If youth and beauty made up the perfect world, we would all have baby smooth, glowing skin. Though your skin may only be a covering for the beauty inside, it is the part of you that you show to the world. Naturally beautiful skin helps you not only look healthier, but feel happier, too. Follow some of these tips for natural skin care using organic fresh ingredients or natural skin care products.
Eat Right, Exercise, and Rest
Silky soft skin comes naturally as part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle. To health professionals, good skin means a good digestive system. Some skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis, or rosacea, are associated with constipation, imbalanced good and bad bacteria, and “leaky gut” symptoms. These intestinal disorders are often the result of a sluggish digestion.
- Increase Fiber Set your sights on eating right to improve digestion. First off, eat plenty of high fiber foods. Whole grains, instead of white rice, are always a good choice. Vegetables and fruits, especially raw, are nature’s way of keeping things moving. Legumes, seed, and nuts are great for snacks and as part of a balanced meal.
- Reduce the Sugars Eating too much sugar may cause premature aging. Too much sugar entering the bloodstream may damage the collagen in your skin, ligaments, and cartilage. This brings about a lost in elasticity. Wrinkles are more likely to form and skin can sag before its time.
- Fear Not the Good Fats Your body thrives on essential fatty acids. These are called good fats because they help keep your heart healthy, fight inflammations, and possibly even help to prevent cancer. Fish oils are particularly helpful for people with dry skin and inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and acne. Choose cold water fish such as sardines and salmon or take fish oil supplements high in Omega-3s. Walnut oil and flaxseed oils are good plant-based sources of Omega-3s.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Keep your body moving throughout the day. Exercise is a great boost to your circulation. It may be surprising to think that inactivity levels may affect the skin. Poor circulation provokes puffiness and bloating, acne, cellulite deposits, and decreased muscle tone.
Rest and Relaxation
Make adequate sleep a priority. It’s not just about length of sleep but about the quality of the sleep session. If your life is very busy, (and whose isn’t?) schedule short rest periods throughout the day. Stick to the rest schedule as it can actually be more productive than pushing through work without stopping.
Avoid Sun Damaged Skin
With summertime fun comes more time under the sun with its harmful rays. Skin problems tend to flare up in the summer heat. Avoid the sun from about 10 am to about 4 pm. Your face tends to get more sun than any other part of your body. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to avoid sunburn. High SPF sunscreen may help to prevent the sunburn and allow more time in the sun. Look for natural skin care products.
Drink plenty of water. Well-hydrated skin is firm and fresh. Dehydrated skin is soft and saggy. Water acts to bathe the skin cells in moisture. Moisture is like a flowing carrier to remove and flush excess wastes from the blood and skin cells. Dry-brush exfoliation is also a good practice to reduce dead skin cells and help the body to detox.
Choose Natural Skin Care Products
Your skin absorbs whatever is on it directly into the blood stream. When you can, choose skin care products that draw from nature. Or even use organic materials such as cucumbers to reduce puffiness around the eyes, tomatoes to clean the pores, witch hazel to tone the skin after cleansing, and mashed avocados as a moisturizer. There are many organic home skin care treatments with natural ingredients!
Smile and Relax
A relaxed, pleasant expression can help prevent the early onset of wrinkles. It takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Smile even if you have to force it and your facial muscles will naturally relax. It has the added benefit of other people smiling back at you. Smiling will not cause crow’s feet around the eyes, but it may well prevent the puckered prune look that forms around the mouth from frowning.
A Daily Regimen
Using natural, organic materials and following simple practices are the first steps towards healthy skin care. Set up good habits for your own daily, natural skin care regimen. Seek out high quality, natural skin care products. A stroll down a supermarket aisle shows just how many there are to choose from. After all, your skin may just be the most sensitive part of your beauty. A little TLC can help you keep that fresh, youthful look.