The products you use in your everyday beautiful skincare routine will make a difference to the results you see, but this doesn’t mean you always need to invest in expensive brand names and fancy store-bought lotions. Very often, the ingredients you need for beautiful, radiant skin are already sitting in your bathroom or kitchen. Check out these four tips for getting beautiful skin with everyday ingredients you probably already have on hand.
1. Sugar and vitamin E oil scrub
Vitamin E oil is a perfect choice for skincare, as it is a rich source of antioxidants that keep skin cells healthy and radiant, and its thick consistency allows it to be slowly absorbed instead of quickly evaporating. To create a great exfoliant, mix white sugar with vitamin E oil until you get a runny paste, and then very gently rub this onto damp skin, massaging for several minutes.
While you want to avoid the delicate eye area, you can also carefully massage this mixture onto your lips to remove dead, rough skin. After doing so for several minutes, rinse with warm water, and gently pat your face dry. Add moisturizer as usual.
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The sugar will act as a natural exfoliant, while the vitamin E oil will moisturize your skin at the same time. You’ll see instant results the first time you try this natural scrub, and if you use it weekly then your skin will stay soft, supple, and wrinkle-free.
2. Baby oil
There’s no need to use pricey body oils when you have an affordable supply of baby oil in the house. Mineral oil, the prime ingredient in baby oil, is often the key ingredient in most of those expensive body oils and lotions anyway!
The real trick to getting soft skin with baby oil is to apply it when your skin is still wet from the shower, as this approach locks in moisture. Because the oil doesn’t absorb right away, apply it immediately after showering and then slip into an old pair of sweatpants. This will give your skin several minutes to absorb the oil before you towel off the excess and get dressed.
You can also follow this routine before bedtime, and your skin will absorb the oil all night! Try it on those stubbornly dry areas of your body such as your legs, toes and heels, knees, and elbows. Slip into thick wool socks after applying oil to your feet in order to soften calluses. You’ll have beautiful, healthy skin in no time.
Eggs are chockfull of vitamin A and protein, both of which are very good for the skin. Vitamin A helps to ward off premature wrinkles and nourish skin cells, while protein helps to rebuild those cells. While many homemade face masks include eggs as an ingredient, you can actually use them on their own for instant results. Simply whisk up an egg or two and gently dab the mix on your face (you can use a paper towel if you find this too messy). Let the mixture dry for several minutes, and then gently rinse away with warm water. Moisturize as usual.
4. Coffee grounds
Coffee grounds contain natural oils and caffeine, both of which nourish the skin. The natural oils and residual caffeine in the grounds tighten pores and rejuvenate your skin so it looks more radiant and youthful.
You can use coffee grounds on their own. Ensure that they’re slightly warm, as this helps to release their oils and caffeine, and gently massage them onto your face. Do this for a couple of minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. You can also mix the coffee grounds with an egg or olive oil for added moisture and hydration.
If you don’t drink coffee then you won’t have the grounds at home, but don’t hesitate to take them from the workplace! Bring a plastic baggie with you, and as someone is making a fresh pot, simply lift the grounds out by the filter, put them in the baggie, and seal it uptight. Pop them into the microwave for just a few seconds when you get home (so they’re warm but not hot), and use them liberally on your face. With little effort, you can enjoy a beautiful facial treatment that is actually free!