Irrespective of your skin color, it is the glow that adds beauty to your skin.
A beautiful glow gives you flawless, youthful and absolutely gorgeous skin that can turn heads.
The skin is the largest organ of your body and has to bear a lot of things. The changes in weather, dirt, exposure to pollution, the harsh rays of the sun, the aging process, makeup, skin care products and even bad food choices – the skin has to withstand it all.
All these factors can take the glow away from your skin and cause different skin issues.
To maintain your skin’s glow, a good skin care routine is a must. Aside from caring for your skin on the surface, you also need to eat healthy to start fueling your skin cells from the inside.
At the same time, you can use natural remedies for glowing skin that are simple and inexpensive!
Here are the top 10 home remedies for glowing skin.
1. Facial Cleansing
To maintain the glow on your skin, it is important to cleanse your skin daily. This will help keep your skin clean, soft and free of pore-clogging debris. It also helps prevent skin breakouts.
Cleanse your face daily with a gentle cleanser, both in the morning and at night. For a natural cleanser, you can use rose water. Dip a cotton ball in rose water and cleanse your face gently.
When buying a commercial cleanser, avoid one with high alcohol content and other drying agents. Look for one made with natural ingredients.
Moisturizing is important for healthy and beautiful skin. Irrespective of your skin type, you need to use a moisturizer.
The right moisturizer prevents your skin from drying out and looking dull. It also helps maintain your skin’s natural moisture level by sealing in the moisture already in your skin.
Plus, well-hydrated skin looks soft and supple, and does not show signs of aging soon.
The best time to apply a moisturizer is soon after you come out of your bath or shower, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (1).
You can use coconut oil, shea butter or olive oil as a natural moisturizer for your skin. Those with oily skin type can use a very light oil like jojoba oil.
Exfoliation is a key requisite for enjoying healthy and glowing skin.
Exfoliating helps get rid of the dead skin cells that build up on the surface and gives way to new and healthy skin.
For exfoliation, oatmeal is very good.
- Put 2 tablespoons of instant oatmeal in a bowl.
- Add 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey.
- Mix the ingredients well.
- Apply the paste on your face and massage using circular motions to scrub off the dead cells.
- Let it sit on your skin for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- Again scrub it off, then rinse your skin with cool water. Pat dry your skin and apply a light moisturizer.
Exfoliation should be done only once every week or two, depending upon how sensitive your skin is.
Lemon is a natural bleaching agent and helps promote clear skin.
The citric acid in lemon helps get rid of dead skin cells. Also, the vitamin C in it helps reduce any kind of spots on your skin by increasing the cell renewal process.
- Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice on your entire face and neck, as well as other exposed body parts. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Another option is to squeeze out the juice of ½ of a lemon and mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw honey. Apply it on your face, and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
You can follow either of these remedies 3 or 4 times a week.
Turmeric is also beneficial for your skin, due to its antioxidants that help fight free-radical damage. Regular use of turmeric can give you fair, glowing and wrinkle-free skin.
- Make a paste by mixing equal amounts of turmeric powder and gram flour with a little water or milk.
- Apply it evenly on your skin and leave it on until it dries.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water, scrubbing your skin gently using circular motions.
- Do this once a week.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is very rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical activity, which can cause dull and lifeless skin.
Also, it’s an excellent moisturizer, as it can penetrate deep into underlying tissues of the skin. This helps keep the skin well-hydrated for a longer duration.
- Warm up some coconut oil.
- Apply the warm oil on your face, neck, hands and legs.
- Gently massage it into your skin for a few minutes, then let it penetrate deep into your skin for another 15 or 20 minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Use this treatment once daily or every few days.
7. Oil Pulling
The ancient Ayurveda practice of oil pulling is often recommended for maintaining oral health, but it is also beneficial for your skin health. Oil pulling aids detoxification, which means it helps get rid of toxins accumulated in the body.
Oil pulling is inexpensive, harmless and easy to do. All you need to do it is extra-virgin coconut oil.
- Put 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil in your mouth.
- Swish it around your mouth for about 20 minutes.
- Spit it out, then brush your teeth.
- Do this daily in the morning, on an empty stomach.
Note: Do not gargle or swallow the oil.
8. Rose Water
Another very effective remedy to add a beautiful glow to your skin is rose water. It helps nourish as well as hydrate your skin. Plus, as it is gentle on skin, rose water is suitable for both dry as well as oily skin type.
It has antioxidant and astringent properties that make it an excellent natural skin toner that also leaves a nice rosy smell behind. In addition, it works as a natural makeup remover.
- Soak a cotton pad in pure rose water. (You can also add a little honey in the rose water and then use it.)
- Gently apply it on your skin.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes. You do not need to rinse it off.
- Do this daily at night.
9. Vitamin C
The health of your skin is a reflection of what you eat. So, to keep your skin healthy and glowing, you need to make efforts to eat the right foods.
One particular vitamin that is important for your skin is vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. While it is needed to maintain a strong immune system, vitamin C also gives you healthy, radiant skin by boosting your collagen production.
A study published in the Indian Dermatology Online Journal in 2013 reports that vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can be used topically in dermatology to treat and prevent changes associated with photoaging. It can also be used for the treatment of hyperpigmentation (2).
A 2017 study published in Nutrients reports that vitamin C is important for maintaining skin health (3).
Vitamin C is present in many fruits and vegetables like oranges, blueberries, papaya, strawberries, kiwi and even sweet potatoes!
Along with vitamin C, eat foods high in healthy fats like avocados, nuts and seeds to enjoy healthy skin.
Dehydrated skin is dry and wrinkly, and it can take the glow out of your skin. So, it is important to keep your body well-hydrated.
A 2015 study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology reports that higher water intake in a regular diet might positively impact normal skin physiology, especially in individuals with lower daily water consumption (4).
- Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.
- Drink a few cups of herbal teas like chamomile tea, green tea, ginger tea, peppermint tea and others.
- Include fresh fruit and vegetable juices in your diet.
- Coconut water will also add to your fluid intake.
Note: Fluid requirements vary from person to person, so you need to adjust accordingly.
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sound sleep daily to allow your skin to repair itself from within.
- Minimize your stress level as much as possible.
- Always cleanse your skin thoroughly before going to bed.
- Avoid washing your face more than three times a day, as it robs your skin of the natural oil its produces.
- Apply an SPF 15 (or greater) sunscreen every day on all exposed body parts to protect against sun damage.
- Saving face 101: How to customize your skin care routine with your skin type. American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/saving-face-101-how-to-customize-your-skin-care-routine-with-your-skin-type.
- Vitamin C in dermatology. Indian Dermatology Online Journal. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/. Published 2013.
- The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health. Nutrients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579659/. Published August 2017.
- Dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4529263/. Published 2015.