If there’s anyone else out there like me, then you’re looking to deal with your skin as naturally and gently as possible. I’ve always been a skincare junkie, but over the years I’ve noticed my skin becoming more and more sensitive. Even though my skin started to respond badly to the expensive, anti-aging skincare products, I was still hesitant to give them up!! Youth and beauty, right?
Well, I recently had a terrible experience with my skin. I went and got a facial and took it one step further with a vitamin A peel. Now, I know these can work wonders on your skin, however my experience has been nothing less than awful. I ended up getting a very bad reaction in the form of a terrible rash, or more specific, dermatitis. If anyone has dealt with eczema or dermatitis then you know what a challenge it can be to clear up.
Hindsight is 20/20, right? Even my dermatologist said that a large number of her patients come in with issues stemming from “doing things to your skin”, and in my case, doing a vitamin A peel.
That said, I’m learning that taking care of my skin doesn’t have to be that complicated OR expensive. Keeping it simple isn’t such a bad thing!
In this article I’ve outlined some of what I’ve learned about a more natural skin care regimen. I’m personally still experimenting with what works best for my skin, but I’m done with the anti-aging, expensive, abrasive, etc., etc., etc., skincare products.
Skincare from the Inside Out
I’m sure you’ve all heard that diet can affect your skin. First and foremost, drink water!! You should be drinking about half your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water each day.
Water will help keep you and your skin hydrated and it helps to remove toxins and waste products from the body. Water helps to deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells, which replenish the skin tissue and increase its elasticity. That in itself is anti-aging!! I’ve noticed that if i’m dehydrated, my skin looks dull and you can definitely see those fine lines more prominently.
Food For Your skin
Selenium: Selenium is a mineral that may help protect your skin cells from free radicals, which cause signs of aging. Foods such as shrimp, lamb, fish, cooked beef, brazil nuts, light turkey, and crab have the mineral selenium.
Antioxidants: I’m sure you’ve all heard how GREAT antioxidants are for your skin. They help slow and prevent free-radical damage. You can find antioxidants in colorful fruits and veggies such as strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, beets, squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, and peppers.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is good for so many things, and skincare is one of them. Vitamin C can help undo sun damage and help firm the skin. You can get vitamin C from foods such as citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, greens, brussels sprouts and red bell pepper.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is also an antioxidant and can help prevent inflammation. You can get Vitamin E in foods such as nuts, seeds spinach, asparagus, and leafy greens.
CoQ10: Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that your body makes naturally. But, as with many things, your body tends to make less of this as you get older. You can eat foods that are packed full of CoQ10 to help bring back the balance. Foods such as salmon, tuna, poultry, liver, and whole grains.
Vitamin A: After my disastrous Vitamin A peel, I’ll be getting my vitamin A in the form of food, thank you very much! Foods such as oranges, carrots, cantaloupe, leafy greens and eggs are a great source of vitamin A.
Healthy Fats: Omega-3s and Omega-6s are healthy fats that help prevent dryness and blemishes, in turn keeping your skin smooth and wrinkle free! You can find these healthy fats in olive oil, flax-seeds, walnuts, and salmon. I actually take a supplement for this as well called Blue Ice Royal Fermented Cod Liver Oil Concentrated Butter Oil Blend, which can be found here.
I personally have pretty dry skin, no matter how hydrated I stay. I’ve learned that I need to use a face oil as part of my skincare routine in order to lock in hydration and help keep my skin feeling smooth. Here is a list of oils that you can use on your face to help you maintain glowing, beautiful skin!
Rosehip oil has been used throughout history for it’s healing properties. It’s a dry oil, so it’s not greasy and is super light helping it absorb easily into the skin. Rosehip oils is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which can help decrease environmental damage and soothe the skin.
Rosehip oil can be used to help fight acne, eczema, and has amazing skin rejuvenation properties which can help restore elasticity to the skin and protect the skin against free radicals.
Cold-pressed rosehip oil is best because it retains more nutrients.
Hemp Seed Oil
Help seed oil is an incredibly moisturizing oil that plumps and firms your skin without clogging your pores. It’s very gentle on the skin, making this a go to for someone like myself with the overly sensitive skin!
Some of the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil are that it provides lasting moisture, helps calm the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, balances oily skin, plumps and rejuvenates the skin.
Jojoba oil is a soothing oil and has been known to help treat acne, psoriasis, and sunburned skin. It’s an amazing oil for moisturizing and healing the skin. Jojoba oil has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, can be used to removed dirt and bacteria from your face, is hypoallergenic, protects and cleanses the skin, contains Vitamin E (natural anti-aging nutrient), and contains Vitamin B (helps fight free radicals and cell damage).
Jojoba oil is an emollient, which means it can help prevent irritations and can help moisturize the skin. It’s also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. Instead it works as a protectant and cleanser, fighting bacteria growth that can lead to acne breakouts.
Jojoba oil is also great at helping smooth out those fine lines and wrinkles, making it a great anti-aging and hydrating option for your skin.
Tamanu oil is known for its potent healing properties. This oil contains omega fatty acids and is known to promote new, healthy cell growth. It also contains antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, two more amazing reasons to be using this oil on your skin.
Tamanu oil is great for sensitive skin and is well known for it’s anti aging qualities. It can help tighten and firm your skin as well as protect it from environmental stressors. Tamanu oil can also be used to help heal acne, fade stretch marks, heal rashes and eczema, and soothe dry skin!
Argan oil has been used throughout history to treat skin for infections, rashes, bug bites, etc. The properties in Argan oil have been known to help moisturize and tone the skin, get rid of stretch marks, and help reduce inflammation which can help with acne issues.
Argan oil can be used on the entire body as well!
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense has been used throughout history for its healing properties. It’s one gem of an oil and can be used to help protect your skin cells, reduce acne, prevent wrinkles, and even lift and tighten your skin. I’ve personally used it to help with a large hyper-pigmentation spot on my face and the spot has lightened up quite a bit!
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium is another oil that has been used throughout history – this oil has been used specifically to help promote beautiful skin. Geranium oil is a natural anti-inflammatory making it a great option to help treat acne and reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. Geranium has been known to help reduce wrinkles by tightening the facial skin as well as toning the muscles.
You can use Geranium oil to help cleanse your skin by adding a drop to your facial wash – it’s very soothing so it’s nice addition to your face wash and leaves your skin feeling super smooth and hydrated because it has moisturizing properties as well.
Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh is another oil that can help maintain healthy skin. It’s incredibly moisturizing so it’s a great option to try during the winter months of dry cold weather that I personally deal with. My skin definitely tends to have some challenges during the winter and adding Myrrh to my face cream was a great relief. Myrrh is packed full of antioxidants which in turn helps support healthy skin. It’s also a great option to help treat skin issues such as eczema, scars, and spots.
Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil
Melaleuca is one of my favorite go to oils! It’s known for its purifying qualities, which make it useful for cleansing the skin and a great option for those who might be dealing with acne. I actually just put a drop directly onto a breakout and it helps clear it up much faster. Melaleuca is also a great option to help treat eczema and psoriasis.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandawood oil is high in antioxidants and is known to be a great anti-aging oil due to it’s ability to reduce damage caused by free radicals. It’s also known as an effective oil to help treat acne.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum is referred by some as the Everlasting or Immortal Flower because it offers several benefits to the skin. This oil has rejuvenating and restorative properties which can help reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles, leaving your skin feeling nice and soothed.
Helichrysum can be used as part of your anti-aging skincare regime by applying the oil to your face to target fine lines and wrinkles. This oil can also be used to help promote healthy skin cell regeneration and create a glowing complexion
Well, there you have it!! There are so many great natural alternatives to skin care out there, you just have to figure out a regimen that works best for you. I’ve already started experimenting with oils and oils and oils. I think it’ll make a huge difference for my very sensitive skin in the long run to be treating my skin more naturally.
Don’t forget that diet and hydration are key elements to healthy, glowing skin!
Also, remember that essential oils are extremely potent; For example, one drop of essential oil can be up to 70 times more potent than their herbal form (such as thyme or oregano).
Not all essential oil brands are created equal. There are many brands out there that won’t be effective for health, healing, and would be ineffective, possibly harmful, when applying to your skin.
When choosing essential oils, it’s so important to choose pure, high quality oils that are naturally safe and effective. Brands, such as doTERRA, gently and carefully distil from plants that have been harvested properly by experienced growers for ideal extract composition and efficacy.
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