Skin Beauty: How to make your skin glow

Skincare tips: How to take care of your skin
EJ
Emeh Joy

Most of us love being on the moving- going out, travelling, visiting people which is fantastic. But do you know one of the things it can cost you is your skin? We tend to neglect our skin despite it being the largest organ of the body.

The air conditioning from the long hours of flights can leave your skin dry and itchy, the constant exposure to harsh environments, not to talk of what the sun does to your skin. Damn, you need to take care of that skin, it is high time you do.

When you start taking care of your skin both from within and on the surface, you are going to notice a massive difference in the outlook. Who wouldn't want glowing and shiny skin, the type that pops? I bet no one so; we might as well get on with how to get it all done.

Kitchen ingredients for skincare

Because I am literally scared of some of the skin products sold out there, the type of ingredients they made of and what those ingredients can do to my skin, I always preach going for natural skin care products or ingredients. And, there is no better place to find these ingredients than in the home.

Making skincare products from your kitchen ingredients

You'd be surprised the level of glow your skin can get just by utilizing these kitchen ingredients. They are products of nature and contain just about the right vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs to rejuvenate, hydrate and keep it protected.

Let's see some of the kitchen ingredients for skin treatment and how to use them.

Cucumber

If you want to retain your glow, cucumber is the ingredient for you. It has cooling properties which make it act as a natural skin toner. It can enhance a dull skin complexion and also has hydrating properties. If yours is dry skin, it can help keep it hydrated.

What you need:

  • 1 medium-sized cucumber
  • 2-3 tablespoons yoghurt

What you should do:

  • Blend the cucumber. Mix it up with the yoghurt and beat well
  • Apply the mixture to your face and neck region
  • Leave it on the face to dry off for about five minutes before washing off with cold water
  • Repeat the procedure every 3 to 4 days

Lemons

Lemons contain a substantial amount of vitamin C, which does a great job of making your skin glow. It naturally removes tan, makes your skin look brighter and radiant.

Lemon for beauty and skincare

Because lemon is also acidic, it performs excellent as an exfoliation agent. This means applying it can help remove all the dead skin cells and dirt that might have accumulated on the skin surface. The process of making lemon scrub is not a complicated one.

What you need:

  • 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons of sugar

What you should do:

  • Mix up the sugar into the lemon juice and the poly the mixture on the face
  • Scrub the applied mixture in a circular motion and leave it on for about 10 minutes
  • Rinse off with warm water afterwards
  • Do this at least once a week

Turmeric

Some of our grandmothers added this ingredient to their homemade face packs. This is because they too must have noted the great magic it does to the skin. It has anti-bacterial properties; thus, it is effective against acne and other inflammatory signs like redness.

Turmeric for beauty and skincare

It helps even out uneven skin tone. It also has antioxidant properties; thus, eliminating free radicals that are harmful to the skin. It enhances the formation of collagen, therefore, keeping the skin firm.

What you need:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 4 tablespoons gram flour
  • Water or milk

What you should do:

  • Mix the turmeric powder and gram flour
  • Add some water or milk to make a paste
  • Apply the paste mixture to your face and neck
  • Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with water
  • Do this once or twice a week

Green tea

Do you know there is a secret beauty tip lying in your green tea? Green tea is protective against the UV rays from the sun. It prevents premature skin ageing as well as reduces inflammation. Asides applying it on the face, the leaves can be used as a facial steamer.

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon green tea leaves
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

What you should do:

  • Boil the green tea leaves in water and allow to impart colour before bringing down
  • Allow it to get cool and then add two teaspoons to a bowl
  • Add the brown sugar and honey and mix
  • Apply the mixture on the face and scrub in circular motion
  • rinse your face with cold water after that
  • Repeat the procedure once or twice a week

How to use as a facial steamer

  • Boil some of the leaves in water and pour out in a bowl
  • Place a towel over your head and bring your face close to the bowl
  • Allow your skin to absorb the steam for about 10 minutes before washing off

Honey

Honey is a cool, natural moisturizer. It has soothing effects on the skin and is a humectant (keeps the skin moist). It works against wrinkle formations (anti-ageing) and keeps you looking youthful.

Honey for beauty and skin care

What you need:

  • Honey

What you should do:

  • Wash up or clean your skin, then apply honey on the damp skin
  • Massage on the skin for some minutes and leave it on for about 5 minutes
  • Wash off with lukewarm water

These are just a small percentage of the natural ingredients you can use on your skin and how to use them. There are quite a handful of other natural skincare ingredients you can use or mix up at home such as the rose water, olive oil, cod liver oil, ubtan (prepared with lentils, oatmeal, flour, turmeric, almonds, rosewater) etc.

How to take care of your skin in and out

All this while, it seems we are concentrating just on the face and the things to apply to it, but what about other body parts? Surely, the skin is not just confined to the face.

I know most people concentrate on the face because that is the first part of the body people see when they look at you and probably the part that gets much of the attention, but other parts of the body shouldn't be left behind. You should glow everywhere, both in and out.

Be wary of what you eat

You must have heard the saying, "You are what you eat". Oh well, that pretty much plays out in this case. You need to understand that the food you eat affects your overall health, appearance and energy as well.

Eating healthy for a radiant skin

Stuff up with a variety of superfoods such as raw nuts, salmon, berries, legumes, quinoa, broccoli, green tea etc. as this is one of the best ways of getting your skin to glow.

Vitamin C too is much needed as it provides great antioxidant properties and helps to maintain a robust immune system. The good news is that it can easily be found in lots of vegetables and fruits talk of papaya, blueberries, oranges, strawberries, kiwi etc.

You should also avoid the sugary or refined meals as they can wreak havoc not just to your weight but your skin as well. Forget the few minutes sweet treat, sugar can make you age prematurely and can cause increased production of cortisol which in turn, weakens the production of collagen.

Get enough sleep

Don't underestimate the power of sleep; it is not called "beauty sleep" for nothing. There is some sort of natural glow that even makeup touches won't give you. Such glow comes from getting enough rest, taking your mind and body off stress.

A woman getting some rest, sleeping

When you deprive yourself of sleep, it can result in skin pigmentation and formation of dark circles under the eyes. You should also sleep on a slightly raised pillow as it helps promote lymphatic drainage and formation of bags under the eyes.

Drink enough water

You cant talk about having a fresh, radiant skin if you are not a water lover. You should drink at least 1.5 litres of water every day to stay hydrated. Nine cups for women and 13 cups for men is ideal.

Now, one would ask, "is it just plain water that I should drink?" While water should be your primary drink and your best, you can also opt for other healthy drinks like fresh fruit drinks. Mineral water that is enriched with bicarbonates and magnesium is also good for you. These drinks are nutritious and will help keep you hydrated all day long.

Exfoliate and moisturize your skin

Don't forget to exfoliate your skin at least once every week. Remember that your skin keeps giving off dead cells in addition to dirt particles which could clog up skin pores if left to accumulate. You need to get rid of them, so your skin can breathe!

Use a gentle scrub (the lemon and sugar mixture will do well here). You can also use any other scrub that is gentle. You can buy exfoliation masks as well or an electric brush to help get rid of the dry and dead skin and bring out your natural skin complexion.

Skin moisturizing: A woman applying moisturizer to her skin

Check out for skin moisturizing products. Some people don't have moisturizers in their beauty kits which is wrong. They are as important as your body cream as they keep the skin hydrated after exfoliation. You should apply one after exfoliation as that is the ideal time for the skin to absorb the active ingredients in the product.

Wash your face before going to bed

Leaving your face in a clean state always is indeed necessary. Do not live with the habit of washing your face only in the morning and going to bed without washing it or cleaning it up.

Worst still, don't go to bed with your makeup on. Pollution residue, dirt, in addition with your makeup remnants accumulate in your skin causing harm and wrinkling of the skin. Even if you are too tired to run a full bath, take a minute or two to remove your makeup and other impurities that may damage your skin.

Practise personal hygiene

I have seen some people use their towel for weeks without washing; the same applies to bedspreads and pillows. I won't even want to delve into the area of the underlying wears. Does it really take much to be hygienic? I doubt. All you need is the discipline and the constant reminder that being dirty does a lot of harm to your body.

Some skin conditions are caused by bacterial or fungal infections which can be caused by wearing dirty, damp clothes. Wash your towels, bedspreads, pillowcases, inner wears, those items that are constantly in contact with your skin. You should also avoid careless sharing of some personal items with people.

Go for a massage

Many underestimate the power of a spa treatment. Massage therapy didn't start today; it has been around since 2700 B.C and has been useful in treating certain ailments and sports injuries.

Massage therapy: A woman getting a massage from a massage therapist

Massage therapy has many top benefits for your skin. It increases blood flow to different areas to all layers of the skin by loosening tightened muscles and other of tissues underneath the skin. Nutrients in the blood will then have easier access to the skin, nourishing the skin cells and rejuvenating them.

Massage also helps eliminate dead skin cells and impurities, thus eliminating dullness. It reduces tension, remoisturizes the skin, softens it and enhances resistance to infection. It makes for better skin colour and tone and leaves one in a refreshed state.

Give specific attention to specific areas

Pamper your skin, give it a thorough inspection to find out areas that might be giving you trouble. Yours could be a case of dark circles, pigmentation of certain regions, sagging skin, dull skin, acne, crow's feet etc. There is hardly any perfect skin, but with the right care, you can bring it to near-perfect.

Also, remember that even your face is not uniform. Specific areas might have specific needs. For instance, some areas are darker than some areas, and some have oily T-zones but dry cheeks. You might have to cater to each individuals area in order to achieve the overall glow.

Take away

It doesn't matter your age; you can start now to make conscious efforts to take care of your skin. If you are still young, this is of more advantage to you because the earlier you make the right life choices, the higher your chances of enjoying your choices later in life.

Skin beauty: A glowing skin

Your skin is yours for as long as you live, so why not take care of it so that it can take care of you? I see the state of my skin as the reflection of my well being, and that helps me take care of it as I ought to. I have a thing for glowing skin. Is yours radiant? Do you think you can share some of your skincare tips in the comment box? What has worked for you so far?

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