Did watching all those Korean dramas get you all self-conscious about the dastardly state of your skin? Me too! Radiant skin that glows from inside out is a pipe dream for a lot of us. But nowadays because of our busy schedules and lifestyles (and over bingeing Netflix all night), interest in taking care of our skin has dwindled. Taking good care of our skin needs a lot of patience and time. Above all that, several factors like exposure to pollution; UV rays from the sun, stress, poor diet, all aggravate the condition of one’s skin resulting in dull and lifeless skin.
It is not easy to deal with skin problems. Pimples, blemishes, spots keep making unexpected appearances. And even though you might have tried out numerous remedies, nothing seems to bring about that flawless skin you’re looking for. This is because the skin on our face is much thinner than that on our whole body and accordingly needs more care.
Glowing, radiant skin is constantly on our minds. We want it, we strive for it, and almost every health and skincare decision that was taken gives us hope that it is no longer just a pipe dream! We will achieve it.
So, what one needs is not just a one-time remedy but a holistic plan to tap the problem from its roots.
Does your skin look dull even after using a lot of skin products and cosmetics?
First, you need to be hydrated. Drinking plenty of water improves your body’s overall health and does great things for your largest organ, your skin. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day and more during summers if required as it flushes out the toxins from your body giving glowing skin. Carry a water bottle with you all day to make sure you take a sip frequently. If you don’t like drinking plain water, try a fruit infusion like strawberries, lemons, apples, cucumbers, which will not only add flavor but the vitamins and antioxidants from these fruits give a radiant glow to your skin. Avoid drinking too much tea or coffee.
Sleep is an absolute beauty essential. When you don’t get enough sleep, it reflects on your skin, your mood, and mental health too. One of the major complaints and effects of sleeplessness is dark circles. To avoid these, you need to have a good amount of sleep because your skin works and repairs itself while you sleep. It also revives and rejuvenates itself during the night. You can also involve an overnight beauty treatment into your regime to help in keeping your complexion glowing. Do not forget to wash and moisturize your face before going to bed.
Achieving glowing skin is very easy. All you have to do is take care of your diet. The health of your skin depends directly on what you eat. Oily and spicy food is bad for the skin and may lead to other kinds of skin damage. A balanced diet and good eating habits will make your skin glow. For healthy skin, include a lot of vegetables, fruits, and proteins in your diet. Make sure you are getting the necessary vitamins and minerals. Increase intake of foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and fibers. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish and walnuts and vitamin C is found in citrus fruits and spinach, etc. You should maintain a proper diet by consuming less sugar and cutting down on salty and oily foods.
Eat food that is good for the liver. The liver is the body’s cleansing agent. Fenugreek and coconut water work wonders for the liver. Have some sprouts for breakfast. Inculcate healthy eating habits, take meals regularly and on time. Also, starting your day with a glass of multivitamin juice is excellent for the skin.
Exercise is an easy way to get glowing skin, the increase in heart rate makes the blood flow around the body and helps in the removal of toxins. Exercising for 30 minutes, thrice a week, and cardio especially, makes your skin glow because it stimulates the blood flow.
Exfoliation can make skin look and feel better. This is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. You can exfoliate your skin at home by gently scrubbing your skin with a good exfoliator once every week. Make this a regular part of your skincare routine because you cannot expect glowing skin, without removing the dulling debris from your skin surface. This is an age-old piece of advice to buff away the dead skin cells.
An easy and quick way to get your skin glowing is to de-tan as it helps to reduce pigmentation and removes skin blemish. Face masks also help to unclog blocked pores and help in the removal of accumulating gunk on the skin. There are many types of face masks like charcoal masks, fruit masks, etc available in the market. These face masks hydrate the skin and help in the removal of dead skin giving a youthful-looking skin.
You can use some homemade instant skin brightening face packs to get off the dark spots, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, acne, and scars. Some uses of these home remedies will help you get visibly gleaming skin and look radiant. If you want to get a naturally bright complexion and want to reduce suntan, you can use the following 3 homemade instant brightening face packs:
Tomato Instant Skin Brightening Face Pack:
All you need is: 1tbsp - Gram flour 1tbsp - All-purpose flour 2-3 drops Lemon juice 2tbsp - Raw milk 2tbsp - Tomato pulp
You need to mix all these ingredients and make a paste, apply that to the affected areas, like the face, neck, hands for about 15-20 mins to get the best results.
Instant Turmeric Skin Brightening Face Pack:
All you need is: 2tbsp - Gram flour 1tsp - Turmeric 1tsp - Lemon juice 1tsp - Honey 2-3 tbsp - Curd
Turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant as it contains curcumin which helps in eliminating the harm or damage-causing agents from the skin. This face pack works wonders for brides to be, and anyone looking for an instant glow.
Instant Coffee Skin Brightening Face Pack:
For this you need: 2tbsp - Coffee 1tbsp - Gram flour 2-3 - tbsp Curds 2-3 drops of Lemon juice
This coffee face scrub or face mask is best for removing sun tan from the face and body instantly. Coffee contains healthy antioxidants, so it can safely be applied to the face. It also gets rid of bacterial and fungal infections.
Also, aloe vera, cucumber, potato all help to brighten the skin when applied directly or with a combination of honey or lemon, or rose water. These are all very simple and highly effective home remedies to get glowing, radiant, and spotless skin using ingredients easily available at home.
Finally, there is a Japanese beauty secret that has been followed by Japanese women for centuries. The Japanese folks are known for their flawless and glowing skin and the skincare rituals they follow. Their skin never ceases to appear fresh and young. Rice is one of their secret ingredients to achieve that smooth and beautiful skin. One of their rice-based regimes is the rice water facial mask. Rice is considered a cosmetic healing tool and is known for its various benefits such as skin rejuvenation, hydration, brightening the skin complexion, and much more.
There you have it! Gone are the days you cry over your terrible skin! Glowing skin is just a few steps away.