Smooth, glowing skin is attractive at any age. While countless products promise to reduce wrinkles, clear blemishes, and enhance the appearance of skin, these products often command a high price. With the right techniques, it is possible to have beautiful skin using only natural products, at a budget that is easy on the wallet. Continue reading for au natural tips for gorgeous skin at any age.
Start the Morning with Lemon
Environmental toxins, heavy metals, dehydration, and conventional foods tend to create an acidic environment in the body. For beautiful skin, it is important to bring the body back to a more alkaline state. Rather than heading straight for the coffee pot in the morning, begin the day with a gently heated mug of pure water and add the freshly squeezed juice of one-half to a whole organic lemon. While coffee and the traditional splash of cream tends to promote an acidic environment in the body, lemon water creates a healthy alkaline state.
Nothing promotes healthy, beautiful skin more than good nutrition. Beauty begins from the inside out, so starting the day off with a delicious green juice will fill the body with valuable nutrients and hydration. A simple recipe includes spinach, apple, celery, cucumber, and grapes juiced or, more ideally, blended with a high-powered blender for optimal nutrient absorption.
Fight Wrinkles with … Blueberries
These lovely hued berries are packed full of antioxidants that fight wrinkles. While there is nothing quite like the delicious taste of a freshly picked blueberry, frozen blueberries are just as nutritious. In fact, frozen blueberries are often picked at the peak of their nutrition and may be even more nutritious than their fresh counterparts. Toss into a smoothie or make a refreshing bowl of blueberry “ice cream.” Blend one or two cups of frozen blueberries in a blender with a splash of almond or coconut milk for a skin-loving treat.
Soothe Dry Skin
Since dry skin is often a sign of a vitamin A deficiency, treat it from the inside out with optimal nutrition. Foods such as freshly juiced carrots, roasted pumpkin, and baked sweet potatoes will give your skin the nutrients it needs to sport a healthy glow. For immediate relief, a few drops of rose hip oil will transform the skin. This all-natural product can be applied morning and night on clean skin.
Nothing causes dry, worn skin more than dehydration. Fresh, clean, pure water is the key to soft, supple skin. For additional nutrients, add sliced lemons to detoxify the body or berries for an antioxidant boost.
Get a Full Night’s Rest
It is called “beauty sleep” for a good reason. Consistent, healthy sleep promotes beautiful skin as it allows cells the time they need to repair damage during the night. Create a bedtime ritual and a peaceful environment to promote an uninterrupted, restful night.
The ultra-violet rays of the sun are a silent wrinkle-causing culprit. Wear sunscreen every day, even when it appears cloudy. Sunscreen should be applied under makeup, before moisturizer and foundation. Be sure to apply sunscreen to any areas of skin that are exposed to the sun and reapply frequently.
Avoid Inflammatory Foods
For those with sensitivities to dairy, gluten, and sugar, these foods can trigger skin outbreaks and premature aging. Dairy, in particular, can spike insulin levels which, in turn, tend to inflame the skin. Try delicious non-dairy alternatives such as almond milk, coconut milk, or rice milk for beautiful skin.
Fall in Love with … Coconut Oil
That’s right. Coconut oil is not just meant for healthy cooking. This rich, nutritious oil can be used as lip balm or under foundation for smooth, supple skin. In addition to being used as a beauty supplement, coconut oil can also be used all over the body. Massage a dollop of virgin coconut oil into clean, dry skin.
Stress does not only raise anxiety levels; it damages skin too. When constant stress at work, home, and school become chronic conditions, the skin reflects the damage being done internally. Tired lackluster skin, wrinkles, and breakouts are all directly affected by the stress hormone cortisol. Good skin care, nutrition, and exercise can help, but the best way to decrease stress is to eliminate the cause. In the case that this is not possible, combat cortisol with meditation, yoga, and deep-breathing routines.
With simple lifestyle changes, beautiful skin is possible. Prevent wrinkles, banish breakouts, and treat dry, aging skin with techniques and ingredients that are not only natural, but are also much less expensive than many commercial anti-aging products. Good nutrition, quality hydration, plenty of rest, and a focus on natural skin treatments will help the skin take on a healthy, gorgeous glow.