Lemon for Natural Skin Care and Beauty Treatment

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Despite the abundance of cosmetic and skincare products in the market which promised desirable effects to your skin, you can never be too sure. Some of these may be ineffective. More disturbingly, some products out there did not undergo proper laboratory testing, so they can be very harmful to you. These products can also be too costly, so you just can’t afford to spend on something you can never be sure to be effective. Good thing there are skincare products easily available at home which are surely cheap, safe and organic. Try for example the wonders of lemon.

Unleash the natural glow of your skin using lemons. Lemons have natural antioxidants that effectively remove dirt and dead skin cells that clog pores and causes breakout. Having natural acids, lemons are also good antiseptic and antibacterial materials that help keep your skin healthy and bacteria-free. Here are some simple procedures that could make your skin light and smooth the natural way.

1. Achieve that desired light complexion using a homemade mixture of lemon juice, aloe and honey. Apply this generously to your face, hands and other parts of your body. For best results, do this treatment regularly for a week or two.

2. Get rid of those dark spots on your skin. Squeeze some lemon and put the juice in a container or spray bottle. Dilute it with an equal amount of water. If available, you may also add aloe and honey to serve as moisturizers for your skin. Apply this generously on the dark spots you want the get rid of. Leave it for minute, then rinse it off.

3. Lemon is also a natural treatment for acne. It effectively removes face scars and blemishes left by pimples, and blackheads. Just squeeze a good amount of lemon juice in a bowl and use it as your astringent. Dip a cotton bowl in the juice and apply it evenly in your face. Leave it dry overnight. Rinse it when you wake up in the morning.

My Yves Rocher Facial Mask and Moisturizer

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I would recommend organic facial masks or homemade if you’d like to call it, with one of the recipes I posted earlier on. (See 2 posts down). I just don’t have all the time in the world to mix such concoction everyday so having masks like the ones pictured above or those that can be bought in smaller packs would be convenient.

These two are some of the products in the box of Yves Rocher I got some time last week, the whole lot is here. On the left is a matte peeling mask (green cap) with purple flowers on it. Those are from Scutellaria, also known as skullcap; it’s a potent antioxidant. It’s also said to be an antihistamine, antibacterial and inflammatory modulator containing tannins, volatile oils and flavonoids.

Upon application of this mask, there’s a stinging sensation for a few seconds. The gel would then dry up, you could feel the skin tightening up. The mask also contains apricot beads…opens up pores for deep cleansing. Unlike other beaded masks I used before, this one doesn’t give me breakouts.

Instruction says leave the mask for 5-10 minutes and rinse. I do that and the matte effect can be seen immediately. After rinsing and drying up I apply the other one, a moisturizer that contains maple sugar — translated literally but I guess it is actually the sugar content, maple syrup is like honey when used as a facial anyway.

These two has totally made my face glow.

*What is effective to me may not be effective to you. Please consult your dermatologist.

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Edible Remedy

I have always believed articles I read about home remedy for acne and other home related cures. This is because I’ve tried some myself. One of the popular home ingredient is the oatmeal, it helps calm and moisturize the skin and also remedies dryness. Mixed with ingredients like fresh tomatoes, oatmeal also helps oily and blemish-prone skin.

Here is a simple recipe for an oatmeal mask I tried…there is another recipe for acne but this one is for regular use. (from the How to page)

Ingredients:

* Oatmeal
* Yogurt or buttermilk
* Honey
* Egg white
* Tomato
* Lemon juice
* Olive oil

Procedure:

1.Grind 1/2 cup oatmeal. In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk with 2 tbsp. honey. Add grounded oatmeal and blend well. Clean face and neck well then apply facial mixture onto skin, but not around the eyes. After 15 minutes, remove with a wash cloth and splash face with warm water.

2.Combine 1/3 cup of oatmeal with 1/2 cup of hot water and set aside to thicken. In a separate bowl, mix 2 tbsp. plain yogurt, 2 tbsp. honey and 1 egg white. Stir well.

After cleansing face and neck, pat the facial onto the skin with fingertips,avoid the eyes. Leave facial on for 10 to 15 minutes to tighten skin when it dries. Rinse off  with warm water and a wash cloth.

3. Chop 1 ripe tomato, including skin and seeds, add to 1 tbsp. oatmeal. Stir in 1 tsp. lemon juice. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor to make a paste. After cleansing face and neck, smooth facial onto skin, but not the eye area. After 10 minutes, use a wash cloth to remove the facial and then splash with warm water.

4. Mix 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal with 1 egg white and 1 tsp. olive oil. Stir well to combine the egg white. Add a few drops of lemon juice and mix again. On cleansed face and neck, apply the mixture smoothly with fingertips, keeping away from the eyes. Relax for 15 to 30 minutes before removing facial with a wash cloth and rinsing with warm water.

There! All from your kitchen and it’s chemical free! Honey and oatmeal combined are also a good choice, it’s edible too! 😀

On Acne

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Pimples, and a lot at that! You must be kidding! That was my initial reaction when I first had a breakout, that was 2 years ago..my stopping from taking in contraceptive pills triggered not just acne but weight gain as well. Frustrating – that’s how I feel. Imagine your clear skin suddenly looks so dirty and unhealthy! I’ve been through many different adult acne treatment even heeding advice from acne treatment reviews here and there, some recommended by those who experienced the same, some from what I read from online forums, then there’s also the teraphy given by dermatologists and I even underwent facial treatment from a skin expert. None helped, and for a whole year, I had to face my embarassing face with contempt. I shed money (not weight) for the topical lotions, creams, toner and all that and for the supplements that I thought would help stop the breakout. (See photo)

I finally found one that has helped me…..in all honesty…Vitamin C & E 😀 . It didn’t only stop the breakouts but I now have glowing, healthy skin…There are still occasional pimples coming out but I know, soon this will pass. 😀

*What may be effective for me may not be to others. I’m only sharing my experience.