Our skin plays a huge role in our lives. If you didn’t know already, our skin is the largest organ of our body, and we have to do our best to take good care of it! We often times take our skin for granted because it “seemingly” doesn’t do anything, and that’s where a lot of people misconstrue the purpose and function of the skin.
Our skin holds our bones and other organs in place, as well as protects us from elements of the outside such as germs, heat, and other harmful substances. Because our skin is composed of so many complex layers, the way we live our daily lives can be a heavy influence on how our skin appears.
While we’re talking about appearance, let’s dig a little bit deeper. When it comes to our skin’s appearance, we play the lead role. The key to healthy looking skin really starts from the inside out. Don’t get me wrong… there are definitely great products on the market you can use that aid in skin care, but to truly get the full effect of healthy, glowing skin, it starts with you, and the best part is that it’s all-natural! If you’re trying to start your 2019 off with a great skin care regimen, consider this Best All-Natural Route to Take on Your Journey to Flawless, Healthy Skin!
The Best All-Natural Route to Take on Your Journey to Flawless, Healthy Skin
Explore the World of Infused Water for Healthier Skin
Water is our skin’s largest source of moisture, as well as being a component of flushing toxins out of our bodies. The more water we drink, the more moisture our skin will retain… the less we drink, the drier our skin will appear, along with the build-up of toxins.
Although our bodies need water to function, water isn’t the most desirable beverage of choice for some people. It’s so easy to grab a soda or throw a tea bag in our glass of water to avoid the bland taste of water, but these days people are turning up the flavor of water while adding additional health benefits to the water. This process of adding flavor to water is called infusion.
Infused water is the addition of various fruits and vegetables to drinking water. It’s actually quite common. Restaurants do it all the time by adding lemon to your water. Infused water has several health benefits including weight loss, improved immune system, regular bowel movements, and of course, healthy and hydrated skin. If you want to give infused water a try, here are 2 infused water recipes you can add to your water to get healthy, glowing skin:
- Lemons, Strawberries, Apples, and Mint
- Cucumber, Orange, Ginger, and Lemon
The combination of these fruits and vegetables in these infused water recipes detoxifies your kidneys, aids in circulation and digestion, and contributes to glowing skin. You’ll want to drink these water combos all throughout the day, but mainly when you first wake up in the morning, and before bed.
Whip Up Homemade Face Masks for Tone and Hydration
As mentioned earlier, you can always get wonderful skin care products at your local drug store, but if you have items in your home that are just as effective, why not try those?
For Skin Hydration
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- A half cup of oats
- 1 half of an avocado
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, apply ingredients to face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once ingredients have set for 10 minutes, use a moisturizing wipe to wipe the mask off of your face and dispose of the wipes. Lastly, rinse your face thoroughly with warm water.
For Uneven Skin Tone
1 tablespoon of turmeric, yogurt, and honey. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and apply to face. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
Indulge Your Skin in Good Rest
It may not seem possible, but sleep and healthy skin have a direct correlation to each other. For one, lack of sleep can cause a snowball effect to the breakdown of the molecules collagen and hyaluronic acid, which give your skin its elasticity and illuminating glow. Secondly, sleep deprivation can lead to poor water balance, leaving you with bags under your eyes and wrinkles.
To prevent that from happening, make sure your bed has all the sleeping essentials, consider room darkening curtains, don’t use electronics before bed, and avoid caffeine before bed.
Treat Your Skin to Nutritious Veggies
In other words, your plate should have all colors of the rainbow on it! From bright red tomatoes to deep greens of broccoli and spinach, the food we eat plays a major role in the upkeep of our skin, and eating vegetables is a step in the right direction!
If you haven’t already, try incorporating some of these “skin-tastic” vegetables into your daily diet:
- Leafy Greens (spinach, turnip or collard greens, romaine lettuce)
- Bell Peppers
We said beautiful skin starts from the inside out right? Well, our vegetable intake plays a major role in that! Our skin’s reaction to fresh vegetables is reflected in our skin’s tone, complexion, elasticity, and moisture.