So I am a really, really big fan of natural products and home remedies when it comes to my skin. Food for thought: The body absorbs roughly 60 percent of what we apply to our skin, so whatever you are putting on your skin, your body is absorbing right into your BLOODSTREAM (1.). Fact.
Over the years I have really, really reduced my use of commercial skin and body care products. For example, here are some posts with some of my hippie shit skin care routines:
DIY Yogurt + Lemon Dark Spot Remover
Yep! You read that right. Yogurt. Lemon. Done.
Lemon juice and yogurt both have natural bleaching properties that help to lighten the skin. Lemon juice is known to diminish scars and age spots, helps heal acne, exfoliates the skin, AND fights wrinkles! HOLLER!
Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, that dissolves dead skin cells. AND the anti-inflammatory impact of bacteria in yogurt helps improve the overall health and youth of your skin.
So, when topically applied to the skin, this simple homemade face mask can help moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn, and reduce discoloration.
Here’s what you need
- 2 tablespoons of organic yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (about the juice of one lemon)
- 1 tablespoon of corn starch
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey or coconut oil to moisturize with AFTER the mask
Step 1: Wash and Exfoliate your skin
Step 2: Mix yogurt, lemon and cornstarch to make Your Yogurt + Lemon Mask
Step 3: Apply mask all over your face or trouble areas and keep on for 25 minutes (less if you have sensitive skin)
Step 4: Rinse off and moisturize with honey or coconut oil for 10 minutes (I find honey is pretty amazing for this step, but can sting after the mask)
Step 5: Add some simple tinted moisturizer, shape your brows, a touch of mascara and you out the door!
- Brown et al. The role of skin absorption as a route of exposure for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water. Am J Public Health. 1984 May; 74(5): 479–484.