat crumbles may fall off. Keep the mask on until it begins to feel tight. Then wash off with warm water and a washcloth. If you need to, moisturize afterwards... otherwise, enjoy your smooth, soft skin!

It sounds gross, it looks gross, it smells kind of good... but most importantly... it is EXCELLENT for your skin! The oatmeal will exfoliate, calm and soothe, and the yogurt will naturally moisturize and balance out your skin. Also, yogurt is laden with probiotics that encourage good bacteria, which is essential to fighting off the bad bacteria, such as that trapped in acne, etc.
Want a natural alternative to Vaseline, Aquaphor, and other petroleum jelly/mineral oil based products? Try Crisco!!! I am not crazy. Crisco is shortening, not lard! It is made from vegetable oils that will comfort, soften, and moisturize the skin. It contains Vitamin E, which is great for skin as well. Crisco is also great for people who suffer from Eczema, like myself. It makes an excellent hand cream and body cream, and, if you're brave enough, you can even use it on your face. Crisco, when used in moderation, should not clog your pores, but everyone's skin is different. If you've got a rough patch of skin, give it a shot :)
Aspirin Mask for blemishes or milia:

Dissolve several tablets of uncoated aspirin in a small amount of hot water (optional: add a tablespoon of honey into the aspirin to make it easier to spread). Apply to your face, or just to blemishes, and leave on for 15 minutes or so. Wash off and you should be good to go!
If you are looking for a natural toner, try diluting Apple Cider Vinegar! For a quick, cheap exfoliant, try Baking Soda or Sugar!

What are your tried and true D-I-Y skincare tips? Prefer sticking to store-bought products?

Let me know!

jie-jie said...
April 25, 2008 at 5:13 AM  

i used to use aspirin mask, and maybe that's why i didn't break out so much then. now, i'm just too lazy. i used an aztec clay mask with acv and it broke me out. I wasn't sure if it was the vinegar or the mask. but i might try this acv toner. many people raved about it so far.

Angel said...
April 25, 2008 at 7:35 AM  

I used Vaseline, Aquaphor and even Honey and grapefruit balm from NUXE, may be Crisco can become my secret weapon. I'll try!!!

skin beauty maven said...
May 6, 2008 at 3:43 AM  

I believe brown sugar and lemon (or calamansi) will do the trick in exfoliating one's face and getting rid of dead skin and deep-seated dirt.

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