By Erica Belcher

We all go through the dreaded blemished skin phase, a time when our skin seems to be our worst enemy. We try, to no avail, all kinds of cleansers and products that profess to make the unwanted dullness and dryness go away. The good news is there are many natural and easy ways to diminish blemishes and make your skin look brighter and younger in no time at all.

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Having brighter skin in one week can be simple - we promise!

Step 1

Steam your face to open up your pores. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add natural herbs such as thyme, peppermint or lemon for oily skin. Add chamomile or lime for dry or sensitive skin. Pour the steaming water into a large bowl. Hold a towel around your head as you level your face above the steaming bowl of water. This steaming technique will remove dirt, makeup or dead skin cells that clog your pores. Apply a cool washcloth to the face for 10 minutes to cool your skin and close your pores.

Step 2

Use non-soapy facial cleansers to avoid drying out your skin. Find cleansers that include natural ingredients. Pat your skin with a dry cloth instead of wiping it so that you don't burn your skin. Apply moisturizers with natural ingredients after you have dried your face. Repeat this procedure daily.

Step 3

Drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and eliminate processed food and foods that are high in sugar. Eat broccoli and fish for added brightness. Avoid alcohol and spicy foods that contain histamine and cause the skin to redden. Add antioxidants to your diet. Use vitamin C in concentrations that are greater than 10 percent to even out your skin tone and prevent damage to your skin from UV rays exposure.

Step 4

Get an ample amount of sleep to prevent dark circles around the eyes and puffiness of the eyes and face. Remember to relax and eliminate stress by remaining active and spending time outside.