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Thursday, February 7, 2013


Photo by Sérgio Savarese

We’re joined today by Marcela De Vivo, a health and beauty blogger from Los Angeles, California. She currently writes about skin care for Skintrium.

3 Homemade Skincare Recipes

You’ve probably read all about homemade skincare products, or at the very least, seen recipes in magazines that have piqued your interest but, it can be hard to know which recipes are the good ones and which ones are just page filler that won’t really help your skin.

While you do need to experiment with homemade skin care products a little bit to see what works for you, there are some basic recipes that pretty much work for all skin types.

These recipes are also very easy to make, and are made with ingredients that pretty much anybody can find at their local grocery and drugstore.

Cucumber Facial Cleanser
Everybody knows that a cool cucumber slice can work to reduce puffy eyes and get rid of dark circles.

Cucumbers are also beneficial for cleansing the skin when mixed with one or two other ingredients.

You’ll still need to use your regular face wash, but adding a homemade cucumber facial cleanser to your cleansing regimen can give your skin a more refreshed feeling.

What You’ll Need:
1/4 cucumber or 1/2 Persian cucumber
4 tablespoons whole milk

Step 1:
Peel, then chop the cucumber. You can also use a juicer to extract the liquid if you have one. If not, puree the peeled cucumber in a blender.

Step 2:
Put the processed cucumber in a small mixing bowl and add the whole milk. Stir the mixture thoroughly.

Step 3:
Dip a cotton pad or a few cotton balls in the mixture and gently dab the cotton on your skin, working in circles toward your temples.

Step 4:
Leave the cucumber and milk mixture on your face for about 10 minutes. Rinse your skin with lukewarm water and pat it dry before applying your regular moisturizer.

If you have dry skin, try adding 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil to the mixture. For oily skin, the same amount of tomato juice can be added to the mixture.

All-Purpose Pumpkin Mask
While this pumpkin mask may not fix absolutely every skin problem, it deserves its name as an all-purpose mask since pretty much every person and skin type can benefit from using it.

Using this pumpkin mask every few weeks will help to make your skin look more vibrant, clear up breakouts and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and minor skin damage.

What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup pumpkin pulp
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon brown sugar

Step 1:
Puree the pumpkin pulp in a blender or food processor until it is smooth.

Step 2:
Transfer the pumpkin pulp to a clean mixing bowl and add the egg and brown sugar. Stir the mixture vigorously for about one minute to fully combine the ingredients.

Step 3:
Apply the mask to clean skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water before patting your skin dry with a clean towel.

Homemade Vitamin E and Yogurt Cream
Vitamin E has been added to night creams and moisturizers for years because it works to reduce the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars by making your skin appear fuller and healthier.

Vitamin E may also help to speed up skin cell regeneration, allowing your body to slough off dead skin cells faster, giving you a rosy, healthy looking complexion.

What You’ll Need:
300 units vitamin E oil (removed from capsules)
2 tablespoons full-fat or Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon warm honey
1/4 teaspoon lemon or lime juice

Step 1:
Combine the vitamin E oil and full-fat or Greek yogurt in a small mixing bowl or container. Stir the mixture with a spoon to fully combine the ingredients.

Step 2:
Add the honey and lemon or lime juice and stir once more. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature if it’s too warm to apply directly to your skin.

Step 3:
Apply the mixture to your entire face and leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

Vitamin E and yogurt cream will keep in the refrigerator for about 72 hours, so don’t worry about making too much.

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