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Maintaining Glowing Skin (Continued)

Beauty Tips

We have already given some tips on natural ways to maintain glowing skin

See other tips below

6. Papaya For Glowing Skin

You Will Need

A few pieces of ripe papaya
1 teaspoon sandalwood powder or Fuller’s earth (multani mitti)
1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do

1. Take a ripe papaya and cut it into small pieces.
2. Add the sandalwood powder or Fuller’s earth and honey to it.
3. Mix all of them to get a paste-like consistency.
4. Apply it all over your face and neck.
5. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every week.

Why This Works

Ripe papaya contains papain, an enzyme that acts as a mild exfoliator. This gently removes the top layer of dead cells on the face and makes your skin radiant and younger looking. It also clears the dirt and oil that can lead to acne and breakouts on the face (9). Multani mitti absorbs the excess oil from the skin and makes it soft and supple (10). Honey is a natural moisturizer and will hydrate the skin. It also reduces the blemishes on the skin (11). This pack acts as a skin firming and anti-aging face pack.

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7. Cucumber For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

1 small cucumber
2-3 tablespoons yogurt
What You Have To Do

1. Grate the cucumber and add the yogurt to it. Beat it properly.
2. Apply it on your face and neck.
3. Leave it on for five minutes until it dries and wash it off with cold water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once in every three to four days.

Why This Works

Cucumber is cooling for the skin. It replenishes and rejuvenates dull skin with its antioxidants. It also improves complexion and reduces swelling (12).

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8. Honey For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

Honey

What You Have To Do

1. Apply honey evenly on clean and damp skin.
2. Massage it for a few minutes and leave it on for another five minutes.
3. Wash the honey off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply honey every alternate day.

Why This Works

Honey has antimicrobial and hygroscopic properties that clean and make your skin soft. It is rich in antioxidants that make the skin soft and healthy and also reduce blemishes (11).

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9. Ubtan For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

1 cup split red lentils (masoor dal) or chickpea flour (besan)
1/4 cup raw rice
8-9 almonds
1/2 cup oatmeal
A pinch of turmeric
Water or rose water
What You Have To Do

1. Grind the lentils, rice, and almonds either separately or together.
2. To this powdered mixture, add the oatmeal and turmeric powder.
3. Mix well and add enough water or rose water to make a smooth paste.
4. Apply this paste evenly on the face and neck. You can also apply this pack all over the body.
5. Let the pack dry. Then, wash with normal water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this ubtan once in 7-10 days.

Why This Works

Ubtan is basically a face pack recipe for healthy and glowing skin that has been passed down the generations. The coarseness of the lentils, rice, and oatmeal will remove dirt and dead cells from the skin (13, 14). Turmeric, as we know, will fade out blemishes and give the skin a natural glow. Almonds also nourish the skin with essential oils to keep it hydrated (15).

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10. Olive Oil For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon olive oil
A small, soft towel
Warm water
What You Have To Do

1. Take a few drops of oil on your fingertips, and apply it all over the face and neck.
2. Massage in upward circles for two to three minutes, especially on your cheeks, nose, and forehead.
3. Dip the towel in the warm water, remove the excess water, and place this on the face for 30 to 40 seconds.
4. Dip the towel again in the warm water and gently wipe away the oil with it.
5. Pat your skin dry with a paper towel if required.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Olive oil is an excellent skin moisturizer and renders a natural shine as well. The flavonoids and polyphenols present in it protect the skin from free radicals and prevent damage. It repairs the skin cells and makes it healthy and glowing (16, 17).

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11. Green Tea For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon green tea leaves
1 cup water
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cream
What You Have To Do

1. Boil the tea leaves in water. When they impart color, remove from the flame. Cool it and add two teaspoons from it in a bowl.
2. To this, add the brown sugar and cream, and mix well.
3. Apply all over the face and scrub gently in circular motions.
4. Rinse with cold water after 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Green tea leaves are rich in flavonoids, which maintain the collagen production in the skin. It maintains the elasticity of the skin, makes your skin glow, and reverses the signs of aging (18).

12. Cod Liver Oil For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

Cod liver oil capsules

What You Have To Do

1. Prick open the liver oil capsules and apply the oil present inside on the face and neck.
2. Massage it for a minute or two. Leave it on for about 10 minutes.
3. Rinse with water. You can also use a mild cleanser.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply cod liver oil once every day.

Why This Works

Cod liver oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and D, EPA, and DHA. These nourish the skin, repair damaged cells, and give the face a radiant glow (19).

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13. Rose Water For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

Rose water
Cotton ball
What You Have To Do

1. Keep the rose water in the fridge for half an hour.
2. Dip the cotton ball in the rose water and apply it all over the face and neck.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every morning and evening.
Why This Works

Rose water is a commonly used skin toner. It cleanses and refreshes the skin. It brightens the skin tone by stimulating blood circulation. It also balances the pH of the skin (20).

 

14. Carrot Juice Recipe For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

4-6 carrots
A small piece of peeled ginger
Water
What You Have To Do

1. Cut the ginger and carrot into pieces and extract their juice.
2. Add some water to dilute the juice to the required consistency.
3. Drink this juice, preferably in the mornings.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink carrot juice every alternate day.

Why This Works

The antioxidants present in carrots will cleanse the body of free radicals, and this will start reflecting on your skin. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, which will not only improve the skin’s texture and health but also improve your eyesight (21).

 

15. Karela Juice For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

2-3 bitter gourds (karela)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder to taste
What You Have To Do

1. Peel the bitter gourd and remove its seeds. Wash it thoroughly under water.
2. Cut into small pieces and blend it with the lemon juice.
3. Add salt and black pepper, and give it a last whirl.
4. Drink this juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink karela or bitter gourd juice once every day or every alternate day.

Why This Works

Bitter gourd improves digestion and also eliminates all infections. It purifies the blood, making your skin glow from within (22, 23).

 

16. Orange Juice For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

3-4 oranges
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder to taste
What You Have To Do

Juice the oranges and add salt and black pepper to taste before drinking it.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink a glass of orange juice every day.

Why This Works

Orange juice detoxifies the body. Its vitamin C content clears your complexion, giving you glowing skin in no time (24).

[ Read: 10 Yummy Juices For Glowing Skin ]

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17. Saffron For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon honey
A few strands of saffron
What You Have To Do

1. Soak the saffron strands in the honey for a couple of minutes.
2. Apply this honey on the face and neck.
3. Rinse after 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply saffron-infused honey three to four times in a week.

Why This Works

Saffron has been used since ancient times to maintain clear and naturally glowing skin. Its antioxidants keep the skin healthy and it also protects the skin from sun damage (25, 26).

 

18. Milk For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon besan (gram flour)
What You Have To Do

1. Mix all the ingredients to form a homogenous paste.
2. Apply all over the face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Allow the pack to dry.
3. Rinse off with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this twice a week.

Why This Works

This is an age-old formula for healthy and radiant skin. Many legends say that Cleopatra’s beauty routine always incorporated honey and milk. Raw milk contains skin-friendly ingredients such as saturated fat, protein, calcium, and vitamin C (27). Honey is also known for its moisturizing and antibacterial properties.

 

19. Banana For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

A ripe banana
2 teaspoons milk
An ice cube
What You Have To Do

1. Mash the banana in the milk and apply it on the face and neck.
2. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
3. Rinse with water. Rub an ice cube all over the area for a few seconds.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply banana on your face once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Vitamins A, B, C, and E, and minerals such as potassium nourish and hydrate the skin. They make the skin soft and glowing and also lighten blemishes (28).

 

20. Orange Peel For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

A few pieces of orange peel
2 teaspoons rose water
What You Have To Do

1. Grind the orange peel with the rose water to form a paste.
2. Apply all over the face and leave it for 15 minutes.
3. Rinse it off with cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every few days.

Why This Works

Orange contains large amounts of citric acid and vitamin C, which refresh the skin and relieve acne. It also firms the skin and gives it a natural glow (29).

 

Diet For Glowing Skin

A healthy diet is very important for your body and skin. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a storehouse of vitamins and minerals that are important for our body. Try to include them in your daily diet for a younger and glowing skin. Some foods that you can include are listed below:

A) Best Fruits For Glowing Skin

Papaya
Oranges
Banana
Guava
Mangoes
Kiwi
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B) Best Vegetables For Glowing Skin

Carrots
Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
Broccoli
Tomatoes
Bell peppers
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C) Dry Fruits

Almonds
Walnuts
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D) Green Juice For Glowing Skin

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You Will Need

1/2 green apple
1 cucumber
A handful of kale or spinach leaves
5-6 celery stalks
A handful of cilantro leaves
Juice of half a lemon
Water
What You Have To Do

Blend all the ingredients and drink this juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this healthy green smoothie a few times in a week.

Why This Works

This green juice contains a plethora of essential vitamins and minerals that will maintain the health of your skin from the inside and make it glowing and soft.

These inexpensive remedies work miracles as compared to expensive cosmetics that have several side effects. You can now have glowing skin without worrying about some other skin troubles cropping up.

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