Natural beauty can be easier than you think.
Makeup can certainly make a woman look beautiful, but let's face it, sometimes makeup is just too time consuming, too messy and too expensive. Additionally, there's an allure to a woman who can look gorgeous and glowing without any makeup and just a natural face.
Achieving a natural face that you can feel confident and proud to show without makeup takes just a few simple tips and tricks, some work at home and a few key recipes. Luckily, this article will explain the top five great natural remedies that you can make at home to make your skin glow and your beauty shine through without a drop of makeup.
1. The #1 Face Scrub to Unclog Pores
Acne blemishes and blackheads are caused deep down by clogged pores, so cleaning those tiny holes out is the secret to glowing skin. Unfortunately, there are so many exfoliating scrubs on the market today that it's hard to keep track. Little did you know, the best exfoliant is probably in your kitchen cupboards right now: baking soda.
To use baking soda as an amazing pore unclogging scrub, simply combine four teaspoons of the soda with two tablespoons of water and let sit for four to five minutes. Moisten your face with cool water, and massage the baking soda mixture into the skin (avoiding the delicate eye area). Do this for three minutes, then rinse with cool water and use a light moisturizer.
2. Get Rid of Discoloration With This Natural Face Mask
Bleaching and lightening creams are all the rage for skin that may be dried out and discolored from acne scars or sun spots, but almost no one knows that lemons are actually an excellent natural bleaching agent.
For skin discoloration, simply cut a lemon in half squeeze out the juice into a bowl. Combine with one tablespoon honey, then rub on the affected area. Allow the citrus and honey mask to sit for three to five minutes on the skin, and then rinse. You'll see a difference immediately.
3. Simple Teeth Whitening Recipe That Delivers Amazing Results
As with the exfoliating cream and the dry skin remedy, both baking soda and lemon juice will drive away yellowing plaque and use powerful and natural chemical reactions to clean teeth, revealing a white smile that rivals those held by Hollywood stars and celebrities.
Simply mix one tablespoon baking soda with one and a half tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in a small bowl. You will notice the mixture bubble slightly. Remove saliva and film from the front surfaces of your teeth with a cotton swab and apply the mixture. Allow to sit one minute (no longer to avoid erosion) before wiping off with a toothbrush and rinsing.
4. Lash Lengthening and Thickening Recipe for Bright and Beautiful Eyes
Mascara is usually the go-to for lengthening lashes and opening up the eyes, but the naturally beautiful woman doesn't need mascara. Creams and oils that are sold for $30-$110 dollars claiming to extend the natural length and thickness of lashes are over-priced and don't always work.
A simple trick to thickening and lengthening lashes will only cost $2-$3 and can be found in your local drugstore. It's also 100 percent natural: castor oil. Simply combine a drop or two of castor oil with a drop of olive oil and lightly coat your lashes (and brows too if desired) each night. Don't put on too much or it could get in your eyes. In two to three weeks, friends will be asking where you got your new mascara.
Bonus:Green Diva Kate Bartolotta does a great 101 on facial oil cleansing-why we should do it, how we should do it and an easy DIY recipe for the different types of oil for different types of skin. Listen to her Green Divas Radio Show podcast segment here for yet another natural beauty method.
Written by Green Diva Paisley (Paisley Hansen) for The Green Divas.
Image: Stefanie Neves