The outermost layer of our skin- the epidermis, is the most vulnerable to environmental damage which leaves it wrinkled and dry. We slather our skin with lotions and serums to protect it from UV rays and pollution, to keep it appearing fresh and healthy. Truth be told, a wide range of cosmetic products sold in the market (not all of them) do work and show significant results in improving your skin real quick but, only till you use them religiously. Also, some of the skin’s requirements cannot simply be fulfilled by topical measures; skin care has more to it. Keeping aside some products like sunscreens, most of the other skin care necessities can be easily fulfilled at home, just out of your pantry. Here are Top 15 natural skin care tips for you straight outta the kitchen.
15. Use rose water for brighter and fresher skin
Not only can rose water be used in face packs and night time routines, you can also use rose water to freshen up your skin instantly. So, next time, rather than buying an expensive face mist or body mist, consider investing in some rose water. You can also use rose water after finishing your make up to make your face look less cakey. The scent of roses can never be a wrong choice. You can also use rose water in your night skin routine. For night time-
- Put the spray bottle in the refrigerator 20-30 minutes prior to your night cleanse.
- After cleaning your face, spritz the cold rose water over your face and let it dry before applying the night cream or moisturizer.
14. Juice cleanse for a glowing skin
You can try a thousand topical remedies for your skin but it is really important feed the skin what it really needs, from the inside.
Juice cleanses are a really cool way to detox your body-just flush out the toxins. These juice cleanses combine juices from a variety of sources: fruits, veggies, nuts, and actual whole foods, so you can get some fiber and amino acids and healthy fats in your diet. These cleanses can easily be produced at home with fresh fruits and vegetables by mixing and matching your requirements and preferences.
13. Cucumber and Aloe Vera to get rid of dark circles
Rather than having to buy some hyped night cream or serum, try this-
- Take one medium cucumber, and a big leaf of Aloe Vera.
- Slice and juice the cucumber and, take out the pulp of Aloe Vera leaf.
- Sieve the cucumber juice.
- Take the cucumber juice and Aloe Vera pulp and mix it together in a bowl. Make sure to whip it into a smooth gel like consistency.
- Cool this mixture in the refrigerator.
- Apply every night before going to sleep.
12. Exfoliate and moisturize your lips
Soft, pink and supple lips are easier to achieve and maintain than you think. There are a million things in your kitchen just right now, while you read this blog, which can help you get those flushed lips naturally. Letting you in on a few tips-
- First of all, it is absolutely necessary to remove the layer of dead skin cells which make your lips look patchy and dry. Use sugar in olive oil to exfoliate your lips.
- Our lips need some amount of oil (or sebum), you can apply clarified butter over your lips can help you cure chapped lips easily.
11. Eliminate Patchy Skin Using Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera with its very basic properties can also help you even out your skin tone. Because Aloe Vera possesses moisturizing capabilities, it is excellent for facials. The antimicrobial properties of Aloe Vera also make it a great option for acne treatment. Not only will Aloe Vera help in preventing acne, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the skin inflammation. You can either drink Aloe Vera juice daily or you can apply Aloe Vera gel to your skin on a regular basis.
10. Fight wrinkles with Superfood
Fine lines are just a sign of maturity and experience, you’ll look beautiful at any age but if you’re still worried or afraid of wrinkles on your neck or face or any other part of your body for that matter, it’s necessary to take steps ahead of time . So here are some superfoods- almonds, avocado, green tea, eggs, soy beans and blueberries. Avocado is packed with vitamin E and B-complex vitamins that nourish the skin. Blueberries, due to their high concentration of anthocyanins help in neutralizing the enzymes that destroy the connective tissue there by contributing in health of the collagen matrix. High amounts of catechins in green tea, glycine, proline, and lycine in eggs and soy beans also help in providing skin with abundance of proteins.
9. Use ice in the morning to tone your face
Although, there are ways to pick a toner that suits your skin, but, this one is the easiest. Every morning, rub a couple of ice cubes on your face to shrink the pores and tone your skin. Ice works as a simple and effective home remedy to help shrink large pores due to its skin tightening effect.It will also stimulate circulation and promote healthier skin. It’s an oldie, but works just as great every time!
8. Steam your face to get rid of dirt
The dirt accumulating throughout the week is often skin deep, you need to clean it the same way. You don’t need some salon style steamer to do that.
- Take a large bowl with boiling water, add a few drops of basil oil (or any other essential oil you prefer).
- Dip a small towel in the water, after taking the towel out immediately put it on your face.
Practice this habit every time while doing any kind of skin care routine, steaming opens the pores so the dirt inside can easily be cleaned and scrubbed off.
7. Exfoliate your skin regularly
When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, they leave the skin looking dull, rough, and dry. The build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne, making it absolutely necessary for us to exfoliate our skin. Also waxing and shaving removes hair really close to the skin, the new hair are thin and soft, and cannot come out if a layer of dead cells is accumulated over your skin, known as ingrown hair, which is not a pleasant feel and sometimes can be painful too. To avoid them and let the renewal of skin, exfoliation is necessary. Here are some ways to make your own natural scrubs.
6. Use homemade face packs to sooth your skin
Your skin deserves to relax at least once a week. A facial mask takes place after cleansing, skin analysis, exfoliation, extractions and massage during a professional facial. Facial masks treat your particular skin type or condition. Masks can be used to moisturize, detoxify, increase circulation and replenish nutrients. But above all, they add an extra dimension to the skin-care routine, and they are truly pampering. Practice any kind/type of skin care routine that suits you the best and compliment it with an all natural homemade face pack. Here are a some you can try.
5. Protect skin from the sun
Sometimes the best way to fight something is to avoid it. But when it comes to sun, this is probably the best thing to do. Try to cover your skin when out in the sun to avoid unnecessarily painful sun burns. Consume foods rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help fight free radicals, a nasty set of atoms or molecules that contribute to problems like premature aging, fine lines and can be a product of unprotected sun exposure. Foods like fish, red and orange fruits and veggies, cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, and cauliflower, which are packed with essential antioxidants can help fight those pesky free radicals. Fresh herbs — specifically parsley, basil, sage, and rosemary — are also packed with our free-radical fighting and skin-protecting antioxidants.
4. Good night sleep
Sleep plays a really important role in skin renewal process. Not only sleeping early helps eliminate dark circles but also, it helps to maintain a proper balance of hormones which greatly affect your skin. Poor sleep can lead to increased stress hormones in the body that increase the severity of inflammatory skin conditions. While you’re sleeping, the body’s hydration re-balances. Skin is able to recover moisture, while excess water in the body is processed for removal. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles.
3. Cleanse your face with natural cleansers
With so many facial cleansers and face washes out in the market, it’s easy to get mislead by advertisements and choose the wrong, or worse, a really harsh product for your skin. Rather, wouldn’t it be nice to let natural products work their magic on your skin without any harsh chemicals. You can use milk, cream, honey, yogurt, apple cider vinegar and many other things from your pantry to do so. They help you restore the moisture, maintain the natural pH of you skin and the anti-microbial properties in some of them can help you fight acne and pimples.
2. Exercise regularly and Eat healthy
Eating habits often reflect on your skin in the form of acne or pimples and sometimes make you look bloated and unhealthy. Proper food is an essential lifestyle change that needs consideration if you’re constantly struggling with your weight and skin issues. Weight and bad eating habits affect hormones in so many bad ways, and hence one of the skin beauty tips sure had to be proper exercise and healthy diet.
1. Drink plenty of water
I cannot emphasize on this enough.
Water helps in more ways than you can think of. Water helps digestion, it helps in flushing the toxins out, it helps to provide the hydration that your skin needs, from the inside. Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water every day. But don’t over do it, because there is a thing called over-hydration, too. Otherwise, you’ll be just fine .
There are probably hundreds of beauty tips that nature can assist you with, although if you have a busy lifestyle, these 15 tips can help you maintain a healthy glowing skin if followed regularly.
Cheers to happy skin!