From lemon juice to baking soda and petroleum jelly...are they good for our skin? Let’s find out right away!
Healthy skin has a slightly acidic pH which can help remove the unwanted bacteria from the skin. Lemon juice is a natural skin brightener which contains citric acid and to get this slightly acidic effect on the skin, use lemon juice as a mild astringent. But, make sure to dilute it with water into a 50-50 solution because, it can irritate or burn the skin.
Baking soda is a natural facial scrub and skin brightener too, but it can dry out the skin. So, if you want to try baking soda, mix it with face cleanser or coconut oil to make it less abrasive.
As we age, our skin gets thinner and less elastic, which can lead to dryness and fine lines. So, its necessary to moisturize the skin. Thick moisturizers are better options because they lock the moisture into the skin. Petroleum jelly, is very thick natural moisturizer that doesn't evaporate and let the moisture to go out. Instead, it creates a barrier to lock in skin's existing moisture. For optimal hydration, use it after the shower. However, if you happened to have oily skin, it’s better to use a lighter version which is non-comedogenic and doesn't clog pores.
Products that contain isopropyl alcohol, can dry out skin. Yet other types of alcohol, such as benzyl alcohol, found in a lot of cream formulations actually have a mild emollient effect. It’s best to check the ingredients before buying a product and see what kind of alcohol it contains.
A lot of toothpastes contain antibacterial agents and baking soda that can help dry out the bumps. But, if used incorrectly, it can lead to skin irritation. So, the application should be only on the affected area, not more than 2 days! Otherwise you will dry out or worse, burn the skin.