Have you suffered from dry, unsightly and rough skin lately? The winter months can wreak havoc on our delicate foundation, but it doesn’t have to destroy it. The good news is natural remedies are accessible and beauty doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Sure, over-the-counter options are available, but nothing can compare to the healing benefits of what mother earth can offer.
Since skin is the largest, outermost organ of the human body and has the capacity to breathe in and absorb chemicals, what we eat, hormones, genetics, stress levels, pollution, sleep and exercise can positively or negatively impact our appearance. A variety of indoor and outdoor factors, such as wind, cold weather, the sun and indoor heating can contribute to moisture loss.
When excessive dryness, flakiness and tightening of the skin occur, our appearance appears lackluster and aged. Implementing natural ways to keep the skin supple now is a great way to ensure resilient skin into the future. Keep these natural ingredients in mind whether you are shopping around for good products or are looking to incorporate natural healing into your daily regimen this winter.
Water can replenish the body like no other element can, and helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract while offering cleansing benefits to keep skin looking fresh.
Water flushes away what the body doesn’t need and carries to our vital cells the nutrients we ingest. Good old H2O is a free substance offered by nature, holds no extra calories or fat and the more you drink the better you feel. When you feel better, you look better
A lack of proper hydration usually manifests in the form of dryness. Water evaporates when conditions are dry. A few drops of coconut oil or almond oil is all you need to lock in that much needed moisture. Try applying oil to damp skin, just after a shower, when pores are open for much needed moisture. Your skin will thank you for it.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHA’s, can be found in the foods we eat, such as citric, cane sugar (glycolic acid) and malic acids. It is also an ingredient found in numerous anti-aging skin care brands due to its ability to slough and peel away dead skin.
Over the years, alpha hydroxy acids have become increasingly in demand. Similar results can also be obtained with ingredients found right in your kitchen, such as Greek yogurt or honey.
For those suffering from conditions like acne and wrinkles, AHA’s can be implemented to regenerate healthy, new skin cells, brighten skin discolorations and calm irritated skin. Other ingredients containing AHA’s are lemons, cane sugar and grapefruits. Try experimenting with various ingredients to form a custom potion.
Omega-3’s contain anti-inflammatory properties that aid against inflammation, acne, psoriasis and various other skin problems. Most omega-3’s can be found in freshwater fish, such as salmon, cod, mackerel, tuna, as well as leafy greens and nuts.
Omega-3’s help to replenish the skin’s cell membrane, making expelling waste and bringing nutrients to each cell more efficient. Consuming more omega-3’s also allows for cells of the body to retain water, therefore creating lush, supple skin.
If foods containing omega3’s aren’t your thing, topical skin creams and supplements are available. To get the best out of your everyday skincare regimen, focus more on what you put into your body.
With all the talk about the benefits of dry brushing, there’s no question that the benefits far outweigh the cons. The act of dry brushing is just like it sounds- sweeping your body with natural bristles and fibers. The all over body pick-me-up increases blood circulation, which brings nutrients to the cells of the body, sloughing away dead skin.
Though you may suffer from acne, inflammation or other skin conditions, don’t back away from the nourishing results that dry brushing can bring, but it is advised that a soft brush be implemented before trying the treatment if such conditions are present.
5 minutes is all you need. Simply begin at your feet in a circular motion, gradually working your way into gentle strokes, directed towards your heart. This action will promote lymphatic drainage, increase circulation, decrease cellulite and smooth out fat deposits in the body. The over all look of your skin will look and feel more toned and touchable.
Almonds aren’t only for eating. Almond oil, extracted from the fruit (yes, almonds are fruit) is an inexpensive way to luxuriate and treat your skin. Cold-pressed almond oil is best because little heat as is used during extraction.
In addition to containing a plethora of skin-loving vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E, protein, zinc and potassium, almond oil also helps to plump up skin cells and regenerate new ones. When absorbed by the body, almond oil aids muscle tissue in repairing dry, damaged skin. Almond oil is touted as a wonderful alternative to treat acne by absorbing sebum, which can sometimes clog pores.
Almond oil can be purchased at any health food store and is ideal for all skin types. Body massages, makeup removal, alleviate dark circles and scalp treatments are just a few of the many uses of almond oil.
Healthy skin doesn’t have to break the bank and it certainly doesn’t have to come over the counter at a department store. Try these treatments as part of your daily skin care for optimal luxuriously soft skin. Banish winter skin and treat yourself to the long-lasting benefits of what nature can offer.