Summer skin secrets

Summer can be a stressful time for your skin and it’s worthwhile trying something new to revitalise tired summer skin – or to pamper yourself any time of the year!

Red blotchy legs It is the shaving cream that is the likely cause. Shaving creams, gels, foams or soap can irritate your skin’s open pores causing the redness and/or blotchiness. Try shaving with the same conditioner that you use on your hair.

Reduce unwanted shine Try this natural astringent; combine 10 drops lemon juice with 1/2 cup cold water. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture, dab over skin and do not rinse.

Zap blemishes Tea’s tannic acid absorbs oils that lead to blemishes. Saturate a tea bag in warm water and press on the affected area for about 5 minutes. Rinse, then dab on a some eye redness remover to get the red out.

Seal your pores Close your pores with a skin tightening all natural clay or mud mask, or try this recipe: Mix 1 egg white with a few drops of lemon juice. Using a brush, massage onto clean skin. Leave on for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water.

Natural wart remover Banana peel contains a substance that is highly effective at destroying warts and is recommended by dermatologists. Place a small amount of peel against the wart and hold it in place with adhesive tape. Change the peel daily as needed and continue for 2 weeks or until the wart is gone.

Keep your skin smooth Exfoliate in the shower at least two times a week. Exfoliate your legs before you shave them for a sleek smooth shave.

Homemade summer exfoliator Mix 1/8 cup of olive oil and 1 heaping tablespoon of sea salt. Use on knees and elbows in the shower and rinse off. Pat dry with a soft towel.

Self-tanners Always scrub well before applying a self tanner. Any dry patches will absorb too much color and your tan will look uneven.

Supersoak Add 1 quart whole milk and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to a very warm bath. Slice the lemon and put in the water too. After 15 minutes you will be energized and your skin will be silky smooth.

Homemade toner In a blender, blend 1 peeled kiwi and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons lime juice. Add an equal amount of water and blend until smooth. Use a cotton ball to apply to face. Refrigerate any leftover toner in an airtight container.

Eye mask Grate 1/4 of a apple and a small raw potato and combine. Apply mixture to eyes for 15 minutes, cover your eyes with a warm washcloth and relax with some soothing music.

Treat yourself Have a salon facial every 4-6 weeks. You deserve it and it will help keep your skin looking its best. Plus, facials are very relaxin – two benefits in one.

Protect your skin Photo-aging is responsible for as much as 80% of skin damage – wrinkling, sagging, and discolouration or age spots. Use a safe sunscreen and apply it before exposing your skin to the elements.

Remove your makeup! Do not sleep in your make-up. As you sleep your skin is busy shedding and replenishing skin cells, so make sure your skin is clean and hydrated.

Exfoliate in the shower Use a loofa as you shower to get rid of dead skin cells. Do this at least twice a week.

Oily skin Put a 1/2 of a cucumber in a blender and blend until smooth; apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse. Follow with a lemon juice toner.

Pregnant? Rub wheat germ oil (get at your local health food store) on your breasts and tummy to keep skin elastic.

To keep feet baby soft After a shower use a foot file (at least once a week).

Homemade clay mask Use 100% clay kitty litter (ground to a powder), mix with water, apply to face, let dry, then rinse.

Chapped lips Exfoliate your lips by using an old toothbrush and a menthol based lip balm. Apply lip balm first, then brush gently with the toothbrush.

Get rid of residue Wash your skin after shampooing and conditioning. Hair products leave residue of oil on your back and shoulders.

Sensitive skin soother Saturate a washcloth in one quart warm (not hot) chamomile tea. Press cloth over face, flooding skin with liquid; hold against skin for five seconds. Rinse cloth, resaturate and repeat two more times. Finish by gently patting face with a clean, dry towel.

Get rid of rough, dry skin Grate the rind of one whole lemon into 4 tablespoons plain yogurt. Mix and rub over entire body concentrating on the driest patches. Rinse.

Lines around mouth Apply almond oil around the mouth to keep your lips supple and soften the lines.

Mask for excess hair on the face Mix one tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice with 4 teaspoons honey. Smooth on in the direction of your hair growth and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off. Use this mask twice a week.

Drops for puffy eyes Juice a cucumber. Apply drops to eyes for a cooling and soothing eye treat. Store excess in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Quick exfoliator After a steamy shower rub your skin with a towel gently but vigorously to remove dead skin.

Flaky face Mix 1/4 cup honey with 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves and smooth on face. Leave on 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Milk bath for your feet Warm 3 cups whole milk. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup coarse salt and 1/3 cup olive oil. Soak feet in milk for 10 minutes, then rinse. Scrub feet with salt-oil mixture. Rinse and apply a moisturiser and thick socks to seal in the softness.

Remove redness from a pimple Squeeze a little eye redness reliever on a cotton swab and hold it on the pimple for 15 seconds or until the redness disappears.

Run out of toner? Lemon juice will remove any residue and refresh your face.

Puffy eyes Place chilled teething rings on eyes to reduce puffiness and give you a wide awake appearance.

Revitalising hand wrap Coat hands with lotion. Slip into roomy plastic gloves, then into warm gloves. Leave on 30 minutes. Remove plastic and warm gloves, then tissue off excess lotion.

Moisturise your room To keep skin from drying use humidifiers and keep the room temperature moderate. Also, get some green plants; they add moisture to your room!

Facial steam Combine 1 cup fresh rose petals with 2 cups boiling water. Tent a towel over your head and let steam penetrate face for 10 minutes. Stay several inches away from the bowl.

Want to wax? Your hair should be at least 1/2 inch long the first time for the wax to be able to hold. Try one of the cold waxes on the market if you’re a beginner.

Best time to shave? Shaving at night will reduce redness. And wait about 12 hours after shaving or waxing before diving into a pool, spa, or ocean.

Ear or nose hair? Never tweeze or wax nose hairs. Use tiny manicure scissors made especially for the job. You can wax or tweeze your ear hairs, but if you want to cut them, ask someone to help you.

The ultimate treat Try to give yourself 30 minutes a week in a warm bath. Listen to relaxing music, use aromatherapy oils, and enjoy this much needed time by yourself.

Gentle skin exfoliator Mix 3 teaspoons fine oatmeal with 3 teaspoons double or heavy cream. Apply to skin and rub lightly; rinse off.

All over body scrub Mix 3 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal with 2 tablespoons almond oil. Scrub all over lightly, then rinse.

Fine downey hair on your forehead? After cleansing gently rub with a towel. In a circular motion smooth a fresh cut lemon half over your forehead. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse. Repeat whenever new growth appears.

Firming Mask Mix 1 tablespoon gram flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons water. Add 1 teaspoon honey. Apply to your face, leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse. If mixture is too runny, add a little more flour.

Eczema? Apply almond oil the affected areas.

Flaky skin Mix 1 cup of boiling water with 1/2 cup of bran and let cool. Immerse hands into mixture and massage into hands. Rinse with warm water and follow with a hand moisturiser.

Chapped hands Put a pair of cotton gloves in the dryer to warm. Massage olive oil into hands, nails and cuticles. Slip on warm gloves. You might want someone to help you! Leave on for 20 minutes or overnight.

Lip toner Saturate a black tea bag with warm water. Press over clean lips for 5 minutes. Repeat if desired. Black tea is high in tannic acid which retains moisture and keeps lips smooth and taut.

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