Do you long for a naturally glowing and radiant skin? Nothing makes you feel confident as having gorgeous complexion. Healthy and glowing skin makes you look younger and feel full of vigor, no matter what your age or physical condition is.
We bring for you certain natural homemade remedies to protect and nurture your skin so that it looks glowing and healthy. Learn here what makes your skin glow.
Build A Daily Facial Care Routine To Get Your Skin To Glow
(i) Wash Your Face Before You Sleep At Night: Dirt, oil and makeup accumulate and stick to your facial skin during course of the day. So make cleansing your skin a daily part of your bedtime routine.
(a) It helps in removing all residues of the makeup from your face. This habit will protect you from clogging up of your skin pores and acne breakouts while you sleep. It will also save you from spreading bacteria onto your pillow – from where it can move onto your skin night after night.
(b) Ditch soaps with heavy deodorants. Use a gentle soap that contains fat, like Dove, Neutrogena or Oilatum. The purpose is to clean your skin, not to strip it off all natural oils. The added fat applies a thin moisturizing layer onto your skin after you finish your shower. But be careful. if you feel your skin dry and tight after washing, it indicates that you are using something strong.
(c) While washing your face, avoid wiping your skin hard with a washcloth or a rag. Instead rinse your face by splashing water over it. Bend your face over the sink, cup your both hands together, and fetch small amounts of water to splatter all over your face. Pat dry your face, instead of roughly rubbing your skin with a towel.
(d) Cleanse your neck and chest areas as well. Consider using a facial mask on these areas once a month.
(ii) Use Toner: Whereas not everyone needs to apply toner, some people find it useful to remove excess oil and dirt from the skin – which the soap might miss. In addition a toner works to close your skin pores.
(a) Put a couple of drops of a good quality toner onto a cotton ball or pad, and then swipe it gently over your face until no excess dirt remains.
(b) Consider using toner only on the areas of your skin that are exceptionally oily and prone to breakout.
(c) Avoid using astringent, unless your skin is super oily. Astringent is a stronger kind of toner that can be up to 60% alcohol.
(d) Consider using witch hazel an effective natural toner, instead of applying synthetic toner/astringent.
(e) Recipe For A Natural Homemade Toner: Pour 4 ounces (120 ml) of witch hazel in a bottle or a jar, mix with it 1 teaspoon each of chopped peppermint and sage leaves. Steep this mixture for three days. Your homemade natural toner is ready that you can apply after you use cleanser.
(iii) Apply Moisturizer: Massage a good moisturizer into your skin for a glowing and dewy look. A moisturizer with natural oils, such as rosemary or almonds is one of the best things you can do for glowing skin over the long term.
(a) Moisturizing your skin at night helps your skin to repair itself and prevent premature wrinkles.
(b) Go for a bit heavy moisturizer for night time and apply a light or gel moisturizer during the day if you are prone to breakouts.
(c) Consider using a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 to stave off premature aging due to sun exposure.
(d) Choose a moisturizer having humectants like glycerin or propylene. Humectants tend to attract water and thus work to improve skin hydration.
(e) Look for moisturizers containing alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs enhance dead skin cells turnover, which leads to less dryness, acne, wrinkles and age spots.
(f) Choose moisturizers that go with the season. Whereas lighter products give best results during summers, thicker and heavier do so in winters.
(g) Don’t miss your neck and chest. These areas are also receptive to wrinkles; dryness – so they can turn into super dry and show signs of aging if you don’t pay attention to them.
(iv) Exfoliate Your Face Gently Once A week: Exfoliation helps in getting rid of dead skin cells, excess oil and impurities and prepare your skin ready for cleansing and toning. Choose an exfoliant containing super fine grains. Avoid rubbing it hard on your skin, instead use light gentle motions to apply it.
After you have scrubbed, apply a cleanser onto your skin gently in small circular motions for some time to boost blood circulation and remove residues of makeup, excess oil / sebum. These days cleansers are available on the market containing exfoliating beads or other ingredients that let you do both the tasks at the same time.
(a) Prepare Your Own Homemade Natural Exfoliant: Mix sugar with honey and use this mixture to scrub your skin, and then rinse it off with warm water.
(b) Dry Brush For Face: Alternatively, you can use a dry brush made for face. Use it gently on your face in small circular motions with light pressure.
(v) Save Your Skin From The Sun Damage: Do you know even a couple of minutes exposure to the Sun can damage your skin. To keep your skin glowing and supple, apply a light sunscreen always when you plan to be outside.
(a) Go for SPF 30 – higher SPF does not benefit you more.
(b) Consider a foundation or tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, so your face is already protected.
Go For Healthy Diet And Exercising To Make Your Skin Glow
(i) Drink Up Adequate Water: Aim for drinking 7 to 8 glasses of water a day. Water keeps your skin hydrated and flushes out toxins quickly from your body to make your skin glow.
(a) Carry a water bottle with you all day to ensure that you have water nearby you so that you drink enough water during course of the day.
(b) Consider drinking herbal tea or other non-caffeinated drinks when you feel weary of drinking water.
(ii) Eat Healthy Diet: Healthy Proteins, nutritious vegetables and fruits that are rich in antioxidants help you to get your skin to glow. Check to include following nutritious elements in your diet.
(a) Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial for your skin. Include fatty fish like salmon and mackerel and walnuts in your diet to consume omega 3 fatty acids. Olive oil also provides you omega-3s.
(b) Vitamin C goes a long way to heal your pimples faster. So include a few servings of citrus fruits and spinach in your diet.
(c) Foods rich in fiber, fresh vegetables, nuts, and unprocessed fruits keep your diet healthy and balanced. They help you to be regular in clearing your bowels and not sluggish in the gastrointestinal area. To have glowing skin it’s essential to keep your body free of toxins and other body wastes.
(iii) Eat Less Sugar And Less Salt: Cut down on sugary foods and sugar drinks. Also eat less salt. Too much consumption of salt can make your face look bloated.
(iv) Include In Your Diet Sources Of Multivitamins: Try to consume 100% of daily recommended allowance for Vitamin A, Vitamin C and B vitamins. For this purpose include in your diet foods that are rich in these vitamins.
(a) Vitamin A – Carrots, Sweet potatoes, spinach and fortified cereals.
(b) Vitamin C – Red and green peppers, oranges, broccoli, strawberries and kiwi
(c) B Vitamins: Lean meat, fish, soy and whole grains.
In case you think you are not getting adequate necessary vitamins, consider taking a multivitamin orally with the consultation of a Doctor.
(v) Exercise: Cardio workout is one of the effective ways to make your skin glow. It gives immediate results and has long term benefits for not only your skin, but for overall health as well.
Homemade Recipes To Make Your Face And Skin Glow
(i) Wash your face with fresh water at least three times a day and use a mild gentle cleanser once or twice a day. After every wash rinse your skin gently with soft towel. It is an effective way to exfoliate your skin and slough off dead skin cells from your skin to impart a natural glow to your skin and face.
(ii) Mix thoroughly 1 table spoon of milk powder, honey and lemon juice with 1/2 tablespoon of almond oil to form a consistent paste. Rub gently this paste into your face, neck and chest. Allow it to dry out, and then rinse it off to get glowing face and skin free from spots and dirt.
(iii) Mix equal parts of lemon juice and honey. Rub this mixture gently over your all face, neck and other parts of your body. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wash it off.
(iv) Whisk thoroughly a few drops of sesame oil with plain yogurt. Message gently the mixture onto your face, neck and chest. Let it remain there for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off.
(v) Puree a ripe banana and mix it well with a little bit of honey. Rub it over your skin, leaving it there for about 15 minutes. Wash it off.
(iv) Soak 5 almonds in water overnight. Peel their skin off in the morning and grind them into a fine paste. Mix thoroughly 1 teaspoon of gram flour, I teaspoon of milk and 5 drops of lemon juice with the paste. Message your skin gently with the mixed paste for about 5 minutes, and then wash it off to make your face and skin glow.
Natural Beauty Tips To Get Your Skin To Glow
(i) Drink lots of water.
(ii) Work up a sweat 2-3 times a week for about at least half an hour to improve your blood circulation, cleanse your skin of toxins, and give your skin a healthy glow. Use sunscreens if you are exercising outdoors.
(iii) Avoid smoking.
(iv) Get about 7-8 hour sleep a day. Your body repairs your skin naturally while you sleep.
(v) Make it a habit to apply a mild cleanser to remove your makeup, excess oils and all accumulated dirt, and then moisturize before you sleep at night.
(vi) Use rosewater as a natural toner. It is so mild that it leaves your skin supple and smooth.
(vii) Rub gently a small piece of freshly cut ripe papaya onto your face. Keep it for about 15-20 minutes, and then rinse it off to get your skin to glow immediately.
(viii) Make sure to use cleanser, toner, moisturizer and other beauty products of your skin type and from the same brand. Mixed brands sometimes do not interact well with one another.
(ix) Consider applying baby lotion on your arms, legs and stomach every day after you shower.
(x) Avoid taking long, hot showers, as they strip your skin of essential oils and moisture. Use lukewarm water instead.
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