Who does not want to have glowing skin? We all do, but due to several factors, the natural glow of our skin fades away.
With time we also start getting prone to several skin problems. So in this article, I will talk about how to restore the glow of your skin naturally.
Before that let us analyse some factors that are making your skin look dull:
Polluted air contains a host of tiny particles, including the likes of dirt and sulphur dioxide, which create free radicals on your skin
It’s these free radicals that can damage collagen (cue premature wrinkles) and stimulate pigment production over time.
When your skin’s tone and texture are uneven, it diffuses light and looks dull.
Stress plays a large role in making your skin dull.
As being stressed causes an increase in cortisol( a steroid hormone which helps the body to regulate stress), which can affect blood flow to the skin and affect skin repair. And thus you eventually lose the glow of your skin.
3. Lack of Sleep
Sleep is the body's restorative time when your skin cells repair themselves and regenerate.
So if that period is shortened or altered, skin cells cannot perform at their optimum. And hence you start losing your natural glow.
4. Improper Diet
Well, the proper diet is the foundation stone to everything. So if your body is not getting sufficient nutrients it affects your skin too. It is very necessary to have sufficient Vitamin and protein intake in your food.
Because if these nutrients are missing in your diet, your skin does not get proper nourishment and thus can lose its natural oils. Therefore you get dull skin and other skin related problems.
Apart from these, there are certain other lifestyle-related problems which contribute to making your skin dull.
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How To Make Your Skin Glow Again?
Well, there is always a new beginning for everything. And even in terms of restoring glow in your skin, you can make and adopt certain changes in your lifestyle. And I am sure that if you maintain that regularly you will get a glowing skin.
1. Proper Diet
If you are craving to get glowing skin then make sure you take a balanced diet.
One of the best ways to get naturally glowing and healthy skin is to follow a fibre-rich nutritious diet. This is because skin impurities are one of the most common outcomes of digestive problems.
Follow a well-balanced diet of protein-rich foods like fish, white meat and brown rice combined with the goodness of vegetables and fruits containing vitamin C and you will be more likely to get glowing skin.
Water is a great skin-toner and will definitely be on the list of must-haves for healthy and glowing skin.
Water purifies your skin and gets rid of your body’s toxic impurities. Drink at least 2 litres of pure water a day to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.
Just get a good water purifier to prevent contaminants from entering your body, and you are all set!
3. Get Rid Of Stress
One of the most important things for glowing and healthy skin is to lead a life free of stress.
Excessive stress makes you dull from the inside and that reflects on your skin as well. Your skin looks dreary. This is because stress results in excessive oil production, which in turn results in whiteheads.
Relax and get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day and your skin will look better sooner than you think!
4. Proper Exercise
Physical activity is one of the key factors to get fresh and radiant looking skin.
Working out increases blood flow through your skin and also regulates oxygen flow, both of which are important for your skin cells.
Sweating helps in naturally detoxifying your body through the skin pores and is important for a good metabolism rate. It also helps you relax and lead a stress-free life which ultimately results in you having a glowing, healthy skin.
Skincare to some might only revolve around cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. However, most of us miss out on one of the most important procedures for glowing skin- exfoliation.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, and that is one of the main factors in giving your skin a fresh and vibrant look.
You can exfoliate your skin using some simple natural ingredients like oats, orange peel or lentil powder which remove all the impurities from your skin and give it a flawless look.
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Natural Remedies For Glowing Skin
1. Turmeric And Gram Flour Paste
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Gram flour gently cleanses the skin to make it clean and bright.
It eliminates the harmful free radicals that are damaging the skin. It also enhances collagen production and keeps your skin supple and glowing.
Take 1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon gram flour. Mix the turmeric powder with the gram flour. Add enough milk or water to this to form a paste.
Apply this paste on your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with plain water.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil locks the moisture in the skin and also nourishes it with essential fatty acids. It also protects your skin from UV radiation and enhances skin barrier function & hence it makes your skin glow.
Take any good natural coconut oil. Warm up the oil slightly and apply it to the face and neck. Massage for a few minutes in gentle circular motions.
Leave the oil on overnight. Do it at least twice a week.
[Also read: Coconut Oil: Much More Than A Hair-Oil]
3. Papaya, Honey And Multani Mitti Paste
Ripe papaya contains papain, an enzyme that acts as a mild exfoliator. This gently removes the top layer of dead cells on the face and makes your skin radiant and younger-looking.
Fuller’s earth or Multani mitti cleanses the pores of oils and grime, tones the skin, and improves the complexion.
Honey is a natural moisturizer and hydrates the skin. It also reduces the blemishes on the skin.
Take a ripe papaya, 1 teaspoon Fuller’s earth (Multani mitti) and 1 teaspoon honey. Take a ripe papaya and cut it into small pieces. Add the Fuller’s earth and honey to it. Mix all of them to get a paste-like consistency.
Apply it all over your face and neck. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
4. Honey Massage
Honey has soothing and humectant effects. It moisturizes your skin, retards wrinkle formation, and keeps it looking youthful.
Apply honey evenly on clean and damp skin. Massage it for a few minutes and leave it on for another five minutes. Wash the honey off with lukewarm water.
5. Massage With Olive Oil
Olive oil is an excellent moisturizer and imparts a natural shine to the skin.
The flavonoids and polyphenols present in it protect the skin from free radicals and prevent damage. It repairs the skin and makes it healthy and glowing.
Take a few drops of olive oil on your fingertips and apply it all over the face and neck. Massage in upward circles for two to three minutes, especially on your cheeks, nose, and forehead.
Now dip the towel in warm water, wring out the excess water, and place it on the face for 30 to 40 seconds. Dip the towel again in the warm water and gently wipe away the oil with it. Pat your skin dry with a paper towel. Do this every night before bed.
6. Cucumber And Yogurt Paste
Cucumber is cooling for the skin. It replenishes and rejuvenates dull skin with its antioxidants.
It also improves complexion and reduces swelling. Apart from that, yoghurt also helps in repairing dead skin cells and thus restores your glow.
Take 1 small cucumber and 2-3 tablespoons yoghurt. Grate the cucumber and add the yoghurt to it and mix it well.
Apply it to your face and neck. Leave it on for five minutes until it dries and wash it off with cold water.
7. Carrot Juice
The antioxidants present in carrots can help cleanse the body of free radicals, and this will start reflecting on your skin.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, which can not only enhance the skin’s texture and health but also improve your eyesight.
Take 4-6 carrots, small pieces of peeled ginger and water. Cut the ginger and carrot into pieces and extract their juice. Add some water to dilute the juice to the required consistency.
Drink this juice in the mornings regularly and see the difference.
8. Saffron And Honey Pack
Saffron has been used since ancient times to maintain clear and naturally glowing skin. Its antioxidants keep the skin healthy, and it also protects the skin from sun damage.
Honey moisturizes your skin, retards wrinkle formation, and keeps it looking youthful.
Take 1 tablespoon honey and a few strands of saffron. Soak the saffron strands in the honey for a couple of minutes. Apply this honey to the face and neck.
Rinse after 10 minutes. Do this at least thrice a week for better results.
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I hope the above-mentioned remedies would help you in getting a glowing skin. And with that don't forget to follow a healthy lifestyle because at the end of the day your lifestyle decides the fate of your skin.
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