by Sara Rehart
In today’s recession, everyone is cautious with their spending. Skin-care products, in particular, can be costly, and half the time, let’s face it – we don’t even know what types of chemicals are in the products we’re buying. Instead, I will go over several everyday foods that can be used in various methods as organic/economic replacements to your skin-care regimen.
Let’s begin with green tea. Green tea is universally known as a healthy antioxidant. This is because green tea contains EGCC, which is a powerful agent in neutralizing free radicals (for those of you who don’t know what free radicals are, they can attack and damage the DNA in our cells), and collagenase, an enzyme that breaks down collagen- a primary component in maintaining the elasticity of our skin. Drink some green tea, then while still warm, take the tea bag and smooth it all over your clean face. Rub in the excess moisture; the skin effectively absorbs ECGG. With continued use, you should experience noticeably less break-outs, an even skin tone, and firmer skin, which means less wrinkles!
A common breakfast food has surprising benefits for large pores. I’m talking about egg whites. Eggs contain a lot of protein and are very nourishing for the skin. It also contains the enzyme Lysozyme, which acts as a natural preservative to the elasticity of skin and the tightening of pores. Create a facemask from the egg whites of one egg and the green tea leaves from a freshly made cup of tea, or just use the egg whites alone. Whisk the ingredients and rub on your face, and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Your skin will feel firm, nourished and radiant.
For a simple face toner, you can mix one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water in a cup. It is very important to never use only apple cider vinegar, as it is highly acidic and can cause irritation. ACV is especially beneficial for oily skin. It contains vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids that regulate the pH of our skin. Take it from me, this toner works – my face remains smooth and non-oily whenever I use this.
So far, we have a skin-firmer, a facemask, and a face toner. All we need left is a facial scrub. Honey and salt are probably two ingredients you wouldn’t want to mix together in your meal; however, on your face they can do wonders. Honey, itself, contains many minerals, vitamins, and nutrients. Pure salt, such as pink salt and sea salt, are naturally rich in elements and minerals. Take equal parts of the honey (I like to use organic honey) and pure salt, mix them well so that they are evenly distributed throughout. Rub the scrub onto your face, concentrating on you T-zone and nose area, and leave on for 10 minutes. Afterwards, your skin will feel so refreshed you will want to do it all over again. Treat yourself to one or all of the skin-care DIYs above- your skin (and your wallet) will appreciate you for it.
p.s. A Quick Beauty Tip: for an all-natural hair conditioner, mix some honey with olive oil and leave on hair for 15 minutes for beautiful, lustrous tresses.