Women spend billions of dollars a year at drugstores, cosmetic counters and spas to gain a brighter complexion. Some of the best skin-brightening ingredients are found right in your kitchen and can be made into simple treatments that yield a glowing complexion. You get all the benefits of nature's remedies for dull skin without all of the chemicals and preservatives hiding in commercial skin treatments.
Vitamin C Treatments
Vitamin C is known for its anti-oxidant and skin-brightening properties. You can capture the benefits of vitamin C at home by peeling an orange and rubbing the white inside the peel on your face. Let the natural orange oil sit on your face for 15 to 30 minutes and rinse it off, following with a moisturizer. You can also cut some fresh slices off a grapefruit and place them on your face for about 20 minutes before rinsing and moisturizing with a dime-sized drop of olive oil. At night, take a few strawberries and mash them up with a tiny bit of water. Place them on your face for 20 minutes and gently wash it off with water.
Exfoliation is a way to get rid of old, dull skin and reveal fresh, bright new skin. A simple, gentle exfoliator is made by adding a bit of baking soda to your usual cleanser and gently rubbing it on your face for about 60 seconds before rinsing thoroughly. Another recipe uses sugar and olive oil. Place some sugar in the palm of your hand and pour in enough olive oil to make a paste. Lightly scrub a clean face in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds. Rinse face thoroughly and pat dry. This scrub is best for normal to dry skin and also works great on hands, elbows, knees and feet.
Peels can be a gentle way to get glowing skin and reduce the look of mild scarring, such as acne scars. Mash three or four plain uncoated aspirin with the back of a spoon and add a slight amount of lukewarm water. Apply it to the face and leave on for about five minutes. Wet your hands and lightly scrub your face for about a minute before rinsing thoroughly and applying moisturizer. A fruit peel can be made with one cup of fresh pineapple, a half cup of papaya and two tablespoons of honey. Once the ingredients are placed in a blender and pureed, apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for two to five minutes before rinsing with cool water. Leave it on sensitive skin for about two minutes.
Don't forget the power of drinking six to eight glasses of water a day and using a good moisturizer and sunscreen to keep your skin looking its best. All of these treatments should be used on a clean face, avoiding the eyes. Do not use scrubs or peels more often than once or twice a week. Even natural ingredients can cause allergies, so do a patch test before using any of these remedies.