Easy skin care is as simple as looking in your pantry and perhaps your refrigerator. So if you can’t make it to the spa or don’t have a budget for professional skin care items or regimens, try these simple to find and use skin care farm fresh ingredients.
Milk and honey: Cleopatra is one of our favorite legendary beauties, and was known for her flawless skin. History tells us that she bathed milk, honey and olive oil. All three of these ingredients are still commonly found in facial treatments done in some of the finest spas in the country. Next time you need a body treatment, look no further than your pantry!
Rose water: Rose water speaks of romance and luxury now, and dates back to ancient Egypt, where it did as well. Rose water prevents aging by reducing wrinkles and tightening skin pores. It was also used as a cleanser because it can easily remove dirt, oil and other pollutants from the skin.
Avocado: Avocado was used centuries ago by Aztec civilizations as a skin moisturizer. Avocado oil will help to balance the skin by reducing pore size to produce healthy looking skin. The oil is easily absorbed by human skin and it will not clog pores.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is inexpensive and oh so useful. Try it as a makeup remover (including waterproof mascara). Massage it into your cuticles and hands; elbows knees and feet also love the restorative results from coconut oil.
Beet Juice: This natural stain has been used in many parts of the world as a lip and cheek stain. Long lasting color that compliments any natural skin tone, beet juice is safe and easily applied.
Lemons: Lemons are useful in so many ways. Add to baking powder and apply to blemishes. Use with a lotion or carrier oil to even skin hyperpigmentation.
Olive Oil: The oil that most mimic’s sebum is ideal for slathering everywhere or simply adding to your bath. Choose cold pressed, light. Add a luxurious essential oil like a few drops of rose, verbena, rosewood or geranium.
Nut Scrubs: While sugar and salt have often been used in spas and in home treatments, for many these grains are too irritating to use on the body and certainly
on one’s face and neck. Use a coffee grinder to grind the nuts to the texture you would like. Add jojoba or hazelnut oil if you are treating dry skin and aloe if you have oily skin for the face.
Lemon: Cut the lemon in two parts and dip your fingers inside, so that all your nails enter. Keep it for 10 minutes, this will strengthen your nails and prevent their fragility.
Asprin: Asprin mimics glycolic and various enzymatic peeling agents. Ideal for the feet before a good buffing and pedicure, just 4 tablets of generic Asprin in a warm foot bath does the trick.
Eggs: Preferably choose those eggs high in Omega 3’s, free range and organic fed. Use the whites for tightening up the texture of the skin. Then take the yolk and create a multi-layer masque using mayonnaise or creamy peanut butter.