Practical Natural Skin Care Tips
All natural skin care includes taking care of your body on the inside
as well as on the outside. Your skin is the largest organ of your body.
To have truly radiant skin, you need to be healthy - from the inside
out and the outside in.
The best natural skin care routine starts with
eating nourishing foods. Eat fresh, whole and organic if possible. Stay
away from junk foods, processed foods and anything with a long list of
ingredients on the back of the package. Learn to read labels so you
know what’s safe and what’s not.
Make sure you’re drinking plenty of good
water. Your body needs adequate water to help flush toxins out of your
system and keep your cells hydrated. Beverages like sodas, energy
drinks and fruit drinks have too much sugar or artificial sweeteners
along with chemical additives that can have adverse effects on your
health. Even fruit juice has too much sugar, unless diluted at least
1:1 or better yet 1:4 with pure water. Occasional herbal teas are fine,
but should not make up the majority of your liquids.
Remember to exercise and avoid excess sun exposure
as well. Outdoor physical activity is important. Just use good sun
sense. Start out slow. Avoid the times when the sun is at its hottest.
And cover up when you’ve had your daily quota of sun.
When choosing your organic and natural skin care
products, it’s imperative to keep in mind that the industry
is unregulated and the term “natural” is not
legally defined. For this reason it’s important to make your
decision to buy based upon the safety of the ingredients listed on the
back of the package rather than on the pretty pictures on the front of
the product label.
A good natural skin care program starts with
choosing a quality all natural skin care product line, preferably
certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program.
Select natural skin care products that are
designed for your specific skin type. You’ll probably find
that you fall into one of the following four categories:
Make sure that your all natural and organic skin care products include
a cleanser, an exfoliant, a mineral mask, a conditioner or toner and a
moisturizer. Using all these products will give you the best results
and the healthiest complexion.
- Normal/combination skin
- Oily/problem skin
- Dry/mature skin
- Sensitive skin
The basic steps to follow in your natural skin
care regimen include:
Cleanse twice a day, in the morning and in the
evening. Prepare your face for cleansing by gently pressing a warm
washcloth to your face. Then massage the cleansing lotion into your
face and neck. Rinse thoroughly.
Exfoliate once a week using a gentle exfoliant if
you have dry or sensitive skin. If you have normal or oily skin, you
should exfoliate several times a week. This removes the build-up of
dead cells and promotes a healthy and glowing appearance. If you have
blemishes, don’t use an exfoliant. Heal the acne first, then
you can exfoliate.
Deep cleanse with a mineral mask once a week if
your skin type is dry or mature; twice a week if you have
normal/combination or oily skin. If you have acne, this is the step
that will help you heal your skin. For a blemished complexion, use a
mineral mask daily for a week. Use it every other day for another week.
Then use it twice a week until your skin clears up.
Be sure to use a conditioner or toner after every
time you cleanse. Conditioning or toning nourishes the skin and
provides a base for the moisturizer.
Finish with a moisturizer. Even those with oily
skin need to moisturize. Just make sure it’s formulated for
oily skin. Moisturizing provides your skin with a layer of protection
against free radical damage and moisture loss. Losing moisture is one
of the primary reasons for developing wrinkles.
These are the basic steps to a glowing and healthy
complexion. If you have special needs, you may want to add an
additional all natural skin care product or two to your daily ritual.
The most important thing to remember is to use a
top quality certified organic natural skin care regimen on your face
every day, twice a day, and you will reap the rewards - a vibrant,
glowing, healthy-looking complexion.
(c) 2008 Christine H. Farlow, D.C., "The Ingredients Investigator" and
author of Dying To Look Good. Dr. Farlow gives more information about
, skin care products at
and healthy eating at http://www.HealthyEatingAdvisor.com