Skin in the Game: 15 Surprising Ways to Rejuvenate Your Face

There are a number of home remedies and inexpensive treatments that you can incorporate into your beauty routine for some awesome skin rejuvenation.

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You exercise, you maintain a healthy(ish) diet and you work hard to take care of your body, inside and out. And yet, despite your best efforts, when you look in the mirror all you can think is Damn, I have aged. And shortly after you stop crying on the bathroom floor, you pick yourself up and start shopping for the best skin rejuvenation products money can buy. Sound familiar?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Our environment and lifestyle choices can cause our skin to age prematurely.” And in some cruel trick of nature, when your skin does age, everyone sees it because your skin is the largest and most visible organ in your entire body. How is that fair?! The good news is that not all damage is irreversible and you don’t even have to pony up the big bucks to see results. There are a number of home remedies and inexpensive treatments that you can incorporate into your beauty routine for some awesome, no nonsense skin rejuvenation. Here are some of our favorite tips for beautiful skin.

1. Add some lemon juice to a scrub to brighten your complexion


We can’t take credit for this concoction (thank you Bethenny Frankel) but we like it and so does our skin. Mix ½ cup fresh lemon juice, ½ cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.  Heat the oil, mix in the brown sugar and top with the lemon juice. You can use this as a facial scrub to freshen up your skin after a long day.

2. Start your day with coffee (no, not in your cup)

A cup of coffee can certainly perk you up in the morning. True story. But when applied to your skin it can perk your face up in a whole new way. For a DIY coffee face scrub: Mix 1/3 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup coffee grounds, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon (nix this ingredient if you have sensitive skin) and 1 cup light olive oil or coconut oil.  The scrub exfoliates and moisturizes, the coffee is thought to reduce redness and the smell will wake you up instantly.

3. Use bronzer to look tan (without actually baking in the sun)

Hand-held skin cream

It’s no secret that the sun can do major damage to your skin. Sure, everyone loves a sun-kissed glow, but exposing your skin to the sun’s harmful UV rays can accelerate how quickly your skin ages. That trip to the beach isn’t looking so appealing anymore is it?  Achieve a bronzed glow without actually being in the sun by using bronzing makeup or a self-tanner.

4. Facials are your friend

When it comes to skin rejuvenation, sometimes you need a little more than a soothing cream or a refreshing facial scrub. Sometimes you need a professional to work her magic and cleanse parts of your skin you can’t see. It’s important to cleanse your pores so that you skin can look and feel healthy, both on the outside and below the surface. And good news, if a professional facial is too expensive for your taste, there are many at-home facial techniques you can try.

5. Try applying apple cider vinegar as a toner

Apple cider vinegar to apply to the skin

If your skincare routine is usually wash, dry and done, then you’re missing out on the benefits of using a skin toner. So what exactly is a toner? Traditionally, they soothe your skin through a combination of moisturizers, oils and extracts. Try making your own toner at home by mixing 1 part natural apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water. The vinegar will reduce inflammation and regulate your skin’s pH.

6. Check out a new way to use baking soda

You know that baking soda in your pantry that you haven’t touched? Put it to use by exfoliating with this natural and inexpensive kitchen staple and get rid of the dead skin cells hiding a fresh and clear complexion.

7. Moisturize


This is by far one of the most important tips for beautiful skin. You know it’s important to hydrate your body, but hydration is important for your skin as well. Make sure to keep your skin properly hydrated by using the right moisturizer for your skin type. And just because you skin doesn’t look dry does not mean you don’t need to moisturize. Try to apply moisturizer at least once daily and see how much more youthful your skin will look. Hey, you never know, you might even get carded during your next trip to the wine store.

8. Apply mustard (but hold the hot dog)

Mustard may be delicious on sandwiches, but did you ever think to apply it to your face? Don’t worry, neither did we. And yes, it sounds a bit gross. But mild (think, basic yellow) mustard is actually a great ingredient to use as a face mask if you’re in a bind and don’t have a store-bought product on hand. The mustard hydrates and stimulates your skin.

9. Say yes to steam


Clean pores are the key to clear skin. And one of the best ways to clear your pores is with steam. A facial steam offers several benefits including the softening and removal of dead surface cells, the cleansing of the pores and increased circulation, all of which can lead to clearer, glowing skin. Whether you visit the steam room at your gym, go to the spa or opt for an at-home steam (hey pot of hot water, how are you?), steam is definitely a friend to your face.

10. New season, time for new makeup

With each passing season you update your wardrobe, you update your workout routine and you try out a new hair color. And yet, you’ve been using the same makeup for years. Wake up and smell the shopping spree! You need to invest in makeup that suits your skin today, not two years ago. Plus, if you’ve been using the same tube of concealer then first of all, we’re impressed, and second of all, it’s probably housing all sorts of bacteria and germs. Time to toss the tube and start fresh.

11. A good offense is the best defense

Some hands applying sunscreen on the skin

You’ve definitely heard people talk about defense in reference to sports, but how about regards to your skincare? You can’t just tend to your skin after a breakout or sunburn, you need to protect it before any damage is done. Enter our friend sunscreen, the ultimate defense. Get into the habit of using SPF every, single, day. Even if it’s not sunny out or it’s -5 degrees, SPF is always a must-use.

12. Olive oil—it’s not just for cooking

Ideally your skin would never get dry because you use moisturizer as a part of your daily routine. But we know that sometimes you forget, and sometimes your skin has a mind of its own and it gets parched. If you ever need to hydrate super dry skin, apply a little olive oil for instant relief.

13. Oatmeal is soothing for your soul and your skin


There’s just something incredibly soothing about oatmeal. It goes down smooth and warms you up from the inside while giving you energy to power through your day. But it has added benefits for your skin as well. If you have sensitive skin then oatmeal might just be your new best friend. Oatmeal relieves irritated, dry or sensitive skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turns out those oatmeal baths you took as a kid weren’t a load of crap after all.

14. Work up a good sweat

Exercise not only improves circulation but when you sweat your skin is flushing out all of the germs and toxins hiding in your pores. Better blood circulation plus clean pores lead to beautiful, glowing skin. And an added bonus: when you feel healthy you gain confidence and that attitude shines on your face.

15. Apply a papaya mask for smoother skin


A papaya mask exfoliates and softens your skin while removing dead skin cells. Plus, if you eat papaya you will retain water so your skin will look hydrated and fresh. Who knew a fruit could help you achieve healthy skin from the inside and out?

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