We all want skin that glows with good health. If you believe the ads, healthy beautiful skin is at the bottom of – a usually expensive – bottle. Don’t believe the ads. We’ve got something better than expensive empty promises. We’ve got 5 things you can do to get your natural glow on…
- Accept and love the skin you’re in. Your skin has a job to do. And it’s not to make you famous on social media or to make people like you more. It’s not to look 20 years old when you’re 40. It’s to protect you from pathogens and excessive water loss. It helps you regulate your temperature and holds everything together – which in the grand scheme of things is quite a bit more important than how many Facebook likes you got. If you’re forever wishing your skin looked a bit more like some celebrity’s, even they don’t look like that when they’re being real people, not edited, filtered, photoshopped versions of themselves. No one is perfect but healthy skin of any shade or age is a whole lot of amazing. Don’t aim for perfection, aim for healthy skin.
- Healthy skin is intricately tied up to your immune system and gut health. Eat fresh healthy food. Drink water. Get plenty of sleep. If you suspect you’re intolerant to something try an elimination diet and then avoid any known allergens. If you continue eating/drinking things that you are intolerant to, it will show in your skin. Common allergens and food intolerances that cause skin issues are dairy, wheat, grains and nuts, but this is a very individual thing, so you’re own experience is the most important. It’s also important to know that food intolerances can change throughout our lives, so something that we’ve always been able to eat may become something we react to.
- If you have to wear make up, go minimal. Make up can not only clog pores, but many many cosmetics contain ingredients that cause everything from skin irritation to interrupting your hormonal balance. Seriously. It comes as a surprise to many of us to know that there is no requirement for cosmetics companies to prove that their formulations are safe or even for them to avoid products that are known allergens, carcinogens etc. There is some industry self-regulation but in most countries, including Australia, just because something is on the shelf of a store does not mean that it has been tested for safety or that it will be safe for everyone.
- Avoid products that are just synthetic chemical cocktails. Any or all ingredients in these products could be irritating or dry out your skin or mess with you internally since our skin actually absorbs a percentage of what we put on it. The only way to know if your product is actually natural is to read the label.
- Follow a simple skincare routine that cleanses without stripping oils. Try cleansing with honey, cleansing grains or the oil cleansing method. Try moisturizing with botanical oils, butters or ethically-produced tallow balms. These contain essential fatty acids that our skin needs, and can’t always make itself if our diet or health is not quite right.
Having healthy skin can make a big difference, to how we feel when we look in the mirror, and to how others respond to us. Yet healthy skin is the result of a healthy body, not the result of any million-dollar lotion or potion.
Have you got any healthy skin tips to share? What do you do to get your natural glow on?