by Going Natural
Natural skin care has been around for millennia, and many of the secrets that the ancients knew have been passed down to us.
Roots, herbs, fruits, flowers, and even certain types of dirt and clay can all make for more beautiful, healthier skin. Natural skin care products are gentler on the skin and often contain beneficial antioxidants, which slow down the aging process. And they’re cheaper to boot!
Synthetic, man-made chemicals may be more effective in terms of the time it takes to see results, but you’re also increasing your risk of skin irritation, allergies, and premature aging.
The main criterion for “natural skin care” is that the ingredients be sourced from the earth in their natural state. Natural topical skincare products are not the only way towards healthy skin, however, and there are many other things you can do to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
Homemade Beauty Products
Many items you already have around the house make for excellent skin care aids. Honey, for example, is one of nature’s great moisturizers and the vitamin E and antioxidants found in olive oil can’t be beat. And the protein in eggs are particularly good for your hair. Head to your pantry when looking for beauty products first!
Drink lots and lots of water to keep your skin cells hydrated. A glass when you wake up in the morning and one before you go to sleep at night (plus another 6 to 8 glasses during the day) will keep your skin hydrated, preventing wrinkles from forming and toxins from building up.
A healthy diet and probiotics will help to keep your skin glowing. Yes, eat sensibly, but it cannot be overstated how important a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut may affect the rest of your body for the better. “Friendly flora” will keep your bowels moving and, as a result, harmful toxins will be eliminated. Research is also showing that probiotics may be good as topical aids for healthy skin care.
Exercise causes the body’s many processes to accelerate, this flushes toxins out sooner than when you’re being sedentary and allows them to build up unabated. Exercise also relieves stress, one major source of the development of blemishes, and brings oxygen and other nutrients to the skin.
Fruits and vegetables contain many skin-saving compounds, chief among these are carotenoids and flavonoids, which help to repair damaged cells that replenish the skin and other organs.
A few key examples include:
- Avocado for Vitamin E
- Carrots for Beta-carotene and antioxidants
- Ginger for Energy
- Strawberries for Folic Acid
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) came into vogue not long ago. Along with their benefits to the circulatory and pulmonary systems, people also saw a benefit with respect to the condition of their skin.
EFAs can lessen the inflammation that comes with acne, keep already healthy skin plump, and reduce sensitivity to the sun, which lessens the chance of burning. Foods such as salmon, flax and sunflower oils, walnuts, and sardines all contain high amounts of EFAs.
It’s always good for your appearance to remove dead and dying skin cells so that newer, more vital cells may replace them. Different types of skin require differing modes of exfoliation. Here’s a guide on how to properly exfoliate for your skin type.
About the Author: Michael Klein has been writing articles about skin care for companies like Skinfo Boutique for more than a decade. When not writing, Michael loves spending time with his family or shopping around the wonderful City of Chicago.