By Danae Reid
These days, new beauty trends consume our timelines like the plague until we eventually and inevitably forget about them, but I’m here to tell you, some of those beauty hacks should be kept in your arsenal.
In recent years, women and men across the world have started paying much more attention to cosmetics than ever before; I am one of those people.
I started modeling professionally about a year ago and have worked with some big name brands, so of course I’ve picked up some natural beauty hacks along the way. I’ve also ventured out to find some myself. Lately, I’ve been doing a substantial amount of research on natural and cost effective methods of achieving my dream skin. Some things that I’ve tried did not work, while others worked like a dream and what’s better is that you can find all of these things in your pantry! Here are a few of my favorite skin care rituals that I make myself and swear by:
1. Turmeric Face Mask: (Leave mask on for about 15-20 minutes)
1 Tbsp plain yogurt –
The lactic acid in yogurt works as a natural exfoliate and helps remove dead skin, tighten pores and skin to give you a much younger look, moisturize the skin, help rid of dark circles, and it’s full of vitamins that will leave your skin shinin’ like a Beyoncé song.
1 Tbsp turmeric –
Turmeric is a popular spice in India that has anti-inflammatory properties that help fight off acne, clear up acne scars/sun spots, etc., create a natural lasting glow, treats uneven skin tones and more. The spice is considered an ancient beauty secret and is revered in India, but be careful, the spice is sometimes used as a method to dye fabric, so it can temporarily stain… Make sure you SCRUB — no TLC.
3-4 squeezes of lemon-
Lemon is rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and is great for collagen production. Lemon also contains critic acid, which makes it a natural skin lightener/brightener. Caution: Lemon and other citric fruits alike can make you more susceptible to sunburn, so ALWAYS wear sunscreen. 1 tbsp honey-
Honey contains natural antioxidants and antibiotics which encourages a natural glowy complexion. Honey is also great for acne prevention, fading scars, moisturizing the skin, and it’s said to slow down the skin aging process.
2. Rice Water Rinse: (Use 1-2 times a day)
Rice water gained mainstream attention when beauty bloggers found out that it was a great way to grow your hair fast, but did you know that it’s amazing for your skin as well?? Women in Asian cultures have been using rice water as a skin cleanser for hundreds of years, and for good reason. It’s extremely rich in vitamins and minerals.
Make sure to clean the rice first! All you need is about 1 cup of uncooked rice (any kind will work as long as it’s not instant) and 2-3 cups of distilled water. Cover the uncooked rice with distilled water and let it ferment for approximately 24-48 hours. After the fermenting is complete, strain the rice water and then store in a spray bottle, mason jar, etc.
I found that the rice water made my skin feel brighter, moisturized, smoother/softer, aided in the scar healing process. Dispose of after five days as it could start to go bad/smell.
3. Facial Steam: (1-2 times a week)
I’ve seen many facial steams online and they can be pretty expensive, but what if I told you that you could save that money and make a facial steam yourself? Facial steaming isn’t a new beauty hack but most people don’t know how great it is for your skin AND hair.
All you’ll need is a bowl, boiled water, a towel, green tea bags, and Vitamin E (optional)
After dumping your boiled water and tea bags in the bowl, all you’re going to do is stick your face over top the bowl with a towel covering your head and the bowl. I usually cover my face in Vitamin E before a steam because steam opens up your pores which allows the Vitamin E to clear some scarring quicker (and it leaves your face feeling soft). Steaming helps remove dirt and blackheads. This method is also really good for those suffering from colds/bad allergies as well. This is one of my favorite at home practices, but it’s not something that anyone should be doing daily, as too much steaming can be harmful on the skin.
4. Green Tea Water (1-2 times a day)
Before I do my facial steam with the green tea water, I bottle up some of the tea and store it in the fridge. Green tea is popular in Asian culture and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, treating acne, unclogging pores, killing bacteria, and promoting toned skin. It’s chock-full of Vitamin E and Vitamin B2, which also aids in new cell growth. So if you don’t feel like drinking it, you can spritz it on your skin! (and hair too)
5. Sugar/Coconut Oil Exfoliate (Usage depends on skin type)
I exfoliate twice a day with a coconut oil scrub that I make myself. I take 3 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsps of sugar, mix them together and voilà! The coconut oil is great because it’s high in lauric acid which is proven to help kill the bacteria that causes acne, decreases acne scarring, and promotes moisture. The sugar is a great exfoliate because the particles are small. The purpose of exfoliation is to lift the dead skin so the world can see the healthier more youthful skin that lies underneath.
While none of these methods should be used in place of actual medical advice, adding these to your skin care routine may prove beneficial. Be mindful of your allergies as well before using anything natural. Best of luck in your skin care journey!
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