Desperate times call for desperate measures. Like when you’re skin needs fixing and you’re out of skin care products. Or it’s late and you don’t have time to make a run for the mall. Or the dermatologist’s office is closed. Well, many of your skin issues can be fixed with a trip to your pantry, not the store. Here are a few of my favorite home skin remedies.
Aspirin for acne. If you have acne, dig through your medicine cabinet for a bottle of Aspirin. Aspirin’s active ingredient is salicylic acid- the same ingredient found in my favorite type of acne treatment cream. Crush it up, mix it with a little water to form a paste, and put it on your blemish. Allow it to dry and then simply wash it away.
Sugar and olive oil for exfoliating. You don’t need a fancy scrub to treat rough, dry skin. Just a few tablespoons of sugar with a few tablespoons of olive oil for a great, exfoliating scrub that can be used on feet, arms, legs, etc. just be careful because it might make the bottom of the tub a bit slippery!
Cucumbers for swollen eyes. It’s miserable waking up with allergies; even worse are the accompanying puffy eyes and bags. A few cucumber slices placed over your eyelids for a few minutes should do the trick. Just make sure the cubes are cool. Alternatively, the tannin in a cold, wet tea bag will have the same effect.
Yogurt for sunburn. Natives of Florida beaches swear by this trick. To soothe the fire of a bad sunburn, slather the area with plain yogurt. Just be prepared for the sour smell.
Almond oil for makeup removal. When you run out of eye makeup remover, a little almond oil on a cotton ball will work just fine. Hold the saturated cotton ball in place for a minute or two, then gently wipe away your makeup. Cleanse your skin afterwards to remove excess oil.
Milk for post-wax irritation. If your skin gets red and irritated after a waxing, apply a little cool milk to soothe it. The lactic acid will reduce swelling as well.
Vitamin E for scars. Got scars? Break open a capsule of Vitamin E liquid and apply at bedtime. It will help reduce redness over time, but it may stain your clothes.
Oatmeal for itchy skin. Itchy irritated skin can be soothed by soaking in a bath with plain oatmeal. Oatmeal flakes can also make a gentle scrub.
Aloe Vera for burns. This one is a no-brainer. Aloe plants are super easy to grow. Just keep one on your window sill and water it once a week. Break it open to apply the juice to a burn for quick relief.
Honey for moisturizing. Did you run out of moisturizer? Apply a tablespoon of honey to your face and allow it to sit there for a few minutes. Rinse off and gently pat dry for smooth, soft skin.
If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your skin, make sure you see a doctor to get checked out. Otherwise, make the most of the skin you ‘ re in!