October 8, 2015

The 3 Best Ways to Naturally Refine your Skin

There are expensive cleansers and masks, cheap DIY methods, and just about every option in between when it comes to things that can naturally refine the skin. While there are many alternatives out there for how to refine your skin, there are 3 ways to naturally refine the skin that are simply the best.

The 3 Best Ways to Naturally Refine your Skin

1. Egg Whites
There is a surprising amount of evidence indicating that egg whites work as a pore refining mask for a variety of reasons. Firstly, egg whites have lysozyme in them, which digests bacterial cell walls upon contact, cleansing the face. Secondly, egg whites are chock full of protein, which is a necessary ingredient that helps heal the skin and rebuild skin cells. Finally, egg whites pull the skin taut, which minimizes the appearance of big pores, blackheads, and more.

Egg White

How to Use
After the face has been washed clean and dried, whip the egg whites together with a fork and apply them to the face with a clean applicator brush or just the fingers. The egg white mask can stay on anywhere from 10-30 minutes.

2. Essential Oils
One of the most powerful skin refiners is essential oils, designed to purge chemicals from the skin and revamp the skin's natural glow. There are many benefits that essential oils provides for the skin, like the fact that it helps promote a clear-looking complexion and reduces the redness in acne. It softens the signs of aging. As a bonus, it can also be used as a hair care solution since it promotes healthy-looking, thicker hair. The best part is, essential oil businesses like the one owned by Gary Young provide only natural ingredients in each bottle of oil.


How to Use
For refining the face, use 2-4 drops of essential oil on the face twice a day, after washing it.

3. Lemon or Lemon Juice
When life gives you lemons, put them on your face. Lemon juice acts as a very potent astringent when applied directly to the skin. Over time studies indicate that lemons tone the skin, reduce the appearance of large pores, and reduces redness on the face.
lemon juice prepared

How to Use Taking a cotton ball, soak it in lemon juice and dab it onto the face. Once the entire face is saturated, leave the lemon juice on for 5-10 minutes. Lemon is also acidic and can potentially dry the face out, so make sure to use an oil-free moisturizer afterward.

A Twist on Lemon
It is also very easy to make an exfoliant using fresh lemon, cut in half, and sugar or brown sugar. Take one-half of the fresh lemon and dip it into the sugar, trying to saturate as much of the top as possible. Then, rub the lemon on the face in small, circular motions. The sugar is used to heavily exfoliate the skin, allowing the lemon to soak deeper into the skin and speed up the healing process.

Using one or all of these methods for refining the face will promote skin rejuvenation, a clear complexion, and much more. If acne, large pores, or blackheads regularly persist and these methods are used to contain it, switching up the method on a weekly or bi-weekly basis is the best recommendation.

Sometimes after using a face wash or acne medication for so long, it can stop having the same effects. This is because bacteria over time develop immunities for specific medicines and topical treatment after being exposed to it for so long. This is why changing up the routine and the method used to refine the skin provides constant coverage so that the bacteria doesn't have time to build up immunity to any of the methods.

(Contributed by Lizzie Weakly)

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  1. evenly apply the egg whites on your face while avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes or whenever you feel the mask is dry. You should feel your skin tightening.

    As the mask tightens, it is refining your pores, whitening your skin and giving you a mini facelift. The facelift effect should last for a few hours. Egg whites are known to help whiten the skin naturally.

    After you wash off the egg whites, tone your face to further the effect of tightening the pores and removing the leftover egg whites on the face. You can use this mask whenever you need touch ups or to whiten your face and tighten your pores.

    The egg whites will be very drying for your skin, so make sure you use a very good moisturizer. Even after La Mer, I still believe that Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream spf 15 is one of the best moisturizers I have used.

  2. Geeta8:00 PM

    Papaya mask/exfoliant

    Cut papaya in 1 inch chunks. Blend/mash 2 or 3 chunks and store the wrest in the freezer. Apply the blended/mashed papaya and leave on face for 10-20 min. Use 2 or 3x a week.
    The papaya may tingle but that just means that the papaya is working and it is breaking down dead skin cells to give that lovely glow and since it breaks down the dead skin it clears out the pores and in turn they shrink!!! (You may not see the results you want until you use it for a while.)

  3. Dhanitha8:01 PM

    Papaya & honey mask

    Blend together two tbs. of honey and 1/4 a cup of mashed ripe papaya Apply to face, let sit 20 min. Rinse.


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