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 skin can be exfoliated using a washcloth, face brush, microdermabrasion kit, or a scrub containing an abrasive material, such as finely ground fruit pits or polyethylene beads. Shaving also exfoliates the skin. Chemical exfoliants, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), stimulate rapid cell turnover and regeneration of new skin cells.

    It is not necessary to scrub hard to exfoliate skin. Exfoliation should be gentle to avoid irritating the skin.

    In addition to exfoliants, facial masks also may help draw out impurities from clogged pores. Facial mask ingredients such as clay, sulfur, or charcoal typically accomplish this task.

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    Beware of home kits for peels and microdermabrasion. I understand that many people rave about these, but I find they fall into one of two categories: They can be too mild to do anything (and be a total waste of your money), and they can harm you if you don’t know what you are doing and you’ve chosen a strong product. A microdermabrasion kit won’t entail machinery, but rubbing a high concentration of crystals onto your face to get a similar, albeit weaker, effect.

    Take-home chemical peels will only contain 10 to 20 percent solution, which minimizes the risk of burning, but these can still be strong enough to bother you. Gentle formulas are also available, such as ones that use lactic acid. If you have very sensitive skin and cannot tolerate these peels, try an enzyme peel made from natural fruit enzymes. If you decide to go this route, and don’t want to schedule a trial run in a dermatologist’s office, then at least do a spot test underneath your forearm or in front of your ear (on the side of your face) for three nights in a row. If you don’t notice any obvious irritation, you can proceed.

    From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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    Rosacea is a condition that presents with red, sensitive skin that flushes easily with stress, embarrassment, changes in temperature (hot or cold), wind, exercise, sunlight, and certain food or drink triggers such as wine or spicy food. Try mixing one cup of full-fat cottage cheese with a quarter-cup of minced pineapple and applying it like a mask to your cheeks and nose for 10 minutes a day, twice a week for one month. Place a nice cool washcloth soaked in green tea over the mask to soothe your skin. The milk fat in the cottage cheese will moisturize and heal your skin. The pineapple will provide bromelain -- richest in the tougher part of the fruit near the rind or skin -- to decrease redness. When taken in homeopathic pills (such as mixed with arnica to decrease redness and bruising), the bromelain doesn't make it past the digestive acids in the stomach so it is much better to use it on your skin! You can also drape a green-tea soaked cloth over your eyes for a relaxing 10-minute rest.
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    Dr. Jennifer Ashton - How can I make a wrinkle-fighting cleanser out of sugar?

    Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains how you can make an at-home wrinkle-fighting sugar cleanser with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Watch Dr. Jennifer Ashton's video for tips and information on women's health.


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    Mulberry extract is a botanical with both astringent (skin tightening) and antibacterial properties.
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    Dr. Oz - clogged pores

    To make their skin look smooth and glowing on their wedding day, women in India use a special chickpea flour mask. To find out how to make it, watch this video featuring Dr. Oz guest Shalina Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty.


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    Dr. Oz - brown spots

    Shalina Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty and Dr. Oz guest, says women in Korea have been using a rice water face wash to reduce brown spots for centuries. Learn how to make it by watching this video.


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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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    Avocados are good for the skin. They can be used an internal lubricant or applied to the skin as a moisturizer. Many skin care products now contain avocado and avocado oil. Avocado has lots of Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that keeps the skin oxygenated.

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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.