Looking After our Skin with Natural Skin Care
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It is also pretty good at taking care of itself, with fresh and healthy skin cells continuously replacing older, worn-out ones. Unfortunately your skin is also the least protected from the harmful factors surrounding you, such as sunlight and pollution. Your lifestyle, diet, and daily routine also play a role in wearing down the natural glow and complexion.
When it comes to long-lasting natural skin care, a two-step approach works best: maintenance and protection. In the first, your goal is to maintain your skin’s natural health, while the second helps reduce the day-to-day damage caused by a busy lifestyle.
The good news is that you have a range of natural skin care products to tackle both these approaches. However, not all of these products are good for you or your skin.
- Many over-the-counter skin care products use the most inexpensive chemicals to reduce cost and increase profits.
- Preservative chemicals are often added since it takes time to package, transport, and store skin care products. Of course, they also help to increase shelf-life.
- Some products claim to offer almost instant results may rely on harsh chemicals. While these could show quick changes, you may end up causing long-term damage to your skin.
The presence of chemicals can be a worry, especially since your skin absorbs around 60 percent of products that we apply on it. As a result, these chemicals can build up over time, causing skin problems and even health complications.
Consider the case of the Roman ladies, nearly 2000 years ago, who used white face powders that contained lead. While they were thrilled with the skin whitening properties, no one realized that the lead caused mental issues after years of use.
So what can you do? Your best bet is to educate yourself about the ingredients in your favorite brands. As a general rule, natural works best, especially if certified by a responsible consumer group or the US Food and Drugs Administration.
As a starting point though try to minimize the use of petroleum jelly. It prevents the skin from breathing and traps toxins. Same goes with mineral oil as it is derived from petroleum. Watch out for sodium lauryl sulfate. This ingredient is in many skin care products. It is notorious for drying the skin and breaking down natural moisture barriers. Talcum powder is considered by some to be a carcinogen and most color added to products is derived from coal tar. Also check to see if your skin product contains paraben. It’s used as a preservative and is a known toxin.
Natural Skin Care Ideas at Home
At home, a few sensible lifestyle changes can also help take you closer to an effective natural skin care regime:
1. Sleep – You may have noticed temporary dark circles under your eyes after a late night out. Lack of quality sleep can dry out the skin, which increases skin ageing and causes wrinkles and skin spots. Dermatologists recommend getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
2. Stress – Even low levels of stress causes your body to release cortisol, a natural hormone that has negative effects on the skin, causing dryness and inflammation.
3. Go natural -Today, you can choose to use completely natural skin care products that have no side effects. In fact, many common vegetables and fruits have excellent skin care properties, if used correctly. Research is now showing us the benefits of using natural oils for their moisturizing and nourishing effects.
4. Drink water – Keep the water intake up. Nothing dries the skin more than being dehydrated. To make your skin glow drink plenty of water, use a natural moisturizer, eat a nutrient dense diet to encourage collagen production and keep your skin clean.
Start today with some of these natural skin care ideas and bring out your inner glow.