You don’t have to live at the spa, spend money on expensive branded products, or change everything about your beauty routine in order to have an acne-free and a healthy, glowing, foundation-free complexion. One cannot simply rely on these few methods and hope for a miraculous improvement. There are many factors at play when it comes to skincare, and people often overlook the most fundamental ones.

Today, we explore 4 simple daily things that everyone can do to achieve perfect skin. Though they may seem extremely minute in the grand scheme of things, one should always remember that a mountain can only be moved by shifting the tiniest stones first!

 

4 Simple, Everyday Things to Achieve A Foundation-free Complexion!

 

 

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Change Pillowcases Every 2-3 Days

The most innocuous object at home might most probably be the guiltiest. To the majority, our pillowcases seem hygienic because we only lie on them right before we sleep. Many forget that pillowcases are exposed to dust and pollution particles in the air whilst we are out of the house.

Pillowcases do house dirt, and the oil that builds on our face as we sleep overnight does seep into the sheets as well.

Thus, it would be wise to launder or change pillowcases every 2 to 3 days so as to lessen the likelihood of clogged pores and blemishes. Another option is to switch to silk or satin pillowcases which are gentler on skin in the long run too.

 

Cut / Reduce fried food and dairy in your diet

Many are aware that fried food is bad for health, but find themselves unable to stay away from it. The same applies to dairy because of its ubiquitous presence in our food and drinks. Those of us who love fried chicken, cheese and milk tea thereby become the most likely victims of acne.

It may be difficult to place complete dietary restrictions on ourselves; take it a step at a time.

Replace milk / milk teas / coffee with  green / brown rice teas which are also tasty and healthier. Fried chicken can also be replaced with a grilled version. There is a plethora of vegan options out there that taste just as good as dairy products too!

 

Wash your hands before touching your face

Touching our faces seems so natural to many of us. When we think, we touch our chin. When we are tired, we rest our faces in our hands.

Unfortunately, this just breeds more bacteria under our skin as our hands are often dirty. We must always remember to wash our hands with a good soap before touching our skin.

The best solution, of course, is to not touch our face at all unless we are washing it or applying skincare. This rule might be difficult to those who like to pick at their pimples especially, but it can make the biggest difference.

 

Be wary when trying fad products

People with healthy, immaculate skin know that the right routine matters more than the latest hot product.  If it sounds too good to be true or fails the common sense test, it probably won’t work. Save your money for products that work. Get moisturizers, sun protection and serums that have been proven to bust acne / eliminate wrinkles / get rid of dead skin cells. Remember to consider your climate and environment you live in and always seek advice from a beauty professional.

When seeking the opinion of a beauty professional, be on the lookout for:

  • verifying the source of the expert opinion
  • misleading credentials
  • brands that don’t understand the chemistry behind their ingredients or don’t really know the way skin works
  • overstating results and exaggerated promises
  • evasive answers to direct questions
  • unanswered emails and calls requesting more information

 

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Our skin plays a vital role in our outer appearance. Most of us fail to realise that our skin eventually reflects what we eat. A good daily supply of vital nutrients is required for a glowing and perfect skin. Blackberries are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They also offer the highest levels of some antioxidants – higher than blueberries and strawberries too. The very dark color of the fruit is proof of its high antioxidant level. As a result, it is beneficial for the skin.

1. Fights Free Radicals:

Anthocyanocides and polyphenols are two antioxidants found in abundance in blackberries. These help in fighting free radicals. The collagen-forming Vitamin C and Vitamin A make it only more appropriate for skin. These vitamins also act as antioxidants. The regular consumption of blackberries protects the skin against the damaging UVA and UVB rays and aids in skin cell renewal.

2. Hydrates Skin:

Blackberries are comprised of more than 85% water with an abundant dose of fiber. Both of these are essential for a healthy-looking skin. The consumption of blackberries detoxifies the body and maintains the elasticity of the skin.

A good way to enjoy the goodness of blackberries for your skin is through a face mask. Here’s how:

  • Take a bunch of blackberries.
  • Crush and mix the juice with a teaspoon of honey.
  • Apply this to your face and neck.
  • Let it dry well before washing it off thoroughly.

This face mask is ideal for hydrating the skin while supplying essential nutrients to it.

3. Rejuvenates The Skin:

Vitamins A, C and K in blackberries are excellent for skin rejuvenation. Their omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids-rich seeds are vital for healthy skin.

Here’s an effective face mask recipe for skin rejuvenation.

  • Grind a bunch of blackberries.
  • Blend these with some fresh yoghurt.
  • Add a pinch of nutmeg powder and ¼ cup of lemon juice.
  • Apply this mask evenly on your face and neck.
  • Wash off after 25 to 30 minutes with lukewarm water.

The regular application of this face mask will help rejuvenate your skin. It will also ensure smooth, moisturized and hydrated skin.

4. Skin Cleanser For Oily Skin:

Blackberries are great for cleansing and detoxification of oily skin too.

Prepare a natural skin cleanser for oily skin with this recipe:

  • Mix 2 tbsp of fuller’s earth with 1 ½ tbsp of blackberry juice.
  • Mix well to form a thick paste.
  • Add a few drops of tea tree oil (only if you suffer from acne).
  • Dampen your face and apply this mixture evenly over your face.
  • Wash off after 2 minutes.

This natural skin cleanser will help remove excess oil and shrink the pores, purifying your skin from deep within.

5. Treatment Of Wounds:

Blackberry leaves contain tannins with brilliant astringent qualities. These prevent the formation of blood clots. Traditionally, the fruit leaves are used to heal wounds, open sores and scratches. Blackberries also assist in soothing skin ailments like psoriasis. The antioxidants aid in clearing acne. The brew made from blackberry leaves is applied topically to cure eczema.

6. Healthy Hair:

Vitamin C, found in blackberries, is largely responsible for collagen production and contributes to strong hair. The antioxidants help combat the harmful and damaging effects of the environment on the hair. The topical application of the fruit extract is known to add instant volume, shine and bounce to the hair.

7. Gum Care:

The leaves and bark of the blackberry plant are consumed traditionally. They are used to treat mild gum inflammation and bleeding gums too.

8. Menstrual Bleeding:

Consuming blackberry leaves helps get relief from excessive bleeding during menses. The fruit is also used to regulate menses and considered a uterine tonic.

9. Dysentery:

Blackberry leaves and fruit can help treat diarrhea. To use, simply boil the leaves or the fruit. Strain and drink the water to get relief.

10. Diabetes:

The high potassium content of blackberries helps reduce insulin. The daily consumption of blackberries with one teaspoon of honey helps control diabetes. For best results, it is best advised to have this for at least a week. Not only the fruit, blackberry leaves also can be consumed for their anti-diabetic properties.

11. Healthy Bones:

The decent content of calcium found in blackberries contributes to strengthening the bones.

12. Red Blood Cells:

Blackberries contain minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Together, these help a great deal in producing white and red blood cells.

13. Hemorrhoids:

The pulp made from blackberry fruits is widely used to heal haemorrhoids and even conjunctivitis.

14. Cancer:

Blackberries have an antioxidant called Ellagic acid. This can help in the prevention of the growth of certain cancer cells.

How To Select And Store?

Tips For Selection:

When buying blackberries always keep the following points in mind:

  • Choose the ones that are moderately firm, plump, dry and uniformly dark purple in color.
  • The bunch should be fragrant and without the stem caps attached.
  • When the hulls are attached, it means that the berries were picked too early, before they could mature.
  • Avoid berries with odd spots, colors or shades.
  • Signs of bruising or staining on the container indicate bruising and injury.
  • Try and buy locally grown berries. These are likely to be sweeter and juicier than the ones that are bred for shipment.
  • Watch out for molds. These are common in berries and they spread quickly. Hence, a moldy berry should never be placed next to a good one.

 1. BANANA PEELS

Most of us just throw out the banana peel after enjoying the fruit. While many feel that the skin has no benefits, it actually helps to reduce acne and acne scarring. Here is how you do it!

Just take a small piece of banana peel and rub it on the affected area. Keep rubbing until it turns brown. Leave it on for 30 minutes. As it dries, your skin will absorb the vitamins and nutrients from the peel. Do it 3 times a day and you will start to see the results!

 2. AVOCADO

After a whole day of working and schooling, our skin might be dry and dehydrated with all the environmental aggressors around. Just grab an avocado on your way home as it is a natural moisturizer. Here is how you do it!

Take a small amount of avocado and mash it up. Gently spread it all over your face and neck. Leave it for about 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

 3. KIWI

Apart from cleansing, you must exfoliate your skin twice a week, especially for those with oily skin. Did you know that an exfoliant can also be edible? Have half a kiwi and use the other half as your facial scrub. The seeds act as an exfoliator. Also, it has Vitamin C that helps the skin to look young and radiant. Here is how you do it!

Take a quarter of a kiwi and slice it. Gently scrub the kiwi slices all over your face. If you do not want to waste the other quarter, you can mash it up and make a face mask out of it. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash with warm water.

 4. ICE CUBES

Who would have thought something so simple could help with our skin care routine right? Ice cubes help to give you a more refreshed and toned complexion. Here is how you do it!

Get some water and freeze it up. You can choose to also add lemon juice or cucumber while you freeze. Grab an ice cube and gently rub it on your face in an outward and upward motion. You can also choose to freeze up green tea to get the anti-inflammatory extracts from it on top of the toned complexion.

There you have it – 4 tips that can help you get better skin. Try it out and you’ll definitely see the results!

There’s a lot of goodness packed in one cucumber! Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need everyday, including:

– Vitamin B1
– Vitamin B2
– Vitamin B3
– Vitamin B5
– Vitamin B6
– Folic acid
– Vitamin C
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Zinc

1. Cucumbers for energy 
Cucumbers are full of vitamin B and carbohydrates that can provide energy which can last for long periods.

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2. Cucumbers for smoother, younger looking skin
The photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten and firm up the outer layer. What you can do is try rubbing a slice or two of cucumber on the problem area for a few minutes. To tone skin and tighten open pores, you can try using cucumber as a toner. You can either mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar, and with a few drops of Lemon, honey & aloe vera gel or use it alone. This can help you achieve more youthful and radiant skin.

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3. Cucumbers fade dark circles & reduce puffy eyes
Cucumbers have the ability to quickly and easily reduce the appearance of dark circles. Due to the antioxidants and silica present in cucumbers, they can rejuvenate the skin and fade dark circles. A common tip is to place 2 cucumber slices on both eyes and let it rest for 20 minutes while relaxing your eyes.  Due to the large amount of ascorbic acid in cucumbers, they can also reduce water retention and overall puffiness!

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4. Cucumbers cure your hangover!
Cucumbers contain sugar, vitamin B and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients that the body lost. If you eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed, you will wake up feeling refreshed and free from headache and an awful hangover.

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5. Cucumbers freshen your breath
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30s. The photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth which is the culprit of bad breath.

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6. Cucumbers treat sunburn 
If you are guilty of staying out in the sun a little too long and are dealing with sunburn, cucumbers have cooling effects on your skin, and is a very gentle and easy method to soothe and calm your skin, speeding up the healing process.

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7. Cucumbers treat cellulite
Cucumber can reduce the unsightly dimples on your thighs. Mix half a cup of ground coffee with some cucumber juice and a tbsp of organic honey to make a paste. Apply it to the affected area, and gently massage for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Your skin will appear smoother and long term use will help to reduce cellulite 😀

 

Here are 5 reasons why you should drink more coconut water or add coconut water into your list of DIY skin remedy ingredients:

Reason #1: Helps you achieve Blemish-free Skin 

For those with acne or blemishes, the topical application of coconut water can do your skin a huge favour. It has the ability to clear up and tone the skin.

Reason #2: Aids in Anti Aging!

Coconut water contains cytokines and lauric acid, two important elements used in the process of cell growth and regulation, contributing to strong anti-aging properties. Coconut water also contains antioxidant which helps to protect our skin against harmful free radicals. Hence, drinking it regularly can help you achieve a youthful glow!

Reason #3: Boost Hydration

Coconut water has hydrating properties which makes it very effective in plumping up your skin. It also helps to replace a human body’s lost in mineral rich fluids (especially after vigorous physical activity) as it contains high potassium content.

Reason #4: Keeps Skin Infections at Bay

Coconut water has healing, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, keeping your skin safe from infections.

Reason #5: Cleanses your Skin 

Coconut water helps to wash off excess oil from the skin, making your skin cleaner and clearer. It also helps to control shine and provide a natural glow to your face.

Plus, it’s really refreshing and nice-tasting too! All the best in achieving that natural radiant & youthful complexion! 😀