Bright skin isn’t the same thing as shiny skin. You want your skin to look bright and radiant because that translates to good health and youthfulness. The opposite of a bright complexion is a dull one, and you definitely don’t want that. Brightening your skin might not happen overnight, but it won’t take forever either. Using the tips on this list should have your skin looking brighter in just a couple of weeks.
1. Keep Lemons in Your Kitchen at All Times
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps fight the signs of aging. Because you probably don’t want to eat lemons plain, you can use them instead as a facial cleanser. Use lemon juice, diluted with water, to help brighten skin and slough off dull skin cells. Lemon peels can also be used to get rid of dark spots and even things out.
2. Exfoliate at Least Once Each Week, or Twice for Quicker Results
Most skincare experts will tell you that a weekly exfoliation is necessary for bright, healthy skin. Why? Because when you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells, uncovering your fresh, young skin underneath. There are tons of exfoliation products on store shelves, but you can also make your own with equal parts olive oil and white sugar. Exfoliate gently to prevent damaging your skin and in just a week or two, you’ll notice brighter skin.
3. Swap Your Daily Milk Chocolate for the Dark Kind
Yes, allowing yourself an ounce or so of chocolate each day is a perfectly fine. However, milk chocolate is full of sugar, which can wreak havoc on your skin. Swap it out for a square of dark chocolate and you load your skin with antioxidants and cut back on your sugar intake. You’ll be surprised at what a big difference this simple step can make in just a couple of weeks.
4. Apply an Almond Oil Mask Each Morning for Two Weeks
You’ll love how awesome your skin will look after doing this! I bet you’ll want to keep it up far longer too. Simply massage a bit of almond oil into your face and neck each morning, allowing it to do its magic for about 10 minutes, before rinsing with cool water. If you love the taste of almonds, eating them can boost the benefits.
5. Increase Your Fluid Intake, but Not Just with Water
Bright skin is much easier to achieve when you are well hydrated so you should be sipping water all day long. However, research shows that mixing and matching your fluids can have even more benefits. For example, unsweetened tea and black coffee are both loaded with antioxidants. Water rich fruits and veggies, such as cucumber, lettuce, watermelon and oranges, load you with fluids as well as other nutrients you skin needs, such as vitamins A and C.
6. Overhaul Your Diet for the Next Two Weeks…and beyond
Eating the right foods definitely impacts your skin. You need antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E as well as many others to keep your skin bright and healthy looking. Experts suggest a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. You also want healthy fats from foods like salmon, avocado and nuts. These foods help ensure adequate nutrient intake and the best looking skin you’ve ever seen.
7. Go to Bed Earlier, Starting Today
Your skin uses the time you spend sleeping to restore and revitalize. That means that skimping on the shut eye can really dull your skin and make you look less than fresh. That’s why today is the day you start hitting the sack earlier. The average woman needs anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Are you getting enough?
8. Apply an Aloe Vera Mask
Aloe Vera has the ability to lighten dark spots on the skin as well as overall improving skin complexion. If you don't have an aloe vera plant, use aloe vera gel instead which should be quite easy to find. If you do have a plant, start by cutting the outer layers of an aloe vera leaf and squeeze out the thick, jelly-like substance. Apply the gel thoroughly on your skin. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off with water. Repeat at least twice daily for two weeks for brighter skin!
9. Take Really Good Care of Your Skin
It's not rocket science, people! If you're already taking good care of your skin you should see a noticeable difference in terms of the brightness of your skin. Taking care of your skin means washing it twice a day with a cleanser and moisturiser suited for your skin type, exfoliating up to twice a week to remove dead skin and so on. Remember: take good care of your skin and it will take care of you!
10. Consider Quitting Unhealthy Habits
We all know that habits such as smoking doesn't do your skin any favours, so I'm sure you can imagine how it will reduce the complexion and brighten of your skin over a long period of time. Now could be a great time to finally kick those unhealthy habits that are stopping you from achieving super bright and beautiful looking skin!
Which of these things are you going to start doing today? Are you super excited to see brighter skin the mirror?