5 Things For Abused Summer Skin

We love the summer for so many reasons, but it really does a number on our skin. Not only sunburns, but days in flip flops and lounging by the pool can really dry things out. Here are 5 things to help your skin that’s been a little abused by summer.

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1. Soften Feet With Shortening

The active ingredient in fancy foot creams is pretty much the same as the active ingredient in shortening: fat or grease. That's what softens your skin, so save yourself more than a few bucks and soften with shortening. Before bed, slather it on your soles and put socks on. In the morning, you'll have satiny soft tootsies.

 

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2. Remove Dead Skin With Mayonnaise

Soften and remove dead skin from your elbows and feet by rubbing mayonnaise over the dry, rough patches. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wipe it away with a damp cloth.

 

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3. Give Yourself A Facial With Aspirin

An aspirin facial will smooth and exfoliate far better than an expensive preparations. Grind six uncoated aspirin tablets into a coarse powder and combine it with a tablespoon or two of lemon juice, if your skin is oily, or olive oil if your skin is dry. Smooth it on and let sit for 5 minutes then rinse.

 

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4. Remove A Splinter With Adhesive Tape

Lay a piece of adhesive tape over the affected area and rub your finger gently over the tape until it makes contact with the splinter. Pull the tape up and the splinter should come with it. This method works best if you find small splinters near the surface of your skin or if you need to remove small cactus prickles from your fingers.

 

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5. Tone Your Skin With Chamomile Tea

If you have sensitive skin that feels dry and uncomfortable after washing with soap, try a facial toner with chamomile. It's far more soothing and effective than other expensive skin products. Simply boil 4 cups of water and soak 2 chamomile tea bags for 15 minutes. Discard the tea bags and cool the tea by storing it in a glass jar in the fridge. To use, remove makeup with a soap-free remover, then soak several cotton balls in the cool tea and rub all over your face.

 

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