Is it just me or is winter bad for us for more than one reason? Not only does it make it twice as hard to get out of bed, spirits are low because you feel like you never see daylight unless staring out of the office window, the need to wear so many layers that you start to feel like the Michelin man and becoming a hermit because its just too cold, wet and miserable to leave the house. I don’t know about you but I also have a series of unwelcome visitors inhabiting my skin – even though I have started including a lengthy cleansing routine both at morning and night – and I want to get them gone pronto – especially as it is ♥Valentine’s Day♥ THIS FRIDAY! (just a quick reminder….boys!)
In light of this recent invasion, for which I have decided to blame the weather and outside factors, I have been doing a spot (haha, I know…..) of research on how to combat unwelcome pimples and acne outbreaks, all from the comfort of your own home. Yes, there are MANY treatments on the shelves, ranging from simple and cheap to the obscenely expensive, but in my humble experience all those chemicals and ‘specific free’ products can do more harm than good . Here are some cheap and cheerful remedies that can be made fresh from your store cupboard that may just cut down your costs on those pricey acne fighting products :
Baking Soda Mask
Wash your face with a mild cleanser, then take baking soda and mix it with some warm water in your hands. Apply the light mask to your face, coating it completely, and let it sit for 20 – 30 minutes. Rinse away with warm water. The result is that your skin should feel softer and smoother and after a few attempts your acne should be improved.
Egg Whites Mask
Separate the yolk from two or three eggs, then whisk the egg whites together until they look frothy. Ensure that your face is clean and apply this mixture, leaving it on your face for about 20 minutes. Rinse away with warm water. The result should be that any red spots have soothed and your pores are tighter, thus preventing further blackheads. I should point out (just so I have clarified) that if you have an egg allergy, you should not use this treatment.
Another easy peasy mask – instructions are to simply blend oatmeal and water. Once again, ensure that your skin is clean, then spread this mask across your face to sit for 10-15 minutes or until it dries. Rinse away with warm water. This treatment is gentle and safe, and is said to improve most acne problems.
Sometimes time and other plans means that you don’t have time for a full on pampering session with things such like a face mask – if this is the case then do not worry – help is also at hand for these situations! When a mask isn’t practical, or you don’t have the time, simply treating the spots with a suitable application may well be more appropriate. The following mixtures are a great quick-fix that you can blot onto the spot, let them work their magic, and then rinse them away when it’s time to go out. As before, avoid any of these treatments if you are allergic to the ingredients.
Nutmeg and milk
Apply this mixture onto your pimples for about an hour. Rinse away and pimples should disappear without a trace.
Honey and cinnamon (yuk!)
Make a paste of these ingredients, apply directly to pimples, and leave it on overnight. Wash away with warm water in the morning. Repeat each night until pimples disappear.
Rub a clove of garlic on and around pimples, which will disappear with regular applications.
Apply the juice of a raw papaya on pimples to soothe inflammation.
Salt and vinegar
Mix salt and vinegar into a paste and rub it onto pimples. Leave on for 20-30 minutes, then gently wash away.
I did wonder if the last remedy would work in the same way if you were to eat a bag of salt and vinegar crisps – the consensus in the office was no, even if they were walkers or McCoys! Seriously, if you’re tired of paying too much for your acne treatments, it can’t hurt to give these a try. Choose one at a time, try it out, and see how it works for you. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work right away. Curing acne for the long-term can take a few homemade tricks and a little bit of time.
That is all from me this week – hope you have a spot free, lovely week!
Lots of Love