Healthy skin is a reflection of a healthy body. You can buy the best skincare products in the world, but if you’re not taking care of your overall health, those products will be fighting an uphill battle. That is why I’ve found that the best skincare comes from a whole, natural approach, capable of truly restoring the youthful bloom to your face.
The basics of a natural approach to skin care include:
I know, I know. You’re probably sick to death of hearing about a healthy diet. But if you take a moment to understand how a good diet can have such a beneficial effect on your skin, I believe you’ll begin to see it as an essential part of the best skincare.
Including lots of brightly-colored fruits and vegetables in your diet is just like using the best skin care products. These natural foods help keep the production of skin-damaging free radicals to a minimum because of their powerful antioxidant properties. Free radicals are the tiny molecules that wreak havoc on your skin, making it look old and saggy.
The vitamins and minerals contained in many fruits and vegetables also nourish and support skin cell function. One of the more important functions is to produce natural collagen and elastins which maintain your skin’s firmness and elasticity. This is what keeps you looking young.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables also helps keep the digestive system on track. This means that your body is able to easily rid itself of any built up toxins that can also have damaging effects on your body and skin.
Note: You can intensify the skincare benefits of a healthy diet by drinking lots of filtered water and reducing the amount of processed “junk” food that you consume.
Exercise is an essential part of the best skincare simply because it increases the circulation of your blood, which nourishes your cells with life-giving oxygen.
Adding regular exercise to your daily routine can be as simple as taking part in physical activities that you enjoy. Walking, swimming, biking, dancing, tennis or any activity that requires you to move can be an easy and pleasant way to get the exercise you need to improve your skin as well as your overall health.
Just remember when you go outdoors to wear a hat and long, light-weight sleeves to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Avoid using sunscreen if possible. Most sunscreens are loaded with synthetic chemicals that can actually damage your skin.
Nature-based Skincare Products
Taking a natural approach to the best skincare also includes using nature-based skincare products. The best skincare products are made from natural ingredients that are designed to work from within your skin cells to promote natural healing, strengthening and protection.
Instead of relying on synthetic mineral and petroleum oils to soften your skin, products with natural plant and vegetable-based oils such as avocado and macadamia can produce a healthy softness that won’t clog your pores and suffocate your skin.
The best skincare products also contain high concentrations of active ingredients such as CoQ10, kelp extract and keratin which are very effective at fighting free radicals and stimulating natural collagen and elastin production.
Inferior products commonly use alcohols, parabens, dioxanes and fragrances that combine to make a great smelling plaster for your face. Instead of supporting your skin cells, these ingredients only support the creamy consistency and good smell of the product. And they also support the bottom line of the cosmetic company because these ingredients are cheap.
Your natural approach to the best skincare products should mirror the natural approach to your diet. Increase the use of nature-based products and avoid processed, “junk” skincare.