In this page I suggest a homemade skin treatment that consists of the best natural products your skin needs. No chemicals, no risks, very low cost, environmentally safe and great effects!
Before we do it, we need to understand our skin type in the moment we apply this skin treatment, why we chose some particular ingredients and their effects and of course small differentiations according to our skin condition.
About skin types
Every time when choosing a cosmetic product or a homemade solution for skin care we are warned that not all types of skin are the same and we must choose the correct product accordingly. We are told that skin can be dry, normal, oily, combination or even sensitive and this is part of our genetic construction.
Now think about your skin… In the summer it might be oilier than usually and sometimes irritated because of sunburn, in the winter your skin might be dry because of the cold temperature and strong cold wind, when you take medications your skin is more sensitive and health problems might bring some acne pimples, not to mention the effects of incorrect skin care products.
And this is because the skin type changes and sometimes can have a little bit from each type in the same moment. The skin from the nose area, center of forehead, chin and center of cheeks has more oil glands and is usually oilier than on the rest of the face. This is why most of women have the combination type and again their skin might become dryer or oilier due to various internal and external factors. As for the sensitive type, most of us have at some time sensitive or irritated skin.
However, what is similar to all types of skin all the time is sun protection, lots of antioxidants and the correct moisturizer.
Extra virgin olive oil and lemon – all you need!
The skin care product must:
- Penetrate the skin
- Not only penetrate but also bring with it antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
As described previously, extra virgin olive oil has as components oleic acid which guarantees skin penetration, lots of antioxidants and vitamins necessary for cell renewal and skin texture improvement, squalene and essential fats which together with vitamin E and polyphenols offer great sun protection, anti-inflammatory agents and other healthy nutrients.
To this amazing oil to live we will add the fruit to live – the lemon.
Here is why:
- - Lemon is full of different antioxidants
- - Great source of vitamin C (stimulates collagen production)
- - Vitamin A, B complex and K (all needed for healthy skin)
- - Minerals like Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus
- - Citric acid
The lemon has antimicrobial, antiseptic, healing and tonic effect for skin. The citric acid found in lemons is used as skin peels and exfoliator and it is widely used as a PH adjusting agent in cosmetic products (it is classified as a processing aid and does not need to be listed on the ingredient lists of cosmetics). Even if lemon is high acidic, it has alkalizing effect in the body, decreasing PH. It is the citric acid that will heal acne, clean the grease and significantly reduce the blackheads.
We still have the benefits of cold pressed olive oil but we also add more antioxidants and minerals, we stimulate the production of collagen in the skin and we have antibacterial effect too.
No need for complicated ingredients, esters etc. No need for special bottles, packaging or mixing ingredients. A slice/piece of lemon and some drops of extra virgin olive oil.
When using lemon for the first time, it might sting a little but only for a few seconds. The more damaged the skin is, the longer it stings. If you repeat it after a day or two, you will notice that the discomfort will be reduced and later on it will not sting at all as a proof of a better health state of your skin. The lemon does not irritate the skin, it heals it.
Make your home skin treatment!
The home skin treatment we suggest is totally natural and cannot harm your skin but only benefit it. It has the following stages:
1. Chamomile steam bath (optional)
2. Lemon and extra virgin olive oil.
And now you probably ask: That’s all? What about facial scrubs, masks etc.?
We are told to use facial scrubs as exfoliators. They help to remove dead cells and allow new skin to come out. Exfoliation can be made mechanically which involves physically scrubbing the skin with an abrasive, or chemically, using alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids or other enzymes. Mechanical exfoliation is not good for dry skin while for oily type it might cause skin to produce more oil. Scrubbing might cause skin irritation, break outs, redness, scratching or even abrasion when it is overused and too much pressure is applied.
Lemon juice is a great exfoliator by itself, due to the citric acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) which is also perfect for acne and blackheads treating.
We certainly don’t need to use a scrub when using lemon.
As for the facial masks, extra virgin olive oil combined with freshly squeezed lemon juice will do just fine. The ratio will depend on the skin condition:
If you have acne, you will use more lemon juice than olive oil.
If your skin is oily all over your face use slightly more lemon juice than olive oil.
If your skin is combination type or normal use equal proportions.
If your skin is dry use more olive oil than lemon juice.
The same rules will be applied when using lemon juice separately from olive oil: lemon juice for oily areas and olive oil extra virgin for dry areas. Remember to use olive oil without lemon around your eyes whatever the skin type.
Avoid contact with eyes when using lemon juice mix. And if somehow, the mix came to your eyes, do not panic, just rinse with water. Lemon juice has flavonoids which are good for eyes. Long ago, when medicine was not developed so much, people used lemon juice as eye drops to cure some problems and for cleaning.
These are the steps for our skin treatment:
Chamomile steam bath. Put some water for boiling. When it starts boiling add chamomile flowers or chamomile tea bags. Do not boil anymore. Leave it covered for 10 minutes. Then uncover it and after some minutes when the steam is not very strong, lean over the pot. Cover your head with a towel. Stay like this for about 10 minutes. The steam opens your pores and the Chamomile soothes the skin.
Apply a mix of lemon and extra virgin olive oil as a mask. Lay down for 10 min and make some massage with circular moves. Do not rinse.
Use lemon juice separately from olive oil. Take a slice of lemon or a table spoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply to the oily areas (nose are, center of forehead, center of cheeks and chin). For normal and oily skin lemon can be applied all over the face except eyes. For dry skin only on the problematic places (for example on the black spots). Wait 2 minutes for the juice to go inside your skin. Do not rinse. Apply little extra virgin to the area around your eyes gently massaging and then spread it over your face and neck.
Try it and adjust the proportions according to your skin needs. And do not worry, it can only benefit!
You don’t have to wait one month or more to see some results: you will feel it after the first time!