Fall is one of my most favourite seasons for many reasons: beautiful colors, chilly, but goo weather, awesome fashion, lots of pumpkins and apples. However, there is one thong that I don't like too much - the lack of beautiful sunny days when you can just sit and absorb the sun energy ... I bet you miss that too.
But if there is one benefit in the absence of our beloved sun, it is the beauty treatments that are available to DIY this season.
When hearing the term "skin whitening" or "skin lightening" many people think of Asian beauties that practice it year-round in order to achieve that perfect porcelain complexion. That perfection is every woman's dream and often thought of as impossible, but that is not quite true. The spots and marks are the most common flaws that prevent us from acquiring our ideal skin. However, these simple whitening treatments that you can do at home are an easy and effective way of saying goodbye to these imperfections. The reason autumn is the best season for skin lightening is because there is no sun which would interfere with the process - you aim to even out your skin tone and get rid of superfluous pigment and the sun rays increase production of pigment.
My personal favourite are two recipes:
How often: depends on your sensitivity and skin type. If you are on the oily side and not too sensitive, you can do it almost every day. If you have normal or dry skin I suggest seening how your skin reacts to it the first treatment and estimate accordingly - if it gets too red it wuld be best to take it easy: not more than 2 times a week.
Remember to wear a SPF cream daily even if it doesn't seem sunny. Also don't continue the treatment , or at least not with the same frequency after you have achieved your goal.
Ingredients: natural lemon juice, sugar
Method: Clean your face with your daily cleaner, rinse with hot water so that your pores open. Mix some lemon juice and sugar in a small bowl. Be careful not to dilute the sugar. Now grab some of it with your hands and start rubbing it into your skin, emphasizing on the problematic areas. You may scrub your lips as well - it makes them really smooth. Keep buffing for a couple of minutes (if your skin is not irritated you could do it longer) and rinse with cool water. Makes your skin amazingly smooth and glowing.
Basic Pearl Powder Mask
What it does: pearl powder has cooling, disinfectant, and balancing properties for the skin.It whitens, gives moisture where needed and dries the oily regions of the skin. Also has anti-age effect. It's been known for its amazing effect for centuries in Asia and used in the Chinese medicine.
How often: a couple of times a week. It's good for all skin types.
Ingredients: pearl powder, honey, milk
Method: clean your face. Mix honey and powder ,adding a little milk, till reaching a nice smooth mixtue that you can spread evenly on your skin. Once you put the mask on your face it's time to relax. Lay down and listen to some relaxingmusic you enjoy. Keep it on for 15 to 30 minutes and rinse.
In autumn the weather is often cool and windy. The wind has drying effect on your skin and it may start peeling and looking grayish and every wrinkle becomes more visible. However, this season also has a some great natural remedies to compensate for our lost moisture.
Pumpkin Face Mask
What it does: pumpkin contains vitamins A an C and alpha-hydroxy acids, which clean the skin, make it soft , have soothing and revitalizing effect.
How often: as much as you'd like.
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of mashed cooked pumpkin, half a teaspoon honey, a little milk.
Method: cleanf your face before putting the yummy mixture on your face. Leave it for 15 to 30 minutes and rinse with warm water
Apple Face Mask
What it does: soothes and moisure the skin.
How often: as much as you'd like.
Method: clean your face beforehand. Put the mixture on and relax for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.