In terms of human anatomy, the skin is the largest organ of our body. It is found all over our body because it covers all our internal organs. The skin as we know it divided is in three layers, namely the epidermis, dermis, and the subcutaneous layers. The skin’s colour is made possible by pigments called melanin. The skin serves as the first line of defense against foreign objects, chemicals, and even germs; it also projects the tone of our skin. We engage in a variety of treatments both chemical and natural to protect and improve this protective barrier.
Most people associate skin care with treatment spas and dermatologists. Little do we know that skin care can easily be done in the comforts of our own home. Skin care is commonly connected to chemical agents and skin care drugs for exfoliating, whitening, and removing blemishes. It is true that these skin care agents are effective in achieving the desired end result for our skin. But do we know that some items found in our refrigerators and kitchens are as effective as skin care agents? Especially, those with sensitive skin can resort to homemade skin care recipes to avoid allergies and complications.
If we take a look at our refrigerator, we would most probably find a lemon and maybe some other fruits. The lemon has a variety of uses even from the medieval times. It was used as a disinfectant together with vinegar. Lemon can be used for culinary purposes such as making a natural fruit juice. It is also used for removing foul odor and stains in the kitchen. More than that, lemon gives great benefits to our skin by acting as cleanser for those with oily skin. Lemon helps remove excess oil secreted by our skin’s oil glands. In using this skin care recipe, lemon juice is mixed with skimmed milk or oats. Oats aid in the cleansing process by removing dead skin cells and dirt. Skimmed milk may also aid in skin whitening based on a fact that ancient Egyptians bathed in milk to whiten their skin and maintain a smooth texture.
Our daily exposure to sunlight also exposes us to harmful ultraviolet rays which in turn causes skin damage. An excess of such radiation causes skin cancer. The concoction of banana and avocado is a good remedy for a sun damaged dry skin. Half of both when mashed and mixed together acts as skin conditioner. When mixed with olive oil, it becomes a perfect rubbing compound for our skin. The oil from avocado and olive acts as moisturiser which replenishes dry skin same as what lotions would do but in a more natural way.
Home made skin care recipes are very easy to make and apply. Ingredients are readily available in our own homes. Together with these recipes, it is always a must to drink plenty of water to hydrate our bodies and to flush out toxins including those from the skin. It is best to remember that healthy skin forms a major part of our overall appearance.