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20 Best Home Remedies To Get Flawless Skin

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20 Best Home Remedies To Get Flawless Skin September 18, 2017

You are browsing through Cosmopolitan, and you see close-up pictures of this model advertising a jewelry brand – her skin is looking absolutely FLAWLESS! The green monster is on your back now, and you want your skin to be just like her’s. Well, your dream can become a reality without having to use filters on your Instagram pictures. Sounds too good to be true? Read on to find out how.

Only a minuscule of the humankind are fortunate enough to be blessed with flawless, glowing skin. But wait, didn’t we just tell you it was not an impossible feat to achieve? So, we are just getting there. And mind you, it does require utmost and constant care. But, you do not have to shell out a fortune to achieve this. You can achieve blemish-free and even-toned skin with simple home remedies and tips. These will clear up your skin, lighten blemishes and scars, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and brighten up your complexion.

In this article, we share with you the best homemade remedies to get flawless skin that will help transform your skin into the breathtaking vision you have in mind. All set then? Let’s start.

How To Get Flawless Skin Naturally

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Alum
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Castor Oil
  6. Rosehip Oil
  7. Almond Oil
  8. Green Tea Ice Cubes
  9. Garlic
  10. Honey
  11. Best Juices
  12. Oats
  13. Rice Water
  14. Rose Water
  15. Turmeric
  16. Ubtan Recipe
  17. Yogurt
  18. Sugar Scrub
  19. Papaya
  20. Raw Milk

Home Remedies For Flawless And Glowing Skin

1. Apple Cider Vinegar For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons rose water
  • Cotton ball

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the vinegar and rose water and dab this on the spots, blemishes, scars, pigmented areas of your face.
  2. Let it dry for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.

For sensitive skin type, add some aloe vera gel to counter the acidity of the vinegar.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every day.

Why This Works

ACV being a vinegar, contains acids that exfoliate the dull and pigmented skin cells. It also lightens the scars and blemishes because of the same mild acids present in it. ACV also contains antioxidants that improve skin health by reversing free radical damage. Its astringent properties tone your skin and improve your complexion (1, 2).

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2. Aloe Vera For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

An aloe vera leaf

What You Have To Do

  1. Cut the leaf from the aloe plant.
  2. Slice this leaf sideways. Be wary of the thorns present on the leaf’s edges.
  3. Scoop out the gel present inside and transfer it to an air-tight container.
  4. Apply some of this gel on your entire face and massage it in.
  5. Leave this on for at least an hour before washing it off with warm water.

Store the remaining gel in a cool place. If you do not own an aloe vera plant, buy a bottle of organic aloe gel from the market.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera gel reduces dark spots and scars and evens out the skin tone. It also moisturizes the skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and heals the damaged skin (3).

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3. Alum For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon alum powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a paste with the ingredients.
  2. Apply this as a face pack and leave it to dry for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash the pack off with tepid water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this twice a week.

Why This Works

Alum can diminish fine lines and wrinkles by exerting a skin tightening effect on your face. It is also antibacterial in nature and can help deal with acne. Your large pores will also be reduced in size because of alum’s astringent properties (4).

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4. Coconut Oil For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

Few drops of organic coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Cleanse your face and pat it dry.
  2. Massage the facial skin with coconut oil and leave the oil on overnight.

People with oily skin can add a drop or two of coconut oil to their regular moisturizer and apply this every night.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

The benefits of coconut oil for maintaining healthy and flawless skin are many. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and skin moisturizing properties (5, 6).

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5. Castor Oil For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops castor oil
  • Hot water (in a bowl)
  • A big towel

What You Have To Do

  1. Steam your face by placing it over the hot water bowl with the towel to cover your head and prevent the steam from spreading around too much.
  2. After 2-3 minutes, pat your skin dry gently and apply the castor oil.
  3. Massage it in thoroughly.
  4. Leave it on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once in every 4-5 days. Castor oil can be applied (without the steam) every night as well.

Why This Works

Castor oil is rich in fatty acids making it an excellent emollient to lock in the moisture in your skin. This helps to restore the natural sebum production as well. The steam will open up your pores and allow the oil to penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin. There, castor oil improves collagen and elastin production, thus making your skin softer and smoother (7).

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6. Rosehip Oil For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

3-4 drops rosehip oil

What You Have To Do

Simply pat the oil into your facial skin after you have cleansed your face.

How Often You Should Do This

This should be done every night.

Why This Works

This essential oil is a natural moisturizer as it contains a high amount of poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Vitamins A and E are also found in considerable measures in rosehip oil. These can help to get rid of marks, scars, wrinkles, and even hyperpigmented skin. Rosehip oil can also improve your skin tone and texture. It is highly recommended for people with dry skin issues and ailments (8, 9).

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7. Almond Oil For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

2-3 drops almond oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Warm up the oil in between your finger tips and massage the facial skin with it.
  2. Leave the oil on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this oil every night.

Why This Works

Being an emollient, almond oil keeps the skin hydrated. It also rejuvenates the skin and reduces the appearance of any scars or marks making your skin flawless (10).

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8. Green Tea Ice Cubes For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • 1 green tea bag
  • A cup of hot water
  • An ice tray

What You Have To Do

  1. Brew some fresh green tea by steeping the tea bag in hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bag and once the tea has cooled down a little, pour it into the ice tray and freeze it.
  3. Swirl the green tea ice cube gently all over your face.
  4. Let the green tea dry naturally and then rinse your face with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day.

Why This Works

The antioxidants of green tea will heal all marks and scars on your skin, and replenish the skin cells (11).

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9. Garlic For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

1 garlic clove

What You Have To Do

  1. Crush the garlic and apply it on the marks and scars on your face.
  2. Leave it on for five minutes and then rinse it off.
  3. Pat dry and apply a moisturizer.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this on a daily basis.

Why This Works

Garlic can be effectively used for spot treatment of scars, acne, and other marks on the face. It is versatile antimicrobial agent that kills the bacteria on your face. It is also excellent for lightening scars and marks as it contains certain exfoliating acids (12).

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10. Honey For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a thick paste with the honey and cinnamon powder.
  2. Apply on the face and leave it for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Wash your face clean with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Honey lends a glow to your skin and makes it flawless with time. It is rich in nutrients, healthy fats, and antioxidants (13). These keep the skin supple, soft, and flawless.

[ Read: Benefits And Uses Of Honey ]

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11. Best Juices For Flawless Skin

(a) Lemon Juice For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

Half a lemon

What You Have To Do

  1. While applying some pressure on the lemon, rub it on the face.
  2. Leave the juice on for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day for a few days and then reduce usage to twice a week.

Why This Works

Lemon juice has acidic properties and acts as a natural bleach for the skin. This not only lightens and brightens the skin but also makes it flawless, supple, and soft by balancing the skin’s pH levels (14, 15).

[ Read: Benefits Of Lemon Juice For Health ]

(b) Vegetable Juice For Flawless Skin

You Will Need

  • 4 carrots
  • 1/2 inch-long piece ginger
  • ½ cup water

What You Have To Do

  1. Peel the carrots and ginger, and cut both of them into small pieces.
  2. Blend them together with some water to get a thick juice.
  3. Drink this at room temperature or after chilling.

How Often You Should Do This

Have a glass of this juice every day.

Why This Works

These natural ingredients contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, antimicrobial compounds, vitamins, and minerals to optimize your skin’s health. These nutrients from carrots and ginger will rejuvenate your skin from the inside and give it a wonderful flawless glow (16, 17).

(c) Green Juice For Flawless Skin

You Will Need

  • 3 cucumbers
  • ½ cup romaine lettuce
  • A handful of mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup water

What You Have To Do

  1. Chop everything into small pieces and blend together.
  2. Add lemon juice and water to get a juice-like consistency.
  3. Drink this healthy green juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Have a glass of it every day.

Why This Works

The nutrients from the ingredients refresh, restore, and rejuvenate the skin. They heal skin problems by providing the right combination of nutrients from inside the body (18).

 (d) Potato Juice For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

½ potato

What You Have To Do

  1. Grate the potato and squeeze out the juice from it.
  2. Apply this on the face and let it dry for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with tepid water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily for best results.

Why This Works

Many people are unaware of the fact that potato is a natural home remedy for obtaining a glowing, fair, and flawless skin. It also helps in reducing sunburn, tan, and spots because of its soothing and natural bleaching properties (19, 20).

 (e) Tomato Juice For Flawless Skin

You Will Need

1 small tomato

What You Have To Do

  1. Chop and mash the tomato.
  2. Apply this pulp on the face.
  3. Keep it on for 10-12 minutes and then rinse it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every day for a week and then continue using tomato juice on your face once in every 4-5 days.

Why This Works

Tomato has anti-aging properties and also acts as a sunscreen, especially during the hot summer months. An antioxidant, lycopene, that is present in tomatoes helps in achieving a clear and flawless skin. It can minimize open pores and pimples too (21, 22).

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12. Oats For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon tomato pulp
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1-2 teaspoons oatmeal

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix everything together to get a paste.
  2. Apply it on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash the face pack off with cold water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this face pack twice a week.

Why This Works

This pack helps in brightening the skin and also reduces dark spots, scars, and blemishes. Oatmeal thoroughly cleanses the skin and soothes inflammation on the skin surface. It also helps to tighten the skin as it contains vitamin K (23, 24).

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13. Rice Water For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • ½ cup raw rice grains
  • 2-3 cups water

What You Have To Do

  1. Rinse the rice with a cup of water.
  2. Throw away this water and now soak the rice in the remaining water for 15-30 minutes.
  3. Gently rub the rice with your fingers in the water so that the water turns cloudy.
  4. Strain the rice and store the water in an airtight bottle.
  5. After waiting for a day, apply some of this water on your face and massage for a few minutes.
  6. Rinse the rice water after 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day.

Why This Works

Rice water contains vitamins, minerals, and pitera that rejuvenate the skin and also tighten it. It also helps to exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells and impurities (25).

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14. Rose Water For Flawless Skin

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons rose water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice OR 5-6 drops olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Add lemon juice to the rose water if you have acne prone and/or oily skin. For dry skin, add the olive oil instead.
  2. Mix them together and apply on the face.
  3. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every alternate day.

Why This Works

Rose water acts as an excellent skin toner. It balances the skin’s pH and also improves circulation. It can also heal acne scars and other marks on the skin. Your skin tone will soon appear brighter and fresh (26).

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15. Turmeric For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the turmeric to the yogurt and mix well.
  2. Apply this as a thin layer on your face.
  3. Wash it off after 15 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat the application of this face pack twice a week.

Why This Works

The curcumin found in turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can optimize your skin’s health and give it a natural glow. Turmeric also possesses wound healing properties and can work well towards the removal of scars, marks, and other spots from your facial skin (27).

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16. Ubtan Recipe For Flawless Skin

You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons gram flour
  • 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
  • Milk OR rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the gram flour and sandalwood powder with each other.
  2. Now add some milk to this and mix well. Use rose water instead of milk if you have acne prone skin, oily skin or are allergic to dairy.
  3. Apply on the face and let the face pack dry.
  4. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this face pack once a week.

Why This Works

While the gram flour cleanses and exfoliates the skin, the sandalwood tones and conditions the skin. Together, they make a potent combination to treat blackheads, acne, dark spots, and blemishes. Regular usage will leave your skin radiant, soft, and supple (28, 29).

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17. Yogurt For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

1-2 tablespoons yogurt

What You Have To Do

  1. Simply apply the yogurt on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  2. Rinse your face with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every alternate day.

Why This Works

The lactic acid in yogurt unclogs pores, reduces pore size, and exfoliates the dead skin cells. This results in a tightening effect on your skin apart from removing blemishes. Yogurt contains zinc that helps to treat acne. The natural oils present in yogurt will moisturize your skin too (30, 31).

Caution

Refrain from using this remedy if you are allergic to dairy products.

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18. Sugar Scrub For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add some water to both the sugars in a bowl and mix them together.
  2. Rub this mixture gently on the face for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub once in every 4-5 days.

Why This Works

Sugar acts as a good exfoliator for the skin. It removes dead cells, excess oils, and impurities. Blood circulation to the skin also improves due to the scrubbing motion. This scrub will leave your skin glowing and youthful (32).

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19. Papaya For Flawless Skin

You Will Need

2-3 pieces ripe papaya

What You Have To Do

  1. Mash the papaya and apply this on the face.
  2. Massage for 2-3 minutes and then leave the papaya pulp on for another 10 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with cold water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

Papaya contains skin brightening and exfoliating enzymes. It can also unclog your pores and get rid of blackheads. It contains vitamins A and C that are essential for your skin’s optimum health (33, 34).

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20. Raw Milk For Flawless Skin

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons raw milk
  • Cotton ball

What You Have To Do

  1. Dip the cotton ball in milk and apply it on your face.
  2. Let it dry naturally for 10-12 minutes and then rinse it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

Raw milk helps to remove the tan as it can exfoliate the skin and remove the dull and damaged skin cells easily. It also moisturizes the skin and keeps it supple (35). This remedy will leave your skin with a fresh glow.

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Caution

People with an allergy to milk should not use this remedy.

With the help of these home remedies, one can get clear and flawless skin naturally at home, and without burning a hole in your pocket. Apart from these effective home remedies, we have also listed a couple of tips you can add to your daily lifestyle. These will make sure you achieve the skin you have been longing for for many years to come. But like I said maintenance is the key. Have some ‘me time’ for your daily skin regimen.

Tips for Flawless Skin

1. Eat Healthy

You’ve heard it a million times before, so there must be some truth to it, don’t you think? The lesser fried and processed foods you eat, the lesser your skin has to work to keep it oil-free and healthy. It’s up to you now.

2. Cleanse Well

Dirt, grime, and pollution can indeed leave your skin looking dull and lifeless. Your skin needs a rigorous cleansing regime with the right products to ensure that it remains clean and supple. Don’t forget to wash your face once you are back home,

3. Exfoliate

Apart from daily cleansing, your skin needs to rid itself of all the constantly accumulating dead skin, dirt, and grime that simple cleansing cannot get rid of. Hence, exfoliating with a good scrub, like the sugar scrub we have mentioned in the remedies above, at least once every two days is absolutely necessary.

4. Pamper Your Skin

The best way to show your skin some love is by pampering it as much as you can. Apart from following a regular skin care regime, regular clean-ups, massages, and such treatments will help increase blood circulation and refresh your skin.

5. Water Is Essential

Water is the elixir of our body systems. Drink 8-10 glasses of it every day without fail. You can also drink healthy juices and smoothies to keep your skin hydrated. Hydration is the key to well-nourished, soft, and glowing skin.

6. Protect Your Skin From The Sun

There’s no real point in helping your skin so much from the inside if you’re not going to proactively help it from the outside as well. Cover yourself when you are out in the afternoon Sun. Also, use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 20 to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.

7. Clean Your Hair

Sometimes, bumps, acne, and other skin problems can be caused due to dandruff from the hair coming into contact with the skin. So, wash your hair with a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo to take that extra step towards healthy skin.

8. Go Natural

Natural skin care products are definitely safer than chemical ones for the simple reason that the chances of side effects with them are remarkably low as compared to the synthetic ones. Going natural is the best beauty tip anyone can give you. This article contains plenty of such natural remedies for healthy, flawless skin.

9. Use Cosmetic Products Judiciously

Give your skin a breather once in a while and ditch makeup once every few days. Your skin will thank you — that’s a guarantee.

10. Get Proper Sleep

While sleeping, your body goes into repair mode and rejuvenates the skin cells. Lack of sleep immediately shows on your skin in the form of dark circles, saggy skin, and dull complexion. A minimum of eight hours’ sleep is a must to have beautiful and healthy skin. Develop a regular bedtime schedule to look your best. Make sure you sleep with your hair tied back as the residue of the hair oils can clog the skin pores, resulting in blackheads and dull skin.

11. Avoid Stress

You can do all of the above, and still be fretting over why your skin isn’t as flawless as it should be. This is because you’re distressed over the fact that it isn’t. Stress causes excess oil secretion, which in turn, causes your skin to absorb more dirt and that, in turn, leads to skin problems. Relax your mind with some yoga or meditation. You will feel and also see the difference it can make!

We spoke about eating healthy right at the beginning of the tips section. Here are some recommendations of what you should eat to get flawless skin.

What To Eat To Get Flawless Skin Fast?

  • Healthy fats from items like avocado, olive oil, and nuts
  • Food rich in antioxidants like tomato, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, wheat germ, carrots, pumpkin, celery, cucumber, watermelon, papaya, sweet potatoes etc.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids containing items like sardines, flaxseed, walnuts, and chia seeds
  • Protein products such as lean meat, turkey, chicken, eggs, and soy beans

The remedies in this article will certainly boost your confidence levels with their amazing effects on your skin. Also, keep in the mind the skin care tips and food recommendations we have mentioned to have your skin looking flawless in the long run. Before we forget – Remember, the most beautiful part of you is not what you look like, but what you are within. Inner radiance is what reflects on the outside, so as long as you’re happy on the inside, nothing can stop your skin from showing it.

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