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There are many things that women can do to help brighten their skin, clear and smooth their complexion, and generally have healthier skin. After the ravaging winter and the constant pollen attack of spring, summer will be the season that will help bring us out of our homes. So get ready for the beach and the park by doing some of these skin clearing tips to brighten your face naturally.
5 Easy Ways To Brighten Your Face Naturally
1. Watch what you eat
Eating the right foods and drinking the right things can do wonders for your skin. But what are “the right things”? Well, for one, you should be drinking plenty of water to help clear your pores and make sure that your skin is hydrated. Water is your complexion’s best friend.
Fruits and vegetables are natural detoxifiers and will clean up your system, resulting in clean and clear skin.
As far as eating goes, try eating more foods that are high in essential fatty acids (like fish, nuts, and seeds). Fatty acids help to boost collagen and help increase cell formation under your skin. This will help your skin regenerate better from blemishes, general abrasions, and natural skin replenishment (sloughing off dead skin cells and replacing them new skin). Speaking of sloughing…
I’ve heard positive and negative reviews of exfoliating your skin. Yes, the top layer of your skin is generally made up of dead skin cells and you just can’t brighten or moisturize that because…well, it’s dead. However, general washing (using a washcloth when you wash your face) can help clear some of the flaky dead skin cells off.
When it comes to exfoliating products which have those tiny abrasion beads in them, those have been hitting the news lately because they are being banned in certain areas. For most products, those tiny beads are made out of plastic, which means that when they get washed down the drain, they end up in the ocean where wildlife will swallow them.
Exfoliating your skin will help make your skin brighter. However, if you use a skin care brush and a washcloth, it should be enough. If you feel like you need a bit more than a natural brush and wash cloth, scrub your face with baking soda or fine corn meal: they both do wonders !
If you use chemicals or over-the-counter products, make sure that you stay away from harsh exfoliates that may cause you more damage than help you.
If you start your day with vitamin C (like a healthy glass of orange juice) you’re not only keeping colds and other sicknesses at bay but you’re also giving your body a nice boost of antioxidants which will help fight off the signs of aging. Not to mention, it works as a brightening agent.
Orange juice is a healthy want to give your body a dose of antioxidants but you can also drink Green T, blackberries, dried red beans, pecans, apples, pinto beans, artichokes, even russet potatoes have antioxidants in them. You can also buy vitamin C supplements and “facial radiance capsules” which you actually break open and apply directly to your skin. Lots of options: just find the one that works best for you.
Botanicals are plant-derived skin-brightening ingredients that help to speed up cell turnover (getting rid of dead skin cells and bringing forth the newer, healthier skin cells). Botanicals also help to even out your skin tone: diminish dark spots, age spots, and acne scars and marks. The best part is that in clinical tests, botanicals were proven to have fast results (only a couple weeks).
5. Facial masks
There is something about putting on the right facial mask that makes me feel like my skin is healthier. Every Sunday, I treat my skin extra special to help me start off my work week brighter and with more enthusiasm. There are different skin masks for different kinds of skin so take a look at what type of skin you have before you grab one off of the shelf.
People with oily or combination skin do best with clay masks since clay works well at removing excess oil.
People with dry skin should grab a facial mask that helps you add moisture to your skin.
If you have dull skin, look for an exfoliating, peel-off mask. Those remind me of when I was in kindergarten and I used to put Elmer’s glue on my finger and then peel it off after it dried, in one big layer. Little did I know that it was practice for when I want radiant skin as an adult.
There are also facial masks for normal skin (try a moisturizing mask), and mature skin (that will help tighten and firm up the skin on your face and neck).
Majestic Pure Gold Facial Mask, Help Reduces the Appearances of Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Ancient Gold Face Mask Formula – 8.8 OzFreeman Facial Mask Variety Set, 6 Oz (Pack of 4)Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay – 1 lb. | Deep Pore Cleansing Facial & Body Mask | The Original 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay – New! Version 2
Now it’s your turn. What do you use to help brighten your skin? Do you have any home remedies that you learned from your mom or sister? What are your favorite products or your favorite foods that help keep your skin clear? Do you use over the counter products or do you like to go natural?