In the summer we are more conscious of our skin. We feel good the sun is shining – well sometimes maybe… and we want to look good
Our skin is our largest organ and as such it is exposed to many different environments, products and influences. Some of these we can’t control but we can do our best to give our skin good natural treatments.
Number one is water. I often cast my mind back to my fourteen year old self. I was drinking lots of water and I had no spots. Many of my friends had lots of spots and didn’t drink water. Coincidence? No I don’t think so! A couple of years later I stopped drinking as much water and my skin suffered.
Water helps us flush out toxins and impurities that can have a negative effect on the skin. It also helps it to stay plump and full. The giveaway for a dehydrated person is the prune look – all wrinkled and dry.
Number two is gut health. This is vital to our overall health that you can’t ignore the benefits of probiotics to keep your gut flora working in harmony and balance. A disordered gut shows in all aspects of our health including our skin.
Number three is sleep. No skin looks good when it is sporting the ‘I didn’t get enough sleep last night look’. It’s impossible to look your best without good quality sleep.
Fourth on the list is good diet. Plenty of fresh vegetables and some fruit. Oily fish, healthy omega 3 oils such as extra virgin oil, a small amount of red meat and dairy all contribute to a diet supportive to a healthy skin. Ditch the sugar and the processed foods and you will reap the benefits in so many ways – weight reduction, more energy and better skin for starters!
Exercise takes the number five slot. By moving our bodies and using our muscles we increase our endophorin levels – these are the feel good hormones. We release tension and stress which in turn helps us sleep better and we tone our bodies so we feel better about how we look. Not convinced? When has someone who is stressed out and tense looked good?
In terms of product to apply to your skin there are multitudes and it is so confusing, every new advert promises the earth in terms of rejuvenation and wonder cure. Many of these products are laden with preservatives and chemicals all of which add to the toxic load your body needs to process.
Why not look at more natural solutions?
Aloe Vera is a wonderful product for the skin. It can be used on sunburn, minor burns or rashes and is extremely effective and soothing burnt skin. Aloe helps the skin because of its high water content.
In the case of a burn it helps to replenish lost water and soothe the skin at the same time with its anti-inflammatory properties. The water content of Aloe means that the skin stays hydrated and therefore less prone to fine wrinkles and lines – another bonus!
It will be no surprise given its ability with burns that Aloe Vera is very moisturising and so helpful for dry skin and hair. Again the high water content helps with hydration levels. Look for products with 99% pure Aloe Vera
Coconut Oil is another favourite product and like Aloe Vera has a multitude of uses including providing healthy fats for the gut and support for the immune system. In addition, it is an excellent moisturiser and skin treatment. Some of its uses include soothing a baby’s sore bottom caused by nappy rash, as a lip balm, preventing stretch marks during pregnancy and as a moisturiser for those suffering with acne.
Tea Tree Oil offers anti-fungal and anti-bacterial support to deal with infections, spots and head lice. This is a strong oil please do not use it neat always dilute it in a carrier oil or shampoo / conditioner.
Almond Oil is my favourite lazy girl’s moisturiser. I just pop some into a bath and then when I am all sleepy and ready for bed I can just flop down rather than having to moisturise first. The almond oil leaves your skin feeling soft and silky.
Almond oil can also be used for cases of eczema to soothe dry skin or in cases of cradle cap. Just rub some into the head and allow it to soak in thoroughly for half an hour, and then wash out.
Apple cider vinegar is a good skin toner particularly for those with acne. Like many of the other ingredients mentioned here it is also good for immunity and digestive health.
This is just a small selection of natural products you can use for your skin. We would urge you to really consider what you are putting on your skin because it can have a significant effect on both your skin and your overall health.
For example, I am painting at the moment and whilst I try to be careful I get paint everywhere which means lots of washing off and more dry and irritated skin. I am using moisturiser by the bucket load at the moment, what does that tell you about the impact of chemicals on the skin?
In an ideal world we would all have time to make fresh skin care products to be stored in our fridges and used within a day or two. Back in the real world we don’t have the time or perhaps the inclination to do this so we have collected a range of fabulous products that we feel work in harmony with your body without adding load of chemicals. Why not take a look…