Blotchy, dull and lifeless are three words you might hope don’t describe your skin. But when hormones, dry weather, or sun damage knock on your door, less serious issues can be more specific. The good news? These skin-saving treatments are in your pantry right now.
Whether you need hydration, exfoliation, or toning help — and want overnight, one-day, or 10-day results — there’s a home remedy for it. Try any of these 11 tips to get glowing skin FAST!
You didn’t think we’d skip H2O, did you? Your skin needs a lot of hydration to keep it dewy and clean. It can be difficult to stay hydrated in extreme weather conditions, whether it’s hot or cold. Take your water bottle with you everywhere and keep drinking water throughout the day.
The amount of water you need will depend on your size, climate and activity level. Although there is still debate about how much water we really need per day, the Institute of Medicine recommends drinking 9 to 13 glasses per day. You can get an idea of your hydration level by looking at your pee – an accurate indicator of your water intake. If your pee is a pale green, your hydration is good. If it is yellow or brown, it is drinking a little.
2. Coconut Oil
We love coconut oil for so many reasons, one of which is that it makes us feel like we’ve been slathered in a piña colada! But this wonderful creature really has some serious benefits to the skin. Coconut oil can:
- help repair the skin’s outer barrier
- provide antibacterial protection
- reduce inflammation
- provide antioxidants
- promote healing
- slow skin ageing
Coconut oil is best for normal to dry skin because it locks in moisture, replenishing skin hydration.
Application: You can use coconut oil alone or add sugar, salt or baking soda to make soap. If you use coconut oil alone, you can leave it on overnight or wash it off before going to bed. The items can be washed after about 15 minutes. If you choose to exfoliate, you should only exfoliate two or three times a week unless you have oily skin.
Honey isn’t just for your bees or cornbread. It protects and nourishes your skin, acting as a moisturiser and acne treatment. The key is to use unpolluted, mild honey that still contains good bacteria.
The bacteria work with your natural immune system to reduce inflammation and irritation, as well as deal with acne-causing bacteria. It can even help heal and reduce acne scars.
The benefits of honey don’t stop there. It naturally exfoliates your skin, removing dead skin cells that make your skin look dull.
A word of warning – if you have allergies to pollen, celery, or bee pollen, test the honey on a small area of your skin first. You don’t want to have an allergic reaction as soon as the honey covers your face.
Application: You can apply honey directly on your face or mix it with other ingredients to increase the benefits. Try mixing 3 parts honey and 1 part cinnamon as an acne treatment. Leave it for 8-10 minutes and then rinse it off.
Another option is to mix 1/2 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and olive oil. Baking soda adds more exfoliation, while olive oil brings more moisture to the skin. Apply to your face and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing.
This bright spice contains curcumin, which has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. When applied to the skin, it can heal wounds, heal wounds (including sun damage), and brighten your skin. On a more serious but still useful level, it can also be used to treat scabies, which is a nasty bug that causes a nasty rash.
Before you rub turmeric on your face: a few things to think about. First, it can turn your skin yellow-orange. Second, some people are allergic to turmeric. Test it on a small area of skin before applying it to delicate facial skin.
Application: Make it easy and mix the paste of 1 part turmeric and water 2. Simmer until thickened, cool and put on the skin. Or mix turmeric with other natural ingredients like honey. Try mixing 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Apply on your face and leave for 15 minutes then wash and dry.
5. Baking Soda Scrubs
Baking soda absorbs odours, makes food delicious, and is a natural exfoliator that can make your skin glow (when used properly). You shed skin cells every day, but they won’t be able to stay that generous for long.
Application: Mix enough baking soda and water to create a paste and gently rub it into your skin. You can also add baking soda and honey or olive oil for massage.
6. Olive Oil
Olive oil features the natural benefits of vitamins A, D, E, and K. Many times when we talk about the benefits of the skin, we throw in vitamin E. This is because it is an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage.
Not to go into too much chemistry, but free radicals have an unpaired electron that needs another electron to form a balance. Free radicals try to get this electron from the cells, killing them in the process. As you can imagine, death from free radicals is not good for the health of your skin.
Additionally, researchers in a 2014 study found that taking vitamins E and K together helped clear up acne. While using them on your skin isn’t the same, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of giving your skin a boost of vitamins.
Application: You can apply olive oil directly on your skin. However – this is important – you’ll want to skip the cheap olive oil, opting for extra virgin or organic olive oil. It is clean and safe for your skin. You can also buy a blend of olive oil and lavender, almond, or grape seed oil made specifically for skin treatments. It doesn’t take much.
A few drops will be enough to cover your face. You can also mix olive oil with other skin softening ingredients like honey or yogurt. However, if you are prone to acne, avoid olive oil because it can clog pores on some skin types.
Hey, most people have sunscreen in their homes – so we consider it a home remedy. But it is so important to your long-term physical health that it cannot be ignored. The sun is good for the skin, but that doesn’t mean it’s always good for your skin. Part of maintaining healthy skin is protecting it from UV damage. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
Just for reference, UVB rays cause sunburn, while UVA rays penetrate the skin and cause damage that increases wrinkles. A difficult pass.
Application: How you wear your sunscreen is almost more important than the type of sunscreen you wear.
- It takes about 2 tablespoons to cover your whole body. Make sure that you’re applying generously. Using too little sunscreen makes it less effective.
- Apply 15 to 30 minutes before going out into the sun.
- Reapply every 2 hours, sooner if you’re sweating or in the water.
- Don’t forget trouble spots like the part of your hair, the tips of your ears, and your neck.
8. Tea Bags for Under-Eye Skin
Most of the benefits of tea come from drinking it, not applying it to your skin. However, tea bags are the perfect size for cooling or heating to reduce swelling or soften the skin around the eyes.
Application: Steep 2 tea bags in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes, remove and discard the water. For cold compresses, place them in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. Then lie back, relax and place a tea bag over your eyes for a soothing compress.
Tea bags can be used as a warm compress to relieve symptoms of eye infections and other irritations. We are talking about a warm compress, not a hot one, so be sure to check the temperature of the tea bag before applying it to your sensitive skin.
9. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera has been used medicinally for centuries. You’ve probably used aloe vera gel to soothe a sunburn once or twice. But is it worth adding aloe vera to your regular skin care routine, or should you keep it on hand to keep your skin burning? (Good reason.)
Aloe vera’s moisturising properties can be used in place of face creams. It is full of vitamins A and E, antioxidants and health enzymes. Aloe vera penetrates quickly into the skin, so even people with oily skin can use it without breakouts. This healthy gel can also be used to treat rashes, frostbite, cuts and cold sores, so it’s worth keeping in your medicine cabinet.
Application: If you have an aloe vera plant, you can cut one of the leaves, extract the juice, and apply them directly to the skin. However, the easiest way to use it is to buy over-the-counter (OTC) aloe vera gel.
Aloe vera is combined with other ingredients such as calendula or echinacea for additional health benefits. But make sure you get one that lists only pure, natural ingredients. Some bottles are filled with fillers, including parabens (ick). If you’re looking for pure aloe, the ingredient list should say that and that alone.
10. Yogurt Face Mask
The smooth, silky texture of the yogurt just screams, “Put me in your face!” If your yogurt hasn’t been screaming for you lately, it’s time to rethink how to use this delicious food. It works as a natural moisturiser and it is easy to add other nutrients such as honey, aloe vera or turmeric.
You can try different yogurts until you find one that you like. For example, Greek yogurt is easier to add, especially if you add other ingredients. However, you should stick to unflavoured yogurt, regardless of the type and style you choose.
Application: Use only the yogurt you need to cover your face, between 1/3 and 1/2 cup. You can apply it directly to your face or add a teaspoon or two of honey, olive oil or turmeric for an extra boost.
11. Eat it and Wear it
Our list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention what you put into your body and what you put into it. A lot of your skin health depends on what you eat. See #1 on our list.
We have talked about vitamins A, D, E and K; antioxidants; and anti-inflammatory products that you can apply to your skin. However, these same foods are more powerful when you eat them as part of a healthy, regular diet.
Eating a balance of fruits, berries (they’re full of antioxidants), and vegetables keeps your skin cells nourished for a radiant and glowing appearance. But, remember those tea bags we told you could reduce swelling? If you actually drink the tea, you’ll also get a heavy dose of skin-boosting nutrients. You will need very little physical support if your pregnancy needs are met.
To be clear, we are not saying that you should eat everything on our list. Spread a good layer of sunscreen, baking soda (unless it’s made into something sweet), and aloe vera gel. Some things are not meant to go into the old space.
8 At-Home Skin Mistakes to Avoid
Speaking of things to avoid, there is a lot of information floating around the web about what you should and shouldn’t put on your skin. Although everyone’s skin is different, here are a few things to avoid when creating a skin care routine.
- Avoid lots of time spent uncovered and unprotected in the sun. Sun damage can lead to uneven pigmentation, premature ageing, and skin cancer. Screen up, cover-up, and remember to reapply.
- Watch out for lemon and other citrus fruits. Their high acidity is often used to treat acne. However, lemons and other citrus fruits contain a chemical called psoralen that makes the skin sensitive to UV rays for several hours and severe burns can occur. Citrus fruits can also cause scarring or pigment changes that last for months.
- Don’t overdo it. Using home or OTC skin remedies too often can irritate the skin, leading to breakouts, inflammation, or rashes. Most people only need to exfoliate once or twice a week unless you have oily skin. Wash your face in the morning, at night, and moisturise and apply sunscreen daily. Masks and extra washes are fun ways to boost your skin occasionally but shouldn’t become an everyday practice.
- Don’t ignore your skin type. Is your skin oily or dry? Is your t-zone (the forehead, nose, and chin) your problem area? Knowing your skin type can help you determine which types of skin treatments will work best. If you’re prone to breakouts, be careful of moisturisers that clog the pores like olive oil. If you’ve got t-zone or combination skin, you may need different treatments on your cheeks than you do on your forehead and nose.
- Hands off! Your hands carry dirt, bacteria, and oil that clog pores and lead to breakouts. Keep bacteria off by trying not touching your face and always washing your hands before applying any products to your skin.
- Watch out for toothpaste. This popular facial treatment can cause sores or ulcers if the toothpaste contains the wrong ingredients!
- Go easy on the cinnamon. The antibacterial properties of cinnamon can help treat acne. However, it can cause skin irritation and is an allergic reaction. don’t put it on your face without first doing a patch test or mixing it with honey, yogurt or something else that’s mild.