You skin is always at war, whether you are combating the elements or undertaking vast amounts of stress, there are many factors at play when it comes to skin care and keeping your skin in top condition. A number of lifestyle habits can also impact the look and feel of your skin, including smoking and drinking alcohol, poor nutrition and a multitude more.

However, if you are tired of blowing your monthly budget on skin and beauty products, why not try some effective and easy to use home remedies? Here are just some of the options available to you in your home, without having to splash out on name-brand products.

Lemon:

Yes, this is not only good for tequila or drizzled over a steaming piece of fish. Citric acid that occurs naturally within lemons is actually great for getting rid of dead cells and the vitamin C will help reduce dark spots and imperfections on the skin surface. This treatment is simple, just apply fresh lemon juice to your face and neck, then relax for 10 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. This can be done daily or every second day.

You can also exfoliate your skin once a week using two teaspoons of lemon juice with some sugar. Apply the mixture and then scrub in a circular motion, before taking a 10 minute gap to relax. Wash it all off with lukewarm water and you are ready to go.

Turmeric:

This works as an antiseptic and a skin-lightening agent. It is perfect for helping minimise scars or any blemishes, while it can also assist in easing allergic or inflammatory skin problems that may leave your skin dull over time. Mixing a tablespoon of turmeric powder with pineapple juice can make a paste that will help to reduce the appearance of spots – this can be done twice a week. Turmeric powder, gram flour and a little water or milk can also help lighten skin tone.

When trying both treatments, be sure to let the paste work until it dries before washing it off with lukewarm water.

Honey:

Nature’s perfect sweet treat is also an incredible moisturiser. You can simply apply raw honey directly on your skin, let it dry and then rinse it off well with lukewarm water.

You can also make a weekly face mask by mixing two teaspoons of milk and a teaspoon of gram flour with one teaspoon of honey. Once applied, leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Aloe Vera

You may see this ingredient used in a number of skin care products – and for good reason. This has excellent antibacterial properties. Not only does it soothe irritated skin, it also helps moisturise and promote improved skin cell growth. You can extract the gel from an Aloe Vera leaf and then apply it onto your skin using some cotton. Give it about 30 minutes to dry before rinsing your face with lukewarm water. This can be done daily.

These are just a few of the options available, so instead of splashing out on exceedingly expensive products every month, just check out your refrigerator or cupboards and you may already have the perfect solution to your skincare needs in stock.