5 Secrets for Glowing Skin

May 04, 2017

Glowing Skin

We all try to highlight our greatest attributes, but why not let your best beauty feature speak for itself? Better yet, why not make it something that people can’t ignore – your skin? With these 5 beauty tips, your skin will soon be your very best feature that everyone will have to notice.

The Goal – Skin That Is As Bright and Beautiful As You

When it comes to achieving beautiful skin, we don’t want to have to “paste it on” to get it. Your skin shouldn’t simply just look good because of the products you apply on top of it. Using the right types of products that nourish and replenish your skin gives you a basic foundation for beautiful skin that doesn’t need anything to enhance it. Our goal for attractive skin is healthy skin that glows from the inside out, so you can too.

The Game Plan – The Products and Practices You Need

So, with our sights set on beautiful healthy skin, we now have to consider the best way to achieve it – our game plan. When it comes to improving the beauty of your skin, the best way to do it is to use natural products and an established routine that you can stick to. That being said, our key word here is simplicity. The most effective skin care regimens are simple and use basic but beneficial products.

1. 3-Step Skincare

In line with a simple skincare regimen, we suggest using a 3-step system that we affectionately call CPR skincare. Obviously CPR represents the three steps you should use for caring for your skin (as well as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation): C – cleanse, P – protect, and R – refresh. The most effective system includes an effective cleanser, appropriate protection – moisturizer and sunscreen, and an established refreshing element – generally a retinol or vitamin A complex.

2. Cleanser

We’re all about doing things yourself and using natural products and remedies, so our best suggestion for cleansing your skin daily is honey. This naturally sweet concoction has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it is naturally moisturizing, so your skin will be acne free and incredibly smooth. To wash your face, squirt a small amount of honey directly into your palm, rub your palms together, and massage the honey into your face. Rinse with warm water. (If you happen to be wearing makeup, apply your honey to a washcloth and sprinkle with baking soda, using this mixture and the washcloth to naturally cleanse your skin.)

3. Moisturizer

Moisturizing and protecting your skin is just as important as cleansing it well. Depending on how much protection you want, even making your own moisturizer is pretty easy. We consider coconut oil one of the very best skin moisturizers, and yes, you can use this on your face even if you have “oily” skin. Coconut oil helps to naturally balance the oils in your skin. This oil also has a natural SPF of around 10, which is ideal for everyday wear.

4. Refresher

Refreshing or replenishing your skin is also an important component of our plan to achieve glowing skin. One of the overall best skin supplements is vitamin A, the main component of retinols. You can find vitamin A in capsule as well as serum form. Or, try using rose hip seed oil for its anti-aging properties. The important thing is you do something to prevent premature aging of your skin.

5. Healthy Living

In addition to our CPR skincare, healthy living is a final key component to winning the skincare game and achieving our goal. When working to attain beautiful, glowing skin, you need to make certain lifestyle choices. Not smoking, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy balanced diet are some of the most important factors that will help you achieve radiant skin.

Keep reading below to discover more glowing skin remedies from our Earth Clinic contributors and let us know what has worked for you!



Apple Cider Vinegar for Glowing Skin  

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Posted by Kara (London) on 05/04/2017
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Yes true true, apple cider vinegar will cause glowing skin. I have used it for years. I drink a teaspoon of apple cid vin in warm water in the morning (whereas other people who practice Ayurveda drink lemon juice in warm water first thing in the morning). I also drink it JUST before working out. Also, on occasion I use it as my alpha hydroxy before apply a mask. To do this I saturate a cotton ball with vineger, apply all over my face but avoid just underneath my eyes. Leave for a couple of minutes, wash off with warm water. Then I apply a mask (ingredients depend on whether it's winter or summer). Glowing skin!


Posted by Tina (Danbury, Ct) on 08/25/2014
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Apple cider vinegar is my all time glowing skin remedy. I put 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of room temperature filtered water and drink it 20 minutes before dinner and then another glass 20 minutes before going to bed. It helps digest fat and improves circulation... at least for me.

Replied by Veena Morales
Denver Colorado
10/19/2014

I only take apple cider to reduce high blood pressure. I've read from some forums that it can irritate the skin when applied directly. I have sensitive skin and I cannot just apply anything without making sure that the stuff will not cause more damage than help.

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US
11/03/2014
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When we consume medicinal (healing) items via inside our bodies generally should be good enough, meaning if your skin is sensitive then drinking a little ACV should be sufficient enough.What works inside the body most times works just a well outside the body etc.Good Luck.

Replied by Veena
Denver, Colorado
11/27/2014

Thanks for the info Diamond. Another question, can I take ACV even if my blood pressure is not high or I have no ailment? Just a preventive measure like vitamin supplements?

Replied by Umar
Lahore, Pakistan
03/13/2015

Is drinking Apple Cider Vinegar safe for people suffering from high blood pressure?

Replied by Little Wing
Boston, Ma
03/15/2015

My friend's mom started taking ACV daily to deal with heartburn/GERD and a side effect was that her blood pressure was lowered. I've read quite a bit of information on people who have used it for this. Good luck.

Replied by Lydia
Texas
05/14/2015
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ACV is a good natural supplement that helps in many health problems. High blood pressure is just one of them. It is a good detox regimen too. Mix pure water with ACV and raw honey and drink 8 oz. daily.


Posted by Penny (Edmonton, Ab, CA) on 08/22/2014
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I use 1 tsp apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and pour some on a cloth and wipe my face with the cloth. Allow to air dry. My face is clearing up nicely.


Coffee Scrub  

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 05/01/2017
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A friend of mine asked me if I had tried using a coffee scrub. So I was intrigued and made some up to try it.

Coffee Scrub Recipe (Ingredient amount approximate)

  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the coconut oil (or soften to almost melted.) Stir in the castor oil. Stir in sugar, coffee and vanilla. Store in a small jar in your bathroom.

So, coffee scrub is supposed to exfoliate skin and make it soft and get rid of cellulite. I can attest to the first two but think it would need to be used regularly for a while to see if it reduces cellulite.

I just scooped some out and used it like soap and a washcloth.

Pluses:

This stuff smells amazing. And after I use it, my bathroom smelled wonderful for hours.

It feels invigorating to the skin.

Skin is very soft after a shower with it!

Negatives/Cautions

This might be harsh for sensitive skin or the face. (I haven't tried in on my face.)

It makes a mess! Keep a cup in your shower to rinse out the coffee after you rinse off.

It leaves the tub slick! I sprinkled baking soda in the tub (borax would work well here, too) after I showered and left it there so the next “showeree" wouldn't slip in the tub. Do a full cleaning of the tub if the next person who will be using it has poor balance or for the elderly!

I think you shouldn't make up a large batch. I suspect that water that gets into the container when you are scooping out some scrub will end up causing the coffee to mold over time. Eeewwww.

But overall I love it! Oh, and I stepped on a wasp (in my house! ) the other night. Last night my foot was itching terribly from it, so I used some coffee scrub on my foot and it did give some temporary relief.

I also used it to wash my hands one day just because. This is probably a good hand cleaner for grimy hands that won't leave them dried out.

Let me know what you think if you try it!
~Mama to Many~


Dietary Changes for Glowing Skin  

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Posted by Chloe (Los Angeles, Ca, Usa) on 08/25/2014
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My skin started to improve radically and glow after I became a vegan in 2010. I eat a lot of fresh produce (organic if possible) and drink wheatgrass juice once a day. There's a juice place near my apartment so I don't have to grow the wheatgrass myself. I also drink 2 BIG sports bottles of water during the day too. Water, water, water!


Honey  

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Posted by Susanmorgan (Sc) on 01/15/2017
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I use honey for my skin care routine and I think it is the best home remedy to get glowing and acne free skin.

Replied by Diane
Riverside Ca.
01/16/2017

What is your routine for using honey on the skin?


Lemon Juice for Glowing Skin  

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Posted by Alicia (Atlanta, Ga) on 08/25/2014
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I have never tried drinking apple cider vinegar for glowing skin, but I will now after reading the reviews. When my face needs a pick me up (before going to a party typically), I cleanse my skin and then apply fresh squeezed lemon juice. I don't wash it off. It's a natural exfoliant and makes my face smooth and dewy within minutes.


Oil Mix  

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Posted by Lebon (South Africa) on 04/10/2015
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I have an oil mix that I have been using to great effect. Virgin Coconut oil (Lauric Acid) +Avocado oil (mostly Omega 6) +Macadamia nut oil (mostly Omega 9 + fair amount of Omega 7).

The MCT of coconut oil helps the absorption of omegas.

As you can see these oils complement one another and the combination does wonders for my normal to dry skin.

I have also found that drinking these oils stop the inflammation of the mucus membrane that keeps your nose congested. If you intend to drink them buy the cooking grade of the oils, they can also be applied on the skin.

Apply 2x a day and notice the difference in 2 -3 weeks.


Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate  

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Posted by Renee (Bergen Co., NJ, US) on 09/10/2014
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My skin looks incredible after taking vitamin A in the form of retinyl palmitate. I have taken the liquid form of this for several weeks, starting with high doses of 150k-200k IUs per day, and now experimenting with lower doses of 15k-50k IUs, taken every few days. Great results for hair too. Never seen anything have such a drastic impact. Taken orally, you also won't have the sun sensitivity you get with topical vit A products (rentinol, etc.). In fact, it seems my skin actually tolerates the sun better than usual now. Glowing, even color and texture, and even two moles on my face (that grew back over 20+ years after being removed by a dermatologist) are shrinking. Vit A kills off pathogens, and not just those affecting skin but also all pathogens infecting all mucous membranes (GI tract, sinuses, etc.). I'm using "micellized" retinyl palmitate now, but I may try retinyl palmitate capsules as well, which are super-inexpensive.

Replied by Shelley
Wi, US
12/10/2014

Where do you find the liquid form of this product? I'm very familiar with Retinol...use the gel all of the time. I'm interested in finding out more about what you're using :) Thank you!