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Ask any woman for a list of their beauty wishes and I bet that clear, glowing skin is at the top. Clear and smooth skin is nature’s indicator that we are young, healthy and vibrant. When our skin is less than perfect, makeup comes in handy to cover blemishes, but these skincare hacks could keep blemishes away for good. However, if you would like to work on clearing up your skin so you can wear less makeup this coming spring, here are some easy skincare hacks.

#1 Cleanse and Exfoliate with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural antiseptic, which means that it kills bacteria and neutralizes the area to prevent future bacteria growth. It also serves as an anti-inflammatory and removes dead skin. This killer combination is perfect for acne-prone skin.

Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of water or lemon juice to make a smooth paste. Gently rub the mixture on a clean face to give yourself an anti-acne exfoliation. Rinse with water.

#2 Hydrate and Nourish with Cucumbers

The silica in cucumbers helps to nourish your skin while the watery fiber helps seal in moisture. It’s the perfect beauty food!

Cut thick slices and rub them on your clean face. Let it dry and leave on overnight. Wash your face normally in the morning to reveal hydrated skin.

#3 Clear Skin and Reduce Dark Spots with Lemon

Lemon kills bacteria while the acid provides a gentle “peel-like” experience for your skin. Furthermore, the vitamin C helps reduce dark spots and promotes skin renewal.

My favorite way to use lemon on my skin is by combining it with honey. Mix the juice from half a lemon with a tablespoon of raw honey. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for ten minutes. Rinse off with water and let it air dry. You will be amazed at how your skin feels! You can also squeeze some lemon into your hand and apply it directly to your face. Leave it for ten minutes, and then rinse off.

#4 Moisturize with Honey

Honey works well as a moisturizing agent. It also contains antibacterial properties to help fight infections, such as acne.

Apply raw honey to clean skin and leave it until it dries. Rinse with clean water and moisturize with a good oil such as coconut oil. You can do this every day, or just when you need a little extra boost of moisture this winter.

#5 Soothe Irritated Skin with Turmeric

Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties when consumed. The great thing is that it works the same way topically. It also is a skin lightener so it helps heal any scars or marks you may have.

There are a number of ways to apply turmeric as a paste. You can mix it with pineapple juice, for example, to help reduce acne scars that may be lingering. Leave the paste on your skin until it dries and then wash it off with clean water.

#6 Limit Sugar Intake

Sugar doesn’t just make you gain weight, it will also wreak havoc on your skin. The sugar binds with collagen—the stuff that makes your skin glow—and prevents it from doing its “glowy” thing. It’s best to limit your sugar intake. Instead, eat green vegetables, healthy fats, lean protein, and slow-burning carbs.

#7 Workout Regularly

Research has recently shown that exercise can help make skin look (and act) more youthful. It’s true! Subjects that had lived a sedentary lifestyle were instructed to add weekly exercise into their routine. By the end of the study, skin cells were examined and compared to skin cells prior to exercise. The participants not only helped heal their skin but also helped reverse signs of aging.

#8 Don’t Pick at Your Face

Pimples can be pesky and oh so tempting to pick at or pop. Believe me, I get it. But when you start messing with your face, you’re damaging the skin and increasing the likelihood of scarring. Practice self-restraint and don’t touch your face. Instead, let nature work itself out and let the pimples run their course naturally.

Beautiful skin doesn’t have to come with fancy labels and expensive price tags. A few lifestyle changes and kitchen-made treatments can turn your skin around in no time. Give some of these a try and see what beautiful skin you can unveil this coming spring!