Everyone goes through skin issues—even those with naturally clear skin. From dryness to acne to puffiness, every single one of us experiences problems with our complexion. And when they do happen, we usually resort to what we know: over-the-counter treatments, DIY methods, and consulting skin experts.

But while there are tried-and-tested methods to solving specific skin problems, there are also lesser-known, and even surprising ways of fixing them.

 

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Alcohol

It’s pretty much common knowledge how harmful alcohol can be for one’s complexion because it causes dehydration, but certain types of alcohol actually have the capacity to improve your skin. Red wine, in particular, is beset with antioxidants that are not just beneficial for the skin, but for heart health, too.

Research curated by NDTV Food also notes that red wine can help fight skin aging due to the presence of flavonoids, resveratrol, and tannins, as well as encourage beauty sleep since it contains melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep cycles. What’s more, red wine has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, making it ideal for fighting breakouts. So the next time you want to bring back your glow, grab a glass of red wine (or two). Just consume it in moderation, of course!

Sex or masturbation

As mentioned in our ‘Dim the Lights: Sex and Your Skin’ post, sex is said to enhance your complexion. Sex therapists posit that it’s due to the perspiration and increased circulation you experience, making your skin brighter, lips fuller, acne diminished, wrinkles and aged spots staved off, and skin moist.

With that being said, masturbation can offer the same effect, given that you can experience orgasm while doing it, too. Pretty Me’s guide to the best bullet vibrators points out that masturbation (with or without a toy) also increases blood flow, boosts endorphins, and helps relieve stress. Plus, experts found that achieving the big O prevents the decrease of collagen, the very protein the body needs for maintaining the appearance of youthful skin. While there’s still much research to be done about this, who would have thought that doing the deed can elevate your skin health?

Ice

There’s a reason why cold facials exist—they were found to be effective in eliminating puffiness, reducing oiliness, easing acne, soothing sunburn, reducing swelling and inflammation, and boosting the skin’s healthy glow. These are all based on anecdotal evidence, sure, but if you want to try it out for yourself, Healthline recommends using covered ice cubes to gently massage your face in circular motions.

Advocates of natural healing even suggest replacing the water in your ice cubes with other ingredients to fine-tune the facial treatment for specific conditions. For instance, if you use frozen aloe, you can easily soothe sunburn and acne. Another great option is green tea ice since it has catechins that are antiviral and antibacterial.

Tea bags

Speaking of tea, it’s a fact universally known that drinking tea does wonders for your skin, but so do the tea bags themselves. Whether cold or warm, applying tea bags over problem areas and leaving them there for a few minutes can solve some skin issues. Black and green tea contain polyphenols, which fight against free radicals and soothe burns, help prevent sunburns, and speeds up the healing of burns, injuries, and scars.

The caffeine content in these teas also has positive effects on the complexion. It improves skin elasticity, reduces dark eye circles, and decreases swelling and pigmentation. The next time you make yourself a cuppa, don’t throw the tea bags away just yet. You can save them for later and include them in your skincare routine.