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How to get glowing skin? This is one of the most pertinent skincare questions out there. And while we all desperately want that natural glow and healthy skin, our stressful lifestyles and hectic work schedules do not really allow us to make that effort that goes towards achieving the skin of our dreams.
There are a lot of contributing factors that we subject our skin to without realizing that we are damaging it. Lack of sleep, nutritional diet, harmful UV sun rays, and pollution have a direct impact on our skin.
However, these are inevitable parts of life and can’t be avoided but you can surely prevent damaging your skin. Hence, we’ve brought you a few home remedies that will help your skin glow and stay young without having to subject it to artificial ingredients and chemicals:
Thanks to its curcumin content, turmeric is known for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It aids the production of collagen that helps the skin glow. Not only that, the curcumin also gets rid of harmful free radicals that damage the skin. It can be your go-to cleanser and clean your skin clean while brightening it. You will see effects by using it only one to two times a week.
How to use: Mix turmeric powder and some gram flour in a bowl. Add milk or water to make a paste. Cover your face and neck with the paste. Leave it on for around 20 minutes.
Rinse with plain tap water, without any soap.
2. Coconut oil
If you have a dry and dull skin type, coconut oil is here to rescue your skin. It protects your skin from the harmful UV rays, contains the moisture in your skin and its essential fatty acids help nourish it. All of these features help make your skin glow.
How to use: Massage your face and neck with warm coconut oil in a gentle circular motion. Do not wash it right away and leave the oil on overnight. If you want to exfoliate your skin, you could add some sugar and use it as a scrub.
3. Aloe vera mask
Aloe vera gel is a popular ingredient when it comes to taking care of the skin. Known for its rejuvenating and nourishing effects, it gives your skin a natural glow.
How to use: Mix a tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a teaspoon each of honey and milk. Add a pinch of turmeric to this mix. Apply this mix on the face and neck evenly. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and without any soap.
4. Baking soda scrub
If you thought that baking soda only belongs to cakes and muffins, we have something to tell you. It comes with anti-bacterial properties that protect our skin from damage. Baking soda also exfoliates dead skin cells and balances the pH of the skin to neutral.
How to use: Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil and half a teaspoon of honey in a bowl. Wet your face and neck before applying the mixture in circular motions. Let it stay for 10 to 15 mins before you rinse it with cool water and pat dry. Moisturize your skin with your usual moisturizer.
We recommend a patch test before you apply it on your face as some people experience skin irritation because of baking soda.
5. Papaya face mask
Get radiant and younger-looking skin with papaya as it removes the top layer of dead skin cells from the face when applied. This is possible due to the presence of papain which is an enzyme that acts as a mild exfoliator. It also reduces the blemishes on the skin. What’s more, a face pack made with papaya has amazing anti-ageing properties.
How to use: Take a few small pieces of ripe papaya. Add Fuller’s earth or multani mitti and honey to it. Make a paste by mixing all of them and then apply it all over your face as well as neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it with water.
6. Honey pack
Honey moisturizes your skin and keeps wrinkles away. For a youthful skin and a smooth texture, a honey massage three to four times a week will definitely do the trick.
How to use: Apply honey on clean and damp skin. Massage it for a few minutes. Let it stay for another 5 to 10 minutes Wash your face with lukewarm water.
7. Green tea face wash
Green tea reduces inflammation in the skin, prevents premature aging, and saves your skin from the harmful UV rays.
How to use: Boil a tablespoon of green tea leaves in water till it starts imparting colour. Let it cool down and add two teaspoons of it to a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and a single teaspoon of cream to this and mix well. Apply all over the face, scrub gently in circular motions and rinse it with regular water. Make sure you do this routine at least twice a week.
Ladies, we can’t do much about external factors but we can make sure we prevent our skin from getting damaged with regular care.