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Young skin. Glowing skin. Clean skin... This is what we love! There are countless of products I can name for you that are all about skin rejuvenation, pore cleansers, exfoliators, creams etc. Today, I'm here to tell you that you can do all that naturally and for FREE in the comfort of your own home! In this article I'm going to give you 7 to-die-for tips on keeping your skin clean and glowing without using chemical based products.
Before we begin with our 7 tips, here are some things to keep in mind that will help you stay on the right track.
Hydrate. This is the obvious. I know you hear this often but it's true. A lack of hydration will cause your skin to shrivel, get dry and possibly even break out. Staying hydrated is important for so many reasons but if there's one benefit you gain from this it's your clear, glowy skin! Try drinking half a gallon (64oz) of water a day to help your body get rid of unwanted bacteria. I know it can be difficult, especially with all the bathroom runs you will be making but after a week, your bladder will start to calm down and you will feel much better about the whole ordeal. Tip: Try to eliminate sodas from your diet, including carbonated water. If you don't like drinking water, opt for a flavored bottle.
Sleep. Another obvious tip but one that should not be taken lightly. Getting your beauty sleep is important if you want to keep those dark circles at bay. Having bags under your eyes is unattractive and takes away from your skin glow and young look. Try getting between 7-9 hours of sleep every night and I promise, you'll see a difference in your skin.
Relax. Stressing out is a one of the main reasons why people break out, look older and pale. Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. This is because stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil and oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems.
Your 7 To-Die-For Tips
Beta Carotene. Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A (retinol) which is what we need for healthy skin and mucus membranes, our immune system, and good eye health and vision. Foods that contain this vitamin are extremely nourishing to your skin. Some foods that contain Beta Carotene: carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, romaine, lettuce, squash, cantaloupe, red and yellow peppers, apricots etc.
Exfoliate. Regular exfoliation can add so much glow to your face! Never underestimate the power of an amazing skin care routine! By exfoliating, you are getting rid of dead skin cells, bacteria and other forms of dirt that has accumulated from chemicals such as makeup or other bacteria. Make your own face scrub to add potential benefit from natural ingredients! For our DIY face scrub recipes click here!
Moisturize. This is what I live by! I am always moisturizing my face and hands with natural oils. Try to avoid chemical based moisturizers as they are Petroleum-based which causes your skin to dry out even more. Using natural, organic oil-based moisturizers are your best bet. Tip: For the winter use an oil-based moisturizer. For the summer you can use a water-based moisturizer. Some of my favorite natural oils I use: coconut, jojoba, castor, olive, shea butter, sunflower, grapeseed.
Green Tea. Oh the wonders of Mother Nature! It never ceases to amaze me! One of the greatest benefits for glowing skin is using Green Tea as your "product". You can use it as a scrub, puffy eye relief or even just drink it to maximize nutrient intake and iron absorption. Green Tea is also rich in antioxidants which helps improve the elasticity of your skin. Try a cup after or alongside meals. This has done wonders for my skin and it's a lifestyle I can never give up! To read more about the benefits of Green Tea click here!
Dark Chocolate. It's always great to know that chocolate is allowed and should be used in your diet! Consuming dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) has multiple beauty benefits. It can boost your skin's moisture, protect from sun damage and diminish wrinkles. It's also rich in vitamins A, B1, C, D and E, plus iron and calcium. In conclusion: chocolate nourishes your skin from the inside out to replace lost moisture.
Soft Soaps. Try avoiding harsh soaps and opt for more natural organic soaps that are soft on your skin. (Keep an eye out for an article on how to make DIY homemade soft soaps!)
Nutrition. Your beauty starts from the inside. This is where "you are what you eat" comes true. Here are some foods that help nourish the skin and keep you glowing and healthy: Cucumber, beetroot, sweet potato, garlic, legumes, red grapes, avocado, nuts, oat milk, brown rice.