Dermatologist Approved DIY Skin Care Treatments
DIY skin care treatments approved by dermatologist
DIY skin care recipes are all over the Internet, boasting to miraculously transform your skin. Most dermatologists, though, are sceptical of how those claims hold up. Lots of things that are in our kitchens are likely to break our skin out, and you can be allergic to ingredients. For instance, the lemon in skin brightening recipes can make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight, leaving you with blisters or a rash. Even if a homemade product doesn’t do damage, it probably won’t do as much good as you’d hoped. Dermatologists recommend sticking with products that have been through clinical trials for your big skin problems, but they say DIY recipes can be fun and feel good. Before you smear anything on your face, they recommend doing a patch test. Hold a bit of the product to your arm with plastic wrap for a few days. If you don’t get any bad reactions, you've got the green light to use these dermatologist-approved recipes on your face.
Oatmeal for a cleanser
If harsh retinoids from anti-aging products have left your skin sensitive, swap your usual cleanser for this gentle oatmeal and honey scrub. Oatmeal and honey have anti-inflammatory properties, and honey has the added bonus of being an antiseptic. The lactic acid in yoghurt, meanwhile, acts as a mild exfoliator. Grinding sunflower seeds packs a one-two punch too—the grounds have scrubbing power, plus you’ll release their moisturising oils. You want to add a little oil to it because you’re stripping the skin, so you leave it smooth but moisturised Samban. Grind a tablespoon each of oats and sunflower seeds in a blender. Combine the mixture with two tablespoons of yoghurt and one tablespoon of warm honey. Gently scrub it onto your face, neck, or chest, and leave on for three minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Sugar for glowing skin
An exfoliating sugar scrub is a fun DIY addition to any at-home spa day, and it's easy to make your own. Just mix one part olive or coconut oil with two parts sugar, adding a few drops of yummy-smelling essential oil if you’d like. You can make a more therapeutic sugar scrub by adding ground oats and honey for additional hydration and calming.
Green tea for peely, red skin
If you have peely red skin, you can use green tea rose water mist for irritated skin. The green tea acts as an antioxidant, and the rose water is anti-inflammatory. When skin turns red or peely such as from eczema or psoriasis, there’s underlying inflammation. These support our natural system for mitigating the effects of free radical damage to the cells. To make your own mist, steep two bags of green tea in half a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Take the tea bags out and mix in half a cup of rose water. Pour in a spray bottle to apply, and refrigerate the leftovers in a sealed jar.
Milk for irritated skin
A compress of milk is an old remedy for irritated skin, but it works. Soak a gauze or washcloth with milk, then wring it out and lay it on the problem area to calm down your irritation.
Coconut oil for moisturiser
If you haven’t gotten on the coconut oil bandwagon yet, you’re missing out. It’s soothing and anti-inflammatory, making a handy homemade moisturiser. It looks solid in the jar, but it will rub in smoothly. It does melt into the skin for a silky finish since it’s liquid at body temperature.
Egg white for clean pores
Egg whites and yoghurt join forces to clear your pores. The lactic acid in yoghurt loosens up the gunk in your pores, and the egg whites suck it up to dry it out. Avocado adds moisture and fights inflammation. Whip up a homemade clear-skin mask by blending an egg white and a tablespoon of yoghurt with half an avocado. Leave the mixture on for ten minutes, then rinse off.
Yoghurt for dry skin
Dry skin irritated by a retinoid, sunburn, or wind damage could use a bit of TLC. A milk mask is perfect for you. It takes advantage of the lactic acid in milk and yoghurt as a gentle exfoliator and moisturiser. The milk protein itself will stick on the skin a little bit, and so you get a little bit of leave-on moisture. You have a milk moustache for your whole face. Add that with anti-inflammatory honey and you’ve got a mask sure to soothe. Mix together two tablespoons of powdered milk, ¼ cup of yoghurt, and ½ teaspoon of honey. Leave the mixture on your face, neck, or chest for 15 minutes, then rinse off with room-temperature water.
Vinegar for red cuticles
Just like vinegar works as a disinfectant around your home, it can also kill germs in your cuticles. I recommend soaking your fingertips in a mix of white vinegar and water to help with inflamed cuticles and nails that are prone to yeast and bacterial infections. Twice a day, soak your red fingers in a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water, she recommends.
Tea bags for itchy eyes
After you’re done brewing up a mug of calming chamomile tea, don’t trash the bags. Chamomile tea, used as a cold compress, can relieve itchy eyes.The tannins in tea can also soothe irritated skin on other areas of your body. Just hold the cooled bags in place for about ten minutes.
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