Good genes aside, having a well-nourished and hydrated body is crucial for a flawless complexion and while it’s becoming more and more popular to use natural, certified organic products in our skincare routine, many are also raiding the kitchen pantry and creating their own beauty treatments.
So, while it may feel like that flawless, blemish-free visage is unobtainable, we’ve got some fantastic tips on how to get perfect skin the natural way.
Sun exposure, dust, and pollution can all cause damage to the skin, making us look older and tired. While there are plenty of products on the market that appeal to the modern, environmental, and health-conscious consumer, there’s also an array of homemade products that can help combat environmental damage.
If, however, you’re concerned about established environment damage on your skin, you may want to consider non-invasive skin treatments such as Intense Pulse Light. IPL uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of the skin, treating a range of skin concerns, including sun damage.
- While we should all wear a high SPF all year round, they can be chock full of chemicals, and while we don’t suggest forgoing the sunscreen altogether, there are some more straightforward ways protect yourself from those rays, such as avoiding the midday sun and covering up.
- Removing the days grime off your face is really important for overall skin health. Organic olive or coconut oil is just as good for removing makeup and dirt as any of the expensive creams and lotions you can purchase.
- Exfoliation is key to great skin and doing it once or twice a week can give a lovely youthful glow. The internet abounds with homemade recipes, but you could try a combination of oats, honey, and olive oil, which is nurturing and gentle in promoting radiant skin.
- Your home environment can also be having a detrimental effect on your skin. Make sure you regularly and gently wash anything that often makes contact with your face, putting dirt, grease, and grime onto your skin.
Get your 8 hours and exercise
Lack of quality sleep causes much more than dark circles and bad moods. It can also lead to an increase in stress hormones and complicated skin problems such as acne and psoriasis. Poor sleep also encourages the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, leaving you with dull, lackluster skin.
- Aim for that magical 8 hours of proper sleep every night but don’t sleep too much as both will make your skin tired, dull and encourage fine lines and wrinkles.
- Gently wash your face before going to bed using an organic cotton face cloth and avoid hot water which dries out the skin. Apply lots of moisturizers, one with an active-rich formula is best applied at night though you could also use almond oil with a few drops of lavender.
- You’ll be amazed at the positive effect exercise has on the skin. Walking, jogging, or yoga are great examples and not only will you notice a youthful glow after working out, but it will help you sleep better too.
Drink water and eat healthily
Dehydrated skin has many causes, including climate, air conditioning, and heating. However, one of the easiest ways to rehydrate the skin is through diet, which could mean cutting back on processed and sugary foods and add more skin-loving ingredients. And, of course, drinking plenty of water.
While a balanced diet works wonders for keeping your body healthy, eating nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, nuts, and fish can also significantly impact the quality of your skin. For instance, antioxidants found in dark chocolate help protect your skin from free radical damage, and the healthy fats in oily fish can help with acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
- A diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and sugar promotes radiant skin. Vitamin C brightens overall skin tone and is an essential component in the production of collagen. Studies have shown that when applied topically, Vitamin C boosts the elasticity of the skin and that a deficiency can lead to early wrinkles and generally dull skin. This crucial vitamin can be found in citrus fruits, yellow and red bell peppers, chili and cayenne pepper, green leafy vegetables, especially kale, berries, fruits, broccoli, peas, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, and green cabbage
- Consuming the recommended two liters of water a day will help keep skin cells hydrated while flushing out impurities and toxins from your system. Drinking H2O can replenish skin tissue and increase elasticity, making it appear plump and youthful. You could also eat more fruits and vegetables that have high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, and orange.
- It’s not just vitamins that are crucial for our skin health, minerals play their part too. Sulfur, known for its yellow coloring and distinct odor, is one of the most essential mineral elements of our body and is used in the treatment of many skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, and rosacea. Good sources of sulfur include eggs, cow’s milk; especially from grass-fed cows, green leafy vegetables, onion, and garlic.
- Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant, making it one of the most recommended skin care vitamins. It’s properties help to delay aging, remove spots and blemishes and promote glowing, youthful skin and can be found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
Regular spa days
You can’t expect to have a flawless complexion without some effort, so it’s a good idea to visit a reputable skin care practitioner to take care of your appearance, whenever you can. A professional skincare consultant will find quality products that work for your specific needs, and many will be able to source products that are both natural and organic.
- Have a regular skin care regimen, and if you can’t always get to a professional, DIY at home. Find some recipes for natural face masks and experiment with different ingredients. It’s both fun and a great way to find what suits your skin without any harsh chemicals.
- Pamper yourself with a gentle facial massage with natural oils. This will work wonders for your complexion but make sure you’ve taken advice about your skin type first so you can choose the most appropriate oils. Mustard, coconut, and almond are nourishing for the skin and will give you a beautiful glow.
- Choose a practitioner that also offers more natural solutions to your skincare needs, such as intense herbal peels.
Simple ingredients. Perfect results.
When you’re looking for ways to achieve that blemish-free, youthful glow be mindful that product labels can sometimes be deceiving, such as claiming to be natural when they are not.
While there’s quite a large body of research acknowledging the benefits of organic foods and beauty products, not all studies are unanimous. However, it is generally understood that natural and organic products are not only good for us and contain more nutrients but are much better for the environment.
Utilizing natural, organic skincare that nourishes your skin undoubtedly gives excellent results and using these products alongside the consumption of organic fruits and veggies means you are much more in control of what goes into your body and onto your skin. And it’s so exciting to know that, often times, you have everything you need right there in the pantry.
by Danish Wadhwa