Do-it-your­self beauty fixes scoured from the kitchen

The in­gre­di­ents for a nat­u­ral, healthy glow can be found right in your kitchen

Cebu Living - - Contents - By KYM­BERLY MAIT­LAND- SMITH Images by JUSTIN DE JE­SUS

Here are some recipes to make beauty fixes mi­nus the chem­i­cals and ex­tra bucks.

For ex­fo­li­a­tion

1/2 tbsp. of sugar 1 tbsp. of honey 1/4 tbsp. of le­mon juice 1/4 tbsp. of bak­ing soda

The goods: Sugar is a nat­u­ral source of gly­colic acid, which is great for re­mov­ing dead skin cells and boost­ing new skin cell re­pro­duc­tion. Raw honey is a top­i­cal an­ti­sep­tic; it’s anti-bac­te­rial and anti-fun­gal. A lit­tle bit of le­mon can help fade acne scars, even out skin tone, and re­move dead skin, but it may ir­ri­tate sen­si­tive skin types so do a spot test with it first. Bak­ing soda can help re­move clogged pores and acne.

Pro­ce­dure: Get rid of dead skin cells, keep break­outs at bay, and help even out your skin tone with a fa­cial made out of white or brown sugar, raw honey, le­mon, and bak­ing soda. Ex­fo­li­ate your face with this mix­ture by us­ing it as a mask and leav­ing it on for five to 10 min­utes. To re­move, add a small amount of wa­ter at a time and mas­sage the mix­ture around your face us­ing cir­cu­lar mo­tions un­til it is di­luted. Rinse well and pat dry.

For moisturizing

Aloe vera gel Co­conut oil Rose wa­ter Vi­ta­min C pow­der

The goods: Aloe vera, known as “the heal­ing plant,” has many ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing sooth­ing and cur­ing burns, cuts, sores, and other in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal in­fec­tions. Us­ing it alone as a mois­tur­izer is great for oily and acne-prone skin. Co­conut oil is a nat­u­ral ul­tra­vi­o­let pro­tec­tor. Rose wa­ter helps cool and soothe ir­ri­tated skin, and can re­store bal­ance to oily skin types. It’s also anti-ag­ing, anti-in­flam­ma­tory, and is a nat­u­ral an­ti­sep­tic. Vi­ta­min C is rich in an­tiox­i­dants, pro­tect­ing your skin from free rad­i­cal dam­age, and is mar­velous for anti-ag­ing and mak­ing skin more ra­di­ant.

Pro­ce­dure: Make your own moisturizing mask by scoop­ing out the gel from aloe vera leaves and blend­ing it with co­conut oil, rose wa­ter, and vi­ta­min C; you can also buy raw aloe vera gel in nat­u­ral stores. The mix­ture dries quickly even as it mois­tur­izes both the face and the body.

TIP: GET RID OF YEL­LOW NAILS FROM OVER-POL­ISH­ING BY RUB­BING SLICED LE­MONS ON THEM AND LET­TING THE JUICE DRY FOR TWO TO THREE MIN­UTES

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