Fall is officially here! But that doesn’t mean you should be putting the sunscreen away. This is a point I feel that I need to make all too often as most people I know assume that summer equals sun tan lotion, and that there’s no other time of year when our skin needs protection. Wrong!
This point was made quite clear when I was rushing out of the door the other day to meet up with one of my friends. Making mention that our lunch date may be the “last day we’ll be able to sit outside”, I exclaimed that I would “bring the sunscreen”. My friend laughed. Needless to say, this became a topic of conversation once our meal began.
“It’s not that I don’t think sunscreen is necessary,” my friend exclaimed, “it’s just that when you think about it, investing in all of these skin care products is pretty expensive.” Her point is hard to argue. But the truth is, there are plenty of ways to treat our skin properly without spending a bundle. In fact, you can find many ways to moisturize and improve your skin’s texture in your own kitchen.
Yes, you read that right. Your kitchen! On DailyGlow.com, Brenna Stone writes that there are a number of natural solutions to treating and nourishing our skin using food products. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Gross, right? Well, if food is good enough to eat, how could it be bad for your face? Sounds like fun to me!
Have acne-prone skin? Try apple cider vinegar, says Stone. Your skin will benefit from its anti-bacterial properties that can help to destroy blemishes. She writes that dabbing a little bit of apple cider vinegar on your pimples before bed each night will also help balance your skin’s pH levels, giving it a smoother appearance.
What about those pesky wrinkles? What girl (or guy, for that matter – be honest!) hasn’t discussed anti-aging techniques? Well, we all know that many fruits have antioxidants. Stone informs us that rubbing the inside of a papaya skin or banana peel on your face makes for great skin nourishment.
Now it may sound like the recipe for an awesome new smoothie, but if you’re going for that smooth and supple look, Stone also recommends that you “blend grapes, strawberries, or fresh cucumber in the blender with enough honey to make a paste. Apply to the skin and leave on for 15 minutes before washing.”
Guess what other wrinkle-busters exist in your kitchen? Egg whites and honey are also great for natural skin hydration. Stone notes that by whipping up an egg white with a tablespoon of cream, you’ll be making a great face mask that will help to refine pores and tighten your sagging skin. That is, of course, if you can resist the urge to bake a cake during the process!