Manuka Honey for Acne? This and Other Home Beauty Remedies!
Have you ever heard of using manuka honey for acne elimination? This is just one of the natural remedies that you can use to achieve healthier skin—inside and out! Everyday beauty products from the supermarket can have a negative influence on one’s pocketbook, not to mention that many of them are straying away from natural ingredients and growing more and more synthetic. As for prescription treatments (particularly for acne), some have been known to cause side effects ranging from skin irritation to birth defects! Surely rubbing chemicals into the skin everyday isn’t the answer to achieving good skin care and retaining a youthful glow. If you want to lean how you can care for your skin using all natural ingredients—most of which you probably have lying around at home anyway—then grab a cup of tea and prepare to be impressed!
Manuka Honey for Acne
Does the idea of smearing honey on your face to treat a pimple outbreak seem a little…backward? Although it may sound like a bad—and sticky—idea, the use of manuka honey for acne treatment is actually a pretty sound one. Manuka honey comes from the manuka bush which is indigenous to New Zealand. The honey that bees produce from the nectar of manuka flowers seems to have antibacterial properties. Using manuka honey for acne treatment consists of dabbing a generous amount of the honey directly onto the affected parts of the skin. The antibacterial properties of the honey help to remove surface bacteria and, if used directly after washing the skin with a gentle soap, can penetrate into the pimple to help eradicate the trapped bacteria that causes pore inflammation.
Sugar to Treat Dull Skin
Are you tired of your skin looking dull? Whether you’re looking to have your legs shiny and ready for the summer sun or you want to put a youthful glow back into your face, sugar is the answer! When paired with a bit of liquid, cream, or gel, sugar can be used as a fantastic natural exfoliate to gently buff away the dead skin cells that sometimes cling to the surface of the skin. It also tops it all off with a nice polished appearance. Making your own sugar scrub is as easy as pie; all you have to do is mix a bit of sugar with your favorite gentle cream or gel face wash and presto! You can also create your own scrub mixture catered specifically for your skin type.
Even if you suffer from dry skin, you should still scrub your skin once or twice a week to encourage good circulation and skin cell production. Try mixing sugar with a bit of plain yogurt, some mashed-up avocado, or even a little olive oil. You just need enough to make a sort of paste with the sugar so that it can easily spread over your skin. If you have oily skin then try mixing the sugar with equal parts lemon juice and mashed cucumber (skin-free). Lemon juice cuts through excess oil while cucumber puts a little oil-free moisture back into the skin.
Avocado for Dry Skin
Avocado may make a terrific sandwich spread or refreshing dip for tortilla chips, but it’s also rich in nutrients and healthy oils. You can make your very own moisturizing facial mask by mashing up the flesh of an avocado and mixing it with a bit of honey. The honey is optional, but it’s VERY good for the skin. Apply the thick mixture to your skin and then lay down while you relax and let your skin soak up the moisturizing oils of the avocado mask. After about 10 to 15 minutes you can remove the mixture with a washcloth soaked in cool water but be sure not to scrub your skin during the removal process.
Lemon for Oily/Combination Skin
The oily skin type can definitely be a difficult issue to live with. While foundation and powders can help absorb some of the excess oil, they also contribute to clogged pores and can actually cause more acne flare-ups. One of the best all-natural solutions for dry skin can actually be found in your own kitchen. Lemon juice is acidic and is exceptionally good at cutting through oil. To utilize the power of lemon juice, mix it in equal parts with water and dab a cotton ball in the mixture. Smear the lemon-water over your face as you would an astringent. If you have combination skin, then you might want to limit this treatment for the oiliest parts of your face. Leave the lemon juice to soak in a bit and then rinse it away with cool water. Dab your skin dry and then apply an oil-free moisturize to prevent your skin from becoming too dry.
Tea Tree Oil for Pimples
Tea tree oil may not be something that all of us just have lying around the house, but it can easily be purchased for about $5 and a bottle is sure to last you well over a year. Tea tree oil comes from Australia and it is well known for three powerful properties: antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal. Tea tree oil makes an amazing spot-treatment for pimples. It is very strong and can penetrate through the grime that clogs pores to reach the irritating bacteria deep within a pore. Try not to rub tea tree oil all over your face like an astringent, as the smell is extremely powerful and would be sure to cause a fit of watery eyes. If you find that pure tea tree oil is too powerful then just mix it with some water before applying it to your skin.