5 Ways to Improve Your Skin the Natural Way
Your Skincare Routine
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.