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Lotion and potions that promise smooth skin often come with hefty price tags and contain synthetic chemicals that may be doing more harm than good, but you can make your own all-natural skin care products. In fact, many of the items you keep in your kitchen to fix healthy meals can be applied directly to the skin to help your natural beauty shine through.
- Strawberries contain enzymes that work to brighten skin and remove dead cells. For a nonabrasive exfoliant, try blending a few strawberries with a spoonful of honey and massaging it into your face or any other parts of the body that need softening.
- Oranges are also a great ingredient to remove rough patches. To smooth elbows, knees and feet, simply rub a cut orange half into the skin, then follow up with a mixture of olive oil and sugar and rinse off the concoction.
- Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants that may penetrate the skin and help reduce damage done by ultraviolet rays. For a natural anti-aging mask, mix mashed berries with plain yogurt, apply to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.
- If you've tried bath salts and were left with irritated skin, you are probably too sensitive for them. Instead, try pouring a gallon of whole milk into your warm bath; the lactic acid will gently exfoliate your skin. This is especially soothing for individuals with eczema or psoriasis.
Of course, for optimal results, it's important to also eat these healthy foods, since proper nutrition is one of the best things you can do for your body, both inside and out.
If you have dry skin, wrinkles, breakouts and other common skin problems, you don't need to break the bank to treat them. In this video, women's health expert Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares with Dr. Oz three all-natural skin care products you can make at home using simple kitchen ingredients.
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