NATURAL BEAUTY CARE - BASIC SKIN CARE PRINCIPLES
In my first ezine article; Natural Beauty - Creating Outward Beauty From the Inside Through Healthy Choices, I discussed the benefits of being healthy, and how good health affects your appearance. In this article I will be suggesting some ways you can improve the health and appearance of your skin in particular.
As I discussed in my last article, what we put into our body is of huge importance to our natural beauty care routine. Water is such an amazing substance! It carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells. It is a very easy way you can help cleanse your body, fight sickness, and improve your skin. Drinking a good amount of water (8 to 10 glasses per day) will help in a huge way if you have any type of skin problem; eczema, acne or pimples; and for any skin troubles like dry/dull skin.
If you want your water as clean and healthy as possible, install filters; these range from top of the line tap filters, to a simple jug filter. I would spend as much as your budget will allow, it is a worthwhile investment. Installing them in your shower/bath is a fantastic idea too, and will really help any skin conditions.
Whole food supplements:
These have been shown to help our body in all sorts of ways. Our whole health is benefited, including our skin. It is of particular benefit to give your body a ‘cleanse’; there are many products out there to do this, and many are not good for you! I only use ‘Garden of Life’ ’s 10 day cleanse…it’s fantastic, very mild but effective. Ask your local health shop for other recommended brands. Most of the supplements I use personally are also from Garden of Life; they are organic, high quality, and made from whole foods (not synthetic rubbish!). There are other companies that make great products too, so I would suggest doing your research, and finding the best ones to suit your needs and your budget. All supplements are not the same, so if you want the best for your body, it’s worth investigating further.
Something that is of great benefit to your skin is Cod Liver Oil…yes, your Grandmas were right! These days though, you can get it in capsules, or as a liquid; flavoured with nice ingredients for the squeamish! A pure, non-refined product is best. Cod Liver Oil will really help the appearance and health of your skin. laser resurfacing is particularly helped, and if you have a child suffering with it, there are great ‘child friendly’ Cod Liver Oil products out there.
Basic Skin Care:
This is something that is a crucial part of any natural beauty care approach. If you want to look your best, and have healthy skin, you need to at least do the most basic care. The best daily care is to ‘cleanse’, ‘tone’, and ‘moisturize’. A weekly ‘scrub’ or mask is highly recommended; these will clean off dead skin, help to keep your skin healthy, and help to combat pimples/blackheads etc. Scrubs are great for all of your skin, not just your face! It’s very important to understand your skin type, as some ingredients will help or worsen particular skin types. Which products you use will depend on your ‘skin type’, and there are solutions for every budget; there are many things you probably already have in your fridge or cupboard that can be used! I will be discussing basic skin care; skin types, products, and home remedies, in further detail, in another Natural Beauty Care article.