Beauty Tips for Gorgeous Skin, Naturally
It is very important to give your skin ample time to restore itself and breathe. Ensure you always remove your makeup before bed as leaving it on can clog your pores and lead to acne or blemishes. In the absence of a makeup remover, you can use olive oil on a cotton ball and gently massage it on your face to cleanse it of all dirt and makeup. Be sure to exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead skin and get a healthy, glowing skin. You can use walnut powder paired with yoghurt to exfoliate as it has antioxidants that promote radiant skin. Don’t rush your skincare and skip applying sunscreen as exposure to the harmful UVA and UVB rays can lead to age spots, wrinkles and other skin-damaging conditions. Use at least SPF15-30 for everyday skincare.
To maintain healthy and radiant skin it is essential to have a nourishing and wholesome diet that’s rich in vitamin C, low in fats and sugar. It should include a good balance of fresh fruits, green vegetables, vitamins and proteins. Your diet should be low in sugar to keep the insulin levels down and you should avoid eating spicy, fermented food, fried items, salt and citrus fruits.
In addition, you should exercise regularly with an assortment of yoga, jogs and running activities included in to give your body the essential blood circulation and accelerate the cleansing process. In the event of you getting late, a brisk walk can also help.
Always be careful to indulge in skincare before and after a workout, by applying a toner before you head out to minimize oil production and then exfoliating your skin when you get back with olive oil or shea butter application to moisturize your skin. It is best to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night to prevent your skin and body from getting tired. You can also apply honey twice or thrice a week to naturally heal and soothe your skin.
It is essential to keep your skin and body hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water if not more every day along with a healthy inclusion of fruits and veggies with high water content. Some recommended fruits and vegetables are cucumber, watermelon, strawberry, orange & cantaloupe. Though most people naturally reach out for a cup of coffee, first thing in the morning, choosing a beverage that’s right for your system can change the way your skin and body respond pleasantly.
Add chlorophyll supplements to your routine every morning to hydrate, oxygenate and brighten your skin, for it helps drain any puffiness. It is good for cellulite and also stimulates the lymphatic system. You can find chlorophyll based supplements at local drugstores or health food stores. You can also include green juices in your diet which will have a lovely impact on your skin in a few days.
Use rose water to prevent and reduce eye puffiness in the morning and to spritz it through the day to naturally hydrate your skin and to maintain your pH balance. The best time to use rose water is right after a shower and before hitting the bed. You should avoid lotions that are strongly fragrant and use a gentle moisturizer for daily use.
Homemade Honey Face Packs
Honey and Papaya
Honey is a natural ingredient with huge benefits that needs no introduction. With ample skin aid benefits, it has been a staple inclusion in a skincare regime, especially in India for a long time now. There may be a variety of skincare products with honey included in them commercially, but to derive maximum benefits, it is best to add honey to different homemade remedial packs which are highly and comparatively more effective.
A Honey & Papaya Face Pack is an ultra-nourishing face pack that’s quite popular owing to the enzymes that exfoliate the skin, remove impurities and brighten the complexion. Packed with skin friendly nutrients and vitamins, Papaya penetrates the skin deeply and makes it healthy from within, not to forget the added advantage of honey in the pack.
For this healthy combination you’d require a medium size papaya piece mashed well and mixed with a tablespoon of honey. Apply the mix to your face and neck, leaving it for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off for a beautiful and glowing skin! The honey and papaya face pack can be applied once a week for best results.
Honey and Orange
Honey can be applied by anyone, irrespective of their age or gender thanks to the presence of only natural ingredients, however, it is important to choose a pack that’s appropriate for a skin type as well as one that supports the skin requirement. While honey has an abundance of benefits for both skin and hair, it is also rich in vitamins and other nutrients that nourish the skin from deep within, improving its overall health.
Oranges contain Vit.C which improves the skin’s texture and works as a toner to cool down the skin, they also have beta carotene which gets converted to Vit. A and that, in turn, strengthens the protective layers of your skin on the outside, reducing breakouts and prevent scarring.
For an Orange and Honey face mask, you need 4 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of squeezed orange juice, apply and leave it on for at least 20 minutes and then rinse it off.
Honey and Egg
Even though it is safe to use Honey face packs, it is best to limit their use once in 4-5 days. Most of us face large open pores situation which can be quite unappealing and increase skin breakouts. Using a face mask that combines egg white with honey can help you get rid of pores naturally leaving behind, smooth, tighter and firmer skin. Egg contains enzymes that smoothen out fine lines, wrinkles, etc.
To make a honey and egg mask, beat an egg white well and mix it with ½ tbsp. of honey and then apply it uniformly with a brush all over your face and neck. Leave it be for about ½ hour and wash it off gently with lukewarm water. In case you have marks and blemishes, you can some lime juice to the pack as well.
Honey and Tomato
Honey serves as an excellent humectant that not only moisturizes the skin well but also retains ample water content within it, regulating the pH balance. Its antioxidant properties help protect the skin from the damaging impact of free radicals owing to the sun’s UV rays, bad food habits and environmental pollutants.
A Honey and Tomato face pack can clear your skin up rather well since tomato has excellent brightening and lightening properties that treat the unappealing tan along with adding a healthy glow to the skin. Tomato’s mild astringent properties help get a clean and healthy glow to the skin, and the presence of Vit.C improves the texture of the skin by repairing it. Antioxidants like lycopene and beta carotene restore your skin’s natural glow.
To use this healthy face pack, mix a tbsp. of seedless tomato pulp with a tbsp. of honey and apply the thick paste evenly to your face. Leave it be for about 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Pat dry to get a tan-free, softer and brighten skin. This face pack can be applied twice a week.
Honey and Almond
An excellent antimicrobial agent that not only cleanses the skin from deep within but also keeps it protected from harmful microbes, honey’s anti-inflammatory properties soothe the skin by treating skin irritants efficiently and heal scars by promoting the production of collagen in the body. Suitable for all skin types, honey can heal all kinds of skin conditions naturally and when combined with the goodness of almonds, it can nourish the skin cells, hydrate them and enhance the overall skin condition.
For a honey and almond face pack, mix a tbsp. of honey with 2 tbsp of fresh almond paste, and spread it evenly all over your facial skin. Leave it to dry for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off gently with lukewarm water. If you don’t have almonds, you can replace them with almond oil in the pack.
Honey and Sea Salt
Skin exfoliation can be tricky as a scrub if used inappropriately can damage the upper layer or rip off its natural moisture. Sea salt is excellent for exfoliating the skin and remove all grime, dead skin and impurities and scrubbing improves the circulation to the skin with an enhanced and appropriate spread of nutrients to your skin. A combination of sea salt and honey can not only help you get rid of dead skin cells from the skin surface but also hydrate the skin well to give it a youthful & healthy glow.
A Sea Salt and Honey mask just requires a tbsp. of sea salt with two tbsp. of honey, and then a gentle scrubbing action in small circular motions. The scrub pack should be left for about 5 minutes and then washed off in plain water.
Honey and Lemon
Pigmentation, acne and pimples never fail to leave behind ugly scars, spots and marks on the skin and a Honey & Lemon Face Pack can help address these issues effectively. An excellent combination, this face pack helps dry out any existing acne and blemish without being overly harsh on the skin, moisturize the skin and prevent any new acne formation, while the lemon juice gets rid of acne-causing bacteria.
This face pack can be used twice or thrice a week. In the absence of lemon, you can use any other citrus fruit like a mandarin or orange, as being naturally bleaching agents, they can help lighten the marks. The pack should be left on for about 20 minutes and then rinsed off with cold water.
Honey and Turmeric
When it comes to honey, you can bid goodbye to fairness creams! Honey can restore beautiful radiant skin and help you minimize and eliminate skin damage caused by environmental pollutants, excessive sun exposure, stress and a busy lifestyle. Turmeric also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that provide a natural glow and luster to your skin.
For a Honey and Turmeric face pack, mix a tbsp. of organic turmeric powder with a tablespoon of honey, warm it up a bit and then apply it evenly to your facial skin. Rinse it off after 15 minutes with cold water. This face pack can help remove unappealing tan, blemishes and scars, leaving behind a healthy glow. The addition of glycerine to the pack can help increase its moisturizing ability significantly.
Honey and Banana
Banana is a rich source of potassium, moisture and antioxidants that can not only fight wrinkles, control sebum production and acne but also leave your skin supple, soft and naturally radiant. A ripe banana makes for an excellent ingredient to reduce blemishes and induce a beautiful glow, hydrating the skin and making it more resilient.
All you need is a banana that’s mashed nicely, lump-free and smooth along with a tbsp. of honey mixed well to form a thick and sticky paste. Spread it evenly over your facial skin and leave it be for ½ hour before rinsing it off. You can also add a tbsp. of yoghurt to the face pack.
Honey and Gram Flour
A mix of honey and gram flour works wonderfully in reducing spots and brightening the skin. Gram flour cleanses the skin and unclogs while honey moisturizes the skin. Together, they help control excess sebum production on your facial skin.
A homemade face pack of gram flour and honey is one of the oldest natural beauty combination in India for radiant and healthier skin. All you need is a 2 tablespoons of honey with a tablespoon of gram flour and blended well into a thick paste. Apply it uniformly to your facial skin and allow it to dry for about 15 minutes, then rinse it with cold water.
Bonus Tips: Natural Remedies for Your Beauty Problems
Owing to environmental allergens, an unhealthy lifestyle & diet and commercial beauty products with chemicals, the skin goes through unexplainable irritations and damages. However, this can be undone with a variety of natural ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen! Here are a few tips to help you achieve your natural beauty without putting a hole in your pocket!
- Sun Tan – Most of the time a sunscreen lotion doesn’t do much to save the skin from sun damage. You can correct it by applying some yogurt on the affected skin, let it stay for 30 minutes and then rinse it off. Yogurt is rich in lactic acid and serves as an excellent anti-tan agent. Combined with egg and honey it can clear skin tanning completely in just 20 minutes.
- Skin Inflammation – A salt water solution can help reduce puffiness and swelling. Just soak a towel in the solution and leave it on your face for 10 minutes to give your face a refreshing look.
- Fuller & Sexy Lips – To make your lips look fuller and sexier, apply any cosmetic oil like almond oil, peach oil or even a lip balm and then with a soft toothbrush, rub it gently on your lips for a minute.
- Moisturized & Glowing Skin – You can massage your face with olive oil to have a cleaner, soft and supple skin. To begin with steam your face and then massage the oil gently into your face for about 7-10 minutes. You can repeat this every 4-5 days.
- Dark Circles & Under Eye Bags – Use a teaspoon of baking soda in hot water or tea, stirred well and then soak a cotton pad in the mix to apply it under your eyes. Leave it be for 10-15 minutes and wash the residue off, apply a moisturizer thereafter. A gentle process you can do this every day.
- Hair Removal – Use 1 tsp of baking soda with a tsp of ground oatmeal and a tablespoon of water to get rid of ingrown hair. Apply the thick paste and leave it be for 5 minutes and then wash it off with hot water.
Honey - From Kitchen to Skincare!
Honey, the essential kitchen ingredient should also be in your daily skincare. Full of antioxidants, it is also anti-bacterial which makes it ideal even for acne-prone skin. It also opens up the pores and clarifies the skin. You can even wash your face using honey as a cleanser. Such great is honey at unclogging the pores. Next time, you are at a pinch and wondering about a face mask, reach for your bottle of honey.