Clear skin – the ultimate goal for so many women. Cosmetic companies manufacture a wide range of products that are supposed to give cleaner, more youthful and radiant skin.
The truth is that many natural substances and extracts deliver much better results. So, what are some of the best ways to get beautiful skin naturally?
① Lemon Juice
If you’re looking for ways to get clear skin, lemon juice is an excellent place to start. Lemons contain citric acid which kills bacteria-causing acne. It may have a stinging effect, so apply fresh lemon juice gingerly to your skin, and even mix in a few tablespoons of water to dilute the acid.
To lighten dark spots and acne marks, dab on fresh squeezed lemon juice, or apply organic grass-fed yogurt to your entire face and neck (leave on for 10 minutes) to lighten and brighten your skin.
② Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is becoming a new fad for both skin care and hair, and rightfully so! The natural oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and can feel super-soothing on your skin.
It is also claimed to work just as well as prescription-strength medicines, but at a fraction of the cost.
To heal a pimple quickly, apply 100% tea tree oil with a cotton swab directly onto the pimple every few hours, and apply vitamin E oil on the spot at night, about 1 hour before bedtime.
③ Change Your Diet
Cutting out refined sugars and processed foods can help to change your skin and get fewer breakouts. This makes so much sense since processed, junky foods release toxins into the body and don’t give you nearly as many nutrients as fresh, organic food.
Remember to eat clean (think fruits and veggies and lean meats) and in turn, reap the benefits of clean skin!
Create a paste of salt and water and apply to any unwanted breakouts using a Q-tip. Salt is a natural styptic that helps seal pimples so no more dirt or bacteria can enter.
It also helps dry-up pimples, making them noticeably smaller in a matter of days.
⑤ Aloe Vera
We all know that aloe helps heal our sunburn and reduces the redness it causes, so just think how helpful aloe will be on a big red zit. Aloe is a natural anti-inflammatory and is also anti-bacterial.
The best form of aloe to use is in its completely natural state—look in to getting an aloe plant and use the fresh, gooey aloe that comes from it.
Aloe gel sold in stores is not as natural and won’t have as good acne-fighting properties.
⑥ Ice, Ice Baby
Ice helps to constrict your blood vessels, which will help to reduce the size of a pimple, especially if you have just popped one (which is definitely NOT recommended as it can rupture your skin and cause scarring).
Ice will help to heal a pimple and reduce redness.
This one sounds like a given, but often times we are not getting enough water on a daily basis. Water helps to flush out the toxins in your system and keep your skin hydrated.
Prevent and eliminate blackheads, dry skin, and give your skin a dewy look just by drinking at least 2 liters (1/2 gallon) of filtered water per day — sounds like a lot, but it will do the trick!
⑧ Start Taking Evening Primrose Oil.
Evening primrose oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and has a particular affinity for treating skin conditions, from acne and rosacea to eczema and psoriasis.
In eczema and rosacea, evening primrose helps eliminate redness by reducing inflammation.
In acne cases, it’s been shown to dilute sebum, reducing the risk of pores becoming clogged. It is commonly used for hormonal acne when bumps appear on the chin and jawline.
⑨ Stock Up with Turmeric
Turmeric is another skin-care staple which can be taken internally and applied topically. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness and eliminate the formation of pimples.
In Chinese medicine, turmeric “quickens the blood” and is used to treat the tiny blood vessels that appear as spider-like webs seen in rosacea.
Internally, mix 1 teaspoon a day into food, or look for capsules of turmeric or its active ingredient, curcumin. Avoid internal use if you have a history of gall stones or are on blood-thinning medications.
Twice a week, turmeric can be mixed with water to use as a face mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with a gentle cleanser.
Be careful to cleanse thoroughly so that your skin doesn’t turn orange!
The two ingredients you’ll need are your baby face wash (but I like to use the coconut oil) and baking soda. Baking soda is wonderful as a polishing agent.
It’s tiny grains act like very fine sandpaper, helping to polish skin and remove those dead skin cells that are covering new, beautiful skin.
Not only does it help slough off dead skin, but it does it very gently so you don’t damage your skin. Once you eliminate that dead skin, you eliminate sun damage, dullness, and other skin problems.
It even will help to reduce problems with blackheads and whiteheads.
To make this DIY skin polish, take a bit of your favorite face wash or coconut oil and put it right in your hand. Add a bit of baking soda and mix together.
Add baking soda until you have a nice paste. Apply to your skin, using your hands in circular motion and massage it gently into your skin. Rinse and apply moisturizer.
Sometimes trying to get clear skin can cost an arm and a leg, but these natural remedies cost very little and are proven to help zap those zits.
It’s such a relief to know that you can just search your own cabinets at home when you feel a breakout trying to wreak havoc on your skin.
Natural is always a great way to go since these options are less harmful to your skin. Do you have any natural pimple remedies? Please share!