DIY Skin Care
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Seven DIY Summer Skin Care Tips on the Cheap
Summer is the season for bright, glowing skin and bare, happy feet. These seven DIY skin care tips will help smooth, brighten, and even heal where needed. Better yet, they're cheap, easy, and natural. Just don't forget the sunscreen when you venture outdoors.
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Exfoliate the dead cells.To exfoliate beyond the dead cells and get down to the healthy new layer underneath, Makeup and Beauty Blog says all you need for DIY skin care is a box of sea salt. Massage it into your skin with a circular motion before hopping into the shower. Rinse thoroughly and apply plenty of moisturizer after you dry off.
Minimize pores.You can't do much about the size of your pores but you can visibly minimize them. All it takes, according to Organic Authority, is a DIY skin care scrub of 1 tablespoon warm honey, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 3 drops of lemon juice. Every other day apply the scrub on clean skin to generously porous areas and rub in a circular motion for about 3 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Twice a day, but after cleansing, follow up with a homemade astringent of 1/2 cup purified water, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, and a squeeze of the same lemon you used for the scrub. Use a cotton ball to apply the astringent, which helps remove all dirt and debris and keeps pores small and clean. Make sure to refrigerate between uses and shake before applying.
Brighten your face.For hot summer days, makeup site Michelle Phan recommends a DIY skin care salve dubbed Lemonade Cleansing Scrub. Thoroughly mix 1 teaspoon of sugar (to exfoliate), 2 teaspoons of your current facial cleanser (to remove dirt and oil), and juice from 3 whole lemons (to brighten your complexion). Using a clean washcloth and small circular motion, apply to your face and neck. Rinse off with cool water.
Prettify your feet.Give special attention to your feet with this DIY skin care tip from Makeup and Beauty Blog. In a large container mix 10 cups of hot water, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of salt, and 2 fresh-squeezed lemons. Dip your feet in the mixture for 15 minutes or so, pat dry, then rub off dead skin cells with a pumice stone. Do this before you shower to avoid any lingering smell.
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Love your eyes.The sensitive area around the eyes needs tender loving care. This is where extra-virgin olive oil comes to the rescue. Before proceeding with your regular bedtime moisturizing routine, Hello Giggles suggests dabbing a tiny amount of oil around each eye with a finger and circling it a few times (make sure you skin is clean). On a particularly hot day, put the oil in the refrigerator prior to using -- this DIY skin care suggestion reduces puffiness and feels cool to the touch.
Treat that sunburn.Are you peeling or in pain? A DIY skin care treatment from Safe Mama calls for pure aloe vera gel that minimizes the itching and heat. If you get hold of a freshly cut piece of aloe vera, use only the clear gel and liquid and not the yellow sap.
Clear and soft skin at night.Itz Raining Beauty offers this nighttime DIY skin care tip for clear and soft skin: Mix 1 tablespoon of oats soaked in water, 1/2 tablespoon honey, 3 tablespoons curd (a.k.a. yogurt). Lie down and apply mixture to your face (this prevents drips and spills.) Wait 20 minutes and then wash off.