Must-Do Easy Glowing Skin Treatments for a Head-Turning Look
Feeling like you need some ‘you’ and ‘beauty’ time? Here are a few must-do easy glowing skin treatments for a head-turning look that no woman can do without.
Have you ever thought about how much money you actually spend on cosmetics and cosmetic treatments in a month? How about in a year? Not to mention the appointment scheduling in advance, because your beautician who also happens to be the best in town is always full, which given your overloaded agenda is not at all a good match and chances are that you either cancel it or postpone your beautifying sessions on and on. And so it goes round and round in circles! Well, you can forget about that hassle, we have the solution for you! Are you ready to work on your head-turning look?
Baking soda magic mix (for exfoliating and moisturizing)
If you mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of honey until it becomes like a paste (you can add a little more honey if it’s too thick) and massage it onto clean skin, you will notice miracles do happen. After massaging the magic mix on your face, you need to let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse it off. We have all experienced the effects of the cold in winter and drying of the skin. This baking soda and honey mixture together help moisturize your skin and work miracles on sensitive skin. Baking soda supports natural skin exfoliation, while honey nourishes and softens the dermis while cleansing your pores.
Aztec Secret Mask
If you want to get rid of blackheads, 1 tablespoon of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Bentonite Clay will do the trick (you can find it in health stores). It’s not expensive at all (despite its sophisticated name) and it has a lifelong effect. Effective as it is, this clay cannot work wonders alone, but if you mix it with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar you will be more than happy with the results. You need to apply this secret mix in thick layer onto your skin and allow it 20 to 30 minutes to sit. When it becomes like plaster (you will feel it too), rinse it off with plain water. Your skin may be red for about 30 minutes after, but don’t be alarmed, it only means it worked! Ideally, do this before bedtime.
DIY Treatment for a Smooth and Silky Body
Aren’t we all craving for a soft and silky baby skin? Well, the secret may not be too far away from your cupboard. Mix ¼ cup of coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of honey (ideally raw) and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Scrub this mixture on your body from head to toes after a shower, especially on your feet, knees, elbows and dry areas. After that, rinse off gently and then massage coconut oil (1 tablespoon) on your dry areas for a perfect, smooth, baby-like skin before drying yourself.
Honey seems to be omnipresent in skin treatments and deservedly so! Apart from its nourishing properties, honey also acts a natural bleacher and when combined with lemon, it makes your skin glow. Mix 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of organic honey and stir thoroughly until the honey is completely dissolved. Moisten your face and gently apply the honey-lemon mixture and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. The citric acid in lemon boosts the bleaching action of honey, bringing back your silky shine. After the 15-20 minutes have passed, wash your face thoroughly with cold water.
Oats are not only good for your tummy but also for your skin, working perfectly as a scrubber that helps restore your natural skin glow and smoothness. Add a little bit of warm water to a ½ cup of oats and let it sit for 5 minutes. The water will turn the oats into a paste. Apply it on your face and rub it gently into the skin in a circular motion. Insist on and around the nose and generally in the T-zone of your face (forehead, nose and around the nose, chin) to remove the blackheads. Keep doing this for about 15 minutes. Then, wash it off with cold water. Now take a look in the mirror! Isn’t your skin fair?
Without turning your kitchen into a beauty salon, you can start looking at it differently as of now and treat your pantry as a cornucopia of plenty that provides food both for your stomach and your skin! The next best thing you may or may not have known about is a tomato. This red and juicy veggie is rich in natural bleaching agents, which also helps brighten the skin. Take a tomato, peel off the skin and rub the pulp thoroughly on your face. Allow it 15 minutes to sit, and then rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Ice Cube Trick
Yes, the ice cube does the trick! Rubbing an ice cube on your face improves blood circulation. Looking forward to a special date or party? Rub an ice cube on your face before applying makeup. It will help the makeup last longer and, well, not melt down your face.
If the ice cube alone sounds too rough for you, put a few drops of your moisturizer on the ice cube and massage it gently on your face. This will freshen up your skin and make it glow… instantly!
Papaya & Honey
Mash a piece of papaya with a fork. Mix it with 1 tablespoon of honey. Stir thoroughly to dissolve the honey. Moisten your face and apply the papaya-honey mix. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Grind some rice (a handful) until it turns into powder. It should have the texture of a smooth, white scrub. Mix it with just enough milk to make a paste. Apply this paste onto your moistened face and scrub for 15-20 minutes. It will fall as you rub, let it all fall and then wash your face with cold water. Rice acts like an exfoliator, removing all the dead cells. It also improves blood circulation. In short, it removes blackheads and restores your skin’s healthy glow.
Green apple is a magnificent ‘glowing agent.’ Apply the pulp of 1 green apple onto your skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. This has a double effect: restores your skin’s healthy shine and improves blood circulation.
Soak a bit of Fuller’s Earth in water and let it stand for 10 minutes. Mix it to make a paste and apply it on your skin. Let it sit for a few minutes, but don’t let it dry, rinse it off while it’s still wet. This will make your skin brighter. Fuller’s Earth is known for its bleaching and degreasing properties. Therefore, it works exceptionally well with blemishes and excess sebum. So, if your skin is naturally a bit oily, Fuller’s earth is a must-have beauty ingredient.
A lot of buzzes has been created around olive oil and not at all by chance. Not only is it a cookery staple but it has been used on the body for its beautifying, skin nourishing effects since ancient times. Queen Cleopatra herself used it after every bath as a skin moistener.
Only a few drops of olive oil applied on your cheekbones (where you usually apply the blush) will give you an instant shine! More exotic oils like coconut or jojoba oil have the same miraculous effect. So, if you have a taste for exoticism, you can use these with no restrictions.
Seriously, sugar? Yes, it works! Mix a little bit of sugar with lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil in a bowl. Stir well to combine all the ingredients and apply it on your clean face. Scrub it all over your face for about 10-15 minutes, insisting a bit more on the T-zone. While sugar scrubs off the dead cells and removes the black heads, the olive oil moistens and moisturizes the skin, and the lemon juice removes any blemishes. Feeling glowing and refreshed?
Who says spices can’t make your skin glow? It’s time to prove them wrong! Turmeric, a tasty and healthy spice, rich in antioxidants works marvels on your skin! Mix a little bit of turmeric (otherwise your face will turn yellow) with lemon juice. Mix well to combine and apply on your face. Let it dry and wash thoroughly with cold water. While the lemon juice reduces blemishes and tones the skin, turmeric helps reduce acne and helps heal any scars.
2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder (available in health stores) mixed with rose water will give your skin the healthy shine you’re longing for. Mix well to form a paste and apply it on your face. Allow it about 10-15 minutes to sit, and then rinse off with cold water and pat dry. You can apply a mild moisturizer afterward (recommended especially if your skin is normally dry).
Banana & Oil Facial Treatment
Rich in potassium, vitamins E and C, banana nourishes, moisturizes and makes the skin glow, beauty experts say. Take a ripe banana, mash it with a fork and mix it well with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil (or vegetable oil) until it all becomes a paste. Apply it to your face and let it sit for 20-22 minutes. Then wash it off thoroughly with water.
Eggs & Honey Skin Glow
We know about honey, but eggs? New research shows that egg whites have the wondrous property of firming skin, reducing inflammation and redness (rosacea) and curb outbreaks. With this in mind, take 1-2 eggs, break them and separate the whites from the yolks. This mask only uses the whites! Mix the whites well with 1 tablespoon of honey until the honey is fully incorporated. Apply it on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. You will love what you see in the mirror! A brighter, glowing, firmer skin!
This skin glowing treatment unleashes the power of curry! Mix curry leaves powder with Fuller’s Earth. Apply this ‘pixie dust’ on your face and leave it for a few minutes. It will reduce your acne (if you have it), remove residue accumulated in the skin and leave your skin smooth, pimple-free and glowing.
Gram Flour, Milk & Lemon Juice
Mix 2 tablespoons of gram flour with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of milk. Apply on your face and let it dry. Rinse off after 15-20 minutes with warm or lukewarm water. This easy skin glowing treatment suits all types of skin. Try it and shine!
Yogurt & Honey
2 tablespoons of yogurt mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey moisturize your skin and make it fairer. You need to mix well to incorporate the honey completely. Then apply to skin and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse off with normal water afterward. You can use this mask on a daily basis.
As a variation to this, you can use 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of milk (raw, unboiled) and 1 tablespoon of gram flour. Apply this on your face daily and you will not believe your eyes what happens. You will shine, and instantly!
Mix the pulp of 1 papaya with avocado and cucumber, add 2 tablespoons of cream to make it all a paste and apply it on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes. Then, wash it off with plenty of lukewarm water. This fruity mix will bring back the glow on your skin and nourish it at the same time. However, if your skin is oily, stay away from a cream. Use Fuller’s Earth instead.
Oatmeal & Cinnamon Scrub
While oatmeal is a perfect cleanser, cinnamon is extremely effective against acne, by helping bring oxygen back to the surface of the dermis and clear clogged pores.
Mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with a ½ tablespoon of cinnamon powder and 1-2 tablespoons of milk. Stir well until all the ingredients form a paste-like mass. Massage it gently like a scrub in circular movements. Leave it for 15 minutes on your face and rinse off with plenty of water and pat dry.
Tea leaves are excellent antioxidants and perfect skin cleansers. Take a kettle and fill it with water for one mug and bring it to a boil. Then throw 1 tablespoon of tea leaves in the boiling water and let it boil for a few minutes. When you notice that the water in the kettle has become darker, remove the kettle from heat and let it cool down. Remove 2 tablespoons of tea water and mix with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of cream. Massage it gently on your face and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. If your skin is oily, it’s best to avoid cream and use Fuller Earth’s instead as above.
Unlike the other fruit or veggie-based masks, this easy glowing skin treatment uses the peel. Grind a few pieces of fresh orange peel until they turn into a paste. Mix it with a few drops of rosewater and apply it on your face. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. You will get radiant skin in no time!
Almond Magic Pack
Mix 1 tablespoon of almonds with 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of oats and you will see magic at its best! Apply this mixture on your face and leave it for 15 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. The almonds in this pack boost the effect of honey and yogurt, helping restore your skin’s healthy suppleness.
Milk & Lemon
Mix 1 tablespoon of milk with a few drops of lemon juice. Massage it gently on your face and neck. This will make your skin softer within minutes! Wash off the mask after 20 minutes. To boost the effects of milk and lemon, you can also throw in a pinch of turmeric.
Otherwise, feel free to use a few strings of saffron and soak them in 2 tablespoons of milk cream overnight. Mix the ingredients the next morning and apply the magic potion on your skin as above. Saffron will give your skin a healthy glow, while milk will brighten it.
Who would’ve thought that the humble potato is good for your skin? Beauty experts suggest that potato helps remove dark circles, fights wrinkles, eliminates dark spots, heals sunburns, brightens skin and rids your dermis of dead cells. These are good enough reasons to make you take an unpeeled potato slice and soak it in water for 5 minutes. Rub it on your face and you will notice the results in seconds!
Cucumber, Lemon & Turmeric
Juice 1 or ½ cucumber (depending on size) and mix on a tablespoon of cucumber juice with a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a dash or two of turmeric powder. Mix all the ingredients well and apply to your face and neck. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse the mask off. Apply moisturizer afterward (not if you have oily skin).
Tomato, Oatmeal & Yogurt
Mix 1 tablespoon of tomato juice with 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal. Stir until fully combined. Apply the mixture onto face and neck and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse off with water and pat dry. Apply moisturizer (optional).
Get some fresh jasmine flowers and crush them. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of sugar over them. Mix all the ingredients well together and apply to face and neck. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water. This mask will lighten your skin color and restore its natural glow.
Mash 2 figs and mix them with just enough milk to turn them into a paste. Gently rub on your face and neck for 1-2 minutes. Wash off with water and pat dry. The vitamins and minerals found in figs, as well as the omega 3- fatty acids, help moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.
Milk can work miracles even on its own! Not only does it lighten and soften the skin, but it also helps de-tan. Wipe your face and neck with full-fat milk twice daily or simply splash some cold milk on your face and pat dry. It will do the magic!
Avocado is highly recommended for those of you who have dry skin and experience all the associated discomfort. Mash 1 avocado and apply it onto clean skin. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with milk and then water.
Dos to Get the Glow on Your Skin
Drink plenty of water (8 big glasses a day or more)
Eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can and sip on fresh juices
Sleep 8 hours per night
Avoid using too much makeup (the parabens and other chemical compounds found in cosmetics are damaging to the skin)
First, test your beauty products on your hand before applying it to your face (or rest of the body). If it feels stingy, don’t even think about it!