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10 Ways You Can Treat Your Skin Issues Without Spending a Fortune

Skincare is often believed to be so expensive that not everyone can afford to apply the products their body needs. However, it shouldn’t be this way if everyone was aware of their skin’s needs and which ingredients will be beneficial. And sometimes natural ingredients that you might have in your home right now are better than even the most pricey cosmetic product. But before applying anything on your face and skin, you should better contact your doctor and ask them about it.

1. Wash your face for 60 seconds.

This procedure can be useful, especially for your pores. When dead skin cells and bacteria on your face get mixed with your natural face oil (which is produced by our sebaceous glands), pore-blocking sebum plugs can appear. They can later lead to blackheads and whiteheads. In this case, cleaning your face extra carefully might help in reducing them.

During the day, a lot of bacteria can accumulate on the skin along with makeup that can get deep into the pores. Giving yourself a long-lasting facial cleanse allows the ingredients of your face wash to start actively working, breaking down and removing the dirt more efficiently. This leads to an improved look, softer skin, and dissolved sebum blockages.

2. Use a cleanser daily.

Cleansers are the best water substitute, and you have plenty of options. There’s one thing that you should remember, however. Once you find a good cleanser, never switch it for another one and use it once a day.

  • Micellar cleanser, which you can dab on your skin without rinsing.
  • Oil-based cleansers can do an excellent job of protecting the skin’s barriers.
  • Water-based cleansers are ideal if your skin is oily or prone to breakouts.

Washing your face without water sounds oxymoronic. However, it’s totally feasible. The key element of this cleansing method is to avoid splashing your face with water by replacing this step with a cleanser. After that, continue with your regular makeup routine.

As counterintuitive as it sounds, water only makes your skin drier and robs you of its natural oils.

3. Vinegar and yogurt for the knees.

The rich content of acetic acid in vinegar and lactic acid in yogurt will help to cleanse your knees and elbows and reveal glowing skin.

  • Mix 1 tbsp of yogurt and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar.
  • Apply this mixture on your skin.
  • Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.
  • Repeat this procedure 3-4 times a week.

Another easy way to lighten your skin is to mix apple cider vinegar with some water and apply it to your elbows and knees with cotton balls. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off.

4. Tomato face scrub

Sprinkle 1/5 teaspoon of sugar over a chopped tomato. Slowly massage your face with the tomato, using circular motions. You should be careful not to rub too hard, otherwise, it may irritate your skin a bit. Afterward, wash your face with warm water to remove any tomato or sugar.

This exfoliant is fast and easy to use, perfect for right before bed to give your skin an extra boost of life.

5. Overcleansing can upset your skin’s pH.

If you’ve tried every product and skincare routine in the book without seeing the results you desire, it’s the time to call it quits and do absolutely nothing. Like many things in life, less is more when it comes to skincare. Skin cleansing products can strip away the good bacteria and destroy the skin’s pH.

If you are one of the majority that washes your face twice a day, we advise you to skip the morning wash, since the evening wash is necessary to remove SPF and makeup (if you wear it).

6. Lemon and baking soda for skin whitening.

Lemon is an excellent skin lightening ingredient. It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamin C which promote skin regeneration and improve skin complexion. Baking soda acts as a gentle and effective cleanser for whitening dark areas of skin.

  • Take a lemon and cut it into 2 halves.
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp of baking soda on top of the lemon.
  • Rub your elbows and knees for 1 minute.
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water.

Repeat once every 2 days for a desired effect.

7. Grape and egg skin firmer

You’ll need to blend 1 egg with 7 grapes in a blender. Make sure that they are blended well so that you get all the oils from the crushed grape seeds. Once it’s frothy, use a face brush to apply the mixture to your face and neck, always using upward strokes. Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it all off.

The phytonutrients in the grapes can help protect your delicate skin from UV radiation. They are also high in vitamin C, meaning that they will form collagen and keep your skin elastic and bright.

8. Coffee scrub for the face.

You will need:

  • 1 tsp of ground coffee
  • 2 tsp of olive oil (or any other oil you prefer)

How to prepare:

Mix both ingredients in a cup or bowl until combined. You should get a firm paste.

How to use:

Apply the scrub to your lips and use your finger to gently massage the scrub in circular motions. Use at least 3 times a week. Rinse with water and then apply your favorite moisturizing balm.

9. Green gram + rose water for hair removal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of green gram flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons of rose water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Preparation:

  1. Place green gram flour and rose water in a bowl and mix them well.
  2. Add lemon juice to the paste and then mix the ingredients once again.

Usage:

  1. Apply the paste on the affected areas of your skin.
  2. Let it sit there for about 20-25 minutes or until it’s completely dry.
  3. Rub the mask off with your fingers.

Repeat: 3-4 times a week.

10. Spices for removing dark spots after sun exposure.

1. Turmeric

  • Why? A cheerful, colorful spice with great antiseptic properties.
  • How? Mix it with any of the oils above or honey to make a thick paste. Mixed with honey, it’s better for local usage, but it can be applied as a mask to your whole face if you mix it with oils.
  • How often? 2 times a week.

2. Sandalwood

  • Why? It eliminates hyperpigmentation effectively and also reduces dullness.
  • How? Take a bit of sandalwood powder and mix it with some lemon juice and rose water or any other toner to create a paste. Such a consistency is very convenient to use. Apply, let dry, and then rinse. Another way is to mix the powder with olive oil or capsuled vitamin E in a 1:2 proportion. Leave it on overnight.
  • How often? You can use it every night if mixed with oils until you see the result, or twice a week if mixed with lemon juice.

Are you aware of any other beauty tips and tricks that will help our skin in any way possible?

Please note: This article was updated in November 2021 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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