In the modern world beauty and society’s perceptions of beauty are big issues, especially among young women. People are expected to use cosmetics to cover any flaws in their look. Many women spend hours every week applying their makeup.
This has a huge number of negative effects.
- Many women spend thousands of dollars a year on expensive cosmetics to brighten their skin and help improve their looks.
- These cosmetic products are often damaging to people’s health. They can contribute to a number of skin diseases, can increase the effects of acne, and can even cause diseases elsewhere in the body.
- May people have a low self-confidence and a negative body image. People often have moments of self-hate, and therefore use toxic cosmetics to cover up what they believe to be an imperfect face.
In light of these negative effects, it seems logical that natural alternatives to cosmetics will be extremely beneficial to a person’s mental and physical health. It is actually quite easy to brighten your skin using natural products and natural methods. The top 7 ways to brighten your skin naturally are:
- Using a natural skin lightening cream:
There are hundreds, if not thousands of natural skin lightening cream on the market. Many of these claim to be natural, but are actually full of harmful chemicals. However, there are also plenty which are natural and which are good for your skin. Go for something which is organic, contains essential oils, and which moisturizes at the same time. Doing this will ensure that you keep your skin healthy, in good condition, and benefit from the skin lightening and brightening properties of the cream.
- Use a face mask:
Natural, homemade face masks are a great way to brighten your skin. They are harmless since they are made with everyday ingredients, and can remove blemishes and imperfections from your skin. They are usually useful in preventing acne and dry skin, and may also provide comfort for people with sensitive skin. Two of the best natural face mask recipes are:
A turmeric paste – Make a paste from one tablespoon of turmeric and enough lemon juice or milk to create a smooth mixture. Spread the paste on your skin, paying particular attention to areas of acne and to the hair and jaw lines. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
A gram flour paste – Mix a quarter of a cup of gram flour and some milk into a thick paste. Spread the paste on your face and leave for 10 – 15 minutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth.
Make sure that you always moisturize your skin with a natural moisturizer after using a facemask to make sure that it doesn’t dry out or become irritated.
- Don’t pick at your face!
If you are unlucky enough to have acne or pimples, then do your best to exhibit self-control and leave them alone. Picking at these areas will likely be very damaging to your skin. It can cause blemishes and scars, and can make your acne hang around for longer.
Instead, you need to go for a natural acne treatment to try and improve the quality of your skin. Remove toxic cosmetics from your skin care routine and replace them with natural products (as explained below).
- Avoid nasty products:
Sometimes the best way to brighten your skin is to do nothing. Simply reducing your use of toxic skin care products is a very simple way to increase the brightness of your skin. Eliminate things like artificial cosmetics, chemical based exfoliants, and nasty sun blocks from your makeup cabinet. Instead, go for natural, organic products which have no nasty ingredients. If you do this, then you will notice the effects of healthier and brighter skin before too long!
- Exfoliate regularly:
Exfoliating with a natural exfoliant is a must, especially if you have oily skin that is prone to pimples or blackheads. Natural exfoliants can come in the form of creams, facemasks, or DIY recipes that you can create at home. A couple of the best natural exfoliants are extremely simple and extremely easy to create:
Baking soda – Baking soda can be used as a quick and easy exfoliant. Rub a tablespoon on your face when you shower, making sure that you pay particular attention to oily areas. Rinse off with a natural soap.
Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a natural anti-inflammatory substance which works great as an exfoliant for sensitive skin. Mix ground oatmeal with honey or kefir and spread it over your face. Let it sit for up to 30 minutes so that it can do its job, and then rinse it off with warm water.
- Moisturize with a natural oil:
Moisturizing is absolutely vital if you want to have bright, healthy looking skin. The best way to moisturize your face is to use a natural, unrefined oil. Coconut oil and almond oil are good options. If you have dry or normal sky, use coconut oil mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil. If your skin is naturally oily, go for a small amount of almond oil, as this won’t block your pores or cause pimples.
When using a natural oil moisturizer, it is important to realize that you don’t need too much. Small amounts of oils are plenty, and using too much can have negative effects including promoting pimples and acne. Ideally, you should use about a teaspoon of oil. Rub it onto your face, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe the excess off with a damp cloth.
- Use sun creams always!
Damage caused by extended exposure to the sun is one of the most common reasons for having dull, dead looking skin. Using sunscreen and other sun protection every single day is absolutely vital if you want your skin to remain bright. A natural sunblock can be used in the form of zinc oxide. Ask your local pharmacist or naturopath for advice if you aren’t sure what products you should be using.
Auther : Amelia Robert ( FixYourSkin.com)