Natural Remedies for Glowing Skin

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Glowing Skin Natural Remedies

Our skin takes a beating from the weather, the aging process, make up, skin care products and even bad food choices. Natural remedies for glowing skin are simple and inexpensive! Apple cider vinegar, turmeric and sesame oil are several such remedies that nourish the skin and make it glow!

1. French Cure for Glowing Skin

Watch our video on a surprising natural remedy used in France that will give you an instant glow and soft skin! We promise you won't need to travel to France to buy this fantastic remedy. Chances are you already have it in your kitchen!

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can be diluted with distilled water to make a toner for your face. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to ½ cup of water and use a cotton ball to apply the toner to your skin. This is helpful for acne and blemishes. Apple cider vinegar toner can reduce pore size on your face.  It also restores your body to its proper pH, which is slightly acidic. If this is too strong for you, feel free to dilute it further! Apple cider vinegar internally is also a help to the skin. Try a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water once or twice a day!

3. Aloe

Aloe is famous for its skin healing properties. Massage some aloe onto your face for its astringent properties. First thing in the morning, aloe helps to reduce eye puffiness.

4. Argan Oil

The thought of using oil on your face may leave you skeptical, but oils have nutrients for the skin. Argan oil absorbs quickly and gives your face some vitamin A and E, both helpful to the skin. Try using oil at night on your face after you remove your make up. You may be surprised to find a glow in the morning, not an oily shine.

5. Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is commonly used in Ayurvedic healing. This antioxidant rich oil has been used for beautification for centuries. It can reduce inflammation and soften the skin. Look for a cold pressed or expeller pressed sesame oil.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric can be used internally and externally to reduce infection and inflammation. Turmeric is usually used in powdered form. You can use it in face masks, which are especially helpful for acne prone skin. Turmeric can temporarily stain the skin, so try it out at night. Try turmeric in a face mask with honey or French green clay.

7. Clay Masks

Clay masks are used as a luxury treatment to reduce blemishes, acne, blackheads and oily skin. You can mix French green clay with water until it is a soft clay consistency. Apply the clay to your face and allow it to stay on your face for 10 minutes or so. It is harder to remove the clay once it dries, so go ahead and remove it if it is starting to dry. Remove the clay with warm water.

You can mix equal parts of French green clay and turmeric and then add water to reconstitute the clay to make an especially anti-inflammatory mask. This mask can stain the skin temporarily so use it at night until you see how it affects your skin.

Don’t use face masks more than once or twice a week as they can dry out the skin.

8. Gelatin

Gelatin helps your body to form collagen which is a part of the foundation of your skin. Add 1-3 teaspoons to your morning smoothie or oatmeal to gain the benefits from this protein.

9. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also needed in the body for collagen production and immune support. Vitamin C supplements are especially helpful to your skin if you suffer with acne.

10. Hydration

Dehydrated skin is dry and wrinkly. Keep well hydrated to prevent this. You will be surprised at how much better your skin looks and you feel if you stay well hydrated. Use water and herbal teas to keep hydrated. Sodas, coffee, and energy drinks should not be your primary source of hydration.

11. Good Nutrition

Your skin, like the rest of your body is made of what you eat. If you do not provide adequate nutrients to your body, all systems will suffer, including your skin. Aim for a well balanced whole foods diet. You can still eat birthday cake at birthday parties, but not for breakfast!

12. Exercise

Exercise allows your body to remove toxins, improves your mood, and gets your blood moving around the body to for healing, regeneration and proper function. You know it is good for you; find a way to exercise that you enjoy. If you don’t already exercise, start with a little, not a marathon.

13. Smile

You know a smile is the best way to have a radiant countenance, in spite of any flaws you may perceive in your appearance. Cultivating a smiling habit can be done! Use a marker to write the word “Smile!” on the bathroom mirror! Put up pictures of smiling people in your house, or funny pictures that make you smile.

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

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Natural Remedies for Acne

Apple Cider Vinegar for Glowing Skin

5 User Reviews
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Posted by Kara (London) on 05/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar for Glowing Skin
Posted by Tina (Danbury, Ct) on 08/25/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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)

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)
5 out of 5 stars

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)

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)

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

Replied by Little Wing
(Boston, Ma)

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Glowing Skin
Posted by Penny (Edmonton, Ab, CA) on 08/22/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Baking Soda, Honey and Egg White Mask

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Posted by Bianca (Quezon City ) on 06/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I'm used baking soda for more than a month. But not just baking soda alone I mixed it with pure honey and the white of egg mix them together and using it as my face mask everyday before taken a bath. Apply nicely rub so gently on my face circular motion until I'm feel it's tighten and leave on my face up to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water then cold after to close the poreses..,, My skin look radiant rosy smooth and it's tighten. I love it! My family and friends they noticed the changes Of skin on my face. So easy and no need to go to any derm clinic. It's so natural way, very helpful.

Coffee Scrub

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 05/01/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.


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!


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

1 User Review
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Posted by Chloe (Los Angeles, Ca, Usa) on 08/25/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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!


1 User Review
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Posted by Susanmorgan (Sc) on 01/15/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.)

What is your routine for using honey on the skin?

Lemon Juice for Glowing Skin

1 User Review
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Posted by Alicia (Atlanta, Ga) on 08/25/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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

1 User Review
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Posted by Lebon (South Africa) on 04/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Oil Pulling

1 User Review
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Posted by Katzie (Calgary) on 05/17/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Just the other day I was lamenting turning 55 and the brown spots on my lower cheeks, saggy skin, and dark eyes. I started OP as a way to deal with an infected tooth (it worked), and as of today, I have done it 3 times, for 20 mins each time. Got a foamy mess after each time, meaning it attracted crap from under my gums! Now my immune system is free to battle other places. My mouth feels fantastic!

I much prefer Coconut Oil, mixed with EVOO if I am running out, but EVOO on its own just felt greasy, but I still did it. The foam was yellow. Sesame oil and CO are much better for me. I could never use corn oil after seeing a video on how it's made! Yuck.

But ANOTHER benefit that I haven't seen mentioned enough is to the skin! When I looked in the mirror this morning, I thought an intruder was in the bathroom with me! 'cause I sure as heck did not recognize that lady! My skin is now crystal clear and spot-free. HOW did that happen so quickly?! Oil Puller for Life here!!! Be blessedly healthy, everyone, please!