There are so many ways to get softer skin
There are so many ways to get softer skin

Now is the perfect time to get your skin in shape. So many of us obsess over our bodies, especially when the weather is about to get warmer—and forget that our skin is the first thing anyone sees in a bathing suit. Before you bare (almost!) all in your summer gear and at the beach, don’t neglect your skin! Check out these amazing home remedies guaranteed to get you softer skin this year.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate—For All Skin Types!

Most people don’t realize just how much staying hydrated supports beautiful skin—and how much dehydration hurts your skin, especially on your face. Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways you can flush toxins and waste from your body and achieve glowing, smooth skin. How much? Aim for the 8 to 10 glasses per day you’ve heard before.

In the meantime, avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, carbonated, and sugary drinks. You can round out your hydration plan by eating lots of vegetables and fruits that are high in water content; celery, cucumbers, and tomatoes along with melon, strawberries, and citrus fruits.

Ease Signs of Aging

Aloe vera is serious anti-aging ingredient. It helps you keep clear, smooth skin and fights age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. It’s best to get your aloe right from the plant. You can use straight aloe gel and rub it right into your skin. You can also mix it with lemon juice and honey for a 15 minute mask twice a week.

Lemon juice is excellent for fighting aging in its own right; it smooths and softens, lightens scars and age spots, and cleanses your skin deeply yet gently. That’s because it is packed with antioxidants and enzymes that exfoliate your skin without damaging it.

Release the Grease

Clay is a natural remedy for oily skin. It cleans out your pores and exfoliates without being too harsh. Use green or white clay from a natural pharmacy or health food store mixed with apple cider vinegar and just a little honey; mix them until they’re creamy and apply a thin layer to your skin. Once it’s dry it’s time to rinse it off gently without pulling your skin. Your skin will feel amazing after this treatment!

Egg whites are another great way to tame, tighten, and tone oily skin. That’s because it soaks up oil and leaves nourishing vitamin A behind. Just whip an egg white until it’s meringue-like and stiff. Spread it over your skin, let it dry, and then rinse with warm water.

Assassinate Acne

Let tea tree oil rid your skin of bacteria that causes acne naturally; it will also reduce blemishes and scars. You can apply this oil right to pimples and patches of acne several times a day. You’ll be amazed how fast they disappear!

For another natural skin toner try fresh tomato. It helps you smooth your skin while treating blemishes and acne. Just puree fresh tomatoes and apply the pulp to your face for about 10 minutes. Once you wash it off with warm water you’ll reveal glowing skin. Use it enough and you’ll not only zap your acne but also shrink your pores.

Smooth Things Over

Raw honey is the perfect natural skin smoother. Just slather a thin coating on your face and neck, and rinse with cold water after about 10 minutes for absolutely silky skin. For an overnight option and some serious smoothing power, mix raw honey and cinnamon into a thick paste, gently coat your face, and leave it on overnight (don’t forget to cover your pillow with an old towel!). In the morning rinse your face with lukewarm water and get ready to feel amazing all day.

The Bottom Line

There are so many ways to achieve softer skin. Don’t forget this important step in your summer readiness program—after all, even if you don’t bare all at the beach, the world will see your face. Maintain—or create—a healthy, smooth and soft, glowing complexion starting right now!