Your skin is a mirror of how healthy you are on the inside, and no amount of pampering will undo the effects of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. The following tips will help you achieve that radiant glow:
Drink plenty of water – how much you need will depend largely on how dehydrating your diet and lifestyle are…most people benefit from drinking around 2 litres daily. To supercharge your water, add a pinch of Himalayan salt per litre or a squeeze of fresh citrus juice. Salt or citrus juice helps to replace electrolytes to the water, and assists the body in eliminating toxins.
Sleep, Live, Laugh
Getting enough sleep is crucial, and not just to avoid dark circles or puffy bags under the eyes. When we sleep, particularly between the hours of 10pm and 2am, our body has the opportunity to replenish and repair cells whilst taking care of important hormonal processes and regulating the immune system. Tired body and mind equals tired skin. Make sure that you enjoy life, include daily outdoor movement, and have fun with the ones you love. Happiness shines through as a welcome glow!
Dry skin brushing helps to move lymph around the body, carrying waste and toxins out via the lymph nodes. Use a natural bristled brush and work from the soles of your feet, then buttocks and lower back, belly, upper back, chest, finishing from fingertips to upper arms. Always brush towards the lymph nodes (armpits and groin) using a dry brush on dry skin. This technique helps improves circulation, detoxification, remove dead skin cells, improve skin texture, and support immunity.
The number one rule is to be sure that you can pronounce and recognise every ingredient in your skincare products. Far too many companies are cashing in on the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ without being either. There are many home remedies using common kitchen ingredients, such as coconut oil, sesame oil, honey, oats, paw paw, avocado, strawberries, salt and sugar! Honey is a wonderful natural cleanser; sugar, salt, and ground oats exfoliate gently; strawberries, paw paw, avocado, and clay make wonderful face masks; coconut or sesame oil are deeply moisturising; and rosewater or witchhazel are simple toning and soothing facial mists. Your local library is bound to have some natural beauty books, or you can search online for recipes.
Inside Out Care
The old adage, “You are what you eat”, rings especially true when it comes to the skin. Eating plenty of fresh, whole, organic foods and avoiding processed junk foods goes a long way towards radiant skin. Getting enough healthy fats improves both texture and glow – coconut oil works just as well from the inside as it does topically. Make sure that your gut is in good shape by including a quality probiotic, and eating leafy greens on a daily basis to improve digestion.