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More women than ever before are paying careful attention to everything they put in–and on–their bodies. More than just careful label reading at the grocery store, this also means making the transition from store-bought skin care products and treatments laden with chemicals and preservatives to simple, at-home recipes for softer, smoother skin. Here’s a look at some dry skin treatments that you can make using simple ingredients that you’ve probably already got in your pantry.

Oat Bran and Honey Mask

Not just a great source of fiber, oat bran flakes make a great gentle exfoliant, while honey and yogurt soothe and treat dry, itchy skin.

Crush a handful of oat bran flake cereal in a zip-top bag by rolling over them with a rolling pin or wine bottle. Transfer crushed flakes to a bowl, and add two tablespoons plain Greek yogurt, one tablespoon raw honey, and a half teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Mix well, and apply in an even layer to your face, avoiding your eyes. Allow to dry for approximately 12 minutes, rinse with cool water and pat dry.

Delicious Avocado Mash

The rich, buttery oils in avocados help your skin retain moisture and elasticity. Why not stuff the other half with a simple shrimp ceviche to enjoy while the mask does its work? That way, you’ll get the health benefits of this wonder food inside and out! 😉

Mash half a very ripe, soft avocado in a bowl along with two strawberries and a drizzle of honey. Apply to face and neck and allow to soak in for 10 minutes before rinsing completely. Finish with your favorite moisturizer.

Pina Colada Skin Treatment

Bring the scent of a tropical island vacation to your beauty routine with this skin softening treatment. Use it once a week and you’ll notice an immediate improvement in the condition of your skin.

(This easy DIY recipe is courtesy SheKnows.com.) Add 3 tablespoons fresh pineapple and 1 tablespoon coconut milk to a food processor. Pulse until smooth and then stir in 2 tablespoons natural cane sugar. Wash your hands and apply the scrub to your face touching everywhere but the eye area and rinse the scrub with warm water.

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Treating Common Foot Issues: Calluses

Foot calluses are a seemingly inevitable part of life, even for non-farmers. In a way, calluses are a good thing – they’re there to protect us by making our skin tougher in certain spots, allowing us to work without scratches or scrapes. As someone who works on your feet, you don’t want them to be too delicate. Calluses aren’t usually painful, and they don’t indicate a medical problem in themselves.

However, if your calluses are bothering you, you don’t have to live with them. You can safely shave down your calluses and keep your feet soft and smooth. Here’s how to do it.

  • Soak in warm water. Before you do anything, soak your feet in warm water for about 5 to 20 minutes. You can add apple cider vinegar or castor oil to the water to help soften the skin. When your feet soft and lubricated, they’re ready for the next step.
  • Gently rub. After soaking your callus, use your finger or a pumice stone to rub the area in a circular motion. There are also foot files and even electric shavers precisely for this purpose. Be gentle, and go slow! You’re not going to remove the entire callus at once, but rather over a few sessions. In fact, your goal should not be to totally remove the callus, but rather to make it smoother. Removing it completely can damage your skin.
  • Apply lotion or cream daily. Look for products with salicylic acid, ammonium lactate or urea, which gradually soften calluses. Since you’ve just rubbed the heck out of your skin, you’ll also want to make sure to apply a thick foot cream for moisture daily.
  • Use a callus pad. Use a non-medicated callus pad to keep your skin safe from irritation while it heals. These adhesive pads are made of felt.

If you’d like to prevent more calluses from forming in the future, make sure your shoes fit properly, wear thick socks, avoid walking barefoot, and keep your toenails trimmed. Exfoliating your feet with a foot scrub or pumice stone on a regular basis is also helpful.

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