My name is Tara Seewack. I’m nineteen years old and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I study undergrad at New York University and spent my freshman year abroad at NYU’s campus in Florence, Italy. I plan on double majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication and Journalism.
As a student with a limited budget, I know how frustrating it can be to spend money on overpriced facial cleansers. Not to mention, most of the big names in skin care fill their products with harmful chemicals that are often times harsh and ineffective for the skin of someone in their early twenties. I thought to myself, “there has to be a cheaper and more natural alternative.” So, I called my grandma and asked her for some of her favorite concoctions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Now, it is my turn to pass these homemade remedies onto you.
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, and Lemon Juice
Few people know about the beneficial properties within apple cider vinegar. Firstly, it is one of the best natural treatments for acne because it kills the acne-causing bacteria. Secondly, apple cider vinegar becomes alkaline, which works to balance out the pH levels of the skin. This prevents any future breakouts from occurring by killing the bacteria before it has the ability to thrive and transform into a blemish. Before applying the apple cider vinegar to your face, first rinse your skin with cold water and pat it dry. After, combine the vinegar with room temperature water (50% water, 50% vinegar). If you are someone with an oily complection, you can add freshly squeezed lemon juice for stronger results (1/2 lemon maximum). Once you have mixed all of the ingredients together, take a cotton ball and dab the solution onto your face and leave it on for thirty minutes. After, rinse your face with cold water again and don’t forget to use moisturizer afterwards to avoid over-drying.
- Greek Yogurt & Honey
There are many misconceptions about dairy. Some say that dairy is harmful for the skin and leads to problem skin. However, that is not the case. I have tried this DIY skin treatment and found it to be extremely helpful with both treating and preventing breakouts. greek yogurt has been known to help with rashes as well as blemishes due to its rich, anti-fungal properties. Here’s what you do: let the yogurt rest outside until it has reached room temperature. Next, mix one tablespoon of yogurt with one teaspoon of natural, raw honey. Make sure your face is washed before smoothly applying a layer of the mixture onto your face. Let it rest until it has dried (usually takes 10-15 minutes). For extra results, you can add another layer on top and then let it sit for an additional 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Repeat this treatment once a day for three days for best results.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is one of nature’s hidden gems for skin care. When one has overly oily skin, they often have blemishes because their pores are being clogged up with no room to breath. If you are one of these people: tea tree oil will become your best friend. Tea Tree Oil isn’t like other oil based products because it penetrates the skin and works to unclog your pores. The antibacterial of the oil helps purify your skin and leaves you with a bright, clear complexion. Being someone with somewhat dry skin, I like to mix one tablespoon of tea tree oil with two table spoons of water to avoid drying out my skin. After mixing, dip a q-tip into the mixture and dab directly onto blemished areas. If you have sensitive skin, instead of mixing water with the tea tree oil, aloe vera is a great alternative that helps prevent irritation.
Voila! It’s that simple.