3 Surprising Natural Facial Recipes that De-stress and Detox Your Skin
Whether it’s stress, sickness, or climate factors, our skin goes through ups and downs the same way we do. Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water helps to flush toxins, but really clogged up skin requires a bit more effort. It’s important to care for our skin with natural ingredients, to ensure the conditions don’t worsen due to unknown chemicals or ingredients. Check out the three DIY face treatments below that you can make with items you probably have in your pantry!
Did you know that despite its small size, the entire grape can be used to ‘feed’ your skin? The juice can be used to make a detoxifying mask and the actual seed can be crushed to create an exfoliant that easily removes the top layer of dead cells. Grape seed oil is especially moisturizing to the skin, while grape seed extract delivers much needed vitamin E, helping skin cells seal in hydration. It’s really no surprise that both are popular ingredients in premium skin firming and anti-wrinkle creams.
If your skin is stressed, try a treatment of fresh grape juice, baking soda, and flour to detox. First squeeze the juice of at least 4 large green grapes into a small dish, leaving the skins out. Add a little flour to the juice, mixing until it thickens to the consistency of a runny paste. Then add in a fourth of a teaspoon of baking soda. Apply this to clean skin, avoiding the eye area, and allowing to dry for at least 20 minutes. Use lukewarm water to rinse the mask off and follow with moisturizer. Your skin should feel refreshed and will be tighter and smoother to the touch. With continued use, your complexion should appear brighter as well.
Used in many hispanic dishes, parsley is known for being a well-used seasoning but few know about how beneficial it can be for congested skin. Parsley is used in many spas for skin treatments because it’s rich in vitamin C, regulates oil production, and even cleanses pores. Since vitamin C can not be produced from within, it must be consumed. Vitamin C is important because it speeds up collagen production, which is essential to cell reproduction. New skin cells replace dead and dull ones so your overall skin’s appearance is healthier.To help with uneven skin tones, apply a paste made of parsley, unfiltered raw honey, and lemon juice. Finely chop the parsley and mix with honey and lemon juice to create a paste then spread a layer of mixture onto clean skin. Note: you might feel a slight tingling sensation because of the lemon juice. Rinse off with lukewarm water after 15 minutes then pat your skin dry, following with a chemical-free moisturizer.
As versatile as they are tasty, tomatoes are extremely rich in antioxidants, which are beneficial in fighting cell damage. The quicker your skin repairs its skin cells, the better your skin will look. Tomatoes also contain a high amount of lycopene, a pigment that provides antioxidant protection from environmental damage and premature aging.
To soothe problematic skin that’s blotchy and raw, try a mixture of plain, unsweetened yogurt and half of a crushed tomato. Mix the ingredients together and spread the mixture on your face, letting it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Pat your skin dry and follow with a gentle moisturizer. Your skin should feel softer from the yogurt’s protein boost and less irritated due to the neutralizing properties of the tomato.
What other types of natural skin treatments do you use?