These home remedies for clear skin are simple, affordable, don't require fancy creams, and will make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. Why do very few people talk about them?
Home remedies for beautiful skin are a lot simpler than you may think, but most of us don't want to do them as we would prefer to apply a "quick fix" in the form of an expensive cream or lotion.
These can work in the short term, but the secret to glowing skin is in what you do with all the other times when you are not apply creams and lotions! :)
Let's look at how a few simple adjustments to your cleansing regimen and lifestyle can provide you with the radiant and skin you've always wanted.
One of the best home remedies for clear skin is right in front of us. I know, this seems way too simple, and you've probably heard this a hundred times if not more. It doesn't cost very much, and there are no exciting commercials on TV about the benefits!
You can dramatically change how you feel and how you look by drinking enough clean and pure filtered water. It's so easy to do and the benefits are amazing! Water cleanses the skin and the body, which equates to clean healthy skin that can even make you appear years younger than you truly are.
There are different opinions from various health professionals about exactly how much water to drink. Some naturopathic doctors recommend 1 ounce of pure water (not including other fluids like teas or coffee) for very two pounds of body weight, so for example if you weigh 140 pounds you would want to drink 70 ounces of water of a little under 9 glasses a day.
If you drink coffee or tea they recommend adding a half a cup more of pure water to your daily regime for each cup consumed, since these are diuretics and cause the body to lose some fluids.
The Mayo Clinic recommends 9 cups of water that includes other fluids daily for women and 13 cups for men who are living in a more temperate climate. This will vary depending upon your climate, activity and individual preferences.
Some health professionals recommend that you drink water according to how thirsty you are, however this in my experience this is not always useful as sometimes we forget or are not paying attention to our level of thirst. This is one of our top home remedies for clear skin, which really works and is very simple and affordable.
Our skin is one of the largest organs of elimination in our body. Our skin relies on our other primary elimination systems to do their jobs first. When our kidneys, bladder and colon are working well, the skin can function optimally and stay clear and free of rashes and inflammation.
This is not really talked about much, since it isn't considered very glamorous to think about whether your colon is working well! :) The truth is, when our systems of elimination are not functioning optimally, we can end up with a number of different skin rashes.
Then, we run around trying a lot of different creams and lotions, but the real solution lies in what we put into our bodies in the first place!
Taking a few days to clean the toxins from your body with a homemade cleanse is one of the simplest home remedies for clear skin AND optimal health. Not everyone can safely do a cleanse, so please check with your doctor or health professional first.
How does a cleanse work? You will gradually eliminate refined foods from your diet in preparation for your cleans, and then for a short period of time you'll eat only whole fruits and vegetables, fruits or vegetable juices and lots of clean water. See our Homemade Body Cleansing section for more on natural body cleansing.
You'll want to get plenty of rest, at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night while cleansing. Your body will need adequate rest as it eliminates toxins and chemicals.
Some people supplement a cleanse with herbs or supplements from whole food, which can help the body to eliminate toxins more quickly and effectively. Invigorate Skin Tonic comes in a capsule form, which makes it easy to take daily. It works from the inside of the body outward to gently nourish and cleanse the skin.
Some people with sensitive skin find that herbs may be too strong, and so doing homemade body cleanse with whole foods and juices can reduce the changes of developing a skin rash or cleansing reaction.
It is possible to get a little extra help for your cleanse without herbs by using a gentle homeopathic formulation. One of our favorites is Skin Doctor, which works at the cellular level to cleanse the body from the inside, which results in beautiful skin on the outside.
Cleansing is one of the greatly underappreciated home remedies for clear skin!
Another simple way to have beautiful healthy skin by taking some simple steps to keep your skin clean. The three steps: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are the keys to keeping acne at bay and controlling oily or dry skin. Please see our Skin Care Tips page for more on these steps.
We recommend that you opt for safe skin care products that are free of irritating chemicals like parabens, SLS and harsh preservatives which will prevent skin irritations and rashes and can provide you with the best results.
Moisturize your skin all over each day, if not twice a day depending on whether or not you have dry skin. Choose a hypoallergenic or all natural skin moisturizer that is gentle enough to use on every area of the body. The best kind are those such as Clear Skin E Cream that can even be used on your infant's skin to keep it healthy and rash-free.
Does it really matter what you eat when it comes to encouraging healthy skin? Although some doctors disagree, it has been our experience that eating simpler and healthier can make a real difference!
Even better, you get at least four additional benefits by eating healthier.
What is eating healthy one of the best home remedies for clear skin?
Home remedies for clear skin aren't always a simple as they sound.
Eating is a very personal choice, and is deeply emotional and connected with our feelings about being nurtured and fed. For this reason, it is important to be gentle with yourself in relation to making changes in your diet.
It is not as easy as simply making a decision to eat better and then doing it. There are all kinds of things that compete for our attention each day. We may feel frustrated, unhappy, alone, angry, sad or exhausted.
Any of these emotions, which are a natural part of life, may at times in our life feel overwhelming.
At times like this we may feel a desire to eat comfort foods, which may or may not be the healthiest for us! There are plenty of ways to make healthy comfort foods, but that is another subject! We have some wonderful friends who write about healthy food in our Natural Health Information section.
Here are our recommendations for foods that help to produce clear skin, and those foods which can create irritation or an allergic reaction.
Remember to be gentle with yourself and avoid "shoulds" which simply make you feel worse! Instead, reward yourself for the times you are able to eat well!
Sensitive skin is just that, sensitive. It requires a bit more finesse to get and keep sensitive skin clear from acne, blemishes, and irritation, but it can be done.
One really important aspect of choosing products for sensitive skin is watching for and avoiding certain ingredients. Stay away from products that contain salicylate, bismuth oxychloride, preservatives, fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate, benzoyl peroxide, dyes, mineral oil and ammonia to name just a few.
With the stresses of daily life, sometimes your skin needs a little extra help. Take a few minutes once or twice a week to give your skin some extra attention.
You can also try gentle, homemade recipes that use ingredients from the pantry or refrigerator to avoid an unwanted skin reaction, or you can opt for hypoallergenic ingredients that are specially made for sensitive skin.
You can exfoliate sensitive skin without causing irritation if you do it with natural ingredients and with gentle movements. Try some of the natural skin exfoliants like yogurt. Some people can even manage a gentle sugar scrub made with ingredients from home.
I like using the Cleure hypoallergenic facial scrub which is more effective and even gentler than any home facial scrubs I've done. It provides moisturizing as well, and is so affordable, one tube can last for a year or more and can even be used on your body.
Facial masks are another great way to keep skin clean, detoxified, and glowing. I've had a difficult time finding good ones that work for sensitive skin. I like the Cleure hypoallergenic facial mask which is very effective and does not irritate my skin, and lasts for a long time.
Any one of these home remedies for beautiful skin will help create glowing and healthy skin, however each of us is beautifully unique. What works for one may not work for another.
Take some time to get to know your beautiful and unique body, to love yourself no matter what your skin may look like at the moment, and to find what works best for you.
These home remedies for clear skin are very easy to add to any health and skincare regimen you may already have in place. Try one, try two, try them all and see how your skin appearance improves!