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Natural Skin Care Tips: 5 Easily-found Ingredients That Do Wonders for Your Skin

When you go grocery shopping, you select ingredients as per your dietary preferences and cuisine choices. However, the next time you select herbs, veggies and nuts, also keep in mind your skin. Yes, your skin. You will be surprised to know that many of the ingredients you add to your cooking pot also do wonders for your skin. Here are 5 natural ingredients that help treat and reduce various skin-related problems.

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Lemons:

This is a fruit we all love. (Yes, lemon is a fruit.) From making pickles out of its rind, to using its juice for making beverages or adding flavour to teas and salads, lemons are put to use in a variety of ways. However, here are a couple of facts you didn’t know about this wonder fruit. Lemons have antibacterial properties that help cure acne. They also contain citric acid that removes dead skin cells, thereby acting like a natural exfoliant. Lemon juice also brightens and lightens scars and age spots. So, the next time you experience any of these issues, remember, the solution lies right there, in your kitchen!

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Baking soda:

When you think about baking soda, the first word that comes to mind is ‘cleaning.’ Baking soda is known for its powerful cleansing properties. From removing stubborn stains to unclogging the kitchen drain to deodorizing carpets and refrigerators, baking soda is the most effective cleaning agent for the homemaker. However, did you know that baking soda makes for a great exfoliator too? The sodium bicarbonate granules rub away dead skin cells and thus, cleanse and clear pores. Baking soda also has antiseptic properties that help keep breakouts at bay.

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Coffee:

This aromatic beverage is known for its ability to refresh and revitalize the mind and body. Most of us can’t go through the day, in fact, even start it, without a cup of warm, delicious coffee to egg us on. Some of us use coffee more creatively and add it milkshakes, cookies and even cakes. Not many of us, however, use coffee to treat our skin. Maybe we should start doing this, as coffee grounds make excellent exfoliating scrubs that clear pores and make skin silky soft and smooth. Coffee also has a skin-firming effect and can be used to treat cellulite. So, the next time you take out coffee beans to brew a steaming cuppa, keep some aside for your skin as well.

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Mint:

Most of our salads would be incomplete without this herb. It is also an important garnishing ingredient and is used to infuse dishes and juices with a fresh, refreshing minty flavour. But, these were its uses in the culinary domain. When it comes to skin care, mint leaves prove to be just as useful and beneficial. Peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness and inflammation. Mint also works as an astringent, controlling oil build-up and unclogging pores. It can also be used to get rid of blackheads. So the next time you shop, don’t forget to include this miraculous herb in your shopping list.

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Parsley:

This is another herb that is used generously for seasoning and garnishing. It is also used for making sauces and soups. But, not many of us know how to use it to improve our skin. Parsley proves to be extremely efficient in getting rid of dark circles. It is rich in Vitamin K, which lessens the flow of blood to the eye area, thereby reducing the formation of dark circles. All you need to do is create a paste using a handful of fresh parsley and 2 tablespoons yogurt. Apply this paste to your under eye area and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

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Now that you’re aware of the ways in which these humble natural ingredients benefit your skin, I’m sure you’ll not crib about the time you have to spend grocery shopping!

For natural skin care tips to help you get glowing skin, check out this article: http://www.nopimplesnomarks.com/natural-skin-care-tips-for-glowing-skin/

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