Using natural remedies for skin care all starts with understanding that each skin type is unique with its own needs based on lifestyle and nutrition. When one of these two factors are not addressed, it creates an imbalance that can cause skin conditions like dry, oily, or acne-prone skin. Luckily, our predecessors who suffered the same agony of imbalanced skin came up with tried-and-true natural remedies that help put our skin back in balance, without relying on chemically infused products. While having a healthy, nutritional diet and consistent physical activity are equally important, here are simple 2-ingredient face masks you can make yourself to help put dry, oily, and acne-prone skin back in balance.
FOR DRY SKIN
Dry skin occurs when there is an absence of sebum, an oily substance that keeps skin naturally moisturized. Skin becomes flakey and soon causes signs of aging. It is extremely important to moisturize your skin throughout the day, especially during harsh winters. Honey, a natural moisturizer, mixed with milk can create enough moisture for layers of skin for hours at a time. In a small bowl, combine a spoonful of honey with a few tablespoons of milk and let sit for a couple of minutes. With a cotton pad or cotton ball, apply it over your face, let dry and rinse off with water. Your skin should feel extra hydrated and smooth.
FOR OILY SKIN
Oily skin occurs when there is an overabundance of sebum. This usually happens due to hormonal changes and stress. But fear not—plain yogurt can do the trick! Yogurt contains nutrients like zinc that help regulate and balance oil production. It also has enough acidic and anti-bacterial properties that, if combined with gram flour, soak up excess oil leaving skin less greasy than before. Combine two spoons of plain yogurt with two spoons of gram flour. Apply the mixture on your skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.
FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Similar to oily skin, acne-prone skin also occurs due to an imbalance or changes in hormones. To cleanse bacteria off each layer of skin, you’ll need something that has natural astringent properties that also simultaneously acts as a gentle exfoliant. Enter clove powder—known to have many medicinal values as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent, it also contains salicylic acid that helps exfoliate the skin. If you don’t have clove powder, grind whole cloves using a mortar and pestle, a coffee grinder, or food processor so it’s easy to spread. Mix with honey and apply directly on pimples or scars. Let it dry, and rinse off with water. But be careful! Cloves are quite potent and can cause irritation if directly applied to the skin alone. Be sure to mix it with honey or yogurt will help make this paste more gentle for the skin.