The health of our skin is a vital component of whole-body wellness and lifelong beauty. It is an integral part of self-care and is critical for maintaining optimum health. With the skin being the body’s largest organ, it is important to learn how to care for it properly.
Whole-body health includes all aspects that support the body’s wellness. The skin is one of them. Our appearance plays a role in how we show up in the world and having good health and radiant skin helps to increase confidence, self-love, and overall wellness. With a few simple natural beauty tips, anyone can achieve healthy glowing skin no matter their age.
Let’s look at some tips that you can start implementing today to encourage a healthy and more radiant appearance naturally.
1. Consume a Well Balanced Diet
Beauty is an inside job, and healthy food is one of the best ways to look and feel your best. The skin reflects internal health, and the regular consumption of nutrient-rich foods nourishes it from the inside out.
While skincare is a critical component to a healthy appearance, it can only do so much as it interacts with the skin’s surface layers. Food rich in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes builds the foundation of beautiful skin.
It is important to incorporate a wide variety of healthy foods such as colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, complete proteins, soaked and sprouted grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and plenty of filtered water.
2. Give Your Skin a Break
Many people assume that more is better; however, this could not be further from the truth. The skin does not like to be slathered in skincare and makeup every single day. It deserves a break.
The skin works hard to maintain its health and beauty, and the constant use of skincare and makeup can interfere with its natural ability to self-regulate, leaving it dependent and less able to maintain its natural beauty.
We want our skin to exude a natural radiance without the need for skincare. To do this, we must take breaks from our daily products.
Pick at least one day a week to give your skin a break from products. A simple solution is to skip using your nightly skincare and let your skin take a break while you sleep.
If you can spend a whole day without skincare or makeup, even better. You will be surprised at how calm and healthy your skin will look.
3. Protect The Integrity Of Your Skin
The skin on the face is delicate and vulnerable to damage and aging, so it is wise to take a gentle approach to protect its integrity.
Practice being gentle in your beauty routine and be kind to your skin. Lifelong beauty comes from learning how to care for one’s skin and giving it the respect, it deserves.
4. Skip The Harsh Procedures
More now than ever, women are turning towards more advanced beauty treatments to look younger, and it is wise to take precautions to protect health and beauty long term.
Some of the beauty treatments on the market, such as injectables, can be unhealthy. They may provide a quick fix however, they can add to the body’s toxic load. Toxins do not support beauty.
They contribute to aging and poor health. Harsh procedures, such as those that aggressively remove excess layers of skin, can weaken the skin’s integrity over time and cause more harm than good. It is essential to be gentle with the skin to protect its strength, health, and natural beauty.
5. Identify Your Skin Type
An essential part of any skincare regimen is to identify your skin type to care for it properly.
Many products on the market are effective; however, some of them may cause harm if they are not suitable for your unique skin type.
For example, sensitive skin that uses harsh cleansers and over-exfoliates can weaken the skin barrier and leave it vulnerable to acne, skin aging, and irritation.
Knowing your skin type to create a beauty routine that works for your individual needs is essential.
How to identify your skin type?
Cleanse the skin thoroughly with a gentle cleanser and gently pat dry. Do not apply any products to the skin. After 30 minutes, examine all areas of the face for any shine, dry areas, or tightness. This test helps to determine the basic skin types oily, dry, and normal/combination.
Dry: If after 30 minutes your skin feels tight without visible signs of oil, your skin is most likely dry.
Normal/Combination: If there is a noticeable shine on your forehead or nose, but your cheeks are a bit dry, your skin is most likely normal/combination.
Oily: If there is shine on your cheeks, forehead, and nose, you most likely have oily skin.
6. Avoid Using Hot Water On Your Skin
It is not advisable to use hot water on the delicate skin on the face because it can strip the skin of its natural oils and leave it dry and lifeless.
The continued use of hot water can cause excess redness and possibly damage the skin. Instead, use warm water when cleansing your face to protect your skin.
It is worth mentioning that the skin on the body is less sensitive than the delicate skin on the face; however, water temperatures that are too hot can also dry out the skin on the body. It is something to keep in mind when looking to preserve the health and beauty of your skin naturally.
7. Regularly Give Yourself a Facial
Facials are an excellent way to support the health and beauty of the skin naturally. You don’t need to go to a professional to achieve spa-like results.
You can enjoy a facial in the comfort of your home for a fraction of the cost. The key to getting the best results is learning to work with your skin and its changing needs while being gentle.
Try using two separate masks simultaneously to get the best results.
For example, use an all-natural honey mask on most of your face to provide moisture, balance, and radiance while using a clay mask in areas that are oily or congested.
Natural Skin Brightening Face Mask Recipe
- 1 tablespoon manuka or raw honey
- 1 teaspoon licorice powder
Optional: A few spritzes of rose water or filtered water
- Mix well
- Apply to clean skin
- Leave on 30-60 minutes
- Rinse with warm water only. Do not use a facial cleanser.
- Follow up with skincare.
- Use 1-3x’s per week for the best results.
With continued use, your skin will look more bright, balanced, and glowing. Licorice root is known for naturally lightening skin discoloration such as hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun, and age spots.
8. Blot your Face With a Towel Instead Of Rubbing
It is essential to be gentle with our skin to maintain its health and beauty. A great way to minimize irritation to the skin is to blot the skin with your towel after cleansing instead of rubbing. The friction that occurs from many towels can cause unnecessary irritation to the skin.
9. Avoid Touching Your Face Throughout The Day
While this one may be a bit tricky, it is worth putting in the effort. Most people don’t realize how often they touch their faces throughout the day. You might be surprised once you start paying attention to it. Our hands often contain bacteria that can get transferred to the facial skin resulting in acne and skin irritation. Practice reducing the frequency in which you touch your face to help keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
10. Sanitize Your Phone Regularly
Your phone and most of the surfaces you touch frequently contain bacteria that can get transferred to your skin and cause blemishes. If you suffer from acne and skin irritations, it is advisable to clean your phone regularly. Use 90% rubbing alcohol and sanitize it at least once a week for the best results.
11. Regularly Wash Your Makeup Brushes
Dirty makeup brushes can accumulate bacteria and dead skin cells that clog pores resulting in an unhealthy skin appearance. When the pores are clogged, the skin can get congested, leading to breakouts and the need for wearing more makeup. Bacteria from new blemishes can spread all over the face with the makeup brush. Wash your makeup brushes each week to make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin.
12. Use Natural Beauty Products
Natural products are essentially like putting vitamins on your skin. The skin loves natural ingredients it can recognize and utilize. Quality ingredients encourage a healthy body and appearance. Try researching natural beauty brands to find something that works for your individual needs.
13. Use Sunscreen On Your Face Daily
Wear sunscreen on your face daily to help minimize sun damage. It is essential to read labels and choose one that supports your health and beauty naturally. A mineral-based sunscreen such as non-nano zinc oxide is a good choice.
The skin regenerates itself every 28-45 days, meaning anyone can have radiant skin at any age. Be consistent and have patience. The results are worth it and so are you. Let your natural beauty shine through, and care for your skin each day to support whole-body wellness for naturally gorgeous skin.