11 Weird Skin Care Tricks That You Must Know

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A wise person once said that healthy skin is a reflection of you feeling great in general. When it comes to caring for your skin, it can be quite difficult to know which products are the best. Moreover, the Internet is filled with suggestions on how you can take good care of your skin. Well, we have gathered less conventional but definitely efficient skin care tricks that you have to try out. These might sound weird at first but they will help you obtain a natural and beautiful skin, as this is all that matters in the end.

#1 Diaper Rash Cream for Blemishes

Unfortunately, we cannot control what happens to our skin, at least not completely. In the situation that you have woken up, noticing an unpleasant blemish (or several) on your face, you can try this solution for immediate results. Apply a little bit of diaper rash cream over those nasty blemishes and enjoy the improved aspect of the skin. This is definitely one of the most important skin care tips to remember.

#2 Coconut Oil for Makeup Removal

Coconut oil has been presented as an excellent skin care remedy, being praised for its hydrating properties. But did you know you can also use coconut oil in order to remove your makeup? All you have to do is apply it on your face, using a cotton pad to clear away any traces of makeup. In the eye area, make sure that you apply it with your ring finger, in order to reduce the damage to the skin.

#3 Hot Water Steaming to Open Your Pores

Before cleansing your face, it is important to open up your pores, as this will help you eliminate any accumulated dirt in a more facile manner. All you have to do is cover your head with a towel, keeping your face near hot, steaming water. This will help you open up your pores, increasing the efficiency of the cleansing ritual.

#4 Facial Oil on Oily Skin

If you are suffering from dehydration, you most likely also have oily skin. Everyone thinks that oily skin does not require additional moisturizing but this is not true. If you want to prevent the skin from producing excess oil, hydrate it with facial oil.

#5 Yoga to Brighten Dull Skin

When you are too stressed and your skin is not adequately oxygenated, you can suffer from a dull appearance. In order to brighten dull skin, it is recommended to try out various yoga poses, such as the downward dog or the sun salutation. These yoga poses will help you bring more blood to your skin, eliminating the dull aspect.

#6 Bath Soak for Toxins’ Removal

Every day, we expose ourselves to a number of aggressive factors, including traffic and general pollution. All of these environmental toxins can accumulate at the level of the skin, leading to damage in the end. If you want to clean your skin and remove your skin, try a bath soak with sea salt, baking soda and Epsom salt.

#7 Black Tea as Natural Astringent

If you are looking for a natural astringent, all you have to do is brew a cup of black tea. Apply the tea on your face, without rinsing it off. Make sure that you apply it every day for the best results.

#8 Dandruff Shampoo Against Flaky Skin

No one likes to deal with flaky skin, especially since it can lead people to form the wrong impression about yourself. If you want to improve the aspect of your skin, wash your face with dandruff shampoo, at least once or twice per month.

#9 Vaseline before Perfume

For many women, the most important thing is that their perfume remains on their skin for as long as it is possible. If you want the same thing, all you have to do is apply Vaseline on the areas of interest; then, apply your regular perfume and enjoy its long-lasting presence on your skin.

#10 Milk and Ice Cubes for Irritated, Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin and you have noticed it has become irritated, it is recommended to take a cloth and soak it in milk (to which ice cubes were previously added). Apply the cloth on your face and keep it there for a couple of minutes, in order to reduce the irritation.

#11 Raw Potatoes Against Eye Puffiness

Eye puffiness is a common sign of tiredness but definitely one of the easiest to hide. If you want to escape the puffy eyes look, take a potato, peel it and cut it into halves. Apply the potato halves on your eyes for ten minutes; this natural remedy will soothe the skin and bring down the inflammation.

These are some of the least known skin care tricks that you have to try out. As you have seen, these are far from conventional but they can definitely be of help, allowing you to look more beautiful than ever.

Carrot Pulp for Skin Care

I know you all have carrots in the fridge, right?  They’re great for snacking, kids love  them because they are sweet, and moms love them because they promote healthy eyesight.  Carrots are one of the easiest foods to juice because they’re easy to prepare and taste great with most other fruits and vegetables.  If you juice a lot of carrots then you’ll have a lot of carrot pulp left over.

Carrot pulp is such a versatile ingredient.  It can be used in muffins, cakes, sauces, soups, veggie patties and more.  But why stop there?  Carrots have great benefits for the skin as well and many cosmetic companies include carrot extract, juice, and oil in their beauty formulas.  Vitamins A,B,C,D, and E make carrot pulp for skin care an excellent choice, especially for mature or dry skin.

Next time you juice some carrots, save the pulp and give this recipe a try.  It’s a fun way to incorporate a little “me” time into your week.

After juicing your carrots (and drinking the carrot juice), you can use the carrot pulp for this skin care recipe.

Carrot Pulp Facial Mask

carrot pulp from 2-3 carrots
3-4 Tablesppoons honey

Mix honey into carrots one tablespoon at a time until a nice paste forms.  For added carrot nutrients, or if you’re pulp is very dry, you may add a *small* (less than 1/2 tsp) bit of the carrot juice to the paste.  Apply to clean skin and wait 10 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Honey is good for most skin types.  It is a humectant, which means it helps hold moisture in the skin.  Honey also has astringent properties to help draw out impurities.  This mask is non-drying and your face should feel nice and smooth afterward.

So that’s why people are using Snail Essence on their face

Run an online search for “snail essence,” and you’ll find a whole host of skincare products that feature snail secretions ― yes, the goo that comes out of a snail ― as a key ingredient.

Used as a skin treatment in ancient Greece, the substance has made a big comeback in recent years as a Korean-based beauty trend. Brands like Tony Moly and Missha sell moisturizers, masks, makeup creams and serums with snail slime in them, and a snail-infused “EscarGlow” facial has made its gooey mark on New York City.

New York City dermatologist Tabasum Mir told HuffPost exactly where snail secretions come from.

When snails are agitated, they excrete a thick fluid as a means to protect themselves,” Mir said. When concentrated, this slimy snail mucin is said to aid human skin by hydrating, preventing aging and improving wrinkles and scars.

Popular products generally run between $6 (for a snail gel mask by Missha) to $60 (for Tony Moly’s “timeless ferment snail essence set”).

So, is it worth it?

Likely not: Snail mucin is packed with nutrients, but there’s no guarantee it’ll be effective as a skin treatment, Marie Jhin, a dermatologist at California Pacific Medical Center, told HuffPost.

“The slime is not consistently concentrated and [benefits] may depend on the type of snail and amount excreted,” she said. “The way the slime is processed is not easily done and universal, thus the formulation of the slime may not be the same [across products].”

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In beauty products, snail mucin is sometimes listed as “snail essence” or “snail secretion” on ingredient lists.

You can find the same key nutrients of snail slime ― which Jhin says are hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes and peptides ― elsewhere, she added. Mir agrees.

“There is nothing specifically unique to snail mucin that you cannot get anywhere else,” she said. 

Ling replenishing hydrator, for example, comes recommended from Into The Gloss and contains the same moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid as snail mucin. And Goldfaden MD’s bright eyes serum is a good source of peptides that doesn’t contain mollusk goop.

The glycolic acid in snail mucin is said to help your cells produce collagen and elastin, which even out skin tone and smooth its surface. But any product with glycolic acid can do the same, Mir says: She recommends her own line of exfoliating pore pads, and Allure recommends The Magic Pads as a cheaper option.

Limited research suggests moderate success of snail slime in improving skin. In one small study, California researchers prescribed snail essence creams to 25 participants with skin damage and found that it improved eye wrinkles and skin texture after 12 weeks. That study dealt with slime from the same type of snail whose mucin is available in products like Biophelle’s, researcher Sabrina Fabi told HuffPost, while noting that the study was not a large clinical trial.

Overall, snail mucin’s practical benefits are few, according to Beverly Hills dermatologist Jennifer Ahdout, who said she conducted her own review of the topic after patients started asking about it.

“[Mucin] can help with hydration of the skin, but to claim that it treats wrinkles, acne scars, and other skin conditions is quite bogus,” she told HuffPost.

Jhin says you’re free to give snail products a whirl if you’d like, but do so with caution as you would any beauty product: Use only a small amount at first on a specific spot to check for reactions or allergies, and don’t use if you have sensitive skin.

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