Last updated: December 04. 2013 12:59AM - 1132 Views
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Over the past few months I have tried many different skin masks, cleansers and exfoliants, all of which were great - minus the fact that I have overly sensitive skin.

When you switch to a new cleansing face product that may be slightly stronger than the last, your skin will most likely purge and all hidden buildup and clogged pores will surface and expel dirt, oil and debris. This is a common occurrence and, if you get facials on the regular, you definitely understand and agree.

My main problem and concern I have with a good cleanser and mask is the lack of leftover moisture from the products; even some of the cream cleansers I’ve used as of late have been subpar on their hydration abilities.

I decided that instead of spending a ton of money on different face washes and masks I would play DIY and try some at-home options that are both easy and delicious.

The first treatment I tried was a honey hydrating mask. It’s a simple one, in that you apply a generous amount of organic honey onto dry skin and leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse and remove with warm water. The properties in honey help dissolve dead skin cells, leaving you with a fresh new face. This is an amazing hydrating option for both oily and dry skin types, as you can add a little lemon or lime juice for problematic skin.

I am obsessed with liquid exfoliants that eat up dead skin cells, dirt, oil and prep the skin for additional hydration, but they can be a little pricey. I decided to try nature’s natural exfoliant remedy by using pineapple. Take a slice of the pineapple and, like a face pad, wipe your entire face, avoiding the eyes. Leave it on for 10 minutes and remove. The acids in the pineapple will remove any unnecessary dirt, skin and oil, as well as calm and reduce inflammation.

The third treatment is a great cleanser for dry sensitive skin like mine that will leave your skin not only clean and clear, but extremely hydrated. Mix one-quarter cup of aloe vera, one teaspoon of olive oil, one teaspoon of glycerin and about five drops of rosemary essential oil together. Using your fingertips or a cotton round, apply cleanser to damp skin. This non-lathering cleanser will be a go-to cleanser this winter to help combat unsightly dry skin. You can also make this in a larger batch to have on hand, just be sure to shake it up well before each use.

Tip: Have you used an egg yolk on your hair as a treatment? Next time try using it on your face for the same amazing results. This is also great for acne-prone skin.

Trick: Make sure to use a hand cream prior to getting out of the shower and before you apply your facial moisturizer; this will guarantee your face lotion goes on your face and doesn’t soak up in your fingertips.


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