DIY skin care treatments

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1. For treating acne: GRAPEFRUIT FACE SCRUB

The use of grapefruit for acne can work well, but it depends on the severity of breakouts. If you have mild acne, you will likely see improvement, but if you have severe acne, including cysts and pustules, this home remedy could actually irritate your skin further. Additionally, take caution with scrubs, as the granules can also take a toll on sensitive skin.

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2. For brightening your skin: TUMERIC AND LEMON FACE MASK

Turmeric is a great antioxidant, especially when taken orally, and lemon is a notorious skin brightener, so in theory this home treatment is a great way to brighten skin. Do take caution when using lemon on your skin, though, as it can cause severe hyperpigmentation when exposed to the sun. The medical term for this is phytophotodermatitis, which is a reaction to putting lemon or lime on your skin and then exposing it to the sun, usually in the form of red blotches. It’d be best to test this on a small area of skin initially. Risks aside, this treatment is a good idea, but you’d need to do it frequently for true brightening results.

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3. For treating dry, red skin: YOGHURT AND OATMEAL FACE MASK

An old remedy for sunburn is actually to compress the affected area with milk-soaked towels. That being said, milk contains lactic acid and qualities that soothe the skin, so this DIY treatment is great to try on dry and red, irritated skin.

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This isn’t so likely to treat oily skin. Instead, when looking to treat oily skin, employing the use of a dry mask is your best option. A more effective alternative to this treatment would be egg white mixed with oatmeal and honey.

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5. For hydrating your skin: GREEN TEA FACE MASK

This mask is a great mix of ingredients, one caution: Watch out for allergies. Matcha is a great nutrient to have in your diet; you can drink it in tea frequently. If you’re looking to hydrate your skin, this mask seems like a good trick. However, I’d caution people on the major ingredient here — aloe — which can frequently cause allergic reactions. Test it on a small area of skin first.”

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