After reading these lessons for the last few days, you’re well on your way to healthier skin, but there’s still some more tips that I can share!
Today, I want to tell you about some of my favorite holistic skin cures for chronic skin issues.
Even though I maintain a healthy diet, with lots of water, exercise and sleep, I still get occasional breakouts and skin flare-ups. I like to turn to herbal and natural remedies for skin cures.
Clear Skin, Naturally
These are some of the best natural remedies that I’ve come across for clear, healthy skin.
Mint: Menthol is what gives this rejuvenating herb its cool, clean feeling. If you break out, dab some fresh mint juice on the affected area. It works naturally to dry the area out. Crushed mint in water and tea (check out my post about Delicious Unsweetened Iced Tea) can also help keep your skin clear.
Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is an all-star when it comes to natural skin help. You can use it as a moisturizer, and it makes a great after-shave. Aloe vera gel is also a fantastic tool for treating acne, because it works to reduce skin inflammation and kill bacteria at the same time. It’s also used to reduce the visibility of stretch marks with regular use. And of course, who can forget about treating sunburns! It’s a great, natural way to get some relief when you’ve been in the sun a bit too long.
Cucumber: Cucumbers aren’t only one of my favorite vegetables, but they’re also a must in my skin care routine! When you’re faced with extensive skin irritation (including sunburns), apply grated cucumber, or cucumber juice over your face and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off. Your skin will feel cool and relief from the irritation.
Lemon: A mixture of lemon juice, egg whites and crushed grapes is a wonderful combination to cleanse, tighten and soften your skin. Mix all of the ingredients together, and apply to your face, avoiding your eyes. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Chamomile: Best known for its relaxing qualities (anyone else drink chamomile tea at night?), chamomile is also great at soothing skin. You can use chamomile tea bags to treat skin irritation by submerging a tea bag in warm water, and allowing it to cool in the refrigerator. Place the tea bag on the inflamed area for at least 30 minutes.
Papaya is another natural choice for skin care. It makes an excellent facial, naturally high in vitamin C and E.
1 cup fresh papaya, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup whole almonds
Blend all the ingredients in a blender or mini-chopper. Dot the facial over your nose and cheeks, shoulders and elbows. Allow to set 10-15 and wash away with a gentle facial cleanser. Store refrigerated, up to 4 days in an air-tight container.
Bug Bite Cure
Ouch! Bug bites are the worst. But, I happen to have a natural remedy that will help ease the pain of any bug bit, and relieve the itchiness that comes along with them, too.
The sandy, thick consistency of baking soda turns into a perfect paste for homemade healthcare. It absorbs the scent of the lavender which not only soothes bites and stings from critters hiding in summer foliage but lavender also has the uncanny ability to calm stress.
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon lavender oil
2 teaspoons lavender flowers, crushed
Add all ingredients in a small bowl. Add enough water to form a paste and apply to affected area. Store in an airtight container, refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Thanks for reading! Talk soon.