Monday, April 8, 2013

*Natural* skin care that's cheap (great tips for dry/sensitive skin types)

Over the years, my skin has become much more dry on a day to day basis so it requires different methods of upkeep.

DO:
  • wash your face twice a day: morning and night
  • moisturize
  • occasionally exfoliate
  • take your make up off before passing out 
  • be careful of certain products for certain skin types 
Natural, cheap skin care tips that work great! My skin has never looked so dewy and fresh!

For DRY/SENSITIVE SKIN TYPES

Aveeno Soap Bars: It's a great moisturizing cleanser that actually isn't soap! It's hypoallergenic, dye-free, and fragrance-free, made with natural oatmeal for a soft cleanse.  It's all natural and great for dry or sensitive skin! I have both skin types and also deal with rosacea and this has worked great for me.  It's only $2.99 and is worth the money to keep your skin happy.  I suggest also getting a soap holder/container to keep it clean.  (shown in the pic)

Lemon: Instead of using a harsh salicylic acid topical acne treatment, try squeezing a bit of fresh lemon on the pimple region.  Also cut the lemon in half and glide it along your entire face to use as a toner.  Leave on for a few minutes then gently rinse off.  It's amazing how well it works and again, it's all natural and cheap! I'd rather buy a lemon than spend a fortune on topical acne med's that eventually stop working and are not the best for your skin. 

 Moisturizing Skin Cream: this one is an off brand that works great for me! Look for these specific things on the label: moisturizing, hypoallergenic, and vitamin E.  It really makes the difference and my skin has never felt so dewy and soft.

Apply the cream after washing your face or after you've rinsed off the lemon toner.

If you used the lemon as a spot treatment for pimples that night before going to bed, just moisturize around those areas.  Wash your face again like normal the following morning. 

& try these other natural skin care ideas that work great!
Especially good for dry/sensitive skin types (below)



Greek Yogurt Mask: Use plain Greek yogurt as a facial mask.  It's natural, cheap, and doesn't dry out your skin.  Great for when you are at college.

Avocado or Olive Oil: both of these can be used to help with dryness overnight.  Apply some to the face before going to bed.  
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For OILY SKIN TYPES:

Wash your face twice a day: This helps to keep your pores clean and reduces your likelihood to get pimples.  Avoid cleansers that make your skin feel tight after washing or sulfates.  Use an oil free/oil control to wash. 

Exfoliate: 2 times per week.  Salicyclic acid is an ingredient you want to keep your eyes open for.  This active ingredient helps control acne. 
 Great natural exfoliates:  Sugar, sand. 

Use a toner:  Use the toner all across your face after cleansing. This helps restore your face's natural pH balance. 

Use serum not a moisturizer: Too much moisture will actually make your skin produce more oil.  If you are really oily, use once a day and if you are sorta oily, use serum twice a day.  This will give your skin a nice natural glow. 

Use sunscreen: Things like heat and UV rays especially irritate oily skin.  Speaking of heat, if you have oily skin, never wash with hot hot water.  Try instead a lukewarm temperature. 

Steam:  Steaming your face can be beneficial if done once every to every other week.  It opens up  your pores and cleanses deep into the pores, also releasing excess oil. 

Clay masks: These are really good for people with oily skin.  I've seen and used one that uses clay from the dead sea and it works really well.  My skin used to be really oily and a mask once a week or every other week makes the difference. 

Banana Mask: Mash up one banana, combine with 1 tablespoon of honey, and add a few drops of lemon juice.  Apply to face for 15 minutes and gently take off with a warm or cool washcloth. 

Tomato Mask: Use 2 ripe tomatoes, blend them together and apply to face. (avoid the eyes!) Leave on your face for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.

5 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE the lemon trick

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    1. I'm so glad! It really does work, I love it too.

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  2. ahhh i love using food on my face! hope i don't eat it....(: but i have super oily shiny skin..any tricks for me?

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    1. Yes, there are definitely tricks for oily skin! I can add a section to this skin care post for oily skin types. Keep checking back for tips (:

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