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As summer blazes on, our skin is bearing the brunt of sun-drenched afternoons and boozy evening barbecues—the words that come to mind are burnt, dull and chemically stressed. Luckily, the key to combating a lackluster, uneven complexion doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, many household ingredients—and the all-natural products derived from them—can powerfully brighten and tighten without the negative effects of harsh additives. Scroll through for our top picks for skin-smoothing remedies so natural, they might already be hiding in your home.
HoneyRaw honey is packed with phytonutrients, antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that work to tone, soothe and moisturize exhausted skin. A honey and coconut oil mask cleanses as it moisturizes, making it the perfect remedy for a few too many hours in the sun.
LemonYou're no doubt aware that vitamin C is this year's It skincare ingredient. Dilute fresh lemon juice with water and swipe over problem skin for a vital nutrient punch that brightens and tones, or opt for products that implement the fruit's rejuvenating properties for a baby-soft complexion.
This gentle astringent, derived from the witch hazel shrub, is a cure-all for everything from eczema to ingrown hairs. Add a dab of alcohol-free toner to your nightly routine to tighten pores, sans the burning and peeling that so often accompany chemical astringents.
Not only are cucumbers mega moisturizing—they're 96% water, after all—but they also happen to be perfectly pH-balanced for our skin. If cucumber eye pads feel too on-the-nose, try Farmacy's Hydrating Gel Mask, which harnesses the healing powers of cucumber and coconut and is wallet-friendly to boot.
Harvested from the seeds of rose bushes, this antiaging oil employs essential fatty acids and antioxidant carotenoids to hydrate parched skin and correct dark spots. Specially formulated for sensitive skin, Pai's Rosehip serum naturally repairs and protects.
Tea Tree Oil
This multipurpose Australian oil’s incredible antibiotic properties battle ailments from acne to athlete's foot. We love applying tea tree oil between face wash and moisturizer to control excess oil and unclog pores. (Tip: If your skin is sensitive, be sure to dilute tea tree oil with water or a gentler oil, like jojoba or coconut.)
Lauded as a healing herb for thousands of years, ginseng is chock-full of phytonutrients that keep skin looking glowy and youthful. There's a good chance your pantry is already stocked with ginseng tea. If you're looking to level up, Origins GinZing scrub offers a modern take on the ancient herb with exfoliating jojoba and brightening caffeine.