Too many people neglect their skin until it starts to show signs of problems, like over-drying or premature aging, only to go overboard with expensive products and treatments. Don’t neglect your skin ever, no matter what your age, and don’t over do it at the cosmetics counter, either. Here are seven healthy ways to have naturally beautiful skin.
1. Quench Your Skin
Since your skin is 70 percent water, it’s easy to understand how allowing your body to become dehydrated can affect your appearance. Opt for water over coffee (a diuretic, which takes water from you) or soda (filled with way too much sugar) and be sure to end up with around 8 full glasses by nightfall. Ask any supermodel what their number one rule is and they will tell you it’s to stay well hydrated.
2. Never Leave Home Without Sunscreen
Sun damage is the number one cause of skin damage and premature aging, but it could also lead to skin cancer. To protect your skin, always apply a strong (30+) SPF lotion wherever you are exposed. Many high-quality facial skin care products contain sunscreen, so look for it on the labels of foundations and moisturizers when you shop.
3. Get Your Daily Vitamins
Your skin is also made of protein (approximately 25 percent of it) and as such, requires vitamins and nutrients, just like the rest of your body. In particular, you want to eat foods rich in Vitamins A (to prevent wrinkles), B (to hydrate and minimize redness) and C (for strengthening, tightening and the antioxidants).
4. Avoid Toxic Ingredients
Things like parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate don’t just contaminate your skin, they also pollute your body. Many ingredients actually contain endocrine disruptors, which are elements that can interfere with your hormonal system; although the levels present may seem minute, when you add them up from all your skin care products, the damage could be significant.
5. Look To Your Kitchen For The Healthiest Facial Skin Care
If you’re tired of using a magnifying glass to try and figure out all the dangerous chemicals in products before you buy them, look no further than your kitchen cabinets. Coconut oil, for example, is one of the best treatments for your skin and there are no harmful chemicals to absorb; raw honey is an excellent base for a homemade exfoliant and apple cider vinegar can clear and nourish your skin simultaneously!
6. Add Exercise To Your Daily Schedule
When you workout, every pore in your body sweats, releasing all kinds of undesirable “stuff”. This is great for your skin and will leave it glowing and healthy looking. Stretching and toning can also work to keep skin at its fittest for much longer than if you choose to be idle, too. Additionally, regular exercise helps to balance all your internal systems, which will be reflected in your complexion.
Doctors refer to a balanced life as homeostasis and this is the optimal state for you, mind body and soul. Meditation can help you achieve that ideal balance by alleviating stress and putting everything in a new perspective. When you’ve achieved homeostasis, your digestive, hormonal and metabolic systems are right where they need to be and this will be reflected in your glowing skin.
The skin you were born with should be as natural now as it was then. Take preventative measures that support your skin’s strength and nourishment and be as gentle as possible with every product you use. From here on out and a long, long time thereafter, you will have natural, lasting beauty.