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As much as your eyes are a window to your soul, your skin is a reflection of your overall health.  While some issues require a dermatologist’s attention, there are steps that you can take to help ensure you have healthy skin.  Some of these measures include using more natural beauty products, making good food decisions, staying hydrated, and quitting smoking.  Are there any tips you can add?

Use Natural Cleansers

Primiracle Deep Facial Cleanser for Healthy Skin
Primiracle Deep Facial Cleanser

With a dizzying array of skin care products on the market, choosing the right one is a daunting task.  Some products are legitimately good.  Some are loaded with ingredients that may not only have the opposite impact (think drying Isopropyl Alcohol in a moisturizing cleanser) but may be unhealthy.

The Terribly Toxic Touch Me Nots is a list of cosmetic ingredients that may not be safe.  It includes petroleum-based ingredients, artificial colorings, and chemicals linked to cancer.  You can either memorize the ever-growing list or opt to use all-natural skin cleansers.  The latter is much easier.

My current favorite all-natural skin cleanser is Primiracle’s Deep Facial Cleanser.  The only ingredients are Rose Hip Seed,  Purified Water, Sodium Olivate, Glycerin, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Eriobotrya Japonica Extract, Seaweed Extract.

Notice, it doesn’t have any Parabens, Petroleums, or other toxic touch-me-nots commonly found in over-the-counter skin care products.  I believe that Primiracle is a healthy skin care product.

So, what are these ingredients and what is their purpose?

  1. Rose Hip Seed Oil – very high in essential fatty acids.  It’s considered a dry oil and renowned for not leaving the skin feeling oily.  Rose Hip Seed Oil, the primary ingredient in this product, is highly valued as a moisturizer for dry and mature skin.
  2. Sodium Olivate – a sodium salt derived from olive oil.  It’s an emulsifier and gentle cleanser.
  3. Glycerin – a plant-derived product that attracts moisture that is considered gentle enough for baby shampoos and soaps.
  4. Eriobotrya Japonica Extract – One of my favorite fruits, the Japanese Loquat, is a natural astringent for cleaning the skin.
  5. Seaweed Extract – while it’s an excellent thickener, seaweed extract abounds with antioxidants that help keep the skin healthy.

Primiracle is clear with a rose tint from the rose hipsPrimiracle’s Deep Facial Cleanser has a light, floral fragrance that rapidly dissipates. After using it, my skin feels soft, hydrated, and clean.  It removes cosmetics gently without leaving behind an oily or sticky residue.

Rather than a creamy base like many cleansers, Primiracle‘s is transparent tinged with rosehip pink.

Also, Primiracle is a vegan-safe, cruelty-free product. I feel good about using it.  I know that the all natural ingredients are good for my skin, make my skin feel good, and didn’t result from the suffering of animals.

Eat Well

healthy foods help protect the skin
Healthy foods help protect the skin from free radicals and inflammation that causes aging.

Nutrition is a cornerstone to living a healthy life and healthy skin.  Your body needs the proper fuel to run at its peak, and that includes our skin. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants may not only help fight cancer-causing free radicals but also fight aging.  Omega-3 rich foods, like flaxseed, fish, walnuts, and egg yolks strengthen cell membranes and fight inflammation that causes aging and other skin-related problems.

Omega-3 rich foods, like flaxseed, fish, walnuts, and egg yolks, strengthen cell membranes and fight inflammation that causes aging.  Highly processed white carbs cause insulin spikes that create inflammation and damage the skin’s ability to protect itself.

Drink Lots of Water for Healthy Skin

Fruit Infused water
Fruit Infused water

Plump, well-hydrated skin has better elasticity.  Dehydrated skin appears sallow and is more likely to look dry and wrinkled.

Overly dry skin is also more liable to erupt in break-outs.  In trying to hydrate itself, dehydrated skin produces more sebum and oil.

For an added kick of anti-oxidants, try infusing your water with fruit.  Either use an infuser pitcher or just submerge your favorite fruit in a container of ice water overnight in the refrigerator.

Exercise

Exercise - 2 friends stretchingWhen people see before and after photos of my weight loss, they often say I look ten years younger.  I chalk that up to all the exercise.

Vigorous exercise does more than pump the heart; it also helps the skin.  That faster pulse rate means blood is carrying more oxygen and nutrients to the skin.

Additionally, blood carries away toxins and waste products from those skin cells.

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is probably one of the best things you could to maintain healthy skin.  Smoking wreaks havoc with all the body’s organs, including its largest – the skin.  By narrowing blood vessels, nicotine restricts blood flow to the small capillaries that carry oxygen and nutrients to your skin leading to leathery, wrinkled, drying skin.

Please keep in mind, I am not a doctor.  These are just tips I’ve used to keep my own skin healthy.

Special thanks to our Primiracle for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It’s just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I’m loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

29 Comments

  • Neely

    June 7, 2016 - 11:34 am

    Ooooo this line looks fantastic!!!! I’m always looking for new skincare products. I will be giving this line a try!

  • Taralyn

    June 2, 2016 - 8:22 pm

    I’m trying to drink as much water as I can this summer! Helps to stay hydrated!

    • Alicia Taylor

      June 3, 2016 - 5:23 pm

      It’s especially important during the summer months!

  • littlemisscant

    June 2, 2016 - 5:02 pm

    We try and eat as healthy as we can but I have to admit there are some days when it’s just not possible so I make sure I am drinking more than enough water to compensate.

    • Alicia Taylor

      June 3, 2016 - 5:24 pm

      No one’s diet is perfect – not even mine.

  • Amanda Love

    June 2, 2016 - 3:43 pm

    I think if I ate better I would have better skin. I don’t eat as well as I should or drink enough water. I do however use as close to natural products as I can. I’m a big fan of LUSH products.

  • startraci

    June 2, 2016 - 11:57 am

    Great tips. I especially think that hydration is essential to beautiful skin. Good nutrition and exercise are so important, as well. As you pointed out, skin reflects a lot of our overall health.
    🙂
    Traci

  • Claudia Krusch

    June 2, 2016 - 10:57 am

    It is so important to take care of your skin, prevention is the key! I always try to drink plenty of water and exercise helps get rid of impurities!

  • Nicole Escat

    June 2, 2016 - 7:49 am

    I tried a seaweed extract beauty product before and the result is so nice. Thanks for the other tips that you give, I love taking care of my skin.

  • Tonya C

    June 2, 2016 - 7:45 am

    Yes, you are so right! Water and diet are so important in skin care. I need to really start drinking way more water!

  • Khrista {ezeBreezy Life Simplified}

    June 2, 2016 - 7:36 am

    I have very sensitive skin and those ingredients in the cleanser look wonderful. I am going to have to see if I can find it near me. And all I can say is YES!!! to drinking water for good skin. It is amazing what a little hydration can do for you:)

    • Alicia Taylor

      June 3, 2016 - 5:25 pm

      The only place I’ve seen it is on Amazon or their website, but it’s worth looking around.

  • Carol Bryant

    June 1, 2016 - 11:42 pm

    As a sensitive skin girl, I love that you shared the product and said ” it doesn’t have any Parabens, Petroleums,” I also love to have bottled water with me.

  • Autumn @Mamachallenge

    June 1, 2016 - 10:36 pm

    It is super important to take care of your skin! I always try to drink plenty of water.

  • irishred13

    June 1, 2016 - 7:56 pm

    I’m also against toxic filled junk. Thanks for sharing about this cleanser, I need a new one. If you are into more natural products/brands you should check out ShiftCon Conference. It is THE conference for organic, non-gmo, natural living, fitness, etc type bloggers and brands 🙂

    • Alicia Taylor

      June 3, 2016 - 5:26 pm

      Ooh! I am not familiar with that. I put it on my list to check into. Thanks for that!

  • Jacqui Odell

    June 1, 2016 - 7:38 pm

    I never really thought about the fact what we eat affects are skin. Interesting!

  • Neely (@Neelykins)

    June 1, 2016 - 6:51 pm

    Lemon water is the best for healthy skin! That and NEVER sleeping in makeup!

  • William Sweeney

    June 1, 2016 - 4:43 pm

    These sound like great tips!! I know my wife swears by the water for healthy skin

  • tamaralikecamera

    June 1, 2016 - 11:58 am

    I’m finally learning about exercise helping the skin! I’m notoriously bad at drinking water, so I’m working on that right now.

    • Alicia Taylor

      June 1, 2016 - 4:25 pm

      Exercise is just so good for every part of you! So is staying hydrated. Congrats on your efforts to consume more liquids

  • Robin Rue

    June 1, 2016 - 5:30 am

    So many people underestimate the value of drinking a lot of water. It’s so important for our bodies.

  • Melinda@LookWhatMomFound...andDadtoo

    June 1, 2016 - 5:29 am

    Great post. my skin is pretty good as I have used the same lotion for the last 15 years. I don’t smoke thankfully so I am good there. I do need to start exercising and eat more veggies though.

    • Alicia Taylor

      June 1, 2016 - 4:26 pm

      Ymmy! Veggies are just so great for the body. They are delicious, too!

  • aimlessmoments (@AimlessMoments)

    June 1, 2016 - 12:33 am

    There are so many different things for skincare that it can seem overwhelming. Then to make it harder, not everyone is going to have the same results so it ends up being alot of trial and error. Finding things that work for you is key, and you just have to go with it.

    • Alicia Taylor

      June 1, 2016 - 4:26 pm

      Yep – go with what works for you 🙂 I find the more natural products are less likely to my skin explode!

  • Sandra

    May 31, 2016 - 9:57 pm

    Love your tips, especially to stay hydrated with water! So important to get enough each day! Nice facial cleanser too. Simple ingredients are what I often look for in products I put on my face.

    • Alicia Taylor

      June 1, 2016 - 4:27 pm

      I can never drink enough water. I’m constantly sipping on it. Simple ingredients in both what we put in and what we put on are key to good health.

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