4 Ways to Refresh Your Skin Naturally During Quarantine

As Written for: Our Melanin Voices

Besides drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, taking a multivitamin, and getting an adequate good night’s rest, you can exfoliate, moisturize, and tone your skin for a healthy glow. One myth is that melanin skin does not have issues with aging or scarring, but that is not true. All skin types need to be clarified and refreshed regularly. You may be stuck inside but even without your local spa being open, you can treat your skin to some self care at home with the following natural remedies for dry, dull skin.

1. Coffee Ground Scrub

For an antioxidant boost, enjoy a natural scrub straight from your coffee pot, using what you already have on hand in your kitchen. There are two ways to make this natural scrub. Brew a fresh cup of coffee. Remove the grinds and allow to sit and cool. Scoop 3-4 tablespoons into a bowl. Using your fingers apply some of the coffee grinds to your hands and begin scrubbing. Rinse with cool water for refreshed, vibrant skin.

If you have sensitive skin or do not have fresh coffee grinds on hand, this scrub can also be made by mixing equal parts olive oil and dry coffee grounds together. Simply mix both ingredients together in a bowl and let sit for 5 min until the grounds have softened, then follow the same steps.

2. Honey Masque

Moisturize your facial skin naturally with a honey masque. This works best with organic, 100% pure that has not been processed with chemicals and does not contain additives. Try buying a locally owned brand. Raw honey or Manuka honey are also options for added nourishment and healing. Using 2-3 tablespoons of honey, spread it with your fingers onto your face and any problem areas. Make sure to spread it in a thin layer so that the honey does not run. Leave it on for 5-8 min or until honey begins to dry. Rinse with cool water for soft, moisturized skin.

3. Turmeric Powder

Turmeric powder has powerful anti-aging properties due containing curcumin which is filled with antioxidants. It is nourishing for the skin, reduces inflammation, and has the unique ability to give the skin a sun-kissed glow. It is also especially helpful for those suffering from hyperpigmentation because it naturally tones the skin. As a result, it can also help reduce scarring from acne. Use turmeric powder as an additive in your coffee ground scrub or honey masque or use alone by making a simple paste from Greek yogurt and turmeric powder. Turmeric powder is best for medium to deep complexions as it gives a visible stain to light or fair skin tones.

4. Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip seed oil is an ideal for use after exfoliating, moisturizing, or toning your skin. That is because Rosehip seed oil is anti-aging and contains vitamins such as Vitamin A and C that renew your skin from the inside out and reduce inflammation. In addition to these benefits it also boosts collagen formation, protects against sun damage, reduces hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and scars, as well as brightens, hydrates, and moisturizes the skin. If you struggle with acne, try Hemp seed oil as an alternative. Hemp seed oil should be stored in the refrigerator. If you have extremely dry skin, try Argan oil.

Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/turmeric-for-skin#helps-acne-scarring
Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/rosehip-oil-for-face#takeaway

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