Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought your skin looked like a ragged mess? Typically I try and avoid thinking negative thoughts about myself—especially so early in the morning—but some days, for some reason I can't help it.
It's 6am. I'm out of the shower. Staring in the mirror and really not liking what I'm seeing. My poor face appeared dry, patchy and rugged and I wasn't happy. So here are a few things I try to implement to my daily routine.
Water doesn't always taste good but that doesn't mean you should justify not drinking it. It's truly the best thing you can do for your skin.
To get the optimal benefits, squeeze half a lemon into a tall glass of water and drink it at room temperature.
Alternatively, slice up two lemons and let them infuse overnight in a pitcher of water. If you don’t have any lemon, try using limes, oranges, or grapefruits—they can all offer similar benefits.
And I also love mixing in mint leaves which are rich in vitamins A, C, and B12 with traces of iron, potassium, selenium, and zinc.
It's a win-win for you and your skin.
Another at home treatment I was introduced to recently is the Aspirin & Lemon Juice Face Mask.
Crush up 2-4 aspirin tablets. Mix them with lemon juice to make a scrub.
Apply it to the face using small circular movements concentrating on rough areas.
Continue this for 2-5 minutes. Rinse well.
This mimics in home microdermabrasion and a mild chemical peel because aspirin is derived from the same source as salicylic acid and lemon juice is the citric acid that wards off oxidation—like the browning of an apple slice.
Rice water has been used for centuries by women in Asia for beautiful skin and hair. It is an excellent skin toner and hair wash too. Rice contains natural vitamins and minerals beneficial for revitalizing skin’s natural glow and keeping you skin clear.
Take half cup of rice and fill it with enough water to cover the rice. Boil the rice, as if you were making white rice. Don't allow the rice to over boil; otherwise it will soak up the water. Once the rice is cooked. Drain the water, in a separate bowl, and let cool.
This will be your rice toner and it can be used just like any other toner. Pour this water into a glass jar, store it in the refrigerator and it will last for 4-5 days.
You can also add a small amount of the cooked rice, along with the water, into a blender. This makes a thicker, daily face wash that you can use each night to wash your face. It will help tighten pores and bring a glow to lifeless skin.
Rice water is also considered to be an excellent hair conditioner too. After shampooing, rinse your hair with rice water and leave it on for a few minutes then wash it. Best of luck to you as I too, am in search for the best skin.