We’ve tried just about every product under the sun in the ongoing search for glowing skin, some to more success than others, but one inescapable fact we’ve learned along our quest is that sometimes, everything you need may just be in your kitchen. The best home remedies for glowing skin may very well not be anything you can find at the store—aside from the grocery store, of course. These 15 simple recipes are doable for even a total DIY beginner, which means that everyone can reap the benefits.
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Tomato... and honey? You heard us. The combination sounds bizarre (and it is, kind of) but the skin care benefits in this recipe can't be beat. The lycopene in tomatoes works great for anti-aging and their acidic properties help to gently exfoliate and fight blemishes, while honey is an all-around winner for DIY skin care. Juice half of a tomato and mix with honey to form a paste, then leave it on your face overnight to balance the skin and clear breakouts.
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This thick, creamy moisturizer is a powerhouse of deeply nourishing ingredients, like rose hip seed and coconut oil, and it's also incredibly easy to make once you've got all the components together. Even a DIY novice can pull off this simple, majorly beneficial recipe.
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For skin that quite literally glows, this shimmer-infused body butter recipe is hydrating enough for winter and lightweight enough for summer—what more could you ask for? Better still, the recipe calls for mica, the undertone of which you can choose to better flatter your complexion.
Cellulite happens to the best of us, but that doesn't mean it isn't unsightly... or downright annoying. The caffeinated coffee grinds in this affordable, easy-to-follow recipe work to stimulate blood flow and tighten the area, while the oils moisturize. Used regularly, you'll notice a very real decrease in the appearance of your cellulite sans costly medical treatments.
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We don't doubt that you've put neither egg whites nor carrots near your eyes before, but alas! Both of these very common ingredients have properties that make them a great way to treat wrinkles in the area. The vitamins and proteins in egg whites tighten and firm the skin, and believe it or not, the beta-carotene in carrots is easily converted to retinol when applied, which encourages cell regeneration and softens the skin. If you're feeling like getting a little adventurous with your DIY anti-aging treatments, this mask is a must.
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Mix mashed papaya pulp, two tablespoons of milk, and one tablespoon of honey for a glow-restoring mask that gently exfoliates the top layers of skin while imparting major hydration.
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For glowing skin all around (and, yes, some much-needed R&R), fill the bathtub with four cups of organic milk and your choice of essential oils. We recommend lavender, chamomile, or even some ground oatmeal, which soothes any and all skin irritations.
To decrease inflammation and soften skin, mix 10 blueberries and 1 tablespoon plain yogurt for a 15-minute mask.
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Matcha green tea is high in polyphenols, which can help protect the skin from UV damage. It's kind of like medicine for your skin.
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These two home remedies both hydrate and calm skin, and you can store any extras in your fridge for up to a week!
Brighten skin from the inside out with this easy-to-blend (and delicious!) green juice.
For this vitamin-rich face mask you'll need:
1/4 cup yogurt
A quarter banana
1 tablespoon Manuka honey
2 tablespoons wheat germ
Pinch of chopped mint
Juice of 1/2 lemon
A couple handfuls of various berries (about 10 raspberries, 10 blueberries, 5 strawberries sliced)
A few dried lavender flowers and a couple drops lavender essential oil, optional
Toss all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Hand mix (and mash) everything together for about a minute, or use a food processor. The consistency should be creamy but not too runny.
Apply the mixture to your already-cleansed face, using a synthetic brush to keep the mess factor to a minimum. Let it set for 30 minutes — you’ll feel the mask start to tighten a bit before you take it off.
Turmeric is a great antioxidant that reduces inflammation, evens skin tone, and hydrates for smoother skin.
What You’ll Need:
3 teaspoons gram (besan) flour
1 ½ tablespoons ground turmeric powder
5 drops of oil (almond, avocado or grapeseed)
3-4 teaspoons milk for consistency
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Even those with sensitive skin can enjoy this all-natural face mask, made from honey, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Tallow, a hard fatty substance made from animal fat, hydrates extremely dry skin, as well as treating eczema and rashes. Use the tallow balm all over the face, or wherever needed. (It goes without saying that tallow is a definite no-no for vegans.)
What You’ll Need:
1 ½ cup grass-fed tallow
1 cup dried herb blend (Use equal parts of rose petals, calendula flowers,horsetail, lavender flowers, marshmallow root, and irish moss as available to you.)
3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) rosehip seed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil
1 ounce (approx. 2 tablespoons) raw beeswax
1 teaspoon essential oils blend bulgarian rose otto, bulgarian lavender, myrrh, and carrotseed