10 Natural Remedies for Bright, Flawless Skin
Almost all of us wish for a bright, flawless, healthy and radiant skin. However, it remains a dream for many due to unhealthy diets and lifestyles, overexposure to sun, polluted environment, stress, medical issues and continuous use of chemical cosmetics. In fact, many of the skin care products available in the market are not only expensive, but also harmful because of their chemical constituents which can damage the skin.
A healthy and nutritious diet is the best and easiest way towards a healthy skin and glowing complexion. Consumption of green leafy vegetables, vitamin rich fruits, lots of water and regular workout can do miracles to the skin. Here are a list of ten simple, natural, easily available, homemade remedies for a radiant and healthy skin:
1. YOGURT FACE PACKS
Yogurt is not only rich in nutrients, but also contains lactic acid, which has skin lightening properties. It is also suitable for all skin types. Yogurt can be applied to the skin in many ways. Directly rub plain yogurt onto the skin, leave it for a few minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Another option is to mix a tablespoon of yogurt with half a tablespoon of honey and use it as a face mask for 10-15 minutes.
Yogurt can also be used with a bit of lemon juice (not to be used for sensitive skin) and oatmeal to make a thick paste and can be applied to the face. Using the yogurt face mask daily for several weeks will significantly improve the complexion and leave the skin moisturised and supple.
2. ORANGES AND KIWIS
These fruits are a rich source of Vitamin C. Regular consumption of the fruit directly or in juice form will greatly improve the skin texture. Oranges and kiwis also have skin lightening properties and can help in reducing spots, scars and dark marks on skin. The fruits can be directly applied or as part of a face mask. However, those with sensitive skin should be very careful before directly applying it on skin. It should not be applied over fresh wounds or cuts.
Honey has multiple skin care properties. It can act as a bleach, moisturiser, and an antibacterial agent. Honey is very good for dry skin and can help in giving an even skin tone. Honey is also very effective against black marks, acne spots and scars. Applying honey to the skin can help in removing dead skin cells and make the skin feel fresher and brighter. This can be done daily. Honey can also be directly consumed and also used with other face masks. There are so many honey brands being sold as genuine ones. So be careful. Only the purest will do the trick.
4. ALOE VERA
Aloe vera is an excellent remedy for hyperpigmentation and helps maintain an even skin tone. It also has a cooling effect on the skin. It keeps the skin healthy by regenerating cells and rebuilding damaged cells. To use aloe vera on the skin, cut the outer layers of the leaf. Squeeze the leaf to obtain the jelly like juice. Apply it on the skin, leave for half an hour and wash it off. This can be done twice daily for a fortnight to see visible results. If an aloe vera plant is not available at home, the gel can be purchased directly from the market.
5. GRAM FLOUR
Gram flour is very useful for very oily skin. Washing the face, hands and legs with a gram flour paste made with water or rose water can easily remove the excess oil. It also retains enough moisture on the skin. The flour also has additional skin lightening properties and is a rich source of nutrients which can keep the skin supple and healthy.
6. CARROTS AND BEETROOTS
Carrots are a rich source of carotene and vitamin C. It helps in maintaining a healthy skin and hair. Beetroot is rich in iron and vitamins. It can cleanse the skin pores and increase the blood flow. These vegetables can be grated and applied to the skin for improving the skin tone. Alternatively a glass of its juice can be consumed daily.
7. GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES
These power foods are rich sources of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and hence are not only good for the skin but also for the entire body. For example, broccoli is loaded with vitamins C and E. The antioxidants present in it helps to cleanse the system to give a radiant skin.
Fishes are packed with omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins which are very beneficial to the skin. Adding it to the diet will also help in renewing the skin cells, in addition to its other advantages.
Soy products can give a good supply of vitamin C and zinc. For instance, soy milk can help reduce acne and improve dull skin. Soy has other benefits like reducing inflammation and decreasing the risk of certain forms of cancer by lowering LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol. Adding soy products like soy milk, beverages, cheese, tofu, soy beans so on, to the diet can be very beneficial to health.
10. BELL PEPPERS
Bell peppers contain vitamin C and are skin friendly foods. Yellow bell peppers contain silica, while red ones are a rich source of lycopene. Red bell peppers also contain more vitamins and nutrients than green ones. These have anti-ageing properties and helps to keep the skin glowing and healthy.
Including the above mentioned food items as part of the daily diet will go a long way in improving the skin and overall health. It is also important to avoid oily and processed foods as much as possible. Also try to reduce the usage of chemical cosmetic and skin care products. A balance diet combined with a healthy lifestyle will contribute to a fit body and a radiant skin.