A glowing, healthy skin is the stuff of everybody’s fantasy. But thanks to the pollution we’re exposed to on a daily basis, our skin ends up being the breeding ground for germs. So, how do you enhance your skin tone when you can barely keep the dirt and grime away? Follow these tips and include them in your daily beauty routine to easily get that flawless skin you’ve always wanted.
We know you wash your face several times a day. But sadly, your facewash doesn’t have the required ingredients to cleanse your skin of its impurities and remove dead skin cells. And this makes your skin tone seem dull. This is where exfoliation comes in. However, the exfoliation scrubs at your supermarket are loaded with chemicals that might end up doing harm than good. To exfoliate your face without being subject to its side-effects, go for a combination of these safe, effective, and natural ingredients.
- Oatmeal and honey
- Baking soda and lemon
- Olive oil and sugar
- Walnut powder and milk
These ingredients are anti-bacterial and will remove the dirt from your skin. Their coarse texture will also help remove dead skin cells. You just need to whip them together, gently rub the paste on your skin, leave it on for 15 minutes, and wash it off with lukewarm water.
2. Apply Sunscreen
Most of us apply sunscreen, but only sporadically. We tend to ignore this step if we’re stepping out only for a few minutes or if the weather isn’t too sunny. If you expose your bare skin to the sun, you might get a sunburn and your skin tone might become uneven. More importantly, exposure to the sun also increases your risk of skin cancer. So, never step out of the house without coating your skin with a layer of sunscreen. Some natural ingredients that protect your skin from the sun are as follows.1
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Carrot oil
3. Treat Acne
Increased oil production and bacterial growth are the root cause of acne and pimples.2 While acne is a common teenage problem, it’s important that you treat it properly and of course, never pop them! If you’re prone to acne, your skin complexion might suffer. Instead of trying to hide acne with the help of heavy makeup, try this DIY acne-reduction face pack every week.
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1-2 teaspoons rose water
- Mix the above ingredients to make a smooth paste.
- Gently apply it on your skin
- Wash off the paste after 15 minutes.
You can also add a pinch of turmeric to the paste to add a glow to your skin.
4. Reduce The Makeup
We’re not asking you to give up makeup altogether, of course, but reduce the number of layers you apply. If your skin is covered by multiple layers of powders and creams, your skin pores might get blocked, triggering acne formation. If you can’t go without makeup, ensure you wash it off before you hit the bed and let your skin breathe.
5. Drink Enough Water
Although this doesn’t strictly fall into your regular beauty routine, staying hydrated is the key to healthy skin. Water is essential for the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein that your skin is made of. Water not only fights dry skin but also prevents premature aging and improves skin elasticity.3 To keep your skin plump and healthy, drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
Practice these 5 steps regularly to make you your skin stays healthy and young. And while you’re at it, ensure you stay away from oily, saturated foods and opt for healthy, whole foods, as your diet can also affect your skin health.
|↑1||Korać, Radava R., and Kapil M. Khambholja. “Potential of herbs in skin protection from ultraviolet radiation.” Pharmacognosy reviews 5, no. 10 (2011): 164.|
|↑2||Acne. Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School.|
|↑3||Water health benefits. Michigan State University.|