Sure it would be nice to get all the pampering that stars and the very wealthy can afford, but for most of us, that’s just not possible. Splurging on a day at the spa every week might put a dent in almost anyone’s budget, but if you just look to the grocery shelves, you’ll find that there are many options, particularly in the organic food section.
Of course, you still have to buy some ingredients, but you may also have some already in your kitchen and none of the ingredients used cost very much.
You can split the use, devoting part of what you purchase to beauty and the other part to eating, so you’ll never have to feel guilty or justify the money you spent. The only other thing you need is extra time, since most of these require you to use them twice a week.
① Milk cream
Is your skin dull and dusky looking? Here’s a treatment that will not only bring your skin to life, making it dazzle, but when combined with a lemon rub, it will help whiten or even out the skin tone.
How to Use:
- Apply dairy cream—the real stuff—not the creamer, to your face liberally. You’ll do a light facial massage for as long as ten minutes. Use only the tips of your fingers, as the skin is delicate and you don’t want to stretch it. Avoid the eye area.
- Follow the massage with a lemon rub for tighter pores and an even skin tone. Lemon contains ascorbic acid that acts as a skin bleach. It won’t change your skin to pasty white but will lighten it to even the tone. It also aids in tightening the pores. Use half or a quarter lemon with at least one side cut across the grain and rub your face with that area.
- As a follow-up, to keep your skin in great condition, mix gram flour—flour made from chick peas that’s often found in the aisle with Indian cuisine, lemon juice, honey and whole dairy cream until it forms a paste. Use this as a daily mask only if you have dry skin. Replace the dairy cream with cucumber run through the food processor if you have oily skin.
For dry skin: take lemon juice, mixed with honey, gram flour and milk cream. Apply this daily on your face.
For oily skin: use cucumber in place of milk cream and other ingredients remain same.
As noted previously, lemon does bleach the skin and help tighten pores, but it also helps cleanse the skin and remove built up dead cells to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, while helping to clean out both whiteheads and blackheads. You’ll find you have a clearer complexion with fewer pimples when you give your face a lemony treat.
How to Use:
Just as you scrubbed your face after applying the milk cream, you can rub the cut part of half a lemon on your face daily, scrubbing your complexion back to it’s natural beauty.
Use the same lemon 2 or 3 days in a row (if lemon is being stored in the fridge) by scrubbing the first day and using a knife to cut away the used top off right before your next beauty treatment, exposing fresh lemon for your next use.
Some people love adding turmeric to the top of the lemon, primarily because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Caution: For those with ultra sensitive skin, it may be too abrasive and irritating, so use with caution or not at all.
③ Lemon and Sugar
Make a sweet treat for your face with a combination of sugar and lemon juice. If you do this 2 – 3x a week, your skin will love you and show it by looking beautiful.
How to Use:
Instead of just rubbing the lemon on your face, dip the cut part of the lemon in a small pile of sugar. Make sure the pile is wide enough to cover the entire cut area, then rub that gently on your freshly washed face and neck to create this facial mask.
Give the mixture ten minutes to work its magic and then wash with cold water. If you find this is too drying, put a drop or two of olive oil when you put the sugar on the lemon. You can also apply this blend on hands and feet to get rid of sun tan too.
While this ingredient may not already be in your refrigerator, buttermilk is easy to access at any grocery store. The lactic acid in buttermilk is often one of the various ingredients in high dollar facial products and often used for facial peels by skin specialists.
That’s because lactic acid leaves skin soft and also acts as an astringent to tighten pores at the same time it exfoliates. If you have age spots or freckles, reach for the buttermilk to help eliminate them.
How to Use:
There’s no mystery how to use buttermilk, first wash the area, whether it’s your face or hands (in the case of age spots) and apply the buttermilk with a cotton ball. Allow it to work for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.
This home remedy provides outstanding results in getting fair skin at home.
- If you have wrinkles and want to lessen them, use equal amounts of buttermilk and radish juice. It also removes rough, dry skin.
- Mixing five parts buttermilk with 2 parts tomato juice helps your skin recover from sunburn and takes the sting away.
- If you have dark spots on your face add some ground dried orange peel to the buttermilk to lighten them.
⑤ A Bread Facial? No Kidding!
Bread is super absorbent and can be quite an asset if you don’t have cream, but want the same benefits. You can use milk instead of cream for this facial, but it takes a bit more planning than just a few minutes.
How to Use:
Grab some unused bread and soak it in raw milk (preferably whole fat) overnight and it will be mushy soft in the morning.
Mash it to a paste and massage your freshly washed face with it. Allow the paste to remain on your face for at least five minutes, then rinse off with tepid water followed by cold water. Your skin will be soft and glowing.