It’s almost February and we are still freezing our tits off! You may have stopped shaving your hair because, well who’s wearing shorts or skirts in this weather? But it is still important to look after your skin. We have a few tips on how to improve your skin health throughout the year. Skin health is about so much more than cleansing, toning and moisturising regularly. Sure, those things are all important but there is far more to it, if you don’t want skin like a meth addict, you need to take a holistic approach to your skin care.
Take a holistic approach not just for the sake of your skin, but because your lifestyle choices can affect your skin (yeah all that drinking, late nights may begin to make you look a little haggard).
Here are some tips to get you started on a holistic skin care regime that will leave you feeling good and looking great… woooo.
Start with Natural Ingredients
Key thing is, don’t put loads of poison all over your skin, treat it with some respect you maniacs.
There are so many skin care products on the market that contain so many chemicals that it’s impossible to work out what effects they might really be having. Products using natural non-toxic ingredients are few, but if you do choose these natural products, your skin and body will thank you. Pesticides, fertilizers and fungicides, see you later mother fuckers.
If you want your skin to be really clear and pure, then scrubbing it twice a day may not be enough, you dirty bitch. What you should aim to do is double cleanse your skin, so that you can be sure it is thoroughly clean and clear of sweat, dirt and makeup, as well as dead skin cells which can clog your pores and give you spots and blackheads (mmmm sounds so good).
Get rid of all the dirt and general gross stuff by firstly applying a light makeup removal product to get rid of the main gunk on your face. Once you’ve done that, use the gentlest cleanser you can find to give your skin an invigorating deep clean. If you want to go really holistic (go on you know you want to), you can use coconut oil to remove makeup and then use a natural homemade cleanser for the second step.
Don’t Exfoliate Too Often
Exfoliating is an important step in the skincare process because it gets rid of dead skin and brightens up a dull complexion (because we all want to shine) while getting rid of dirt and oil that has found its way deep into the pores. HOWEVER, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to exfoliate too often especially if you have sensitive skin, some of us are sensi sallys. Exfoliants don’t forget are abrasive, which means they can damage your skin if you use them too often or too vigorously. Basically, don’t rub too vigorously if you are sensitive….. Ideally, you should exfoliate no more than 3 times a week.
Tone with Rose Water
Keep it simple with rose water. If you want your skin to be truly balanced and glowing then you should use rose water as your only toner. Pure rose water can be a bit spenny, but you only need to use a little to get the desired effect, and you will get the desired effect. Not only that, but it smells amazing, and it is, completely natural, which means there is no risk to your health in using it. Awesome.
Moisturise and Protect
It ain’t over yet! Once you have done all of the above, you need to moisturise your skin and protect it from the harmful UV rays of the sun (when the sun eventually comes out that is) which can not only cause premature ageing but which can more seriously, cause cancer.
Natural moisturisers include olive oil and buttermilk, but there are lots of shops bought natural options too. Make sure that you apply sunscreen after your moisturiser because it tends to be thicker and if you put it on first, your moisturiser will not get a chance to penetrate your skin.
Having facial hair is not something that is desirable to most women (ewwwww), think twice about waxing or using harsh depilatory creams. Many waxes are not as natural as you may think, and many contain harsh chemicals that can harm the skin. Not only that, but they can damage delicate skin and leave it feeling sore and red. No one wants to go out on a night out with a raw looking upper lip. Other methods, such as plucking, threading and even shaving are less harsh and can be used more safely. If you have a bad facial hair problem, you may even be able to prevent hair growth with medical solutions instead. The less stress you can put on your skin, the better. Keep your skin super chilled.
Drink More Water
What you do to the inside of your body has as much effect as what you do to the outside when it comes to your skin, and one of the best things you can do to encourage healthy skin is to drink more water. Keep yourself hydrated people. Doing so will boost your circulatory system, which will help to flush out toxins (sexy) and give you a healthy glow. Hydrated skin will also look plumper and healthier than skin that is dehydrated. Drink around 2 litres a day and your skin will look amazing.
Eat the Right Stuff
What you eat will have a significant effect on the state of your skin too. You need lots of vitamins and minerals to grow and maintain healthy skin. Things like omega-3, Vitamin-A, vitamin-E and selenium and essential for glowing healthy skin and can be found, luckily, in some of the healthiest food on the planet, such as healthy fruits, vegetables and whole grains, Spend some time researching skin healthy nutrients and add more of the foods that contain them into your diet to feel healthy inside and out.
Ditch the Sugar
Bad news for those of you with a sweet tooth – sugar is terrible for your skin. If you eat more than a tiny amount of it, not only could you end up gaining weight, ruining your teeth, but you could start to look older too. Say what?! Why? Because sugar cause inflammation which causes collagen to break down which causes wrinkles and sags. Shit.
Yes, that’s right, if you want to have healthy glowing skin, you need to sit down, close your eyes and watch your thoughts. Why? because stress can have a terrible effect on the mind and body. As well as messing with your equilibrium it can increase cortisol levels which can lead to breakouts, eye bags, dry skin and a whole host of other shit. Stress really can show on the outside and meditation is more than the latest wellness fad. It can help you to control your thoughts and gain a greater level of peace and serenity. You don’t need that negativity in your life, and neither does your skin, get meditating.