All of that extra time in the sun, a lack of sleep, and even a poor diet can stress out your skin. If your skin is starting to break out or appears inflamed and irritated, treat yourself to an at-home facial using ingredients from your fridge and pantry. Your skin readily absorbs nutrients and compounds found in certain types of fruits and fresh vegetables – and you don’t have to eat them to enjoy the benefit! A DIY facial made with fresh ingredients could be all it takes to restore that radiant glow and de-stress troubled skin.
Here are three DIY facials for restoring stressed out skin:
Strawberry Acne Facial
Strawberry is a natural source of salicylic acid, the same compound you find in many acne cleansers and topical treatments. If your skin is breaking out or you’re struggling with mild acne, make a strawberry face mask using equal parts fresh strawberries and yogurt. Yogurt soothes the skin upon contact so it will relieve inflammation or aggravated skin. The salicylic acid in the strawberries will help to break up those clogged pores and kill acne-causing bacteria triggering breakouts. Just leave the mixture on your face for about five to eight minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Honey and Oatmeal Facial
If your skin is especially parched, dry, and flaky this season, treat yourself to a moisturizing face mask made with honey and oatmeal. Just two tablespoons of honey mixed with three egg whites and a tablespoon of oatmeal is all you need to create a thick, moisture-infusing paste for your entire face and neck area. Apply the mixture all over your face and let it set for about 10 minutes until it dries slightly. Rinse with lukewarm water or remove with a warm towel, then follow up with a toner and a good moisturizer to seal in the effects of the mask.
Avocado and Carrot Cleansing Facial
When your skin’s looking a little ruddy and less than radiant, prepare a rich cleansing mask that will purify your pores and restore that radiant glow. Avocados are a good source of natural moisturizers and can really help to rehydrate parched skin. Carrots are loaded with vitamin C and can help to restore the skin and make it glow. Just boil a medium carrot until soft, and mash it with some ripe avocado. Add a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil to the mix for an extra boost of moisture, then apply this mixture to your face. You’ll want to leave this one on for at least 20 minutes for it to work. Rinse off with warm water, then tone and moisturize as usual.
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