Patchy, dull and lifeless are three words you probably never hope to describe your skin. But when hormones, dry weather, or sun damage come knocking at your door, this less-than-great vocabulary can be far too accurate.
The good news? The ingredients for a skin-saving treatment are probably in your pantry right now.
Whether you need moisture, exfoliation, or help with toning — and whether you want results overnight, within a day, or within 10 days — there’s a home remedy for that. Try one of these 11 suggestions to get glowing skin ASAP.
How much water you need depends on your height, the weather and your activity level. While it’s up for debate how much water we really need on a daily basis, the Institute of Medicine suggests taking for 9 to 13 cups a day.
You can get an idea of your hydration level by observing your pee – an accurate indication of your water intake. If your pee is a light, straw yellow, your hydration is good to go. If it is dark yellow or has a hint of brown, it is drinking short.
We love coconut oil for so many reasons, one of which is that it makes us feel like we’ve been lathered in a piña colada! But this wonderfully natural ingredient has some serious skin benefits.coconut oil can:
- help restore the skin’s outer barrier
- provide antibacterial protection
- reduce inflammation
- provide antioxidants
- promote healing
- slow skin aging
- Coconut oil is best for normal to dry skin as it locks in moisture and replenishes skin hydration.
Application: You can use coconut oil alone or add sugar, salt or baking soda to make a scrub. If you only use coconut oil, you can leave it on overnight or wash it off before going to bed. Scrubs can be rinsed off after about 15-20 minutes. If you opt for a scrub, you only need to exfoliate two or three times a week, unless you have oily skin.
Honey isn’t just for the bees or your corn bread. It protects and nourishes your skin, acting as a moisturizer and good for acne treatment. It is better to use raw, unpasteurized honey that still contains healthy bacteria.
The bacteria work with your natural immune system to reduce inflammation and irritation and fight the bacteria that cause acne. It can even help heal and lighten acne scars.
The benefits of honey don’t stop there. It naturally exfoliates your skin and removes the dead skin cells that make your skin look dull.
A word of caution – if you are allergic to pollen, celery, or bee venom, test the honey on a small area of your skin first. You don’t want to get an allergic reaction if the honey covers your face.
Application: You can smooth honey on your face or mix it with other ingredients to multiply the benefits. As an acne treatment, try mixing 3 parts honey to 1 part cinnamon. Leave it on for 8 to 10 minutes and then rinse it off.
Another option is to mix 1/2 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and olive oil. The baking soda adds extra exfoliating power, while the olive oil gives the skin extra moisture. Apply to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
This brightly colored spice contains curcumin, which has natural anti-inflammatory and anti oxidant properties. When applied to the skin, it can treat acne, heal injuries (including: sun damage), and bring out your skin’s natural glow.
On the grosser but still useful side of things, it can also be used to treat scabies, which are pesky microscopic mites that cause an uncomfortable rash.
Before rubbing turmeric on your face: a few things to think about. First, it can temporarily turn your skin a yellow-orange color. Second, some people are allergic to turmeric. Test it on a small area of skin before applying to sensitive facial skin.
Application: Keep it simple and mix a paste of 1 part turmeric with 2 parts water. Simmer until it thickens, cool and apply to the skin. Or mix turmeric with other natural ingredients like honey. Try mixing 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Apply to your face and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
5.Baking Soda Scrubs
Baking soda absorbs odors, makes yummy baked goodies, and is also a natural exfoliant that can give your skin a glowy boost ( when used correctly). You lose skin cells every day, but they won’t be able to stick with a consistent exfoliating routine.
Application: Mix baking soda with just enough water to make a paste and gently rub it on your skin. You can also add baking soda to honey or olive oil for a hydrating scrub.
Olive oil comes with the natural benefits of vitamins A, E, D and K. When we talk about skin benefits, we usually jump to vitamin E. That’s because it’s an antioxidant that protects the skin from the damage of free radicals.
Not to delve too much into chemistry, but free radicals have an unpaired electron that needs another electron to create balance. The free radicals try to take that electron out of cells and kill them in the process. As you can imagine, death from free radicals is not good for the health of your skin.
In addition, in 2014,researchers in a study found that eating vitamins E and K together helped clear acne. While it’s not quite the same to use them on your skin, soaking the benefits of soaking your skin in extra vitamins is hard to ignore.
Application: You can apply olive oil directly to your skin. But – and this is important – you want to skip cheap olive oil and opt for natural or organic extra virgin olive oil. It is purer and safer for your skin. You can also buy olive oil blends with lavender, almond, or grapeseed oils specially designed as a skin treatment.
It doesn’t take much. A few drops are probably enough to cover your face. You can also mix olive oil with other skin-healthy ingredients such as honey or yogurt. However, if you are prone to acne, skip olive oil as it can clog the pores of some skin types.
Hey, most people have sunscreen in the house – that’s why we consider it a home remedy. And it’s so important to your skin’s long-term health that itcannot be ignored .
Sunshine feels good on the skin, but that doesn’t mean it’s always good for your skin. Part of keeping the skin healthy is protecting it from UV damage. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen, one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
For reference, UVB rays cause sunburn, while UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and cause damage that increases wrinkles. Hard pass.
Application: How you wear your sunscreen is almost more important than the what type of sunscreen you wear.
It takes about 2 tablespoons to cover your entire body. Make sure to apply generously. Using too little sunscreen makes it less effective.
Apply 20 to 30 minutes before going out into the sun.
Reapply every 2 hours, sooner if you are sweating or in the water.
Don’t forget problem areas like the part of your hair, the tips of your ears and neck.
8.Tea Bags For Under-Eye Skin
Most of the benefits of tea come from drinking it, not rubbing it on your skin. However,tea bags are the perfect size for a cold or warm compress to soothe or reduce swelling the skin around the eyes.
Application: Soak 2 tea bags in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes, remove and squeeze out the water. For a cold compress, place them in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes. Then sit back, relax and place the tea bags on your eyes for a soothing compress.
Tea bags can be used as a warm compress to relieve the symptoms of eye infection and other irritations. We are talking about a warm compress, not hot, so check the temperature of the tea bag before applying it to your sensitive eye skin.
9.Aloe Vera Gel
The medicinal properties of aloe vera have been used for centuries. And chances are you’ve used aloe vera gel a few times to soothe sunburns. But is it worth adding aloe vera to your regular skincare routine, or should you just keep it on hand to soothe an angry burn? (A worthy reason in itself.)
The moisturizing power of aloe vera can be used in place of facial lotion. It is packed with vitamins A and E, antioxidants and healthy enzymes. Aloe vera absorbs quickly into the skin, so even those with oily skin can use it without getting pimples.
This cool gel can also be used to treat sunburns, frostbite, cuts and cold sores, so it’s well worth keeping in your medicine cabinet.
Application: If you have an aloe vera plant, you can cut open one of the leaves, squeeze out the moisture and apply it directly to the skin. However, the easiest way to use it is to buy an over-the-counter aloe vera gel.
Aloe vera is often mixed with other ingredients such as calendula or echinacea for an extra health boost. But make sure you get one that contains only pure and natural ingredients. Some bottles are loaded with fillers, including parabens. If you are looking for pure aloe, the ingredients list should state just that and only that.
10.Yogurt Face Mask
The silky texture of yogurt just screams, “Put me on your face!” If your yogurt hasn’t been yelling at you lately, it’s time to rethink how you use this delicious snack. It works as a natural moisturizer and it’s easy to add other skin-healthy ingredients like honey, aloe vera or turmeric.
You can try different types of yogurt until you find one that you like. For example, the extra creamy texture of Greek yogurt is often easier to apply, especially if you add extra ingredients. However, you should probably stick to plain, unflavored yogurt, regardless of the brand and type you choose.
Application: Use only as much yogurt as you need to cover your face, somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 cup. You can apply it directly to your face or add a teaspoon or two of honey, olive oil or turmeric for an extra skin boost.
11.Eat it and wear it: food for your best skin
Our list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t talk about what you put in your body along with what you put on it. Most of your skin’s health actually comes down to what you eat.
We’ve talked about vitamins A, D, E, and K; antioxidants; and anti-inflammatory agents that you can apply to your skin. However, those same nutrients are even more potent when you eat them as part of a normal healthy diet.
Eating a balance of fruits, berries (they’re packed with antioxidants) and vegetables nourishes skin cells with the nutrients for a clear, glowing complexion.
And, remember those tea bags we said could reduce swelling? If you really drink the tea, you also get a heavy dose of skin-enhancing nutrients. You have less need for external skin help if your internal needs are met.
To be clear, we’re not saying you should eat everything on our list. Give a heavy pass to the sunscreen, baking soda (unless it’s baked into something tasty), and aloe vera gel. Some things were never meant to get into the old pie hole.
8 mistakes to avoid if you want glowing skin
And speaking of things to avoid, there is a lot of information circulating on the internet about what you should and shouldn’t do on your skin. While everyone’s skin is different, here are a few things to avoid when creating a skincare routine.
1.Avoid a lot of time uncovered and unprotected in the sun.
Sun damage can lead to uneven pigmentation, premature aging and skin cancer. Screen up, cover up and don’t forget to reapply.
2.Watch out for lemon and other citrus fruits.
Their high acidity is often used to treat acne. However,lemon and other citrus fruits contain a chemical called psoralen that makes the skin UV-sensitive for several hours and can cause severe burns. Citrus can also cause blisters or pigment changes that last for months.
3.Don’t overdo it.
Using OTC or home skin remedies too often can irritate the skin, leading to breakouts, inflammation, or rashes. Unless you have oily skin, most people only need to exfoliate once or twice a week. Wash your face in the morning and evening, moisturize and apply sunscreen daily. Masks and extra washes are fun ways to give your skin a boost every now and then, but shouldn’t become a daily practice.
4.Don’t ignore your skin type.
Is your skin oily or dry? Is your t-zone (the forehead, nose and chin) your problem area? Knowing your skin type can help you determine which types of skin treatments work best. If you are prone to breakouts, be wary of pore-clogging moisturizers, such as olive oil. If you have t-zone or combination skin, you may need different treatments on your cheeks than on your forehead and nose.
Your hands carry dirt, bacteria and oil that clog pores and lead to breakouts. Keep bacteria at bay by trying not to touch your face and always wash your hands before applying any products to your skin.
6.Beware of toothpaste.
This popular facial can lead to:pimples or scars if the toothpaste has the wrong ingredients!
7.Take it easy with the cinnamon.
Cinnamon’s natural antibacterial properties can help treat acne. However, it can cause skin irritation and is a common allergen. Never apply it to your face without a first patch test or mix it with honey, yogurt or another soft ingredient