About Your Skin: Natural Skincare and Beauty Tips

Believe it or not our skin is considered to be a very important organ yet other than the face the rest of our skin often gets ignored. The skin itself has many purposes, for the sake of this article I will place them into the following two categories: The skin protects our vital organs, tissues, loss of fluids from our bodies, and keeps out many forms of bacteria. Our skin is full of millions of nerve endings. If you have ever received a burn, then rest assured your nerve endings were working correctly and promptly.

Skin Types 
Most of us are familiar with these they are as follows: dry, normal, and oily. You can have what is considered a normal skin type or even dry, but have a spot perhaps on the side of the nose that is oily. The skin on the face is the part that receives the most exposure to the elements, then our hands. However, many of us neglect the rest of our skin. Perhaps we pay more attention once the warmer weather comes. In the summer months or if you reside in a climate where it is always warm your skin is more exposed. If you live in New England where I do, the seasons change bringing warmth, humidity, sleet, and snow.

About Your Skin: Natural Skincare and Beauty Tips

Soap Sense
Regardless of your skin type, many commercial soaps have a high content of lye and lard. They can be clogging the pores. Many commercial soaps also consist of an alcohol content which is extremely drying to the skin. As we get older, our skin tends to become drier. Some women who are at their pre menopausal age which can begin its onset when a woman reaches her thirties begin to notice a change in their skin. Some experience some acne for the very first time in their lives, which is due to hormone imbalances, while other others will notice that the skin is getting drier in some areas on the face.

Acne is often a sign that something is array internally. Even stress will wear itself on our skin. Teenagers are more prone to acne than adults, and the main causes are due to poor eating habits. Eating excessive amounts of junk food, can be a contributing factor to acne. Not drinking enough water, which is often a challenge for the many people, play a major role in the condition. of the skin. Water releases toxins from the body. Hormonal imbalances can also play a role with ace or skin flair ups.

Sweat Glands
Yes, what are they good for? The human body consists of millions of sweat glands. It has been estimated that we excrete about one pint of liquid per day through our sweat glands. However, when we exercise such as a cardiovascular activity you can excrete as much as eight pints of liquid. These liquids consist of waste, water, and electrolytes. As funky as sweating may be, it is a healthy human function. You notice after you exercise how good you feel and how great your skin looks. The pores are open and the toxins, and waste have been released. Exercise plays a major role in keeping your skin healthy.

Acne/Excessive Oily Skin

  1. Cut out the junk food or at least take it down. Soda, candy and chips are not good for troubled skin.
  2.  Drink8-12 glasses of spring water per day.
  3.  Wash your face with a full natural facial cleanser.
  4.  Do not use any products that contain coloring, chemicals, or preservatives, including makeup.
  5.  Always use a different wash cloth preferably one white or all cotton with no dyes.
  6.  Apply an astringent after you wash your face.
  7.  Moisture with products containing evening primrose oil, borage oil, or black current seed oil.
  8.  Facial Steam once per week or twice if acne is intense. Be sure to protect your lips and the area underneath the eyes with a lip balm or whatever you have around.
  9.  Exfoliate twice a week. You can mix salt and cornmeal with water and make a paste. Scrub in circular motions on the face but not hard. This should be done after facial steam when your pores are no longer clogged.
  10.  Never pull or tugged at skin under the eyes. It is the most sensitive part of the skin on the face.
  11.  Exercise regularly, to release waste and toxins from the body.

Basic Regime for the Face for Normal/Dry

  1.  Determine what type of skin type you have. If you have normal skin and an oily part of the face do not use products that are for oily skin. Apply an astringent to the oily areas only. Apply moisturizers on the rest of the face.
  2.  Never use products with a high content of alcohol unless you have a major problem with acne.
  3.  To remove an occasional pimple, or whitehead applying hydrogen peroxide on a q-tip or cotton ball and apply.
  4.  Use a white wash cloth or cotton, try not to use wash clothes that have been dyed.
  5.  Eat right.
  6.  Drink 8-12 glasses of water per day
  7.  Always remove makeup. Throw out any mascara, or eyeliner that is more than three months old.
  8.  Never pull or rub the under eye area. Always start in the direction closet to your nose.
  9.  Use all natural products for the skin, and makeup.
  10.  Read the labels. Remember having one natural ingredient listed on the bottle means that it can be called a natural product, and still contain chemicals, colorants, and preservatives.
  11.  Exercise regularly.

Dry Skin
Stay away from products with any alcohol in it. The key for dry skin is to moisture. The best time is at night before bed. I recommend the use natural soaps only, and products that are emollients, but are not so rich that they clogged the pores.

Sweat Glands
Yes this is part of your skin. The human bodies consist of millions of sweat glands. It has been estimated that we excrete about one pint per day. However, when you exercise such as cardiovascular activity you can excrete as much as 8 pints of liquid. These liquids consist of water, and waste. As funky as sweating may be, it is a healthy human function. You notice after exercise how good you feel, but how great your skin looks. The pores open and the toxins and waste are released.

Skin Care Tips

Here are some other tips that I hope you find helpful. Listed below you will find some basic skin care tips. Taking the extra few moments each day, will be well worth it. You will feel and see the results. This is one of the best things you can do for your skin.

  1.  Purchase a good skin/back brush. Be sure to purchase one that does not have brussels made of nylon or plastic. Apply this technique just before entering the bath or shower. Starting at the bottom of your feet scrub in a circular motion, then continue up the front side of the leg, then hands arms. Then continue on the back part of the leg and so on. Repeat on both sides of the body. Repeat this all over your body. Your skin is happy now. This process exfoliates (removes dead skin cells), and provides circulation to the skin and everything else underneath it. Then shower or bathe as usual.
  2.  Always use a fresh wash cloth on your face and body or you increase the risk of introducing bacteria to your skin.
  3.  Try not to use a wash cloth that has color to it. Remember what you put on your skin enters it. It is a living organism.
  4.  Soap: Never use soap on your face, or commercial soap on the body. Most soaps have a high lye/lard content. Most commercial soaps also use alcohol. Alcohol is very drying to the skin.
  5.  Moisturized right afterward. As we get older are bodies, produce less oil so women may experience drier skin. I know that this has been true for me.
  6.  Exfoliate your body with a formulated bath/shower scrub week.
  7.  Exfoliate face once per week.
  8.  Steam your face once per week. Be sure to add some lotion or cream under the eye area and on the lips. Take a big pot let it come to a boil, place a towel over your head and the pot. You will be amazed.

Remember your skin does a lot to care of you. Please be as kind and gentle to it as you can. Our skin takes a lot of abuse from the sun, pollution, toxins, etc. We tend to pay attention to the skin on our face and forget the rest of it. It is never too late. Start taking care of your skin at a young age, so you can age with beauty and grace that you were meant too.

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