We all want clearer, brighter, and more evenly-toned skin. And many of us turn to numerous fancy and expensive skincare products to solve every skin woe. But since these products are often packed with harmful ingredients, they’re not the best choices for our skin. In fact, only about 10% of the 13, 000 chemicals used in cosmetics have been evaluated for safety by the FDA, Mercola reports. What is the solution? Natural alternatives which can hydrate the skin, heal blemishes, and give a softer, smoother, healthier complexion without any nasty side effects.
Brightening baking soda
Dull and lackluster skin can be effortlessly brightened with baking soda — a cheap ingredient you probably already have in your cupboard. Its alkalinity balances the pH levels of your skin to help it rejuvenate and renew. Mix up a paste with one tablespoon of baking soda and a little lemon juice. Gently massage into your skin, leave for ten minutes, and rinse off with a wet cloth. The baking soda gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, while the antifungal properties of lemon juice help even skin tone and get rid of acne.
Soothing aloe vera
You may have noticed that aloe vera gel is a common ingredient in many skincare products. Indeed, numerous studies have highlighted aloe vera’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties as being beneficial for most skin concerns. Aloe vera helps heal acne and stimulates the growth of new skin cells. Dot some on an inflamed pimple and it’ll help reduce pain and sensitivity. Aloe vera gel also functions as a soothing moisturizer, which hydrates the skin without clogging pores.
Green light therapy
If you want a faster way of brightening your complexion, you may want to try green light therapy. It’s great for improving uneven skin tone, brightening the complexion, and minimizing pores. Essentially, green light therapy works by projecting a specific green wavelength onto the skin; this shade is found at the center of the visible light spectrum and brings balance and harmony back to the skin. In particular, green light therapy stimulates cell production of collagen and elastin; the two vital proteins essential for plumper, fuller, younger-looking skin.
Finally, make sure you’re nourishing your skin from within, too. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated (not drinking enough water is a common cause of dry skin). Also, eat lots of complexion-boosting foods; make spinach, pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes, and avocados part of your daily diet — and you’ll be on your way to clear, radiant skin in no time.
Guest post by Sally Collins
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Sally Collins is a professional freelance writer with many years of experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.
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