Not buying those expensive skin products that claim they’ll make your skin look years younger? Try these home remedies for some perfectly natural pampering.
You may know that lemons are high in acidity and contain a lot of vitamin C, but did you know this acidity acts to dry out pimples as well as kill acne bacteria? Vitamin C also promotes healthy and glowing skin. Squeeze out some lemon juice onto a cotton ball and gently dab it on the infected area. It may sting a bit but that’s just a sign that it’s working. Rinse off after 15 minutes.
Store option: If you prefer a faster and a more medically-proven approach, try Madame Heng’s Ozzy Acne Clear Up Solution (B150).
2. Rough Skin
Mix fresh lime, sugar, olive oil and honey into a bowl and use the formula to gently scrub the dry areas of your body: knees, elbows, hands and feet. Sugar acts as a natural exfoliator and will remove dead cells and clean your pores. Olive oil is high in vitamin E which can help soothe and heal your skin. Honey is rich in anti-oxidants which hydrate your skin.
Store option: If your skin can’t take the zesty lime touch, try The Body Shop’s Honeymania Body Scrub (B700) to exfoliate and smoothen out rough spots.
3. Hair Fall
Coconut is God’s gift to hair as it has a bunch of nutrients that stimulate hair growth, like iron, calcium, and vitamins C and E. It also prevents spilt ends and breakage, while moisturizing the hair. Grate your coconut, removing all the flesh, and steep it in hot water. Then use a mesh colander to strain the coconut milk out. Repeat until all the milk has been extracted. Massage the milk in your scalp then work it down the length of your hair through to the tips. Leave on overnight and wash it out with a mild shampoo in the morning.
Store option: If you’re afraid you can’t wash off the coconut smell from your hair, try The Body Shop’s Beautifying Oil Coconut (B690) as an alternative.
4. Dry Skin
Bananas and avocados are perfect for hydrating and repairing sun-damaged skin. If your skin is starting to act up because of the changing weather, chop up half an avocado and half a banana and mix together with a raw egg to use as a face mask or body paste. Place the mixture in the fridge and let it chill for an hour. Apply and leave on for 10 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water. The richness of the avocado will nourish the deepest layers of the epidermis with plenty of vitamins and minerals.
Store option: If you can’t stand the idea of egg on your face, try Boots Extract Avocado Body Butter (B300) for skin hydration.
5. Cracked Heels
Feet are often neglected, leaving your heels to crack and develop calluses. An easy way to soothe your soles is through the use of extra virgin olive oil. Mix one tablespoon of olive oil, a few drops of lemon or lavender oil and apply with a cotton ball on your feet. Massage them in a circular motion for five to ten minutes. Put on a pair of thick cotton socks so the mixture seeps into your feet and acts as a moisturizer. Leave on for about an hour then wash off several times a day.
Store option: If you’re out of olive oil at home or don’t know where to get lavender oil from, try Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Crème (B780) to rejuvenate your dry feet.
The Body Shop M/F Terminal 21, Sukhumvit Soi 19. BTS Asoke.
Boots 2/F Silom Complex, Silom Rd., BTS Sala Daeng.
Burt’s Bees G/F Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd, 083-300-2554. BTS Siam.
Madame Heng 3/F The Emporium, 662 Sukhumvit Rd., BTS Phrom Phong.