If you’re unhappy with your skin, you’re not alone. One out of every three Americans deals with some sort of skin condition, whether it’s as mild as acne or as severe as psoriasis and eczema. Luckily, there are plenty of natural remedies that can help your skin return to its former glory without the use of harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients. Here are ten natural ways to help clear up your skin once and for all.
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1) Lemon Juice
This is a powerful astringent and antiseptic, which makes it perfect for disinfecting and cleaning your skin. Juice some lemons into a bowl, cover with water, soak a cotton ball in it and cleanse your face with it every morning to get rid of excess oil and grime. If you don’t have time to do that, simply wet your face with warm water and sprinkle some lemon juice on your hands before rubbing them over your face.
When it comes to skincare, most people immediately jump to expensive skin creams and serums that promise a clear, radiant complexion. While these products are great for those with oily or dry skin (due to their moisture-retaining or moisture-balancing properties), they tend to be too rich for those with combination skin. Instead of searching high and low for a face moisturizer, switch out your foundation brush with a bottle of honey.
3) Apple Cider Vinegar
Applying apple cider vinegar to your skin helps remove dead skin cells, which ultimately makes your skin feel smoother. Mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar, then rub it on your face or other affected areas (after cleaning) for a minute or two. Let it sit for 20 minutes, rinse it off with cold water, then pat dry. You can do a few times per week (as often as you like), or just once a week if that’s more convenient.
4) Sandalwood Powder
Sandalwood powder is an age-old skin care remedy with a surprising amount of research behind it. Not only does sandalwood have antioxidant and antibacterial properties, but studies show that sandalwood can also reduce pigmentation in skin. For best results, mix a teaspoon of sandalwood powder with milk and honey or yogurt for an easy homemade face mask. You’ll notice brighter, more even skin almost immediately!
Rich in beneficial bacteria and antioxidants, yogurt can be a great addition to your regular skin care routine. Apply plain, unsweetened yogurt to acne prone areas of your face before bedtime. The lactic acid in yogurt will help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria that cause breakouts. It’s best to stick with unsweetened varieties because sweetened yogurts can actually lead to more oil production on your face.
Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful natural skin care remedies. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help decrease wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. Incorporate more turmeric into your diet—try adding it to soup or some other hearty dish. You can also try incorporating a fresh paste of turmeric root into your daily routine for extra hydration.
7) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a plethora of uses, including skin care and hair care. Used as a moisturizer, coconut oil not only treats dry skin, but also prevents it from happening again in the future. It’s particularly good for treating premature aging because it contains lauric acid, which helps keep your skin elastic. In addition to keeping skin soft and youthful-looking, coconut oil can also be used to treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot or yeast infections.
8) Olive Oil
Olive oil’s high content of antioxidants and healthy fats makes it a great natural skin care remedy for people with oily or acne-prone skin. It can also help to increase collagen production and soothe irritation, leaving your skin smooth and supple. Olive oil is especially beneficial when you use it directly on your face. If you want to give it a try, massage 1-2 teaspoons of cold-pressed olive oil into damp skin at night before bed.
9) Aloe Vera Gel
This gel is a good option for your everyday use. Aloe vera gel is known to have amazing skin rejuvenating and healing properties. With regular use, you will find it effective in reducing wrinkles, improving skin elasticity and getting rid of acne and pimples. Along with these benefits, aloe vera gel also helps in removing age spots and fine lines on your face. Just add a few drops of lemon juice to some aloe vera gel and apply it as a face pack.
10) Green Tea and Cinnamon Stick Paste
One of my favorite natural skin care remedies is green tea and cinnamon stick paste. It’s simple to make: just stir two tablespoons of each into one cup of water and let sit for an hour. When it’s ready, simply dab on problem areas with a cotton ball. The tea helps reduce redness, while cinnamon helps fight acne.