When pimples are popping up or dark spots, your first instinct might be to reach for your wallet. But what if the secret to glowing skin could be found in your kitchen? Seriously, you’d be surprised at all the magical skincare elixirs you can concoct with a few simple pantry ingredients.
If you have age or sun spots, lemon is one of the best natural ingredients to lighten them. Lemon juice has astringent qualities due to its acidic level. Ingredients with a high pH level like lemons can help decrease inflammation and oil that may contribute to the formation of acne.
Furthermore, citric acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and lactic acid in milk, help to break down dead skin cells that lead to noninflammatory forms of acne like blackheads.
How to prepare the mask?
- 2 tablespoons full fat milk or yogurt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
If using milk, let the mixture sit on the counter for a couple of hours until it curdles. Apply to neck and face, avoiding the eyes. Leave on for at least 20 minutes (longer is okay), and you’ll feel it tightening as it dries. Then rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer.