Many of us are misled into thinking that we need to buy a myriad of beauty products to keep our skin looking fresh and youthful. Rather than focusing on natural ways to keep our skin healthy, we’re encouraged to cover up blemishes and use make-up to give our faces that airbrushed look. But the secret to a soft and flawless epidermis comes at a much lower price than you may think. The following are six important steps you should be taking to organically look after the skin you’re in.
A healthy diet is vital to any beauty regime. What we put into our bodies will inevitably show up on the outside, be it sooner or later. Avoid foods and drinks which contain nasty chemicals, as they are harmful to every part of our bodies, not just the skin.
A regular intake of vitamins is particularly important if you want luscious-looking skin.
- Vitamin A helps repair body tissue and postpones signs of aging, and can be found in milk, cheese, eggs, butter, spinach, broccoli, carrot and fish oils.
- Vitamin B improves circulation and skin colour. It is found in yoghurt, brown bread, wheat germ, yeast, cereal and green leafy vegetables.
- Vitamin C helps to maintain collagen levels and is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, blackcurrants, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts.
Water is our life force. It has been found that proper hydration can cure or ease a whole host of illnesses and afflictions, from diabetes to back problems.
Sufficient water intake is also vital if we want to maintain healthy skin. It flushes toxins from our bodies so that they don’t have to escape via our skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout each day. If you’re able to filter your water that’s even better, as our water system contains a range of unsavoury additives.
Cigarettes and Alcohol?
This will come as no surprise, but smoking and drinking alcohol will not do your complexion any favours. Smoking restricts the blood vessels; reducing the amount of blood flowing to the skin, therefore depleting the skin of oxygen and essential nutrients. And alcohol dehydrates the skin.
If you really can’t bear to go without, choose organic beers and wines. Or you could even look into making your own, so that you determine exactly what goes into it. If you’re not ready to give up smoking, try rolling your own cigarettes with a purer tobacco that does not contain the chemicals used in pre-made brands.
Exfoliate and Moisturise
Exfoliating the skin helps to remove dead skin cells. It also helps to improve circulation, bringing higher oxygen levels to the skin and muscles.
Try using a natural loofah while you’re in the shower, and then afterwards, when you’re dry, use a bath brush to gently brush the skin from toe to top, remembering to always use upward strokes, towards the heart.
You can also make your own exfoliating cleanser by mixing salt with some olive oil. Scrub your body with this, using gentle, circular motions, and then rinse off. The salt will act as the exfoliator and the olive oil will moisturise your skin at the same time.
For a natural face mask, mix 1 avocado with 3 – 4 drops of almond oil. Peel and mash the avocado and then add the almond oil, mixing well to create a pleasant consistency. Then apply to the face using a massaging motion. Leave for 30 minutes before washing off with warm water.
It’s true; we really do all need our beauty sleep. During the night our skin is rested and restored from the harmful effects of daily stresses and strains. Without enough sleep our skin may lose its luminosity. It is recommended that we should aim to get about 8 hours sleep per night, however for many 6 or 7 hours is just fine.
So really the true secret to healthy skin is to take good care of it. Truly radiant skin simply requires some tender loving care. Avoid staying in the sun for long periods of time. Try to keep your face relaxed so as to not create wrinkles through frowning or tension. And remember that your skin will reflect the quality of what you fuel your body with. Inner health will glow through the surface.
Joanne Lewis is a full time writer and researcher with a keen interest in living organically. Her first break into the industry came in promoting an organic mattress retailer and from there her workload has grown. In her spare time she enjoys vegetarian cooking, gardening and travelling.