Your skin has pores. You might barely notice it because they are not very visible, but for some, pores can be really large. You must be lucky enough but even with that, you need to check out for clogged pores. When oil, dirt, dead skin, and other undesirable debris gets in the way, your pores get clogged. Inflammation due to excess white blood cells too can cause pores to clog.
Why is necessary to unclog your pores? That is in order to prevent acne and blackheads. Not only are these embarrassing but can cause the overall look on your face. Everyone wants to become flawless and feel beautiful and handsome. So get rid of impurities for a smoother and younger look.
My Clogged Pores Home Remedies
1. Lemon and Brown Sugar Scrub
Lemon and sugar are natural exfoliants. In addition, lemon is a good anti-oxidant for effective unclogging of pores. To prepare, mix lemon to about 2 tablespoons of sugar and a few drops of water, slightly crushing it in the process of mixing to make the crystals finer. Gently scrub it in circular motion on your face especially around the nasal area, where dirt can mostly accumulate. Repeat this process once every week for better results.
2. Raw Honey Scrub
Honey contains anti-bacterial properties and can help open up pores to unclog it and successfully eliminate accumulated dirt and oil. Just apply raw honey directly on your skin and massage it gently. Leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
3. Honey and Baking Soda Exfoliant Cream
Adding 2 tablespoons of honey to a teaspoon of baking soda can help unclog your pores and exfoliate in the process. This is much recommended for those with blackheads. Apply it directly and massage your skin for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
4. Honey and Cinnamon Cream
Cinnamon has skin lightening properties. Mix 2 tablespoons of it to 3 tablespoons of honey for a complete exfoliant and lightening cream. Apply it directly on your skin and leave it there for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Do this once weekly.
5. Honey and Yogurt Mask
Prepare 2 teaspoons of yogurt and the same amount of honey. Add a teaspoon of jojoba oil to it and mix the ingredients thoroughly to create a thick paste. Apply it directly on your face, leaving it for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
6. Almond, Egg and Lemon Scrub
Exfoliate, unclog your pores, and enhance your skin complexion with this easy to prepare facial scrub. Prepare the egg white (fresh). Whip it until smooth and refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Take the egg white out of the refrigerator and add lemon and crushed almonds to it. Apply it directly on the face by gently massaging it in circular motions for 15 minutes then rinse it off with water.
7. Steaming Your Face
Exposing your face to a pot of steamy water is perhaps the cheapest way to unclog your pores effectively and remove impurities and unwanted particles. Just be extra careful not to burn your face in the process. To do this, prepare a pot of water and set to boil. Once steam starts to come out, remove the pot from the stove and lean over the pan to have the steam on your face. Make sure to cover your head with a towel so that all of the steam will be concentrated on your face. Stay for 15 minutes to allow thorough skin penetration. Dry your skin off with a clean towel afterwards and moisturize your skin. Do this twice weekly.
8. Baking Soda Facial Cleanser
Baking soda not only works as an effective exfoliant but also regulates your skin’s pH to give it a smooth and youthful glow. Exfoliation unclogs pores in the process and eliminates unwanted particles, dead skin cells and other impurities. To prepare, add a teaspoon of water to 2 teaspoons of baking soda, mixing well until a paste is formed. Apply it on your face by gently massaging it in circular motions for 5 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water. This should not be used as a daily cleanser though. Use it only once weekly.
9. Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Lemon and Honey Cleanser
If you wish to add some twist in your regular baking soda cleanser, adding a teaspoon of cinnamon, lemon juice, and 5 tablespoons of honey will give it a kick. Thoroughly mix all these and apply it directly on your face, gently massaging it. Use this at most twice a week.
9 Home Puffy Eye Remedies
Looking yourself at the mirror and seeing those bulging or sagging eye bags can be really frustrating. Puffy eyes or what we common call as eye bags can be normal to some individuals. This is characterized by swelling of the orbits (tissues around the eyes). Thus, in medical terms, it is called as periorbital puffiness.
Several factors are known to cause puffiness of the eyes. Among these are fatigue, lack of sleep or the opposite of it which is of course oversleeping, allergies, diet, and even as a result of crying. While some causes can only result to temporary puffiness, others which include skin disorders, improper functioning tear glands, and some diseases can pose and alarm on you. And in extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.
- Cucumber Eye Mask
You surely are familiar with cucumber eye masks. Cucumbers contain enzymes and powerful astringent properties that effectively relieve stressed skin, tighten it and is a good anti-inflammatory. Thus, it can be a great treatment for eye bags including wrinkles and dark circles. To prepare, chill a piece of cucumber on your refrigerator. After 10 minutes or so, take it out and cut into thick slices. Take two and cover your eyes for about 15 minutes or until the coldness is gone. This will give you much time to relax too as you close your peppers for a little while. Do this daily.
- Egg Whites plus Witch Hazel
As mentioned, egg whites can tighten your skin and eliminate wrinkles. Witch hazel is likewise effective in skin tightening. This skin tightening properties are essential for eliminating puffiness too. To prepare, beat egg whites and a few drops of witch hazel until stiff. Apply it directly under your eyes. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes before running cold water. Repeat this procedure until puffiness disappears.
- Hydrate with Nothing Else but Water
This is perhaps the easiest and the most cost-free remedy. To iterate, drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily not only gives your cells a boost but adds glow to your skin. Toxins are flushed out of the body and puffiness is eliminated as there is rare chances of water retention which can led to swelling of body parts including the under-eye area. Not only that, as you hydrate, be sure to reduce your salt intake too as it can cause the body to retain much water. Shun from soda and other carbonated drinks including caffeine. Much more, alcohol. They give you the opposite instead – dehydration.
- Potato Starch Patch
Potatoes are also a great way to get rid of your eye bags. Potatoes contain starch which has anti-inflammatory properties that effectively relieves swelling in the under eye are. Preparation is so easy. Simply peel the skin of a medium-sized potato. Make sure to wash and dry it properly. Shave the potato and wrap it in a clean cotton cloth. Place it on your eyes as you would an eye mask. Leave it for 20 minutes. Repeat this daily until the puffiness is gone. This is effective in treating dark circles too.
- Tea Bag Masks
You know the benefits green tea does to your health. While consuming this healthy drink, make use of its bags too. Refrigerate 2 teabags (used or probably soaked in hot water then removed to cool down) and place them on your eyelids for 15 minutes. This will not only relieve your eyes from puffiness and redness but also give your skin the glow it needs.
- Cold Metal Spoons
Another inexpensive eye bag remedy is the use of cold spoons. Yes, you read it right. While you may doubt its effectiveness, this has been backed by many who have tried this remedy though; myself included. Take out 6 metal spoons and refrigerate it for 15 minutes. You can place it on the freezer for faster cooling if you want. Now, take two and place it on your eye bags. Hold it until the coldness is gone and grab another two from the refrigerator to replace what you had. This may look funny but the idea behind this is putting a cold pack on your eye bags can relieve your tired eyes and relax the blood vessels. In effect, your skin can tighten up and you would be able to get it of the puffiness.
- Teething Rings
Same as your metal spoon remedy, teething rings can also be utilized to provide a cooling effect on your under eye area. Refrigerate teething rings for 10 minutes and place it on your eye bags. Do this daily until you have finally relieved yourself from unwanted puffiness.
- Avocado Mask
Avocado takes the stage as an overall skin enhancing remedy. Remove all your blemishes, dark circles, wrinkles, and eye bags by placing cold ripe avocado slices as eye mask.
- Almond and Milk Paste
Milk and ground almonds are great finishers. While you may use other means like metal spoons and teething rings, you need to nourish your eyes and skin too. Aside from that, clearing it out is better achieved with the help of milk.
Home Facial ACNE Remedies
The face is the most visible part of the body that enables us to recognize one person from another. You cannot just cover it if you wish to hide something. It shows your outer beauty, youthfulness, sophistication, as well as emotions. As much as we want to have a flawless look, times may come when come across various facial problems that come along with age (puberty). Proper hygiene and the consumption of healthy foods are therefore necessary.
Compiled in this chapter are common acne facial problems and their respective remedies.
Medically known as Acne Vulgaris, this can appear not only on the facial area but also on the neck, shoulders, chest, and back. It can start as our skin’s sebaceous/oil glands produce greasy secretions. Once the tiny pores get clogged, it can then contribute to having white heads if pores are small and black heads if they are bigger. As a result of that, irritation develops in the form of inflammations known as pimples. Acne can appear mild as having a few pimples. It is moderate with the presence of inflammatory papules while in its severe form, cysts and nodules are present. This is a common occurrence to those who reach the age of puberty until their 30’s although studies have shown that there are still those who get acne even in their 50’s.
Green tea contains an antioxidant known as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which can effectively reduce the bacterial growth, inflammation, and the production of sebum, which are the main culprits for acne breakouts. To make your miracle detox, you can steep for 5 minutes 2 teaspoons of loose organic green tea leaves in half cup of boiling water. Strain the leaves and allow the water to cool. Get a cotton swab and gently apply it directly on your face. If you have green tea bags instead, that is just fine. Steep it for 3 minutes, remove the bag and apply it directly on your face.
Mint has menthol which is both useful as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory. While this does not take away your acne, it will ease you from pain and minimize its redness. To prepare, crush a handful of fresh mint leaves and rub it directly on your face. Leave it for 10 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. You will surely feel refreshed.
Avocados can give us a lot of health benefits. It can quickly provide a cure to dry peeling skin as it contains antioxidants, healthy fat, moisture, natural oils, and phytochemicals. For that reason, avocado based topical solutions came into being and have grown popular over the years. One of these is honey and avocado mask. To prepare, mash a quarter of an avocado and mix it with a tablespoon of honey. Apply directly into your washed face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your face with a clean, dry towel. This is also recommended for those who have very sensitive skin.
Oatmeal is effective in removing oil and dead skin cells that can clog your pores and lead to having acne. It can also reduce inflammation. To prepare, just add 2 tablespoons of raw honey to a serving of cooked oats. Allow it to cool and apply it on your face then leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat it dry with a clean towel.
- Egg White and Avocado Mask
Egg white is known to be effective in removing excessive skin oil that can clog your pores causing blackheads and acne. Avocado, having natural fats, can nourish your skin and is a good remedy for dry skin. If you are wondering why did we come up with such combination knowing that their purposes seem contrasting, well this just makes the mask great for both dry and oily skin.
To prepare, just mash a quarter serving of avocado and 1 egg white and massage it gently on your face. Make sure to cover all areas. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft, clean towel.
- Cinnamon-Honey-Nutmeg Mask
This mask is also very easy to prepare. Just mix freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon, and honey (enough amount to form a paste). Allow it to stand for at least an hour before applying. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Dry your face with a clean towel.
An economical way of gently exfoliating your skin is through the use of sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in about the same amount of water enough to create a paste. You can also add lemon to it. Apply it directly on your acne and leave it there for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water and patting your face dry with a clean towel.
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Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can be very embarrassing but this can be treated in a number of ways. Sweaty feet can attract fungi and cause bad odor. Make sure you wash your feet regularly, scrub, wear clean cotton socks, and change your socks and shoes daily.
Tomato Juice Scrub
Soak your feet for 30 minutes in half a basin of lukewarm water with 3 cups of tomato juice. Do this daily.
Baking Soda Soak
Soak your feet for 20 minutes in half a basin of lukewarm water with 2 cups of baking soda. Repeat this daily.
Apple Cider Bath
Soak your feet in half a basin of water with half cup of apple cider vinegar for 15 minutes in order to reduce perspiration. Wash your feet with mild soap after and wipe it with a dry, clean towel.
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11 Cracked Heel Remedies
A common occurrence especially during summertime, fissures or cracked heels can sometimes be painful for one who has it especially when it has dug deeper into your skin. Aside from that, it can be embarrassing when exposed while wearing flip flops, thongs, and sandals. This condition can affect people from all ages although adults are more prone to experiencing this condition as aging is one contributing factor along with overexposure to dry air, lack of enough moisture, poor foot hygiene, unhealthy diet, diabetes, and hypothyroidism among others.
Milk and Honey Moisturizer + Exfoliator
Milk works best for the skin. If combined with honey, which contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, it can be a good exfoliator, moisturizer, and treatment for athlete’s foot and other foot diseases at the same time.
Prepare a basin and mix well
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 cup of honey
Soak your feet for about 15 minutes. You can also warm the milk if desired for a more comfortable feeling but make sure that you do not heat it much because it will burn and dry your feet. Wash your feet afterwards and pat it dry. Repeat this twice a week.
Glycerin and Rosewater Moisturizer
Glycerin is widely used especially in cosmetic products being an effective moisturizer. When mixed with rosewater, which contains Vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E, along with antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, it becomes a perfect solution for cracked heels. You can mix together
- 1 teaspoon of glycerin
- 1 teaspoon of rosewater
Massage it gently on your feet especially on the affected areas. Leave it overnight with your feet wrapped with clean, cotton socks.
You can also use this as a foot soak. All you need to do is add to half a basin of warm water lemon juice, a teaspoon of salt, rosewater and glycerin. Soak your feet for 20 minutes and pat it dry.
Rice Flour Exfoliating Scrub
One way to remove dry and dead skin on your feet and smoothing it out is by exfoliating it using your very own rice flour exfoliating scrub. To make the scrub, mix well
Before applying, make sure you have soaked your feet on a basin of warm water for about 20 minutes to soften your skin. Apply the scrub and gently rub on your feet concentrating more on the affected areas. Repeat this for at least twice a week for better results.
Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and other Oils (Almond, Olive, Grapeseed, and Sesame) for Massage
Massaging your heels and feet not only soothes your walkers but help in regulating the circulation of blood. Using essentials oils as natural moisturizers can help heal cracked heels. You can use Virgin Coconut Oil alone or mix all these oils and massage unto your feet, concentrating on the most affected areas for about 10 minutes then locking in moisture by wearing clean cotton socks.
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ABC (Avocado-Banana-Coconut) Mask
Avocado has natural fatty acids, essential oils, and fat soluble vitamins that can moisturize the skin and enzymes to help repair damaged tissues. To prepare the mask, mash together
- 1 banana
- half an avocado
- coconut meat (about the same quantity as the banana)
Apply the paste directly on your feet, carefully massaging it. Leave it for 20 minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water and pat it dry.
Epsom Salt Soak
Epsom salt is known for being a natural remedy for numerous conditions especially those that affect the skin. It is easily absorbed by the skin and can soothe your stressed feet, relieve athlete’s foot, and cure fungal infections. Soaking your feet for 10 minutes in a basin with warm water mixed with half a cup of Epsom salt is effective in healing your cracked heels. You can rub your feet with pumice stone and pat it dry with a clean towel. Finish it off by applying petroleum jelly and locking in moisture on your feet by wearing cotton socks overnight. Repeat this for twice a week.
Vinegar, especially apple cider, is good in treating various skin conditions. However, if applied directly on your skin, it can cause dryness. For that reason, it is not recommended that you apply it directly on your skin. Make sure to mix quarter cup of vinegar and about the same amount of olive oil in half a basin of warm water. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes and gently rub it with a pumice stone. Pat your walkers dry with a clean towel and moisturize.
Aside from giving the skin numerous benefits (dead skin removal and cure for dry skin and cracked feet), paraffin wax can help in relieving painful muscles and joints. Microwave paraffin wax to melt it and add VCO or mustard oil. Allow the mixture to cool and coat your feet overnight then wear clean cotton socks. Do this for daily for 15 days to achieve the best results.
Lemon is known for its exfoliating properties and effectiveness in getting off of dead skin. Papaya on the other hand has enzymes that smoothens the skin. When combined as a paste, it can be an effective remedy for cracked heels. Mix mashed papaya and lemon juice together and apply the paste directly on your feet. Let it stay for 15 minutes and wash your feet in a basin of warm water mixed with lemon juice. Soak for another 15 minutes. You may use pumice stone to scrub off dead skin and pat it dry with a clean towel.
Jojoba and Oatmeal Mask
Both having moisturizing properties, joboba oil and oatmeal are great for the skin. Simply mix a teaspoon oatmeal and the desired amount of oil to form a thick paste and apply it directly on your feet leaving it for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and pat it dry with a clean towel.
DIY Foot Ointment
Applying ointment on your feet overnight can give you a soothing feeling and help in moisturizing your dry walkers. Make sure to lock in moisture by wearing clean cotton socks. To create your very own ointment, you can mix together a quarter cup of coconut oil and the same amount of magnesium flakes as well as shea butter, 2 tablespoons of boiling water, and 3 tablespoons of beeswax.
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When you saw your child rushing home, looking untidy and scratching her scalp so often you suspected something is in her head that makes her getting irritated. There are lice crawling fast in her scalp! This is just one common scenario of children infested by lice and you want to look for ways in treating head lice the natural way because some medications contain harsh chemicals not good for your children. Head lice treatments must kill lice without risking your children's health.
Head Lice Description
Lice are crawling insects, no wings and are considered parasite because they fed themselves with blood sucked from the human scalp. They do not bring danger much on person's health but only severe irritation and itching. Common characteristics of head lice are:
• Adult lice feed as many times during the day
• Size is almost the same as sesame seed or a match head (measures about 2mm to 4mm)
• Color is dark and is getting darker after sucking blood
• No wings, body is elongated or stretched, with three body segments namely, abdomen, thorax and head
• Lives close to the scalp and lays 3 to 10 nits per day
Symptoms of head lice include red sores found in the scalp, itchiness and presence of large number of lice eggs on hair shafts. If you are seeing these manifestations then you are indeed infested with head lice. Plenty of head lice remedies are available including chemical based head lice medications and natural remedies at home. Pedicullides refer to medications to kill head lice and nymphs but leaving lice eggs behind and so re application of treatment must be done properly. These can be bought with prescription from your doctor because of toxicity involved.
If you do not want your child to be exposed on chemical based treatments, treating head lice the natural way is the best thing to do. Still the most effective way of removing lice and lice eggs is through picking them one by one and also using head lice comb. This method doesn't involve application of any formulas into the hair to kill lice and nymphs. You can follow these simple steps to get rid with head lice infestation.
1. One way to kill lice is putting on hair smoothing product into the scalp. Try using mayonnaise or Vaseline because both products work the same. What you need is a jar of mayonnaise and shower cap. Place a handful of mayonnaise into hair portions, carefully massaging in between hair strands until the whole head area is covered with mayonnaise especially lower neck line and behind the ears. Cover head with a shower cap for two hours just to smoothen on nits and baby lice on the hair shafts. After two hours, wash hair thoroughly with shampoo and soap until the mixture until the hair get so clean. You can wash hair again if it is sticky until mayonnaise is totally removed. If you do not agree with using mayonnaise because it is too messy using Vaseline is a good option.
2. Another natural remedy to get rid of stubborn lice is using vinegar. This is very natural and basic because most household have vinegar in the kitchen. You can saturate hair with vinegar for at least an hour, cover hair with shower cap and rinse off thoroughly after one hour of soaking. You may repeat the process after two or three days because accordingly those lice are killed after two to three days of vinegar application. Just do a follow up operation to make sure all lice are killed to prevent re infestation of head lice.
3. Using essential oil as natural remedy to remove lice is gaining much popularity nowadays. Applying tea tree oil is one of the easiest methods to kill lice. Combine at least 15 drops of tea tree oil in a shampoo bottle. Better if shampoo bottle is half filled only so that the oil can spread more evenly. Use this as your daily shampoo.
4. Aloe Vera leaves also do wonders in removing the lice at the same time giving much luster and volume to falling hair. How to apply? Pick an Aloe Vera leaf, remove all the thorns in its side carefully, peel it off and form gel substance. Apply to hair and leave it there for at least 30 minutes. Divide hair into an inch sub sections. You may scoop down a teaspoonful of aloe gel and mixed it with your chosen brand of shampoo. Apply daily and consistently. After each bath, use metal lice comb and pick up lice one by one.
Treating head lice the natural way is the most amazing thing you could share and contribute to the total well being of your child. Head lice should not be taken for granted but must be given utmost importance. What is best with these natural remedies is that you are killing the lice without hurting your precious little one. What is more important here is the removal of all lice eggs because when nits are totally removed from the scalp there will be no more lice re infestation in the future.
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