Natural ways to boost your skin’s appearance for anyone – even teens!

Couple getting homemade facial mask

We all want our skin to look its best. Acne, wrinkles, discoloration or any other skin condition can make anyone self-conscious to leave their house. It’s been an issue throughout time. Generations of my family have gone through it, I’ve gone through it and from what I’ve seen, it’s probably harder than ever. I’m back to talking about the pressures to look perfect. Using filters, Photoshop or whatever it takes to make someone look perfect, in pictures. The reality is, most people don’t look like that.  That’s why there’s so much filtering and Photoshopping.

My brief history. In high school, I never had acne. I would get one pimple a year, always on picture day. But I really couldn’t complain because that one picture told a story that wasn’t true. Then I got older, and I guess some sort of karma got me. I broke out in awful cysts. At first, it was one or two, and then they started clustering on my cheeks. The stuff I used to try to remove them left me with really dry skin everywhere else. Worse, after the acne disappeared, I was left with dark spots in the same location.

I tried just about every product you could think of to help combat my acne, treat discoloration and my dry skin. No matter the cost of the product I used, nothing would work. So I had to do some research. I found out that there were natural ways to get my skin back to where it was. Better still, they were super inexpensive and also could be eaten, an even better bonus!

Additionally, I found out I was dairy intolerant, and that was causing the cysts. Once I stopped drinking milk, eating yogurt, and butter, my cysts cleared up. So no matter what I used, it never would have worked because of this!

Here are some of my tips

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Need more sleep! Most acne scarring was gone at the time of this photo.

My number one tip

Find out if you are eating, wearing or using anything that is affecting your skin. Treat that first. Some things to look for are acne, dark circles under your eyes (one of the causes for this is a sinus problem), or a yellowish hue to your skin (kidney and liver issues are some organs that can cause this). Wrinkles can be caused by using products too harsh for your skin.

The obvious tip: Drink lots of water, at least eight glasses a day.

We all know this (yet I still don’t do it as often as I should).  Some tricks for water:

Add lemon to your water: It helps to detox your body, clears skin, aids with weight loss, balances your body’s ph, boosts the immune system, is a blood purifier, and helps with throat infections.

Add some cucumber to your water: It has digestive benefits, aids with weight loss, and is a natural remedy for headaches.

Obvious tip number two: Get around eight hours of sleep.

Your body needs to be well rested. If you don’t, it will show on your skin. Trust me! Hello, three hours of sleep today because some kind and considerate person believed that 3:00 am in the morning was the perfect time for hammering and fixing things. If you’re like me and have trouble sleeping outside of things that are beyond your control, read my recent post Sweet dreams are made of this. Also, read the comments for additional tips. There is some sound advice by Shereena about letting go of things.

Some quick tips

Wash your face twice a day. Do it once when you get up in the morning and again before you go to bed at night. It’s especially important if you wear makeup, but everyone should do this!

Workout. Studies show that when you workout, you slow the aging process because of the natural human growth hormones released during vigorous activity.

Yoga for your face muscles! My mom used to do this when I was a kid, and I thought it was weird at the time, but it does help. Facial exercises help so that skin doesn’t sag, it stays younger looking and more firm. Check out YouTube for different facial yoga techniques.

Don’t compare yourself to others. You are never going to look like anyone else so try to let it go. It will only cause you stress and make you upset. Not only is this bad for your self-esteem, but it’s also bad for your skin. Stress shows on your face.

Use one or more these on your face

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I already wrote a post on the benefits of coconut oil. You know I’m a serious fan if I dedicated a whole post to it! It helped me get rid of my acne scars and also helped the little pimples that pop up now and then.

Make a lemon and honey mask. It helps to remove acne and discoloration. It also gives you a natural glow. To make one, cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice, and add a teaspoon of honey. Apply on your face for 20 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

Use cucumber slices, black teabags, or ice over your eyes. It helps to reduce puffiness and darkness. Leave either one of them on for 10 minutes with your eyes shut and relax. Play some music to help you pass the time and relax even more.

Use apple cider vinegar.  It’s a natural toner; with frequent use it can help clear acne and fade the dark spots caused by acne scars. Dab a little of it on a cotton ball and apply it to your face or affected area. Try it morning and night.

Exfoliate once or twice a week. It removes dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. It also leaves your skin baby soft! Mix a half-cup white or brown sugar with enough olive or grapeseed oil to make a paste. Apply to your face in a circular motion and let sit for 10 minutes. Wash it away with warm water.

At night, massage olive oil on your skin. It works to hydrate it without clogging your pores. When you wake up your skin will be my softer and smoother.

Eat more of this!

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Eat bananas. They give you energy, boost your mood, help with dehydration so your skin doesn’t wrinkle, and they make your skin glow.

Eat strawberries. They contain salicylic acid which helps fight acne.

Eat cherries. They contain melatonin to help you sleep better. I’ve written about this benefit in my smoothie bowl recipes with cherries.

Drink green tea. Technically not food, but a cup of green tea can keep wrinkles at bay. Studies have shown that green tea is 200 times more potent than Vitamin E for healing damaged skin.

Our skin is all different, what works for me and others, might not work for you, but if you’re experiencing some of the issues mentioned, it doesn’t hurt to see if they help. It will take some time to notice a difference, but if you create a routine and stick with it, you should see some. It took me a few weeks to see the difference with coconut oil, but I did.

These are some of my tips. Do you have any to share?

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  1. I use baking soda and mineral oil with a drop of essential oil to moisturize, changed my life. Also drinking mineral water instead of bottled spring water. Initially I was pissed after years of damage from products I used and trips to the doctor thinking something is wrong with me. When I was just putting too much product on my skin. Thanks for spreading natural and healthy remedies.

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    • So sorry for the late reply. I didn’t see your comment. Thank you for sharing that tip! I haven’t tried either of those. I am going to test them out. Thank you very much for also spreading natural and healthy remedies. I really appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment and share some healthy tips!. Have a wonderful day

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  2. Great blog Samantha! It’s amazing how inexpensive and using natural ways can improve your skin. I also find that using products from the bath and body shop like coconut oil helps me treat my dry skin.

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    • So sorry for the late reply. I missed comments on this post. Thank you for your comment. I hope you find something useful for you in here! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a great day.

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  3. Great tips Sam, really enjoyed reading your post. I loved your point about watching what we eat and dairy. Once I stopped drinking fresh milk my overall health improved this is so true. I will be trying the other tips for discolouration. 👌😊

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    • Thanks so much Shereena! I hope you don’t mind that I mentioned your sleep tip in here too (I truly found it to be an awesome one). I hope the discolouration tips work for you too. I have only used them on my face so far…now it’s time for the scars from being a clumsy but tomboyish kid!

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      • Sam it’s fine by me, I don’t mind at all. We are all on this platform to help and learn from each other, so if I’ve been of help to you then it’s only right you try to help others as well. Feel free to share with others 😊. Lol I was and still a tomboy myself, you should see my legs 😂😂😂. I am glad we are learning from each other, Stay in touch ❤👌

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  4. Wowww amazing tips!!! I’m so trying the olive oil, the Apple cider vinegar, facial yoga and the green tea!!! Love this article soooo much !!!

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      • Yeah I was running into the same issue for a while I have actually steered clear of toners as it was making my skin very dry while using like a 3 step cleansing routine. Plus like you said, toners can be pretty expensive! So do you find that the scent of the apple cider vinegar lingers long after applying?

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