With the incredibly high levels of toxins in the air and all the pollution that’s finding its way into our lives, it’s inevitable we’ll, from time to time, suffer some sort of skin damage, no matter how great genetics we’ve got. Luckily, there’s a way to prevent it, and if not prevent it – then successfully treat it.
Not to add fuel to fire, we’d never suggest chemically processed beauty products; that would be like advertising cheeseburgers for weight loss – ridiculous and inefficient. Instead, we’re lovers of all-natural products, even more so – those DYI home remedies you can enjoy making yourself.
Here are some our favorite natural ways to heal damaged skin and love its afterglow:
Green Tea Mask
There’s probably no home remedy that doesn’t have a link to green tea. This amazing plant has proven beneficial in so many ways that we’re close to referring to it as the “holy green”. Thanks to people’s newfound awareness regarding its numerous health benefits, green tea’s popularity has grown in leaps and bounds and we can’t help but love it.
Aside from being considered an exceptional diuretic that aids in weight loss, green tea is also an excellent ingredient for natural face masks. Green tea works perfectly as a skin toner, protects the skin from sun damage, helps reduce puffy eyes and under eye circles, prevents fine lines and wrinkles and contains antioxidants. Further, it helps with acne scars.
THE MASK: Green tea, baking soda, and honey
This mask requires the following:
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. green tea
1 tbsp. honey
Prior to adding the honey, mix the green tea and baking soda. Whip it all together and spread it evenly on your face. Add a few drops of water if you feel the mixture is too sticky.
The baking soda will detoxify your skin, remove dead skin cells and dirt built-up; the honey will moisturize, rejuvenate, and tighten your skin.
Benefits of Tamanu Oils
For the past couple of years, oils have been the main talk in beauty world and for a reason.
Naturally obtained oils agree with all skin types, from oily to extremely dry ones, making the skin healthy and radiant.
Tamanu oil does a great job treating damaged skin, soothing irritated and sunburned skin and it is very efficient, fast. Most importantly, it can put a stop to pain. Believe it or not, going to sleep for just one night with tamanu applied can repair the skin cells altogether!
Calendula oil is one other great oil famous for its healing properties as it heals the burns and calms the rashes.
Cucumber is the veggie you want to have around when you want to treat the skin that suffered some kind of damage. Cool and soothing, a cucumber cut into slices (after having been put in the fridge to cool even more) and applied onto the skin directly has an amazing effect. Honey is a great ally in soothing irritated and sensitive skin. Further, with proper application of honey, the skin cell repair is encouraged.
Other healing foods to look into are celery, collard greens, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, grasses (wheat and barley), green beans, green lettuces, heart of palm, kale and mushrooms.
Coconut Repair Mask
Naturally antibacterial, moisturizing, antifungal and, according to research, great for atopic dermatitis, coconut masks have become the choice of many women, especially used as nighttime face moisturizer. Further, coconut gives shine, soothes dry skin and can act as a highlighter, too.
THE MASK: Coconut, lemon juice, honey
Get the best mix by using:
1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Mix your coconut oil and raw honey together until you have a sticky texture. The honey and coconut oil will actually warm up and soften on your face, even though they may seem thick at first. Be prepared for a few drips, though. Keep the mask on for about 15-20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Tattoos and Tattoo Removal
Tattoos fall into three broad categories: purely decorative (with no specific meaning); symbolic (with a specific meaning pertinent to the wearer); and pictorial (a depiction of a specific person or item). In addition, tattoos can be used for identification such as ear tattoos on livestock as a form of branding.
If you are the not-so-proud owner of some regrettable ink, tattoo removal specialists recommend using panthenol creams and gels. There are many other tattoo removal creams available, with varying degrees of effectiveness.