Our skin is the bodies largest organ and absorbs anything it comes into contact with. Therefore every chemical in your moisturisers, make up, deodorant, sunscreen, soaps and face washes are being absorbed directly into your blood stream, slowing down the liver and kidneys detoxification process and resulting in far from optimal health and that desired outer glow.
I generally try to only put on my skin what I would be happy putting in my mouth or know the product will not cause any stress to my body with absorption.
I, like most was not blessed with absolute skin perfection, however I do follow a number of basic skin care steps to avoid toxic build up in my body, care for my skin and give it that healthy glow.
Here is some of my favourites;
– My 2 favourite skin care staples are Rose hip oil and Coconut oil. Buying the pure stuff is not only more effective but also very affordable. I use coconut oil to manage blemishes, moisturise my entire skin, instead of shaving cream, also as a deep hair moisturising mask and as a antibacterial cleanser. Rose hip oil I use around my eyes at night for anti ageing benefits and to reduce the appearance of dark circles (a result of adrenal issues) and as a potent healing tool from damage due to sun exposure.
– I exfoliate once a week by mixing coconut oil and raw organic sugar/coconut flesh and/ or oats together for smooth, clear skin.
– Remember to drink lots of filtered water. Organic green tea and lemon & warm water drinks are also very beneficial to healthy skin.
– As a hydrating antioxidant spray I brew a cup of filtered water with peppermint green tea, allow it to cool and refrigerate in a little spray bottle.
– A healthy inside = a healthy outside! So therefore good nutrition is essential towards healthy skin. Including lots of foods packed with antioxidants, fibre, good fats and proteins. Think fresh, organic and variety! Also avoid trigger foods and and substances such as anything processed, sugars, alcohol, bad fats, poor quality dairy and caffeine.
– Apple Cider Vinegar makes a wonderful toner for creating balanced skin and preventing/ reducing blemishes and uneven skin tones. Just mix 2 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts filtered water and apply to freshly cleansed skin.
– I love applying a clay mask to rejuvenate my skin with lots of natural minerals or a mashed avocado with manuka honey (& super delicious when it melts & runs down into your mouth). While I aim to do this once a week realistically once every 2-3 weeks I throw on a mask and relax with a cup on tea for 10-15 minutes.
– Epson salt baths are a great way to detoxify the body through the skin. Just remember to drink lots of water.
– My daily moisturiser contains natural sunscreen for UV protection.
– I try to wear little make up on a daily basis to allow my skin to breath. I love to use a natural tinted moisturiser for basic day wear and opt for natural mineral foundation/ powders for those days/ nights out when I’m after a stronger base coverage. One thing I can not stress enough is never sleep in make up. This is the time your skin is repairing and detoxifying so only have nourishing and moisturising ingredients on it while you sleep.
– Stress is the enemy of healthy skin. Practice mindfulness daily and facial exercises to relax the facial muscles and improve blood flow to the skin.
Have fun experimenting with natural skin care for healthy, glowing skin!
I would love to hear your favourite healthy skin tips and tricks?