9 Thing Women With Great Skin Never Missed

The current unrealistic beauty standards claim that fairness and
brightness are signs of healthy skin. However, the reality is far from
this assumption. Healthy skin is characterized by high elasticity,
smooth texture, and even tone. This awareness will prevent you from
bombarding your skin with expensive, heavy, and synthetic skin care
products. In this article, you will get to know what helps and what
doesn’t in achieving clear and acne-free skin.

 

Makeup is a
temporary solution as it can only camouflage, not cure your skin
problems. Using cheap or bad quality cosmetic products can make your
skin greasy and further aggravate the problem. One of the easiest ways
to get clear and spotless skin is to stick to natural home remedies as
they are safe and reliable and don’t burn a hole in your pocket. Here
are 14 home remedies that will help you get the clear and spotless skin
you always wanted.

1. Detox Water For Clear Skin

Cucumber has cooling properties and rejuvenates the skin. Lemon helps manage endocrine dysfunction, thus eliminating one of the most common reasons for developing spots and acne. Mint aid in regulating indigestion and clearing any internal infections.

You Will Need

  • 2 L water
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • A handful of mint leaves
  • A pitcher 

What You Have To Do

  • Slice the cucumber and lemon and drop the pieces in an empty pitcher. Add the mint leaves as well.
  • Pour water over these and refrigerate.
  • Keep sipping this water all day long. 

How Often Should You Do This

You can continue having this detox water every day for long-lasting healthy and clear skin.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut
oil moisturizes your skin. Its antimicrobial properties may help keep
the skin clean and infection-free. It contains phytochemicals that are
powerful antioxidants that scavenge free radicals. These activities may contribute to making your skin clear and acne-free.

You Will Need

  • Virgin coconut oil
  • Cotton ball or cotton pad 

What You Have To Do

  • Lightly warm up the oil.
  • Dot the oil all over the skin with your fingertips and massage the area for a minute or two.
  • Let the oil soak in for a couple of minutes. Wipe away the excess oil with a cotton ball/pad. 

How Often Should You Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

Caution: Do not try this remedy if you have acne-prone skin as coconut oil may aggravate the condition.

3. Green Tea

Doctors
recommend the daily consumption of green tea for a healthy body and
clear skin. Green tea contains antioxidants that can nourish, heal, and detoxify your body.
This, in turn, reflects on your skin. You can also use skin care
products like face wash, moisturizer, and facial packs that contain
green tea for clear and healthy-looking skin.

You Will Need

  • Green tea bag
  • A cup of hot water
  • Honey (to taste)
  • Lemon juice (to taste) 

What You Have To Do

  • Steep the green tea bag in hot water for a few minutes.
  • Remove the tea bag and add honey and lemon juice.
  • Sip this herbal tea while it is warm.

How Often Should You Do This

Drink 2-3 cups of green tea in a day.

4. Lemon

Lemon juice is a rich source of vitamin C, which helps in skin lightening. This remedy may help you get rid of spots and blemishes and achieve clear skin. 

You Will Need

A lemon

What You Have To Do

  • Cut a lemon in two halves.
  • Rub one half directly onto your skin in a circular motion.
  • Do this for 5 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water. 

How Often Should You Do This

You can do this once daily.

Caution: If
you have sensitive skin, do not try this remedy as it may cause redness
and irritation. Do a patch test on your inner elbow and wait for 30
minutes to check if there is any reaction. If your skin is irritated, do
not proceed with this remedy.

5. Honey For Glowing Skin

Honey
contains vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin. It also contains
antioxidants, called flavonoids, which can give you clear and
healthy-looking skin. Honey has emollient properties that moisturize
your skin and soften it.

You Will Need

1 teaspoon raw honey

What You Have To Do

  • Apply a thin layer of honey on a clean and dry face.
  • Let it sit for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water. 

How Often Should You Do This

Repeat this every day.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe
vera has skin-friendly, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
It stimulates fibroblasts that produce collagen and elastin fibers,
increasing the skin’s elasticity. It also acts as an astringent and
tightens pores. Aloe vera is an excellent moisturizing agent and helps
eliminate dryness and flaking of skin. 

You Will Need

A leaf from the aloe vera plant

What You Have To Do

  • Remove the thorny sides and the green outer covering from the aloe vera leaf.
  • Cut the gel into small cubes.
  • You can either grind the cubes to a pulp or rub them directly onto the skin. 

How Often Should You Do This

Include the aloe vera remedy in your daily skincare routine for spot-free, flawless skin. 

Caution: Aloe vera might not work for all skin types, so it’s advised to do a patch test before using it on your face.

7. Olive Oil

Olive oil contains vitamin E that hydrates the skin and restores its elasticity.
It also contains phenolic compounds that have anti-inflammatory
properties. These properties reduce oxidative damage, promoting skin
reconstruction. This, in turn, can improve your skin health. 

You Will Need

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Soft washcloth
  • Hot water 

What You Have To Do

  • Apply a few drops of extra virgin olive oil on the skin.
  • Follow this up with a gentle massage in circular motions.
  • Leave it on for a few minutes.
  • Wipe it off using a washcloth dipped in hot water. 

How Often Should You Do This

Repeat this every night before going to bed.

Caution: Make sure that the water is not scalding hot. 

8. Oatmeal

Oatmeal
soothes the skin and exfoliates the dead skin cells. It also
moisturizes the skin and exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
activities. These properties make it a good cleanser, moisturizer, and anti-inflammatory agent. 

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  • Mix all the ingredients to form a thick paste. Add a little water if required.
  • Apply this mask on the face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water. 

How Often Should You Do This

Apply this mask 2 times a week

9. Rose Water

Rosewater
is one of the most commonly used natural remedies for clear and glowing
skin. It exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
It has anti-aging properties and promotes the production of collagen
and elastin for healthy-looking skin. It is also a natural astringent
and tones the skin.

You Will Need

  • Rosewater
  • Cotton ball 

What You Have To Do

  • Place the rose water in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Apply it all over a clean face and neck using the cotton ball.
  • Let it air dry. Moisturize as usual. 

How Often Should You Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

 

Additional Tips To Get Clear Skin

  1. Drink Water–
    Drink lots of water. It will flush out all the toxins and help maintain
    your skin’s hydration levels. This will help you get clear, glowing,
    and healthy skin.
  2. Follow A Balanced Diet – One of the most important tips to get clear skin is to include fresh fruits/juices and green leafy vegetables in your diet.
  3. Apply Moisturizer Daily –
    If you have extremely dry skin, it starts compensating for the dryness
    by producing natural skin oils, which can lead to acne and breakouts. To
    avoid this, moisturize your skin daily, and do twice as much during
    winters. This will help prevent flaky and dry skin. Remember to use
    non-comedogenic moisturizers that will not clog your pores. 
  4. Wash Your Face Twice Daily – Always
    wash your wash before you go to bed to get rid of the day’s grime that
    may have settled in your pores. Ensure to wash your face with cold water
    (cold water closes the pores) for 35-40 seconds with a dime-sized
    amount of face wash to get rid of the dirt and oils. 
  5. Be Gentle – Scrubbing
    your skin too hard can leave it red and irritated. Skip harsh
    washcloths and loofahs as they can cause breakouts and aggravate
    dryness.
  6. Slather SPF – Sunscreens can make your skin less oily. This may help prevent pimples. 
  7. Exfoliate – Exfoliation
    can remove layers of dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that clog your
    pores. Use products with glycolic acid and lactic acid as they help
    absorb the oils and grime settled in your pores. Make sure you moisturize your skin later to avoid dryness.
  8. Stop Touching Your Face (Don’t Pop) – Your
    hands have millions of bacteria that can transfer onto your skin. If
    you pop your pimples, your present condition can get worse, and there
    are chances of infection too. Use a cotton pad to check on the problem
    areas. 
  9. Try The 3-Step Skin Care Routine – This routine is meant only for acne-prone skin. The steps include a salicylic acid cleanser, a toner or astringent, and a non-comedogenic (oil-free) moisturizer.
    These products create an exfoliating effect on your skin, removing dead
    skin cells right away. However, this routine can cause skin dryness and
    irritation. Therefore, do a patch test before proceeding with the
    routine. 
  10. Go To The Dermatologist – If
    home remedies are not helpful, seek a dermatologist help to resolve the
    issue. Learn about your skin and use prescribed medications to achieve
    healthy skin. 
  11. Try Prescription Medicines – Your
    doctor may suggest topical retinoids, creams, gels, and pills resolve
    different skin issues. Use them as recommended for faster and better
    results.
  12. Relax Your Mind – A study shows that stress is directly proportional to skin disorders. Emotional stress can take a toll on your skin and lead to skin disorders. Hence, look for healthy ways to de-stress
    by doing yoga, exercise, or listening to music or attending art
    therapy, meditation, etc. Most importantly, get 7- 8 hours of sleep
    every day. 
  13. Clean Makeup Brushes –
    Clean your makeup brushes at least once every two weeks. Bacteria breed
    in moist areas, and brushes that come in regular contact with
    liquid/creamy makeup products are potential breeding grounds for
    bacteria. Thus, they need to be cleaned every week. Brushes that are
    less frequently used or used for dry makeup products can be cleaned
    every three to four weeks. Wash the brushes with shampoo and let them
    dry overnight.
  14. Remove Makeup – Remove your
    makeup before going to bed. Your skin regenerates and repairs itself
    while you sleep. If you don’t remove the makeup from your skin, you’ll
    end up with clogged pores, and your skin will be prone to breakouts. Use
    the olive oil home remedy or a makeup remover to remove all traces of makeup from the face.

 

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