4 ways to eliminate common facial ailments (without expensive products)

Combat your facial woes with these simple and cheap fixes.

Itchy dry skin
Itchy dry skin
14 Oct 2015

Itchy dry skin

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Use: Water

It is recommended that you drink at least 10 cups of water per day. Not only will you feel less sluggish, your skin won’t feel as tight as before. Water plumps up the skin, filling in wrinkles and pores. When skin is hydrated, plump, and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes. Don’t forget to apply a good moisturiser for additional hydration.

After-shave rash
After-shave rash
14 Oct 2015

After-shave rash

Use: Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation as well as the itching sensation of razor burns. Plus, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps prevent infection. Dab a cotton ball in the stuff and apply it on the affected area. Let it air dry, and then wash it off with water. Repeat twice a day until the burning sensation stops. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the apple cider vinegar with water before applying. A thick and moisturising shaving cream will also help to rejuvenate your damaged skin for future shaves.

Blotchy red patches
Blotchy red patches
14 Oct 2015

Blotchy red patches

Use: Aloe vera leaf

Soothe your red skin and reduce inflammation with some aloe vera. Aloe leaves secrete a clear gel when broken off from the rest of the plant, and this can be applied topically to heal wounds, sunburn and soothe skin. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, it also helps with acne and allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. You can also opt for a gel option but nothing beats the real deal.

Chapped lips
Chapped lips
14 Oct 2015

Chapped lips

Use: Olive oil

While a quality lip balm is the preferred way to soothe dried lips, it is also perfectly acceptable to use olive oil from the kitchen. Olive oil is a great source of vitamin E, one of the most essential vitamins for skin care. Applying 2-3 times a day will keep your lips moist and prevent dryness. Whatever you do, do not attempt to lick your lips as saliva dries them out even more, which could result in cold sores and infections.

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