How to Get Smooth Clear Skin Naturally
Infomercials for expensive acne-control medication may rule the late-night TV airwaves, but you don't have to spend much to get smooth, clear skin. All-natural ingredients like carrots and honey contain many of the same nourishing and acne-fighting ingredients, without a hefty price tag.
Supplements & Diet
Take a B-vitamin supplement. According to Dr. H.K. Bakhru in "Handbook of Natural Beauty," your skin can develop liver spots with just a mild B2 deficiency. A severe deficiency shows up in oily skin, fatty deposits and cracked facial skin. If you're lacking vitamin B6, you're at risk for dermatitis or eczema. Seven B vitamins, Bakhru says, contribute directly to the health of your skin.
Increase your intake of two important acids: gamma-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, gamma-linolenic acid promotes healthy skin and can also help your hair and nails. Weil recommends 500mg supplements of black currant oil. As for omega-3 fatty acids, you can get those in oily fish such as salmon, sardines or mackerel.
Add brewer's yeast to your diet. Dr. Bakhru recommends 2 tbsp. per day for glow and overall texture. In her book "Natural Beauty at Home," author Janice Cox praises the effects of brewer's yeast on the skin, hair and nails. She mixes 1 tsp. brewer's yeast with 1 tbsp. buttermilk to create a nourishing B-vitamin-packed facial mask.
All-Natural Facial Care
Moisturize with honey. According to the National Honey Board, honey is an all-natural humectant that helps retain your skin's moisture. It's also a natural bacterial fighter, perfect for zapping pimple-causing germs. You can add honey to your existing moisturizer or mix 2 tbsp. honey with 2 tbsp. melted cocoa butter for a chemical-free moisturizer.
Nourish your skin with the protein of buttermilk. Cox praises buttermilk's protein and vitamins and their salutary effect on the skin. Her buttermilk mask recipe calls for ¼ cup buttermilk mixed with ¼ cup powdered milk or buttermilk. Mix the two into a paste, apply it to your face, let it dry and rinse with cool water.
Make your own blemish-fighting facial mask. Cox suggests using carrots because they're packed with vitamin A, a necessary vitamin for skin and hair maintenance, and natural antiseptics. Her recipe calls for ¼ cup carrot juice, fresh or store-bought, mixed with ¼ cup kaolin clay. Mix the two ingredients together, spread over your face, let the clay dry, and rinse with warm and then cool water.
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