A natural glow is an important component — and symptom — of good skin. However, factors such as lack of sleep, stress, age, and even what you eat can dull your complexion. The good news is that you can easily turn dull, weary skin into radiant, glowing skin at home.
Simply follow these expert skin and makeup advice, home cures, and best skin care product picks from Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab scientists and dermatology specialists to make your face glow naturally, regardless of how much time you have: months, a week, overnight, or even instantly!
Get Glowing Skin in Just One Week:
Clear your skin up by cutting dairy from your diet, and be sure to drink a lot of water.
Mix 1 teaspoon honey with ½ teaspoon sugar. Apply this mixture to the face and rinse after 10 minutes, for softer and brighter skin within a week.
Lighten dark spots with lemon juice:
Wash face with cold water before bed, then rub lemon juice on areas where dark patches form.
Let the juice dry on your skin before rinsing it off. Repeat daily for one month to fade tan lines and freckles.
Erase dark circles in a jiffy:
Dab a bit of tomato paste under your eyes, then leave it on for 10 minutes.
Rinse with cold water, and moisturize with a lotion that contains cucumber essence.
Swap coffee with tea:
Coffee can cause dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
Make a cup of strong green tea, and leave it to cool.
When the tea is chilled, soak two cotton pads in it and place them under your eyes for 10 minutes.
The overnight approach:
Apply cucumber slices to your eyes before bedtime, then wash it off with cold water when you wake up. – Soak a cotton pad in chamomile tea and place it under your eyes; allow it to dry before you rinse with cold water.
Have a healthy glow:
Try skin brushing: this helps remove dead skin cells and stimulates the lymphatic system, which boosts circulation, resulting in glowing skin. Try applying a honey mask. Honey is rich in amino acids, potassium, calcium, and vitamins C, A, D and E; it helps protect skin from damage due to UV rays.
Always apply sunscreen before heading outdoors.
Get even toned skin:
For lighter legs, try shaving them with a hair conditioner instead of shaving cream. It provides a barrier between the blade and your skin, preventing cuts and nicks.
Mix some lemon juice with honey and apply it to the affected area for 10 minutes, then wash it off with cold water.
Have a healthy glow:
Make a mask by mixing 1 teaspoon each of cornstarch and flax seeds with a few drops of honey. Apply it to your face, allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.
Apply a mixture of milk and papaya pulp over your face before going to sleep for soft, glowing skin in the morning.
Treat that pesky acne:
Dab on some banana peels on affected areas to soothe your skin.
Another good home remedy for acne is baking soda mixed with water, which will reduce the size of your pimple overnight.
Get rid of blackheads
Make a paste by mixing sandalwood powder with lemon juice and applying it to your face for 15 minutes.
Scrub your skin with a mixture of turmeric powder and yogurt to get rid of dead skin cells.
Exfoliate by mixing turmeric powder with milk cream to make a paste, which you must massage into the hyperpigmented areas for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
You can also use a mixture of honey and lemon juice to treat the dark areas around your eyes, as well as hyperpigmentation on your body.
Take care of oily skin:
Do this by mixing cucumber juice with water and applying it to your entire face. Let the juice dry before rinsing it off with cold water.