Get Astrid Leong-Teo's Glowing Skin With These Natural Home Remedies
Get that glow back into your skin with these natural home remedies
Asian tropical sun can be disastrous for the skin — damaging, pigmenting and sometimes even burning it. Add to that other factors such as pollution, stress, unhealthy diet and hormonal imbalance; and you have on your hands, skin that is dark in complexion and pigmented beyond repair. Plus, several cosmetic products aren’t non-comedogenic, which makes it more prone to damage.
In these circumstances, the best solution is to opt for natural beauty tips for face whitening. Their use can not only lighten your skin, but also make it appear less textured, more bright and glowing, and even eliminate bacteria that causes acne.
But which natural products should you use to make your skin appear lighter and brighter? Worry not, we’ve done the research for you. We’ve divided the remedies into scrubs, masks and massaging creams so you can include all of them in your skincare routine.
Before you move on to add these into your daily skincare routine, bear in mind that these remedies work best when you make sure to keep your skin hydrated and nourished. Always remember to drink a minimum of 10 glasses of water per day and eat foods that are high in healthy fats and omega-3, vitamins A, C, and E among others.
Papaya is not only great for your tummy, but also contains the papain and alpha hydroxy acids enzymes. These are known to remove dead skin cells and lend a healthy glow to the skin. Add this to honey, which has anti-bacterial properties and you have a mixture that not only removes dead cell and brightens the skin but also prevents acne.
You can prepare a mask by mashing one cup of papaya and adding one tablespoon honey to it. Apply this mixture onto your face for about 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Repeat this everyday till your skin clears up, lightens and all the texture is gone.
Studies have orange has the power to get rid of hyperpigmentation, photoageing and lightens the skin, thanks to the presence of vitamin C antioxidant. The best way to use orange for skin is to dry its peel and prepare a mixture with unflavoured yogurt that also has skin lightening properties and is anti-bacterial agents.
Yogurt also has anti-ageing and its naturally occurring lactic acid peels dead skin cells.
Prepare a mixture of two tablespoon of dried orange peel (grated) and one tablespoon unflavoured yogurt. Apply this mask on to your face for about 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water. Repeat this once every two to three days till you see a visible change in your skin.
Tomatoes are known to lycopene, which is a bright red carotene that gives the fruit its colour. They also have a photoprotective property that helps to keep the skin young and protects it from the sun. Studies have even proved that tomato consumption can mitigate UV ray affect on the body.
It also has antioxidants and therefore, lends a healthy glow to the skin and promotes healthy cell development.
Add to it oatmeal, that is known for its skin clearing properties and its ability to remove dead cells; and yogurt that has lactic acid that acts as a natural skin peel. This mixture results in a pack that can give you lightened skin, remove texture, mattifies the skin and add a healthy glow.
To prepare this mask, cut the tomato in half and take our its juice. Use two tablespoon of the juice and add it to small bowl of oatmeal, and two tablespoons of yogurt. Mix well and apply it to your face for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and repeat this every alternate day. This mixture is best for those with oily, normal or combination skin.
Gram flour is known to have antimicrobial properties that are known to protect the skin from breaking out. It also acts as a natural scrub and removes dead skin cells and irritable texture from your skin. Rosewater, on the other hand is known for its soothing and skin smoothening properties as well as for lending a healthy glow.
You can also replace rose water with yogurt, which has antimicrobial properties and is also a natural skin lightening agent.
To prepare a mixture, take two tablespoons of gram flour and add two tablespoons of rose water. Mix well to ready a thick paste and apply and massage it to your face. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse with warm water once dry. Repeat it every alternate day to see a visible difference in your complexion and texture.
If you haven’t been consuming pumpkin, its time to start now to get a clean and clear complexion. Better yet, make a pumpkin mask for faster effect. Pumpkin, as many know, is a powerhouse of exfoliating agents and antioxidants. It also includes Vitamins B and C as well as beta-carotene, all of which help to lighten and brighten the skin.
To prepare a pumpkin mask, first cut it into pieces, bring it to a boil and mash it in an emulsion mixture. Next, add half a tablespoon of yogurt and honey to two tablespoons of this puree. Mix well together and apply it onto your face for 20 minutes. Repeat this process each night before your skincare routine.
If you have dairy-related allergies, you can even add aloe vera juice or rose water instead of yogurt and milk.
Asian women have long used rice powder for its skin lightening and hyperpigmentation removing abilities. Studies have also proved that rice flour has anti-ageing benefits and prevents skin from harmful UV rays. On the other hand, milk soothes the skin, makes it soft and lightens it gradually.
So a mixture of the two can give you the desired result of clearer, brighter and lighter skintone. To prepare this mixture you will need half a cup of raw rice and three to four tablespoons of milk. Grind the rice into a fine powder and add the four tablespoons of milk. Once you have a thick paste ready, apply it to your face and leave it to dry for 15 minutes. Next, using warm water scrub the mixture off.
Repeat the process every alternate day to notice a change in your complexion. Remember to substitute milk with aloe vera juice or rose water if you are allergic to it.
The final two natural beauty tips for face whitening include the use of milk and essential oils. Milk is known to be a natural skin bleacher and lightens the skin. Essential oils including rose, orange, lemon, and neroli also even out skin’s complexion and remove dead skin cells.
You can use two to three tablespoons of raw milk and apply it to your face for 30 minutes and repeat it everyday. If you are allergic to milk, you can try essential oils. Apply them to your face and place a warm damp towel over your face. Rinse them off with warm water and continue your night time routine.
Both these treatments are best done before your night time routine so your skin gets enough time to soak them in a rejuvenate.