At Home Skin Care Treatments

At Home Skin Care Treatments

At Home Skin Care Treatments
Instead of getting skin care treatments at a spa, there are various exfoliators, moisturizers, face masks, toners and other do-it-yourself treatments that can be made at home. Whether you're fighting wrinkles or blemishes, there are natural options you can make with ingredients from your kitchen. While at-home treatments can help you save money, make sure you're aware of potential side effects from any product or ingredient you use. Learn more about ways to make your own skin care treatments with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    The home wrinkle laser device is a very low level version of a high powered physician-operated laser that improves skin texture, wrinkles, splotchy pigmentation, redness, and skin appearance in general. But to make the machine safe enough for home use, the company that manufactured it had to power it down. It turns out that this laser has 246 times less power than one that your doctor might use. There is one study that the company quotes that showed a 1 point out of 9 improvement in wrinkles after a month of the home laser. There are no studies that have backed up this statistic in the peer-reviewed medical literature.
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    A sandalwood face mask -- an ayurvedic (the traditional medical system of India) beauty treatment -- will give your face an instant lift, the natural way. Sandalwood detoxifies the skin by removing impurities directly as it dries on the skin. It also removes toxins by increasing circulation in the skin, leaving it glowing and feeling tighter.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    White tea is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world and heals the effects of damaging free radicals to prevent premature aging. Meanwhile, green tea contains catechins, which appear to have cancer-fighting and other health-promoting properties. Brew white tea and mix together with green tea powder and a bit of lemon to create a paste. This anti-aging mask will help to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    A good, basic moisturizer is a good place to start. You can also look for one that includes vitamin A, vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid, all of which are thought to help tighten the skin.
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    Most of these over-the-counter gadgets are approved for safety by the FDA, and therefore their strength is limited. But even though they give off low-level energy, I worry about adverse effects that might happen on the wrong skin type if the instructions aren't followed at home. (Darker skin types should never use these things, since even though they emit low doses of light, they can cause postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.) Most of these contraptions aren't really "lasers" at all but LED (light-emitting diode) devices. Though the FDA requires this particular machine to be sold in a doctor's office as a safety precaution and it puts out a fraction of the energy that a doctor's office machine emits, I still question its safety for use at home.

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    Hypnox is the name of an audio CD that supposedly softens wrinkles. It is pitched as a noninvasive wrinkle treatment because it uses positive affirmations and hypnosis to encourage relaxation. There is no concrete proof it works, but it might induce feelings of happiness by causing listeners to smile more often. Researchers say the more a person smiles, the happier he or she feels.

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    Mulberry extract is a botanical with both astringent (skin tightening) and antibacterial properties.
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    How can I make a homemade face scrub?

    You can make your own homemade facial scrub with just coconut oil, lemon juice and chia seeds. In this video, dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, describes the healthy benefits of the ingredients, the amounts to use, and how to apply the scrub.

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    Sweet potatoes are a brilliant source of so many good things. They are super high in vitamin A, which boosts collagen. They are a surprising source of minerals such as copper (providing you with up to a 50% daily value), which helps the formation of new collagen to reduce wrinkles. They are rich in selenium, and diminish the wrinkles. Boil the sweet potato (skin on) for 20-30 minutes; make a few cuts in the skin from end to end and then rub the skin off the sweet potato; mash with a fork or potato masher; stir in a quarter cup of full-fat plain yogurt; cool until comfortable to touch. The yogurt will exfoliate, calm and moisturize. Together, the sweet potato and yogurt will smooth and moisturize the skin, and the crow's feet will look better right away. This is safe to use on your hands and neck as well.
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    Flakey skin can be the result of dry skin, eczema and even psoriasis. Mash the fruit of an avocado with one tablespoon of honey. (Taste it! Amazingly good.) When it is a paste-like consistency, spread over the dry, flakey areas and cover with the cool washcloth pre-soaked with green tea. If you are very flakey, you can crush a baby aspirin into a powder and mix this into the avocado and honey paste. The avocado is lush with fatty oils that will seal the skin surface and begin the healing process. Honey, especially unprocessed, will exfoliate away the dead skin, protect against bacterial infections, and reduce inflammation. Leave this on for 10-20 minutes and wipe off gently. You can gently cleanse with an alcohol-free baby wipe, but don't wash with soap for a few hours so your skin can stay moisturized. You will feel the difference instantly. Try to do this mask every day when you are having a flare up of flakey skin. Avoid harsh soaps because they will destroy all of your progress!