There are a handful of people on this planet with naturally glowing skin and then there are the rest of us who break out in blemishes at the worst possible moments, and if you’re the latter this is the post for you.
Another problem is that most skincare creams cost so much and to keep your skin blemish-free you are going to need to give it constant attention, which means more money spent.
But there is another way – that way is to use known home remedies to keep your skin blemish-free on a budget.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used on dull skin that needs to be exfoliated, it can also be used on small scars and blemishes. If you have sensitive skin you do need to be careful when using apple cider vinegar because the acidity levels can cause problems. If you have sensitive skin you can add a little aloe vera gel to the following mixture and it will counteract the acidity levels.
To use apple cider vinegar on your skin mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 teaspoons of water and dab it on your problem areas and let it work for 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes are up you can wash the mixture off with cold water.
You should only use this method once a day or you could end up drying your skin out and causing more breakouts due to excess oils being released.
Dr Majid Shah a skincare expert from the UK had this to say about coconut oil:
“Coconut oil has many health benefits including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and moisturising qualities that are perfect for healthy skin, especially those who suffer from oily skin.”
To get the health benefits from coconut oil you should use it just before bed and add it to your moisturising routine. All you need to do is add a few drops of coconut oil into your moisturiser and rub it into your skin and leave it there throughout the night.
Not only will you have glowing skin when you wake up but you will also smell great.
If you are looking for a natural and cheap exfoliator which won’t agitate the skin an oat mixture is for you. To make your budget exfoliator you are going to need 1 tablespoon of yoghurt and 2 tablespoons of oats.
Mix the oats and yoghurt together and rub it into your face and let sit for 15 minutes. The texture and smell of this aren’t great, but it works for decreasing blemishes and small scars without spending a tonne of money.
After the 15 minutes are up, wash the mixture off with cold water and you will have glowing skin.
As an exfoliator, you should use this around once a week, any more and you could dry your face out.
Papaya is another great natural ingredient which has amazing exfoliating properties. Papaya also has skin tightening properties and can fight blackheads.
Like oats, papaya fruits are a great natural exfoliator while smelling much nicer. To make a papaya facial mask you will need to scoop a handful of pulp out of the fruit and massage it into your face for 3 minutes.
When the 3 minutes are up let the fruit sit for a further 15 minutes before washing it off with cold water. You should only use this recipe once a week on your face to avoid your skin drying out.
For added skin tightening you can also add a handful of fresh pineapple to the mixture.
Rubbing a half-cut lemon across your face for 5 minutes will help restore your skin’s natural pH levels and will act as a natural bleach that will lighten any blemishes or dark spots.
As this method is acidic, you should be careful and avoid this technique if you have sensitive skin, but for those who don’t, you can use this method once every other day to get your desired results. When you have finished rubbing the lemon on your face make sure to give your skin a good soak with warm water to remove any acids left on your skin.
Skincare solutions can cost a lot of money and keeping the routine up becomes very expensive. Natural skincare products although a little messy can work wonders for a fraction of the cost. If you’re looking to keep costs down while looking after your skin, try a few of the tips out above and let us know how they worked for you.
Don’t forget to do a skin test too if you’re not sure on how your skin will react because everyone is different and what works for me, might not work for everyone.