The fair glow of our skin is attributed to natural oils and pigments secreted by our body. These essential oils also protect our skin from external pollutants and the harmful effects of UV rays enabling us to maintain the natural glow. But our body needs the right nutrients and nourishment to regenerate these essential natural chemicals day after day; and when we don’t provide the necessary nutrients, our body loses the glow and we turn to artificial chemicals to get the skin glow back.
These cosmetics may provide a short time glow to the skin, but in turn rid it of the natural chemicals leaving it vulnerable. And besides, effective cosmetics are quite expensive too. So why waste money and time on artificial remedies when you have simple home remedies that can get the natural glow of skin back in an instant. The list comprises all the remedies you can try out at your home with inexpensive ingredients. Unlike cosmetics, you don’t have to try each and every one of them for better results. Stick to the combination that home remedy works perfect for you and get the instant glow naturally.
14 secret ingredients that unveil the natural glow of your skin
Papaya is known to possess a number of health benefits when taken internally, but it can also act as an effective moisturizer when used in conjunction with honey. Simply take a fairly large slice of papaya, deseed it, and mash the contents except the skin, till you get a semi liquid paste. Mix a tablespoon of honey with the preparation and apply it on your face or any part of your body as required. Let the paste get absorbed for 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with fresh cold water.
While the complete health benefits of turmeric are still being explored, it has been proven scientifically that turmeric can provide a definitive natural glow to the skin. To benefit, mix the right proportion of turmeric powder and lemon extract to get a paste. Apply the paste to create a mask and rinse off once it dries.
Tanning can significantly reduce your skin’s glow, the lycopene present in tomato helps to remove tan instantly. Blend 1 or 2 tomatoes, with skin, and a tablespoon of lemon juice to create a watery paste. You can also include gram flour into the mix to create a thicker paste and apply it on to the face. Let it moisturize for 20 minutes and rinse off.
4. Rose extracts
Filled with antioxidants, rose water can naturally cleanse your skin off all the pollutants and moisturize it, giving it a fresh glow. Simply dab a cotton into a bowl of rose water, and scrub your skin with the soaked cotton. Later rinse with cold water to feel a sense of freshness and clear instant glow on your skin.
5. Green tea extract
Green tea is not only a powerful antioxidant when consumed internally, but also a great moisturizer when applied externally as well. Blend two tablespoons of boiled green tea leaves, with a one tablespoon of brown sugar and fresh cream, and apply the paste onto the face. Allow it to dry and rinse off completely with cold water.
6. Coconut oil
It is one of the cheapest and effective natural moisturizers you will find in the market. Directly apply coconut oil to tanned and dull skin on a daily basis and rinse off with warm water without any soap or detergent. You should start to see the difference within a few days.
7. Banana and milk
Bananas contain the essential B vitamins that nourish dull and tired skin naturally. Mash and blend ripe bananas with milk to create a thick paste and apply it as a mask on to the skin regularly on a weekly basis. Let the paste get absorbed for some time and rinse it off to get fairer skin.
Bleaching is often necessary for lightening the skin, but when done with artificial chemicals the effects on skin can be quite detrimental. But potato on the other hand acts as a natural bleacher that effectively removes dark spots from the skin and also rejuvenates it. Simply place slices of water soaked potatoes on the skin and gently rub for few minutes to get salon like bleaching effect at home.
9. Olive oil
The favored oil of the Greeks needs no introduction here. The remedial effects of olive oil on skin have been known for centuries, and it still continues to be the secret behind the glowing skin of many. Apply olive oil on a daily basis near the cheekbones to get a natural pinkish glow to your skin. Also using olive oil regularly decreases skin ageing.
10. Cumin seeds
Cumin seeds have numerous medicinal values and aid greatly in digestion. But experience reveals that they can be beneficial to the skin as well. Boil 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds in water and let it cool down; rinse your face with the cumin water for a fairer and clearer complexion. Soak the seeds overnight in water for better results.
Probably the most effective and rather a little expensive home remedy – sandalwood is the ideal ingredient for getting an instant golden glow. Mix sandalwood oil or powder, with turmeric powder and create a paste and apply it on to the skin. Rub in circular motion and rinse off completely after about 15 minutes. Include almond oil to the preparation to get a moisturizing effect as well.
Yogurt provides both a cooling effect as well as a cleansing effect on the skin. Mix 2 tablespoons of yoghurt with 1 tablespoon of honey to create a thick paste, and apply it as a face mask. Let the preparation settle on the skin, and rinse off with cold water after 20 minutes. If you cannot get your hands on yoghurt, substitute with fresh cream raw milk. Use on a daily basis for maximum effect.
13. Jasmine flower extracts
The rejuvenating effects of Jasmine are little known, but nevertheless it is one of the most effective lightening agents available naturally. Crush fresh jasmine flowers and add a tablespoon of honey and yoghurt to create a thick paste. Apply the mask to the face and rinse off after 15 minutes with cold water.
14. Lemon extracts
Lemon’s natural acidic effects and it ability to mix with most natural ingredients make it one of the best cleansers for the skin. Simply mix equal proportions on lemon and honey and apply it on the skin and leave it for 15 – 20 minutes before cleansing. The preparation acts as an effective moisturizer and bleach.
Necessary precautions to prevent unwanted effects
1. When using fruits like Papaya or tomato, make sure they are deseeded.
2. Use turmeric in right proportions to prevent yellowing of skin.
3. Do not expose oiled skin to sun to prevent further tanning.
4. Refrain from applying lemon extract to open skin wounds and sensitive regions.
5. Do not use fresh flowers in preparations if you are allergic to pollen.
6. Use ripe bananas, preferably with black dots on the skin, for better sticking effect on the skin.
7. Use only cold water for rinsing to retain the natural benefits of the ingredients.