Winter weather doing a number on your skin? Forego those costly cosmetic fixes for tried-and-true at-home treatments that go the distance in helping you get that glow.
Our face is our most precious possession – the part of us that everyone sees day in, day out. But the products we use to care for this most treasured personal resource are often expensive – and they don’t have to be.
Improving your skin doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some tips to enhance your skin on a budget:
For less than 500 baisas a box, you can scrub your skin clean. Simply mix a small amount of baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to your skin gently, massaging with small, circular motions. Leave the baking soda on your face for 20 minutes then rinse off the paste with warm water. Exfoliate once or twice to remove dead skin and other blockages from your pores.
Shaving cream is aerated so cans don’t last long. Replacing shaving cream canisters quickly becomes expensive. Many shaving creams contain chemicals and fragrances that irritate skin, leading to dry patches and acne.
Switching to shaving oil can reduce expenses while also improving skin. A little shaving oil goes a long way – and some brands contain essential oils such as sunflower, bergamot, avocado, grapefruit and tangerine; all of which help condition skin and obviate pre-shaves and aftershaves.
Soap dries skin, which leads skin cells to over-produce oil and create a vicious cycle of breakouts. The skin naturally produces oil for a reason so instead of stripping oil away from your skin, give your face what it wants – more of it.
Mix 25 per cent castor oil with 75 per cent of another oil – sunflower, safflower, coconut or extra virgin olive oil work well. Put a small amount of the oil mixture in your hands, then rub it between your palms to create warmth.
Thoroughly massage the oil into your skin for about 10 minutes then wet a facecloth with very hot water. Put the washcloth over your face until it returns to room temperature, then re-wet it with hot water and put it over your face. Use the washcloth to steam your skin two to three times then rinse your face thoroughly with warm water. Massage any remaining oil into your skin. The oil removes debris from pores without stripping skin of its natural moisture, helping to improve your skin’s look and feel. Better yet, it costs much less than most chemical-based facial cleansers.
Sources: News USA