Take care of your skin to rediscover the sun (with 5 homemade masks)

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The hottest days of the year await us, and for many, the holidays. Reencounter the sun but do so by preparing your skin, hydrating it and administering natural care.

We have spent a lot of time at home this spring and now that we can go outside, we can find ourselves in a skin-altering summer sun.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought us possible irritations from the frequent use of masks and alcoholic hydrogels, even if they are formulated not to irritate.

The primary function of the skin is to act as a defense barrier for the body against the external environment. It also does a remarkable job of exchanging substances (absorption and elimination). Hence, eczema, irritation, pimples, acne, wounds, warts, peeling, rashes, dryness, etc. are frequently present in it.

Skin diseases affect our image and can generate anxiety. But many times, they are also solved with very simple natural care and a little patience.

IMPROVE THE HYDRATION OF YOUR SKIN

Some of the most recommended nutritional supplements for dermatological problems are vegetable oils rich in essential fatty acids (dihomogam malinolenic acid or DHGLA). This is the case of borage, linseed and primrose oils, which can be taken internally or applied externally.

  • Primrose oil. It is especially useful for acne and dermatitis.
  • Rosehip oil. It is applied locally on dry skin or those with acne or dermatitis, and has a regenerating effect.
  • Cocoa butter It is nourishing and moisturizing, and is especially recommended for cracks. It is applied externally.

EFFECTIVE SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE SKIN

  • Beta carotene It is found in yellow, orange, and green plant foods. It is an antioxidant and the body transforms it into vitamin A as needed. This vitamin is essential for the good condition of the mucous membranes and the skin.
  • Vitamin E. They are found in nuts, seeds and their oils from the first cold pressing. It can be taken internally and externally.
  • Stimulates healing and immune response.

4 PLANTS AS A BALM

  1. Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). It is very rich in mucilage, pectin and sucrose, which in contact with water form a paste that heals or prevents inflammation from burns.
  2. Calendula (Calendula officinalis). The flower is used externally as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It is applied on eczema, burns, stings and irritations.
  3. Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). The essential oil from the leaves of this Australian bush is used as a local antiseptic on cuts and abrasions, burns, bites, blisters.
  4. Aloe (Aloe vera). The gelatinous substance that is obtained from the inner portion of the leaf is known as aloe gel. It is recommended for itching and as an antiseptic and moisturizer.

5 HOMEMADE MASKS THAT CARESS THE SKIN

We are not referring to masks or masks that protect the mouth and nose, but to those that are applied to the skin as a moisturizing, decongestant or soothing treatment. The latter help precisely to alleviate the problems derived from protective masks.

The skin is nourished especially from within, with the food we eat, but it can also be nourished from the outside, in contact with some of them.

These are 5 masks that you can prepare for different cases. You just have to mix the ingredients well until you get the consistency of a hot chocolate, apply the mask to your face with a brush and leave for 15 to 35 minutes. Then you remove it with fresh water, without soap, or with orange blossom water.

  1. Dry skin: honey, oatmeal and orange blossom water with a little rosehip oil. You can also try shea butter (natural, without perfumes or preservatives).
  2. Sensitive skin: mix oatmeal, chamomile, cucumber juice and honey.
  3. Bags under the eyes: apply potato wedges infused with sweet clover.
  4. Solar congestion: potato with rose water or orange blossom.
  5. Simple rashes and itching: calendula-infused oatmeal.

PREPARE YOUR DISINFECTANT GEL

As a final tip, I suggest you make your own disinfectant gel. The pharmacy ones usually have 40% alcohol, so you can mix 60 g of aloe gel with 40 cc of alcohol.

Aloe is somewhat sticky, but it helps heal the skin and relieves irritation and itching. Make sure the aloe gel is of good quality and does not contain preservatives. It is recommended that the aloe be organically grown and, if possible, local.

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