It's time to toss the face toner with ingredients that you can't pronounce and go all natural this season. We spoke with expert Alexis Wolfer, founder of the popular natural beauty website, The Beauty Bean , about how champagne, yogurt, and even coffee grounds can do wonders for the skin.
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Take a look at Alexis' top food-inspired beauty treatments that are guaranteed to leave you feeling fresh-faced and your regimen chemical free. The lactic acid gently loosens dead, dull skin cells while the fat hydrates. It's important to use full fat opposed to skim or nonfat to achieve these benefits. The citric acid will help to breakdown plaque and stains while the spongey peel helps scrub it away. Rinse well with water after but do not brush your teeth for at least one hour since the acids can weaken enamel, which you want to be careful not to scrub off.
Apply with a cotton pad to clean skin and let it dry to help tighten pores and kill bacteria. It's a humectant—meaning it helps pull moisture deeper within your skin's cells—helping your favorite moisturizer work even better.
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Run a slice of freshly cut beet on the lips or cheek or dab coconut oil on a cotton swab then run the beet on the swab before applying. But don't do this more than once a week!
This will help fade dark spots. It is a secret of Geishas—the sake has properties that prevent the formation of melanin, the compound responsible for darkened skin. Caffeine works by constricting blood vessels when applied topically, while also increasing circulation to your skin's surface—it's why you find it in de-puffing eye creams, too—both of which help to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Combined with an invigorating scrubbing motion for manual stimulation, this is the perfect way to scrub up before you strip down. Gently massage the mixture onto your face, avoiding the eye area, in small, circular motions before rinsing as usual.
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This is particularly great for people with sensitive skin. It is high in antioxidants due to the grape seed extract, which has vitamins C and E. This helps in protecting the skin's vital collagen and elastin from environmental free radicals and oxidative stress. It will instantly dissolve even the most waterproof formulas while gently exfoliating and moisturizing the delicate eye area. Mash a ripe banana and massage the skin with the pulp.
Even the driest of skins will thank you for it. Banana contains moisture, potassium and vitamins E and C, which are responsible for promoting clear skin. Use a ripe banana as it has more beneficial effects that unripe one. Whether you are using pure almond oil or almond paste, both are excellent sources of Vitamin E , providing nourishment for your skin externally.
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For dehydrated and dry skin, first massage the face with one teaspoon almond oil and then make a paste of 10 almonds mixed with a little milk and scrub it gently onto the skin. Wash the face with milk and then water. Not only will this help patchy skin but will give the skin an youthful texture, something we are all in constant search of. Olive is an excellent source of vitamins.
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Take three to four mashed olives and apply it onto the skin and let it dry. Wash off with cold water and pat dry. It will help restore the skin's natural pH. Olive oil is packed with anti-ageing antioxidants and hydrating squalene, making it amazing for hair and skin health along with nails. I am amazed at the goodness of this humble fruit and have used it time and time again on my skin in various treatments, and they have all given positive results.
Take mashed papaya and massage it onto the skin for five minutes. Wash the skin with milk and then water and see how clarified and soft your skin feels in minutes. Papaya nourishes the skin; thanks to the presence of vitamin A and papain enzyme, it helps remove dead skin cells and inactive proteins, thus rejuvenating your skin.
Sugar is an excellent skin softener. For best results, mix the grains with either curd or fresh cream to bring back life to the driest of all skins.
Take one teaspoon of shakkar and mix with one teaspoon of malai and gently massage onto the skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash with cold water.
Sugar scrubs have long been used for their abrasive nature that helps exfoliate the skin and help it to glow. This modest plant can be grown practically everywhere - gardens, pots, terraces, etc - and is an excellent rejuvenator for undernourished skin. Scrape out the gel from the leaf, mash it and massage onto the skin. Let it sit there for 10 minutes and wash the skin with cold water and pat dry. Your skin will be rejuvenated naturally.
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Aloe vera soothes your skin, especially in summers when it faces the sweltering heat. Now that you have these precious natural nourishers, all you need to do is start using them and see how your skin comes back to life and becomes super soft in minutes. Suparna Trikha is a beauty expert based in New Delhi. She also teaches meditation through aromatherapy and organises corporate workshops for distressing. She has her own range of 40 beauty products and proposes to launch them very soon in the Indian market as well as abroad.
With this crusade of moving back to nature, Suparna believes in making people healthier and more beautiful the natural way. The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis.
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