To Cleanse the Pores:
Rub mashed tomato on your face and rinse with cool water. Be sure you've thrown many tomatoes away. You may not want to eat it, but it will be fine for your skin treatment if it's not completely rotten. Use only the best of what is left because you only need a small amount.
Note: Some people find that tomatoes will irritate the skin. In this way, try mashed grapes instead!
To Tighten and Refine Pores:
Whip the white of an egg and add a pinch of alum (drug store) and apply to the skin as a mask. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water. (never hot water!)
- Peel and slice 1/2 a cucumber and puree in a blender or processor.
- Add 1 TBSP of plain yogurt. Mix and apply to skin. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes then wipe off with a damp wash cloth or rinse with warm water.
Cucumber contains organic and amino acids. Such blend will cool, refresh skin and tighten pores.
To Remove Dead Surface Skin Cells and Improve Skin Texture:
Gently rub a small handful of dry short grain rice against you face for a few minutes. It is a Japanese technique that has been used for centuries.
- Add 2 TBSP of cornmeal mixed with enough water to make a thick paste. Lightly rub on face in circular motions and rinse off. It makes a quick, inexpensive exfoliant.
- Grind 1 TBSP of almonds into a fine meal. Mix it with 1 TBSP of honey and 1 egg white. Then apply to skin and allow drying for 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with wash cloth and rinse face with lukewarm water.
To Add Color to Sallow Skin:
Mash 1/2 cup of strawberries in a blender and apply to face. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse with tepid water.
To Alleviate Puffiness in the Eye Area:
Place slices of a cooled cucumber over your eyes for 10 minutes or more as needed. Do not apply heavy oils or creams around the eye area before going to bed. That can cause eyes to be puffy in the morning.
To Soften and Nourish the Skin:
Mash half of an avocado and apply to face. Leave until it dries, then rinse off with warm water. Avocado contains vital fatty acids and other nutrients that can help prevent premature wrinkling.