5 Ways to Improve Your Skin the Natural Way

improve your skin with these simple steps, products and lifestyle changes.
Your skin is your protector. And the worst thing you can do to anything that protects you is take it for granted. As we get older, the way we’ve treated our skin over the years comes to the surface and bad habits come back to bite us. So why not start doing the right things now?
There are plenty of myths and ‘hacks’ around skin care. Some work, some don’t. But here at Maitri we know one thing for sure: There are a number of natural and easy solutions that work. These include developing a great skincare routine, using the right products and making slight adjustments to your lifestyle.
Here are 6 easy, natural steps you can take to improve your skin for today, tomorrow and the years ahead.

Your Skincare Routine

Developing a good skincare routine is the best way to keep your skin looking and feeling great. There are a few steps that we’d recommend and a few things you should definitely avoid.

Cleanse

The most important element of any good skincare routine is to wash your face! (Duh.) Do this with a quality but gentle cleanser twice a day. We’d recommend in the morning and in the evening. One thing often overlooked is that everyone’s skin is different. We all have different levels of oil and different tendencies and reactions to certain products.

Moisturise

For example, moisturising twice a day might leave one person more likely to develop spots and greasy looking skin. For others, it might be exactly the right amount needed to keep dry skin at bay. With that in mind, we’d also recommend moisturising every day – although the frequency depends on you.

Exfoliate

Another important thing to add to your skincare routine is exfoliation. We suggest that you exfoliate a couple of times every week. This helps to remove dead skin cells and allows your new skin to breathe.  Ever look in the mirror and think your complexion is looking dull and rough? This can happen when old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin. It can lead to excess oil, clogged pores and blemishes. Exfoliate regularly and this won’t happen so much – simples!

Tone

Many people choose to use a toner after cleansing. This kind of product is usually packed with concentrated oils to balance your natural oil levels, remove lingering dirt and tighten up the pores. Many facial toners also promote skin tone and elasticity.

Treat yourself with a night cream

Jason Apricot Scrubble Face Wash is an ideal daily cleanser, packed with organic ingredients that gently exfoliate your skin.
Jason Apricot Scrubble Face Wash
The final, but optional, element of your daily skincare routine: A night cream. There are plenty of night creams out there that, as well as replacing any lost moisture after washing or exfoliating, boost your skin with a range of nutrients. Night creams are often used as part of an anti-ageing routine, or to protect your skin and help it recover from harsh environments and pollution.

We recommend…

So, with that skincare routine in mind, here are a few products we’d recommend to help you take things to the next step. Looking for a gentle daily wash? Look no further than Sukin Cream Cleanser. It’s plant based, natural, ethically produced and gentle enough to use twice per day.
Another strong daily cleanser is Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream, which also gently exfoliates.
cleansing cream skin care
Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream

Our two favourite moisturisers are Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser and Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream. If you find that your skin becomes too oily with the use of a moisturiser, consider Dr Hauschka Light Rose Day Cream instead.

So what about our recommended exfoliators? Really you should look no further than the popular Jason’s Apricot Scrubble. It’s powerful but caring at the same time, and can even be used much more frequently than the once/twice per week suggestion we made above. It’s also 100% organic!
Our favourite toner is currently Dr Hauschka Facial Toner.
Is your skin really worse for wear and in need of some TLC after all that cleansing and exfoliating? Try applying Weleda Skin Food before you go to bed.

The importance of hydration for your skin

We all know that water is central to our bodies functioning properly. Between 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water, from our skin to vital tissues, cells and our organs. Without enough of it, our skin begins to suffer.

This is because, as you might expect, water is essential to maintaining moisture levels in the skin and it’s also vital in delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes skin tissue and increases its elasticity. This helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.

So could it really be that drinking enough water is just as effective an anti-ageing technique as all of those expensive anti-ageing treatments? Potentially. Enough water throughout the day will help keep the skin well hydrated and enhance your complexion. For soft and supple skin, drinking an adequate amount of water is more important than applying topical creams.

Did you know that drinking enough water can also help combat skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema? By increasing the metabolic rate it boosts the improves digestive system and allows you to more easily flush toxins out from the body.

So how much water should you drink to give your skin the best possible chance to flourish? The Institute of Medicine has determined that the daily adequate intake of water for men is 3 litres. For women, it’s 2.2 litres.

Diet

A healthy, balanced diet packed with wholesome foods is an easy way to make sure your skin gets all the nutrients that it needs. Protein from dairy foods like yoghurt can help to keep your skin firm and wrinkle-free; fruits like pomegranates are full of polyphenol antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals and regulate blood flow to the skin, giving it rosiness.

Anything containing omega 3 fatty acids, like fish or walnuts, can help to boost the skin’s natural elasticity. There have also been studies linking green tea to a reduction in redness. This is because it’s extremely high in antioxidants, particularly EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) which can reduce wrinkles and fight inflammation.

Keen to pack in all of those nutrients but don’t have the time or the taste buds to do it? Why not consider our range of natural supplements?

Protecting skin from the sun

too much uav sun can be bad for your skin
Too much sun exposure can be bad for your skin in the long run

Did you know that too much sun and unprotected exposure to UV rays can be damaging and even dangerous in the long term.

Sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer and causes wrinkles and age spots. The solution? Use a daily sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection, that’s SPF15 or above. We Recommend Jason’s Natural Mineral Sunblock for that.

Think about your lifestyle

As well as staying in the sun for too long while unprotected, there are several lifestyle choices we make that can damage our skin in the long run. Pollution, weather and bad habits can all have an impact.

skin and lifestyle - getting enough sleep and not smoking?
Your lifestyle can leave its mark on your skin.

One of these is smoking, which narrows the small blood vessels and reduces blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Smoking effectively causes premature ageing and has been linked to a number of skin conditions.

We all know that stress can manifest itself in physical ways. One of these is the production of chemicals and hormones that may trigger or make pre-existing skin conditions such as rosacea, acne or psoriasis worse. For that reason, you should look for ways to handle stress before it manifests itself in this way. Try one of our soothing teas or meditation classes.

Another thing we are all familiar is the relationship between sleep and our appearance. A chronic loss of sleep results in lacklustre skin and dark circles under the eyes. Good sleep promotes skin health, as well as a number of health benefits. So make sure you get enough shut-eye!

Those were just five ways that you can help keep your skin in the best condition possible.