Lately, I find myself getting more and more intrigued by natural, DIY skincare. As I’ve gotten more skeptical about the foods I’m putting in my body, I notice that I’m also getting more and more picky about the things I put on my body. Our skin is our largest organ, and yours may be absorbing a lot more than you think (did you know there is a calorie intake associated with slathering on moisturizer?).
This is why I get so excited about a good DIY home skincare remedy. I’m not picky. I’ve tried making my own masques and scrubs; if you’d find it in a salon, I’ve tried to cook it up in my kitchen (although there is usually no actual cooking involved, but you know what I mean). This weekend, I tried this quick and easy natural skin lightener from Mommy Greenest (one of my favorite natural living sites) using just lemon and honey, and my avacado-pit elbows (because that’s where I had my darkening issue) are now lovely and smooth thanks to her.
According to Rachel —
Lemon, a natural exfoliator, comes into play in this skin lightening treatment. After cleansing, slice open a lemon, hold one half by the rind and rub the juicy side all over your face, being careful to avoid your eyes. The alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) in the lemon encourage exfoliation by sloughing away the outer layer of dead skin cells, improving circulation and stimulating new cell growth. The fruit acids dissolve the old skin cells and making room for the new. Leave the juice on for five minutes or less—much less, if the stinging is too much—then rinse off. This treatment is even more effective in a steamy bathroom or sauna.
But you don’t just want to reduce brown spots, you want less end-of-summer dry skin wrinkles too, right? After your lemon exfoliation, take a minute to slather some raw, organic honey on your face. A natural humectant—that’s something that draws moisture to the skin—honey has antiseptic qualities as well, which means it helps to clear up breakouts. Bonus! After a few minutes in this natural beauty mask, you’ll notice the difference—just don’t give into the temptation to lick it all off. Leave the honey on for as much as 20 minutes, then rinse off to feel soft, hydrated, glowing skin.
So easy, right? And it seriously does work.
Read about the dangers of over-the-counter skin lighteners, and find tons more green living advice from Rachel at Mommy Greenest.
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