Mint: Mint, the well known mouth and breath freshener that is scientifically known as Mentha, has more than two dozen species and hundreds of varieties. It is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years for its remarkable medicinal properties.
While mint oil is a good antiseptic and anti-pruritic material, mint juice is an excellent skin cleanser. It soothes skin, and helps to cure infections and itchiness, as well as being a good way to reduce pimples, and it can even relieve some of the symptoms of acne. Its anti-pruritic properties can be used for treating insect bites like those of mosquitoes, honeybees, hornets, wasps, and gnats. The cooling sensation will relieve you of the irritating sensation to scratch, and the anti-inflammatory nature of mint will bring down swelling! In that same vein, mint oil is often a basic component of bug repellent products like citronella candles, because the strong aroma is unappealing to most insects.
Try these two treatments for cleaner skin:
Apply fresh mint juice over the face every night for the treatment of pimples. A mint-based face pack (applied once a week) is useful in treating eczema, insect stings, scabies and other skin infections.
For a soothing body pack, prepare a paste of mint leaves and add the juice of a lemon. Mix it with warm water and apply all over your body. Leave it till it dries and rinse with warm water. Mint also has proven medicinal uses for a clear skin remedy. In summer, drink lemonade with crushed mint leaves to look and feel cool.
Papaya: Most people are clueless about the skin care properties of papaya. This tropical fruit contains the enzyme papain, which has great antibacterial and wound healing abilities. The enzyme also aids in removing dead, damaged skin. Papaya is extensively used in wound care, and regular facial application of papaya juice helps reduce freckles or brown spots due to sunlight exposure.
Here is a papaya-based mask for all skin types:
Take 1⁄4 cup of cocoa, 2 teaspoons of cream, 1⁄4 cup ripe papaya, 1⁄4 cup honey and 2 teaspoons of oatmeal powder. Mix and apply to your face. After 10 minutes, wash your face with warm water.
Turmeric: Turmeric is an ancient Indian herb. Its benefits are so well- known that Indian brides and grooms apply turmeric and milk to their skin before marriage to look more beautiful.
Even now, you can find women in Indian villages sporting yellow- tinged faces; this is because they apply turmeric on their faces every day. Apart from antiseptic properties, turmeric helps in lightening blemishes and pigmentation. The herb can used to treat a multitude of skin problems.
For a fresher, cleaner look try this:
Apply a paste of turmeric powder and pineapple juice for dark circles.
Add a few teaspoons of sugarcane juice to turmeric powder to remove wrinkles.
A mixture of turmeric and sandalwood paste is very effective in rejuvenating dry, parched skin.
Egg Whites: A great way to reduce wrinkles naturally is to apply egg whites to any problem areas. Separate the whites from the yolks of 2-3 eggs and whip the whites until frothy. Massage the whites into trouble spots and let dry for 20-30 minutes. Make sure to rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water when time is up. You can use this natural wrinkle reducer 3-4 times a week if you wish. Egg whites are
loaded with natural proteins that help to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
!Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer and contains many antioxidants that help prevent and reduce wrinkles. Additionally, the high fat content of coconut oil makes it excellent for improving skin tone and elasticity. Simply apply a small amount of pure coconut oil to areas prone to wrinkles. Do this at night before bed and allow the oil to penetrate overnight. You can repeat this as often as you wish. You can also make a mixture of coconut oil and Vitamin E, as they are both effective for wrinkle reduction and may work wonders together.
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