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Winter Skincare on a Budget

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January 07, 2015 by Trish R. Share on: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

home made skin care ingredientsIf you live in the northeast like I do, winter can be rough on your skin and your wallet. I have extremely sensitive and acne prone skin. As a 40-something woman this is incredibly frustrating. I’ve tried just about every skin care routine out there from Proactive and Neutrogena to Mary Kay. I’ve even tried several of the store brand products, all with very limited success.

Recently, I’ve started to question if all the chemicals in these products were doing more harm than good to my sensitive skin, not to mention they cost a lot of money each month. I did some research into some all-natural skin care alternatives and I found five that have worked well for me and saved me some money in the process.

Brown sugar is a great exfoliator and gentler than salt scrubs. I like to mix the brown sugar with coconut oil for an amazing treatment. It leaves my skin soft and smooth. When exfoliating, remember to massage the skin gently, you don’t want to damage your skin.

I love coconut oil as a wonderful multi-use product. It works great as a makeup remover, is gentle on my skin, and a small amount goes a long way! It’s also great as a deep conditioner for my hair. Just ten minutes and my hair is softer than any store bought conditioner could achieve.

Honey has wonderful antibacterial properties, especially for people with acne prone skin. I spread a small amount of raw honey all over my face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. It makes my skin look and feel amazing.

As I get older I’m finding dark spots on my skin (please do not call them old lady or old age spots). While researching homemade skin care, I learned that lemon juice can be used to brighten skin and lighten discoloration on the skin, especially from acne scarring, who knew? I’ve only used the lemon juice a few times but I’m already seeing a difference.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great multi-purpose kitchen staple. It’s used to clean coffee pots, pickle vegetables and in salad dressings, but have you ever used it as part of your skin care routine? I dilute the ACV with distilled water and use it as a toner on my face.

I usually have these items in my pantry. The only change I made was to buy them as organic or raw, this does increase the price slightly. Ultimately, for the amount I’d spend for a month’s supply of a traditional skin care routine, I could get 3-5 months with my homemade routine. The results of these alternative treatments have been so wonderful that I’ve shared them with friends and family. Do you have a favorite all natural or homemade remedy that you love? Please share it in the comments section below.

Sources:
MindBodyGreen.com
Earth Clinic
National Center for Biotechnology Information

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