There are heaps of creams, serums and cleansers out there designed to help your complexion, but some of the most potent (yet gentle) ingredients might be in your kitchen right now, saving you both time and money. Find out some of the best skincare you never knew you already had.
- Papain — This enzyme, found in papayas and pineapples, gently eats off dead skin cells, decongesting clogged pores and helping with skin texture and cell turnover. You can blend up a fresh papaya and use it as a mask, or crush some papaya enzyme tablets into your moisturiser to make a hydrating, gently exfoliating mask.
- Olive oil — Olive oil is a great cleanser and moisturiser; it's an amazing makeup remover and you can get it all off afterwards with a little face wash. Putting a drop on any dry body skin you might have will also soften skin up.
- Green tea — This anti-inflammatory calms skin and features heaps of antioxidants. Washing your face with chilled green tea is a great way to get rid of redness and to calm down irritated skin, just put matcha (powdered green tea) in your favourite face mask.
- Allantoin — Don't let the fancy name fool you. This stuff is just comfrey extract. What makes it so great for your skin is that it's a keratolytic and assists in desquamation. In layman's terms, it helps skin slough off (the desquamation part) and softens the keratin in skin, too, which helps it retain moisture and look smoother. You can raid your spice drawer and make a comfrey and honey mask, or buy allantoin cream to try it in its purest form.
- Caffeine — Have problems with redness or dark circles under your eyes? Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it shrinks veins, reducing the appearance of redness and blue from poorly oxygenated blood. It's not permanent, but it does offer a great quick fix.
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