Having great skin requires care, attention and love. If we pollute it with junk or impurities, we cannot expect it to show good results. But a clear and glowing face is an investment worth your time, right?
Here are a few practices you can indulge in at your own time, in the comfort of your own home. These methods are bound to bear fruit if practiced effectively and frequently:
- Ice treatment
Dab a few ice cubes on your face, wrapping it up in a clean, cotton cloth. Doing so will not only shrink your pores but it also reduces puffiness, refreshes your face giving it a slight rosy glow. This treatment is perfect for summers and humid climates.
- Facial Steam
Steam machines are now readily available in the market but in case you do not want to spend money on these machines, filling a big bowl with hot water can help you achieve the same results. Keep this steaming bowl half a hand away from your face and let the steam generated from it caress your face gently. This treatment is very effective for acne-related problems as it thoroughly cleanses the skin, boosts the circulation of blood and hydrates the skin. It also boosts the development of collagen.
With the increasing use of cosmetic products, the skin starts to lose its natural allure and glow. These products take away the moisture and essential oils produced by your skin, leaving it dry and dull. Cleansing the skin helps keep these accumulated residues at bay, giving your skin plenty of opportunity to breathe freely. Making these cleansers at home is pretty simple where you can utilize your kitchen supplies. For instance, using yogurt or dahi as a cleanser is very effective as it contains lactic acid which encourages your skin to get rid of dead cells through exfoliation. The protein present in yogurt helps tighten your skin by reducing pore size as well.
To help balance out the pH levels of your skin, toners come into the picture. These toners can be made at home or they can be purchased over-the-counter. Toners help to detoxify your skin and make it look brighter, in the short run. In the long run, toners help reduce the permanence of the acne scars or blemishes and diminish spots as well. To make toners at home, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is the best solution. Dilute one tablespoon of ACV with three tablespoons of water and apply it on your face with a cotton swab. Due to its acidic nature, this might make your skin burn/itch a little but that will not last for long and will not have any harmful effect on your skin. Select a good ACV, made from natural ingredients, for best results.
Just as internal hydration of the body is important by drinking enough water, so is the external hydration of the skin. Here is where moisturizers come into the picture. Revitalizing dull and dry skin by using effective moisturizers on a regular basis is a practice that you must make a part of your daily life. It protects the skin by acting as an extra layer of shield against dirt and pollution. Massaging your skin (face and body) with moisturizers right before you sleep is a good choice as it boosts the circulation of blood and induces a relaxed state of sleep. You can whip up an easy DIY moisturizer like an Aloe Vera Moisturizer. All you need to do is mix some aloe vera gel with one tablespoon of coconut or olive oil and massage your skin with this mixture after cleansing it. Aloe Vera can help lighten the complexion apart from tightening your pores. Using a natural aloe vera gel, instead of one loaded with chemicals, will be better in the long run.
It is quite alarming that a number of people do not hesitate to walk out of their homes without applying a decent coating of sunblock, considering how hazardous UV Rays are. Brown spots and pigmentation have become a common phenomenon, thanks to the depleting ozone layer (a result of global warming). In this scenario, using sunscreen holds dire importance as it helps block these rays and keeps the skin appearing youthful for longer. The skin becomes less blotchy and the visibility of red veins diminishes, making the skin less likely to develop premature signs of ageing.
Following these simple steps can display marked changes in your skin’s health and appearance. And the simplicity and low-cost nature of these practices make them more likely to be maintained over a period of time. Natural options over cosmetic treatments is and will always be the best choice.