The weather's dull and dreary, you're stuck indoors and your skin is starting to act up due to the damp weather. Depending on each individual's skin, you could find your skin suddenly oily and shiny or dull and dry. But heading out for a facial is impossible since the kids are stuck at home with you.
Well, make the most of the situation and grab ingredients from your pantry to blend up homemade face packs that will calm your skin. In fact, rope in the kids to help you create these concoctions and maybe even test them out with you. Whether you have budding chefs, scientists or beauty junkies at home, this is one experiment that will guarantee hours of fun.
Freshening facial toner
Your skin may feel sticky and uncomfortable due to the high humidity levels, Counter this with a delightfully scented toner that will refresh your skin as well. All you need to do is combine equal parts rosewater and cucumber juice in a spritz bottle and stash this in the fridge for an invigorating perk-me-up when you need it.
To make rosewater from scratch, place freshly plucked rose petals in a pot and fill with enough water to cover the petals. Simmer the pot over a low flame until the water turns pink and you see a thin film of rose oil on the surface of the water. Cool the water before straining away the petals.
If you are suffering from dull and dry skin, give your complexion a boos with a fresh-fruit mask that is packed with antioxidants and moisture. Use a fork to mash one strawberry, a few blackberries and a one-inch piece of banana with one tablespoon of honey until you have a thick paste. Apply a thick layer to your face and leave it for about 15 minutes before washing it off thoroughly to reveal glowing skin.
If this combination sounds good enough to eat, just make more and turn the excess int a healthy yummy smoothie treat for the kids!
To tighten pores and deep-cleanse your skin, mix one tablespoon of yoghurt with one teaspoon of mashed aloe vera. The lactic acid in the yoghurt helps get rid of dirt while the aloe vera soothes and calms irritated skin. Apply this mix to your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
If you feel like your skin needs a good scrub to get rid of accumulated grime and to clear any bumps, try making an oatmeal scrub. Ground one tablespoon of oatmeal finely with a blender and stir it into half a tablespoon of honey and half a tablespoon of almond or olive oil. Oatmeal has skin-soothing, anti-inflammatory properties while honey has natural antibacterial properties to cleanse skin thoroughly without aggravating it.