Skin health begins with understanding the connection between the products you put on your skin and the impact your nutrition and lifestyle choices have on your overall well-being.
When you're thinking about skin care, a holistic approach that emphasizes the interconnectedness of what you apply to your skin, how you feed your body, and how you live your life will prove to be the healthiest and most sustainable way to achieve true beauty wellness both inside and out, and we have created an essential holistic natural skin care guide to help you on your journey to optimal skin health.
Do you wonder if your complexion lacks the glow it once had? These simple practices can be integrated into your life to improve the health and appearance of your skin.
Skin is the human body’s biggest organ. 60% of the products we apply topically have the potential to be absorbed in the bloodstream and circulate to our cells. By opting for organic natural skincare, you are choosing to nourish your skin with the healthiest available ingredients free from toxic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.
Instead of a quick scrub and rinse, invest the time in a proper cleanse to glean the benefits of a truly pure complexion.
A toner performs an important balancing act between controlling excess oil, refining pores, and removing makeup residue. A toner also helps to balance the pH level of your skin and remove environmental toxins.
Keeping your skin healthy, hydrated and glowing is best maintained through a combination of nourishing treatments and protective moisturizers that support your skin’s essential functions to maintain a youthful, radiant appearance.
Food is one of the most powerful resources to enhance our beauty and increase our overall wellness. Consuming nutrient rich foods aid and support our skin’s essential functions such as the regeneration of your skin cells, unlike chemical toxins and low nutrient diets, which accelerate the aging process.
When deciding what to eat, the less your food comes from a box or can, the better. Instead, fill your plate with a wide variety of unrefined, whole and plant-based foods that are seasonal, organic, and in as close to their natural state as possible. Most foods that are known to cause gut issues and inflammation are processed, and inflammation is a key contributor to the deterioration of skin cells and skin health. Eating purely with an emphasis on plants provides a strong healthy foundation for your skin.Click here to discover the benefits of a plant-based, whole-foods diet.
We can enjoy delicious nutrient rich foods that also yield great skin health results. Antioxidant-rich foods fight free radicals which can cause inflammation and break down collagen. Sweet potatoes and carrots provide an excellent source of vitamin A, citrus fruits and kale offer a daily vitamin C boost, while “good fat” favorites avocados and almonds are a perfect way to attain vitamin E.
With hectic schedules and daily stressors, it can be challenging to get a nutritionally balanced diet every day. And as we age the body’s ability to regenerate healthy new skin cells and defend against internal and environmental stressors becomes sluggish, making nutrition even more important to keep skin healthy. To bridge the gap between nutrient deficiencies and optimal skin health, plant-based supplements help provide further support for skin cellular function to create the most favorable conditions by nourishing cells from the inside out.
Those eight glasses a day can improve everything from our circulation system to the vibrancy of our skin. Proper hydrations flushes toxins from our system. If you have a hard time meeting your daily quota, slice some lemons (Vitamin C!) and purchase a special glass or bottle that brings you joy when you use it. Just make sure to drink consistently throughout the day to reach half your body weight in ounces.
Simply resist refined sugar! It aggravates and inflames your skin thereby accelerating the aging process. Several scientific studies have shown that sugar is a leading cause of wrinkles, so the simple removal of it from your diet will already move you towards a healthier, more vibrant complexion. To quell that sweet tooth, enjoy blackberries, raspberries and blueberries which offer you antioxidants and fiber as well.
All the healthy food in the world won’t help a compromised digestive system. The gut is an essential part of how our nutrients make it from the food we eat to our bodies. Consider adding probiotic supplements and probiotic food (dark chocolate and fermented veggies are easy ones) into your diet to increase the healthy bacteria in your gut. They are said to also increase collagen production, hydrate skin, and reduce fine lines.
Finding physical, emotional and spiritual balance allows us to be the best version of ourselves, while living a life that is healthier, balanced and more sustainable.
A life without any stress feels impossible, but where you can make changes to reduce stress (or better yet -avoid all together), do so! It could be as simple as planning meals ahead of time to avoid the after work overwhelm, or maybe, it’s a relationship where you need to create some boundaries. Do these things slowly and one at a time so that it feels manageable and sustainable.
One of the absolute best things for your skin is resting. That means while you enjoy the wonders of sleep, your internal systems continue working to regenerate at the cellular level. The result is not only the feeling renewed in the morning, but looking renewed as well. Give yourself the gift of rest and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night!
Yoga, running, a power walk — whatever brings you joy — and some sweat, is what your skin needs. Sweat flushes out toxins which we prefer to keep off our face, so let your workout do some of the skin work for you. Regular exercise also releases endorphins which create a feeling of happiness and well-being — and no frown lines!
The ability to laugh in the face of difficult situations can breed happiness and a capacity to cope during times of high stress.
If your lifestyle consists of running from one responsibility to another, you may need to increase your “me-time.” Take time each day to engage in activities you enjoy.
Living a happy life that’s aligned with your purpose is a kind gesture to your body, as well as your community and environment. Make time every day to engage in stress reducing self-care activities that nourish the mind, body, spirit—and skin!
You now possess the power to enhance and cherish your skin. Enjoy the process and remember that over time, each of these practices will culminate into a lifestyle that reflects beauty from the inside out, and the outside in.
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