The unbearable summer heat and high humidity can take its toll on your skin. But you don’t need to spend a lot to buy skin remedies, all you have to do is take a look at your kitchen for natural remedies you can whip up easily.
One of the most common skin problems this season is having oily skin. The heat also causes your facial glands to get exposed to dust and dirt, which might result to acne and irritation. Over-the-counter powders and cleansers can remedy this, keep hydrated by drinking the basic 7-8 glasses of water per day, and try this remedy:
Solution: Honey and oatmeal. Put a tablespoon of pure honey on ground oatmeal and stir thoroughly. Apply on your face like a face mask and let it stay for 3 minutes.
For some reason, insects and mosquitoes are out for hunting this summer, making parts of your body vulnerable to insect bites.
Solution: Vinegar. When you first notice the itchy bite, try applying a small amount of apple cider vinegar directly to the bump because it can help balance the pH of an infected area. You’ll notice that the bump will become smaller after a few minutes.
Heat rash and sunburn
Heat rash is very common because sun exposure or high temperatures can cause sweat ducts to get clogged. This can cause itching, red bumps and discomfort.
Solution: Aloe Vera. If you have an Aloe Vera plant at home, cut one leaf into small portions, collect the gel, and apply it onto the affected skin twice or thrice a day. It will relieve the itching and burning sensation. This is also a great remedy for sunburns.
The warmer the weather gets, the worse you’re acne will be because your face is the one that’s most exposed. Heat, humidity, and excessive sweat irritate your pores which eventually causes those breakouts.
Solution: Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is known to have bacteria-fighting properties. It can also help reduce inflammations. Dilute tea tree oil with water and dip a cotton swab in it and apply on the affected area. Apple cider vinegar is also an effective solution that can help reduce acne scars and dry up excess oil that causes pimples. But you need to be careful when you use apple cider vinegar because of its high concentration. It may cause irritation if you don’t dilute it properly. Make sure to mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water (use more water for sensitive skin).
Your skin is more vulnerable to sweat, oil, dust and dirt this summer which may cause a host of other skin troubles.
Solution: Make a natural exfoliator with brown sugar and olive oil. Mix half-cup of brown sugar with a few drops of olive oil and massage carefully on the skin. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and wash away with warm water.
If your skin type is on the dry spectrum, this can exacerbate because of the exposure to the heat and the UV rays of the sun. So aside from using physical protections such as wide-brimmed hats or umbrella when you go outside, try this at-home measure.
Solution: Coconut oil. A 2014 study found that coconut oil is as safe and effective as petroleum jelly for treating dry skin. It was found to significantly improve skin hydration and increase the number of lipids (fats) on the surface of the skin.
Sources: beautyhealthtips.in, www.motherearthnews.com, www.medicalnewstoday.com
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