We all want to look good.
It doesn’t matter if we are leading a healthy, wholesome lifestyle, but we still want to look good. I ALWAYS tell my clients – looking good and having good skin means taking care of your inner self as much as the outer.
Assuming one is eating reasonably healthy, having adequate exercise to keep mind and body fit (has to be yoga, I’m partial to this), then what’s the best way to care of your skin?
The Skin is your body’s largest organ. And it is the outer-most barrier to the external world. You should be aware of what you’re exposing it to. What you put on your skin, gets into your body — so don’t you think it’s rather important to know what you’re putting on it? Just think of all of the potential irritants that your skin comes in contact with — chemical-laden personal hygiene products, being the top in the list (lotions, cleansers, toners, creams, deodorants, and the rest).
Following an organic, natural skin care routine, using natural skin care products will help your skin feel and look healthier than ever before. Yes, for sure, it will take awhile longer than its chemical, synthesized counterparts, but it’s effects are safer and longer-lasting.
Standard, Over-the-counter Skincare Products -
There are tons of these everywhere. Many of the ingredients marked ‘safe’ in traditional skin care products are endocrine-disrupting phthalates, parabens or chemicals. Endocrine disrupting chemicals can cause reproductive problems and they’re linked to increased cancer risk. The more you’re exposed to them, the more they concentrate in your body. Using natural and organic products and regular internal cleansing are strong, ways to keep you safe and healthy.
Selecting Natural Skincare Products –
To be sure that you’re buying the most natural skincare products, ensure they do not have the following –
- Harmful chemicals, irritants, preservatives
- Chemical, artificial, synthesised substances
- Alternative, derivative, deodorized ingredients
- Parabens, sulphates, foaming agents
Alternatively, the best way is whipping up your skincare with kitchen ingredients and using them immediately.
A Good Skincare Routine -
A natural skincare routine is one of the best things you can do to for your skin, and it offers other benefits as well. A recent study suggests that using natural ingredients on your skin can address hyper-pigmentation and irritation, eczema and psoriasis while another found that it can help reduce skin damage caused by the sun.
Step 1: Cleanse
The natural oils in your skin help keep your skin supple and moisturized, so look for a natural cleanser that removes impurities, but doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Choose from cold-process pure soaps to powder cleansers or for the enthusiastic, use the Oil-cleansing method.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliating promotes a radiant appearance and you most likely already have the ingredients around your home to make an excellent scrub. Combine coconut or sesame oil with natural sea salt or sugar. Natural oils are a great moisturizer that won’t clog pores and the salt or sugar provides enough abrasive action to buff away dead skin cells. You can also add a little lemon juice or turmeric – these kill bacteria. Constant scrubbing can be irritating, but once or twice a week natural scrubs can work wonders.
Step 3: Tone
A toner can help clear oily skin and unclog pores; it's a great addition to your beauty regimen. For an effective, natural toner, mix four parts distilled water and 1 part organic apple cider vinegar in a bottle. Apply with a cotton pad. Test it on a small section of your face before full application. Alternatively, use rose water which is suitable for all skin types.
Step 4: Moisturize
Organic virgin coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer that not only improves the appearance of your skin but it also promotes elasticity and anti-bacterial protection. This oil works great for all skin types, even acne prone. Alternatively, consider our Facial Butter with organic butters and oils for an intensive treatment.
Lastly and Most Important : Seek Complete Nutrition
Look for foods with plenty of anti-oxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamins A , C, E and K. Vitamin A, C, E, and K all support skin tissue growth, regeneration, and encourage smooth-looking skin. Antioxidants help protect skin against damage from free radicals. Even biotin, also known as vitamin B7, supports healthy skin, hair, and nails.
And remember - having radiant, beautiful skin is an ongoing process, not a destination where you reach and stay comfortably. Depending on where and when your starting point is, it may take days or months to really see the full results of implementing a natural skincare routine and a healthy lifestyle. Stay focused and give it a chance to work.