With all the sunshine, vitamin D and fresh air, you’d think summer would be a great time for our complexions but we often find that it’s the opposite. While safe tanning and being outdoors can be great, more often than not we’re faced with high temperatures, packed commuter trains and smog that can leave us with open, clogged pores and problem skin. If you’re finding that the sweltering summer heat is leaving you with blemishes and a dull complexion, you might want to try out these simple home remedies designed to give you a clear and glowing visage.
When faced with spots and drab skin, it can feel like life has handed you all of the lemons. Luckily you can use those lemons in all sorts of ways to help your complexion. Our favourite recipe is to team lemon and honey in a delicious homemade face mask. Both ingredients are naturally antiseptic (great for fighting blemishes and blackheads!) while lemon will help lighten acne scars and honey will help to moisturise the skin. If you prefer a scrub over a mask, you can also pair lemon with sugar or coffee grounds for an invigorating exfoliator. Be warned though, lemon juice is highly acidic so you should always make sure it’s sufficiently diluted — just one or two drops will do the trick.
Another store cupboard staple that is surprisingly good for skin, oatmeal can do wonders for acne. Oats naturally absorb oil and bacteria from the skin’s surface while their rough texture is also great for exfoliation.
The Glow Diet
Tired or dull skin can just as easily be caused by a bad diet as it can be by an insufficient cleansing routine or unlucky genes. If your skin just won’t glow no matter how much cleansing and moisturising you do, you might need to take a look at what you eat. Avoid sugary and salty foods in favour of the likes of tomatoes, green tea, oily fish and superfood berries like blueberries. These are all packed with skin-loving ingredients like antioxidants, lycopene and wrinkle-busting natural oils that will give your complexion a natural glow.
Don’t Forget The Essentials
You may have heard of hair oil but did you know that essential oils can be fantastic for skin too? It can seem counterproductive to slather your skin in oil, especially if you’re naturally shiny or blemish-prone, but doing so can help you achieve that perfect complexion. Stripping your skin of oil with harsh toners and scrubs will actually lead your skin to produce more so using essential oils is a great way to achieve balance. Tea tree oil is particularly effective on problem skin while plenty of celebrities rely on rosehip oil to fade old acne scars and promote a glowing complexion.