Taking care of your skin to look ever tender and smooth does not really have to tear your pocket, in fact, with these DIY techniques, you need not freaqent a spa or your dermatologist to attain a wonderful skin.
1. The problem: Dry, aging skin
The fix: A decadent, antioxidant-packed cocoa mask replenishes moisture and gives skin a restored, youthful appearance. “As skin ages, the moisture barrier begins to break down leading to dryness; the immunity layer of the skin weakens,” says Jasmina Aganovic, founder of Bona Clara skincare line. “Hydration is the most important skin saver at this stage!”
Recipe: Combine 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon honey, and one egg white. Apply to face and let dry before rinsing. The powerful ingredients make this a multi-tasking wonder-cream: Sour cream is a form of lactic acid that hydrates as it gently exfoliates; honey is a humectant that also boosts hydration while the protein in the egg white tightens and firms skin.
2. The problem: Rough hands
The fix: Debra Jaliman, MD, New York City dermatologist, recommends a warm milk soak to soften hard-working hands.
Recipe: Heat 2 to 3 cups whole milk (enough to completely submerge both hands) in the microwave until it’s warm. Pour into a bowl and let hands soak for five to 10 minutes, allowing the fat from the milk to hydrate, and vitamins A and E to nourish dry skin.
3. The problem: Oil
The fix: Regulate skin’s pH with apple cider’s high levels of alpha-hydroxy acids and remove excess oil and buildup with ground oats. The oats contain saponins, a naturally powerful cleanser, says Aganovic.
Recipe: Combine 3 teaspoons ground oats and ¼ teaspoon apple cider in a bowl until a smooth paste forms. Then add ¼ tablespoon lemon juice and ½ tablespoon brown sugar; stir until the mixture is even. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let sit for five to 10 minutes, allowing ingredients to penetrate top layers of the skin. Then rub in circular motions to exfoliate and increase blood-flow. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
4. The problem: Environmental damage
The fix: Detox your face with a soothing berry mask. Antioxidants in blueberries protect against free radials and repair previous damage while vitamin C from lemons brightens skin, says Aganovic.
Recipe: Combine 1 tablespoon crushed ripe blueberries, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon cucumber juice, 2 tablespoons baking soda, and 2 tablespoons water; spread onto face. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Gently rinse with hands and warm water.
5. The problem: Dry cuticles
The fix: Megan Brame-Finkelstein, founder of Metropolis Soap Companyin Brooklyn, New York, turns to coconut oil for extra nourishment. The heavy oil provides lasting moisture and strengthens tissues. Simply rub a small amount on each fingertip and swathe with plastic wrap to let it sink in before removing.
6. The problem: Calloused feet
The fix: A simple foot soak of baking soda and water will do the trick, says Jaliman. “The baking soda treats callous because it’s abrasive and helps loosen dead skin,” she says. Add a ratio of ½ cup baking soda for every gallon of warm water in a shallow tub and stir until the powder dissolves. Sit back and relax, soaking feet for about 30 minutes. Rinse away the baking soda and pat feet dry before applying lotion and slipping on a pair of cotton socks over clean tootsies.
On the road, seek out mineral springs; these relaxing spa waters contain minerals similar to baking soda and can boast the same healing effect.
7. The problem: Inflamed or acne-prone skin
The fix: Cook up a soothing white tea toner with Asian-influenced ingredients, courtesy of Jennifer Yen, creator of Purlisse Skincare collection. Detoxifying skin starts from the inside out, and drinking a simple mix of water with lemon will kick start the beautifying effects, she says.
Recipe: Combine 1 teaspoon peppermint tea leaves, 4 teaspoons white tea leaves, ½ cup boiled distilled water, and 2 drops of lavender oil in a French press. Let steep for 10 minutes before pouring into a glass container to cool. Combine with enough aloe vera gel to fill a 4-oz spray bottle atomizer. Store in refrigerator before spritzing.
8. The problem: Dry skin patches
The fix: Whip up a big batch of this Asian-inspired body smoother from Yen with a blend of textures strong enough to slough off any and all dead skin to reveal smooth, radiant legs and arms. Coconut milk is loaded with hydrating, healthy fats and the ginger decreases inflammation and detoxifies skin. “The rice grains make a great natural exfoliant,” says Yen. “The starch from the rice helps soothe damaged and irritated skin.”
Recipe: Mix together ½ cup ground rice (grind in a blender), ½ cup coconut milk, ¼ cup brown sugar, and 1½ tablespoon ground ginger to form a paste. Use hands to rub mixture in a circular motion all over. After a few minutes, the scrub will polish the entire body.
9. The problem: Flaky lips
The fix: Stir together these lip-savers from Beverly Hills aesthetician Gina Marí for the perfect pout — scrubs aren’t reserved for the face or body.
Recipe: Combine 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon raw honey, 2 tablespoons raw sugar and a dash of lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply mixture with a new toothbrush in a gentle circular motion. Rinse off and follow up with your favorite lip balm. Not a lemon fan? Marí also recommends a mixture of 2 to 3 tablespoons of crumbled oats, 1 teaspoon honey, ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar, and one drop of tea tree oil.
10. Problem: Wrinkles and signs of aging
The fix: Yen’s secret recipe for ageless skin is her grandmother’s mask made with fresh papaya, Greek yogurt, and other nutritious ingredients. She recommends applying your usual moisturizer after rinsing. The alpha-hydroxy acids in papaya works as a natural exfoliator; the egg whites are high in protein and help rebuild skin and tighten pores.
Recipe: Blend ½ of a fresh papaya (seeds removed and diced), 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon white tea (brewed and cooled), 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and one organic egg white in a food processor (or use a fork) until it forms a paste. Apply to face and neck; relax for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.