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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
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?
- 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.
- Sodium Olivate – a sodium salt derived from olive oil. It’s an emulsifier and gentle cleanser.
- Glycerin – a plant-derived product that attracts moisture that is considered gentle enough for baby shampoos and soaps.
- Eriobotrya Japonica Extract – One of my favorite fruits, the Japanese Loquat, is a natural astringent for cleaning the skin.
- Seaweed Extract – while it’s an excellent thickener, seaweed extract abounds with antioxidants that help keep the skin healthy.
Primiracle’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.
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
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.
When 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.
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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