The best skin care regimen that you can easily do at home consists of honey, lemon, and coconut oil.
Make sure to get a good quality, local honey and that it’s real honey. If you read the ingredients and there’s anything other than the honey itself, keep on moving. Honey has natural antibacterial properties and skin-tightening agents that will help prevent acne and wrinkles as well as aid in the evenness and tonal quality of your face.
For the best results and most performance out of your lemons, be sure to get some nice, ripe organic ones from your local grocery store or farmers market. The citric acid in lemons helps with the deep cleansing of your skin and other properties help give life to tired spots and circulation issues under the eyes and around the rest of your face.
Coconut oil is good for much more than cooking and baking. It’s natural properties have the ability to restore, moisturize, and cleanse your skin. The fatty acids contained in coconut oil act as antibacterials and an antimicrobial. It also contains properties that aid in the restoration and hydration of your skin. The best kind to buy is extra virgin coconut oil because it is the least refined.
Here’s the best way to cleanse:
2 Tbs Honey
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
Mix the two ingredients in a small container or cup then using your hands apply the mixture to your face avoiding the eyes and rub in an upward and outward circular motion. When apply anything to your delicate facial skin always use this pattern and motion.
Rinse thoroughly and carefully using lukewarm/warm water. Be sure to rinse well on your forehead and around your eyes because no one likes an eye full of lemon juice.
Now you can take a dime-sized amount of coconut oil into your palms and rub together to melt and warm in your hands. Rub the coconut oil into your skin in an upward and outward circular motion. This time you can rub it closer to your eyes but still avoid the immediate areas. Allow the oil to set on your face for at least ten minutes and after the time is up blot off whatever is not soaked into the skin with a clean, soft cloth.
Viola! Follow this simple regimen regularly and the differences it will make for your face will be amazing.
But wait, your face isn’t the only part of your body covered in skin is it?
Here’s a list of other uses these three powerhouse ingredients can do for you:
Dark skin spots: Knees, ankles, neck areas, armpits, inner thighs, and ankles are all notorious spots on the body for darker skin. Simply rub half of a freshly cut lemon over these areas after a shower and leave to dry. Then apply a small amount of coconut oil over the same spots.
Stretch marks: For old stretch marks and to avoid the formation of new ones apply coconut oil to problem areas such as the stomach, side and top of breasts, under arms, around thighs, and behind calves. Rub it in thoroughly after a bath or shower.
Cracked/dry feet: This is best to do at night before bed. Soak feet in warm water with the juice of a whole lemon for every gallon of water for about 15 minutes or until the skin is fairly soaked and pruny. Combine Epsom salt(or granulated sugar) with honey to make a generous paste and scrub feet thoroughly and vigorously focusing on the heels and dry areas. Using a washcloth to scrub helps get more stubborn dead skin off. Rinse and dry completely. Let your feet air dry all the way so that no moisture from the water is left and apply a generous amount of coconut oil all over. Put on a pair of old socks and let feet rest for at least two hours or through the night. If excess oil remains rinse with warm water and blot dry with soft cloth.
Chicken Bumps/Little red or white bumps all over outsides of arms: This condition is usually caused by dryness. To get some extra cleansing of the area use the same honey scrub paste used in the last tip to rub down outside of arms. Rinse and pat dry. Apply coconut oil to outside of arms and rub in thoroughly. Avoid wearing sleeves if you can to allow the oil to soak in completely.
These are just a few of the wonderful ways coconut oil, honey, and lemons can help your skin care regimen all while saving you money at the grocery store.
While trying all these remember that the best way to hydrate your skin is to stay hydrated yourself. Try to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of fresh water every day! For example, if you weigh 150 lbs then try to drink 75 oz of water throughout the day.