Caring for your skin naturally involves two things:
- actions to avoid damaging your skin,
- and natural products to repair and protect your skin.
In this article, you will read about five simple steps that you should include in your skin care routine.
Five Simple Steps to Natural Skin Care
They say that prevention is better than cure, so here are five simple steps to avoid damage to your skin:
Drink a lot of water
Around 8 glasses a day is the minimum your skin (and body) needs. Water helps flush out toxins that can accumulate and cause skin problems.
Exercise increases your blood flow and this helps your body to get rid of harmful toxins. Exercise also helps reduce stress which is known to lead to skin problems.
Watch your diet
Healthy food and a good diet are essential for natural skin care. Your diet should be a healthy mix of various nutrient providing foods – raw fruits and vegetables can help your body get rid of toxins. In particular include blackberries, carrots, pomegranates, honey, olives and apricots for their natural skin care functions.
Get plenty of rest
A good sleep is necessary for maintaining good health and keeping skin toned.
Keep out of the sun
Avoiding excessive exposure to strong sun – by staying in the shade, wearing long sleeved clothes and a hat – is another natural skin care strategy.
Essential Natural Skin Care Ingredients
Here are the main ingredients with known skin care properties occurring naturally:
Natural antioxidants help protect your skin from damage from environmental pollutants and the build-up of toxins. Anything containing Vitamin C (such as citrus fruits), Green and White Tea Extracts, Pomegranate and Sea Algae are excellent natural antioxidants.
Natural ingredients which help re-hydrate the skin include olive oil, aloe vera, and cocoa butter. Natural skin care products are now widely available from specialist suppliers such as The Body Shop or from supermarkets and online beauty retailers such as Kelkoo Select.
Skin Calming Ingredients
Ingredients such as chamomile and cucumber can help to calm and sooth the skin naturally, and there are plenty of products to be found containing these soothing ingredients.
Vitamin A can naturally stimulate cell renewal so newer, fresher skin cells are produced by the body – resulting in a healthier complexion. Carrots and apricots are a good source of vitamin A.
Vitamin E promotes the skin’s natural healing process and can be found abundantly in almonds and apricots, so including these in your diet will help your skin to glow.
Care for your skin naturally
Look out for products containing the natural ingredients listed above, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and do whatever it takes to relax – yoga, treating yourself to theatre vouchers for impromptu nights out or simply treating yourself to the rest your body needs with a night in. Remember, good skin care starts from the inside out!