Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
Home remedies by Sheetal Rawal
Glowing, blemish-free skin at any point of the year: obtaining it is one huge task, but maintaining it is another. If your skin has a natural bright glow one day, there’s no guarantee that it will continue to glow the next day. Likewise, a tiny blemish might sneak up on you and appear on your flawless face. To ensure that your skin continues to look glowing and blemish-free, the best thing you can do for your skin is to include natural ingredients into your skin care routine. We will highlight 3 of these ingredients today.
In this article, you will learn 3 home remedies for glowing, blemish-free skin. The 3 plants – licorice, saffron, and turmeric – that we are going to highlight in these remedies are capable of beautifying your skin tremendously. We know that seeing licorice in this list is rather shocking, but trust us when we say that licorice does work and that you must keep reading to find out how licorice, as well as saffron and turmeric, can benefit your skin.
1. Licorice Paste for Even, Youthful & Blemish-Free Skin
Whenever licorice is brought up, the first thing that may come to mind is a black candy in the shape of a twisted rope and a flavor that many people cannot stand. However, licorice candy is actually derived from the licorice plant, which has amazing skin benefits. First, glabridin, a compound found in licorice, has been studied to inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme that triggers the production of melanin. When excess melanin is produced, your skin can look patchy, dull, and uneven, and it might start to develop hyperpigmentation or dark spots. Second, licorice is highly anti-inflammatory. Not only does licorice contain antioxidants and flavonoids, but it has also been studied to protect the skin against UV radiation because of a phenol called licochalcone A. By defending your skin against free radicals and UV radiation, your skin will be healthier and may start to look more glowing and youthful. Third, licorice can be used to diminish acne and blemishes. Licorice is antibacterial and it is thought to curb excess oiliness of skin. Licorice is not everybody’s favorite candy, but it might become your next favorite natural skin care ingredient!
⅛ tsp. of licorice powder
1 tbsp. of oat flour
Rosewater, as needed
Mix the licorice and oat flour together. Add enough rosewater to the mixture until you get a paste.
Apply and leave the paste on your skin for 12 to 15 minutes.
Wash it off with warm water. Follow with a daily skin care routine based on your skin type. Click here to find out what your skin type is.
Use once a week.
“My favorite thing to use is the [Root & Vetiver] facial cleanser. This is what I started off with, just the cleanser, and within, I’d say a week, I’ve noticed a difference. It doesn’t make your face feel dried out. [Their cleansers are] nice and gentle and they make your skin glow, as you can see. Like hello, I’m not using makeup right now."
2. Saffron Dab-On to Brighten Up Dull, Uneven Skin
In the previous section, we mentioned that your skin can look more glowing and youthful by protecting your skin from free radicals. Why is that the case, you may ask? Well, free radicals are molecules that damage your cells and make skin problems such as dullness, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation develop on your skin. Since we can’t stop free radical damage completely, we need to use antioxidants on our skin to neutralize free radicals before they do any more damage. Antioxidants exist in the form of many different natural ingredients, but if you need a way to eliminate free radicals and get glowing skin in a jiffy, try saffron! This plant contains powerful antioxidants like crocin and crocetin. Plus, saffron has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda to brighten up the skin and minimize dullness and unevenness.
4 strands of saffron
1 tbsp. of almond milk
6 drops of almond oil
Place the saffron and almond milk in a bowl. Let the saffron sit in the mixture until it loses its color. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the almond oil. Emulsify the mixture with a fork.
Dab the remedy on your skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
Wash it off with warm water. Follow with your toner, serum, and lotion.
Use once a week.
Saffron becomes more effective and easier to handle when you let it lose its color in water or a natural ingredient like almond milk. This way, you get the most out of saffron without using a lot of strands and spending a lot of money in the process.
3. Turmeric Anti-Aging Paste for Glowing Skin
Another plant that has been celebrated in Ayurveda for its ability to brighten up the skin is turmeric. Due to a special compound known as curcumin, turmeric has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties. Therefore, you can use turmeric to erase free radical damage, decrease skin inflammation, and promote a youthful complexion and a natural skin glow. Moreover, both turmeric and saffron are thought to increase blood circulation, which may lead to a glowing, more even skin tone.
⅛ tsp. of turmeric powder
15 drops of fresh tomato juice
1 tbsp. of aloe vera gel
Rice flour, as needed
Mix the turmeric, tomato juice, and aloe vera together. Add enough rice flour to the mixture until you get a paste.
Apply the paste and leave it on for 12 to 15 minutes.
Wash the paste off with warm water. Then, use your toner, serum, and lotion.
Use 1 to 2 times a week.
Using too much turmeric can temporarily stain your skin so please be careful and follow the instructions as given.
Saffron and turmeric can also minimize the appearance of dark spots. Learn how by watching this video and discovering how to make this home remedy. Enjoy and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!
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