Complexion and elasticity are two of the most important factors to great looking skin – here’s how to do it naturally
by Brenda Bryden
Glowing, youthful skin is touch-me smooth, with a radiant complexion. It’s supple and well hydrated. It looks good and feels great. And, while we’ve given you a few good general pointers on things that naturally lift your face, we’re now focusing just on the skin and skin health.
1. Use natural products
We cannot stress enough how the bulk of the skin and personal care products industry is built on the use of poorly researched, questionable or downright harmful ingredients. Parabens, petrochemicals, preservatives, sulphates, silicones … the list of ingredients commonly found in everyday products that are not only potentially cancer-causing, hormone-disrupting and toxic to your immune system, but also bad for the planet, is so long that many people choose to just ignore it. Don’t be that person. Your skin is important.
Some of the products meant to improve your skin (often in the short term) actually make matters worse in the long run. This is why we’d always recommend going with a natural skin product instead.
Tarrin Brewin of the Natural Beauty skincare range says that the benefits of a natural product like theirs is that it is effective yet incredibly gentle. Natural Beauty is suitable for all skin types and ages, and even safe for people who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, because it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, synthetics or active ingredients whose safety is often questionable.
Natural products, instead, rely on natural ingredients with trusted and proven benefits for skin.
Some natural ingredients we love:
Jojoba – excellent cleanser and exfoliator with moisturising and acne-fighting abilities
Provitamin B5 – natural humectant (water-binding molecule) that hydrates and restores skin barrier function for healing and protecting skin
Rosehip – full of antioxidants and Vitamin A and C to combat ageing, wrinkles and stimulate collagen production
Red grape – plenty of powerful antioxidants like resveratrol that protect skin from damage and fight ageing, as well as natural antibacterial properties
Witch hazel – a natural antiseptic that repairs and soothes, while shrinking blood vessels to firm and rejuvenate skin
Burdock – a natural cure for skin disorders that’s excellent at fighting breakouts as well as dry skin.
2. Know how to cleanse your face
Daily cleansing gets rid of the toxins and pollutants that damage the fabric of your skin (collagen and elastin).
First off, never ever wash your face with bar soap. It’s just not made for it. Take your skin seriously, and invest in a quality natural cleansing product. Here’s a guide to picking one that’s right for your skin type.
How many times a day should you cleanse your face? If you have normal or oily skin, cleanse twice a day (mornings and evenings). If you have sensitive or dry skin though, just cleanse once a day, in the evening. (In the morning, just a splash of water before your moisturising routine is enough). That’s because over-washing can strip a dry or sensitive skin of its natural oils.
That said, everyone should always cleanse after vigorous exercise and to wash off make-up. Pollutants collect in your make-up during the day, and it’s vital you never sleep with your make-up on.
3. Exfoliate regularly
The key to smooth, supple, youthful skin is to stimulate new skin cell growth. Fact: skin is not constant; it grows from the deepest layers out to the outermost layers. You actually need to “get rid” of the older skin all the time, to allow fresh, new skin cells to take their place.
Again, it’s often dependent on your skin type, but most normal, dry and even sensitive skins should exfoliate at least twice a week, while oily skins need to exfoliate more often to help prevent breakouts.
A good facial scrub will do the trick. But beware of anything that contains microbeads (tiny plastic beads inside the product), as several international studies have found their polluting impact on the environment – especially the ocean – so troubling, that scientists are calling for a ban on all microplastics. Several US states have already banned microbeads and Europe is expected to follow suit.
We much prefer an environmentally-friendly solution, such as upcycling ground walnut powder for exfoliation, as found in Natural Beauty’s Facial Scrub.
4. Moisturise and stay hydrated
With skin, moisture is everything. Your skin might look and feel solid, but it’s really not (you’re mostly water, remember). Healthy skin cells constantly communicate by sending each other signals, hormones and granules – tiny physical things that need a medium to move through – which other cells receive through cell receptors.
Imagine a fish swimming from point A to point B. If you remove the medium it moves in (water), the fish can’t get there. It’s the same inside your skin. Only instead of a fish flopping helplessly, this kind leads to serious skin damage, deterioration and even illness.
As long as you cleanse and exfoliate correctly, there is really no such thing as too much moisturiser. It should be part of your daily beauty routine, even if you have oily skin (over-excessive oil production is not because of moisturiser – in fact, moisturising is usually part of the solution).
Also, do your skin a favour by drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fresh fruit and veggies that are high in water content.
5. Cultivate daily skin-boosting habits
Your skin loves being clean, protected and well hydrated. But it also thrives when your blood flow is good and you are generally in good health, so keep in mind these good habits to start implementing today:
- Eat healthily and consume immune-boosting foods that perk you up
- Exercise regularly
- Make sun protection a priority
- Drink lots of water
- Get enough sleep
Employ all of these natural skin health strategies, and you can look forward to a better complexion and supple, youthful skin for the long run.