Our skin takes a beating from the weather, the aging process, make up, skin care products and even bad food choices. The top natural remedies for glowing skin are simple and inexpensive. Apple cider vinegar, fresh lemons, turmeric and sesame oil are a few such remedies that nourish the skin and add a healthy glow.
French Secret for Glowing Skin: Lemons
Used by the French for centuries, lemons is one of the best remedies for dry and cracked skin.
Apply the juice of a fresh lemon to your skin, wait 20 seconds until it dries, and voila! soft and glowing skin. This is our favorite remedy for glowing skin. We’ve used fresh lemon for over 10 years now.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be diluted with distilled water to make a toner for your face. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to ½ cup of water and use a cotton ball to apply the toner to your skin. This is helpful for acne and blemishes. Apple cider vinegar toner can reduce pore size on your face. It also restores your body to its proper pH, which is slightly acidic. If this is too strong for you, feel free to dilute it further!
Apple cider vinegar internally is also a help to the skin. Try a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water once or twice a day!
Aloe is famous for its skin healing properties. Massage some aloe onto your face for its astringent properties. First thing in the morning, aloe helps to reduce eye puffiness.
The thought of using oil on your face may leave you skeptical, but oils have nutrients for the skin. Argan oil absorbs quickly and gives your face some vitamin A and E, both helpful to the skin. Try using oil at night on your face after you remove your make up. You may be surprised to find a glow in the morning, not an oily shine.
Sesame oil is commonly used in Ayurvedic healing. This antioxidant rich oil has been used for beautification for centuries. It can reduce inflammation and soften the skin. Look for a cold pressed or expeller pressed sesame oil.
Turmeric can be used internally and externally to reduce infection and inflammation.
Turmeric is usually used in powdered form. You can use it in face masks, which are especially helpful for acne prone skin. Turmeric can temporarily stain the skin, so try it out at night. Try turmeric in a face mask with honey or French green clay.
Clay masks are used as a luxury treatment to reduce blemishes, acne, blackheads and oily skin. You can mix French green clay with water until it is a soft clay consistency. Apply the clay to your face and allow it to stay on your face for 10 minutes or so. It is harder to remove the clay once it dries, so go ahead and remove it if it is starting to dry. Remove the clay with warm water.
You can mix equal parts of French green clay and turmeric and then add water to reconstitute the clay to make an especially anti-inflammatory mask. This mask can stain the skin temporarily so use it at night until you see how it affects your skin.
Don’t use face masks more than once or twice a week as they can dry out the skin.
Gelatin helps your body to form collagen which is a part of the foundation of your skin. Add 1-3 teaspoons to your morning smoothie or oatmeal to gain the benefits from this protein.
Vitamin C is also needed in the body for collagen production and immune support. Vitamin C supplements are especially helpful to your skin if you suffer with acne.
Dehydrated skin is dry and wrinkly. Keep well hydrated to prevent this. You will be surprised at how much better your skin looks and you feel if you stay well hydrated. Use water and herbal teas to keep hydrated. Sodas, coffee, and energy drinks should not be your primary source of hydration.
Your skin, like the rest of your body is made of what you eat. If you do not provide adequate nutrients to your body, all systems will suffer, including your skin. Aim for a well balanced, whole foods diet. You can still eat birthday cake at birthday parties, but not for breakfast!
Exercise allows your body to remove toxins, improves your mood, and gets your blood moving around the body to for healing, regeneration and proper function. You know it is good for you; find a way to exercise that you enjoy. If you don’t already exercise, start with a little, not a marathon.
Keep reading below to discover more glowing skin remedies from our Earth Clinic readers and let us know what has worked for you!