Keeping that youthful glow has become one of our most sought after goals. Everyone seems to be looking for that fountain of youth in a bottle. We call it “hope in a jar”. Yes, Philosophy makes a “hope in a jar” product, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $100 depending on the size. We expect that if a product is expensive than it must be the best. The truth of the matter is most of the key ingredients in these top notch brands are commonly found at your super market. Depending on your skin type, there is a natural product found at your supermarket that can be just as effective as some of these $100 skin care products. You can make your own facial cleansers, masks, toners, and moisturizers using the latest home remedies for skin care.
Vitamin A, C, and E are key ingredients in many anti-aging creams, and can be found in many natural foods that can be made into skin care products. A banana is delicious, but it also makes for an amazing mask for dry skin types. Take an overripe banana and mash it to a paste, leave on for twenty minutes, and rinse. The Vitamin A in the banana will heal your dry flaky skin. You can also combine the mashed bananas with a teaspoon of honey, an ingredient high in antioxidants and potassium, when making your mask. The honey will aid in clarifying your skin as well as restoring hydration and preventing skin sagging. To make an anti-aging mask with ingredients high in Vitamin A and E use your mashed banana and combine with equal parts avocado. Leave on for thirty minutes, rinse, and part dry to reveal soft supple skin with a youthful glow. When Vitamin A and E work together they can right free radicals and help fight aging while repairing damage.
The yogurt, honey, banana face mask has also gotten amazing reviews by users, getting 4.5 stars out of 5 on makeupalley.com, and has been called a Botox mask by Dr. Oz. This mask contains the Vitamin A benefits of the banana, the antioxidants and hydrating qualities of the honey, and the lactic acid of yogurt. You will need 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1 tsp. honey, and 1/2 a ripe banana. First mash the ripe banana, mix in the honey and the yogurt, leave on for 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry. This mask is great for all skin types, and has skin care benefits a mile wide. The yogurt contains lactic acid that can also be made into a peel, by using 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of yogurt, which is great for oily skin types.
Rosewater is another ingredient that contains Vitamins B3, C, and E. This ingredient is easy to obtain at any drugstore or natural food store. Rosewater is one of the key ingredients in many high in end products that make them so efficient. You can use rosewater in a multitude of ways that can produce amazing skin care benefits for all skin types. If you are looking for a home remedy that has toning properties, the ability to clean out pores, while reducing redness and softening fine lines, then rosewater is just what your need. To make your own toner that provides all these skin care benefits you can: pour a small amount of rosewater combined with rose essential on a cotton ball after cleansing your face to remove any excess dirt, bacteria, or residue left behind by a cleanser. Rosewater can also lighten dark circles around the eyes and make your eyes appear brighter. Just place a rosewater soaked cotton swab over the eyes for a few minutes to reveal a lighter brighter under eye area. For those suffering with acne you can make a rosewater mask containing sandalwood powder, rosewater, and lemon juice. Mix the ingredients to a paste and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. This mask will clean out your pores while healing any existing blemishes. You can also add glycerin or almond/olive oil to rosewater to make a hydrating moisturizer for dry skin types.