Avocados are chock-full of vitamins, natural oils and healthy fats that are known for their moisturizing properties for skin. To create a skin mask, add a bit of lemon juice to a ripe avocado, then blend into a paste. Avocados also work wonders when mixed with an egg yolk as a deep conditioner for your hair.
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Oatmeal works as a natural exfoliant that can gently remove dead skin cells while absorbing excess oil. Create a paste made with 1/2 cup of raw oats with one egg white and olive oil. This combo will exfoliate skin and tighten pores without stripping moisture.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar can be used as a face toner to brighten and tighten the skin. ACV contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid that improve circulation while minimizing pores.
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Cucumbers have been used for ages to reduce swelling and puffiness under the eyes. The ascorbic acid found in cucumbers help decrease water retention when compressed against the skin. The benefits are two-fold, since cucumbers also contain natural antioxidants, manganese and potassium that help fade under-eye bags.
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Natural acids in lemon juice have been found to reduce the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation. To reap these skin-brightening benefits, squeeze fresh lemon juice onto a cotton pad and gently swipe across clean skin. You can also combine lemon juice with a teaspoon of olive oil to whiten and moisturize tarnished nails.
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This grocery store find can be used as a massage oil and smoothener for the skin. It contains healthy fats that help retain the skin's moisture content. Natural acids in coconut oil also have disinfectant and antimicrobial properties which can help reduce breakouts caused by bacteria on the skin's surface.
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Brown sugar can be used to create an easy exfoliating scrub to slough off rough skin on the hands, heels, elbows or feet. Mix it with olive or coconut oil and apply it to your skin in circular motions for smooth skin with a gorgeous glow.
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Tea contains natural antioxidants and can help reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes. Brew a cup of chamomile or green tea, and once it cools, soak up the tea with a cotton round or makeup sponge. Apply the soaked compress on each of your eyes for an instant pick-me-up.
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