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Zap those zits with natural remedies

BeautyBy Sunday World
Zap those zits with natural remedies

Spots can creep up on you when you least expect - you can go a whole day with clear skin then discover a bump just before you go to bed.

So what do you do if you don't have any products to treat them in? Don't worry - you may be able to find some quick and easy fixes you already have in.

Milk or yoghurt

These won't zap away your spots just like that but they will soothe your skin and reduce any redness forming around the culprit. It's the antibacterial elements that help while the fat will ensure nourishment, so steer clear from skimmed milk.

How to get this on your face without it sliding off? Mix with honey - another kitchen staple which can aid with preventing spots thanks to it being full of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. Mix some honey and milk/yoghurt to a consistency which you can spread onto your face without it running, and leave on for around ten minutes before gently washing off with lukewarm water.

Lemon

This citrus fruit is packed full of vitamin C to rejuvenate your skin. The juice will help your zits or pimples dry up fast and stop them before they reach the stage of no-return, as the acid has mild astringent aspects to it.

Rather than using all your lemon on drinks at the weekend, squeeze some juice and dip a cotton bud into it before pressing it to the affected area. It may sting a little for those with sensitive skin though so go easy at first to test the waters.

Baking soda

Nope, this recommendation doesn't involve you baking a cake to feel better. Baking soda is a great natural exfoliator to get rid of any dry or dead skin and dirt lurking on the surface of your face.

Mix it with some water or, better yet, lemon juice. When it's a thick paste, apply to your slightly damp face to ensure it sticks and leave it until its dry, no longer than necessary as it may dry your skin out. Rinse with warm water like you would a face wash, being careful not to get any in your eyes.

Banana skin

It boasts an amazing antioxidant called lutein which is great at reducing inflammation and swelling, and boosts skin cell grown.

It will feel a little bizarre, but rub the inside of the skin over your face and let any excess fruit sit for a while (around 20 minutes should do it). Once you rinse your face you'll immediately feel how much fresher your complexion is, but be sure not to prod the spots afterwards to feel if there's been a change!

Other small things you can do is make sure you wash your pillow case regularly and avoid using the same foundation/facial powder for longer than the packaging recommends - germs can build up in all sorts of places.

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