Do you often wonder how skin care got so complicated and expensive? Or how you can spend a ton of time caring for your skin, yet still not have perfect skin?
There really is a ton of information out there. A lot of it is really good, but figuring it all out can get complicated. Did you know that with just a few critical (but simple!) pieces of information and basic tips for natural skin care you could solve a good chunk of your skin care woes.
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This page includes those tips and handy little tidbits of information. I really believe that knowing these things will help you make more informed and savvy decisions about how to care for your skin. Enjoy!
1) Your Skin is Ever-changing. Your Beauty Routine Should Reflect This.
Your skin is affected by what you eat (and don’t eat), the stress you’re under, the weather, your skin care products and pollution. In order to keep it healthy, smooth, and wrinkle-free (for as long as possible) you will have to change your skin care products more frequently than you imagined.
If you’re buying products, then this is one of the reasons a fabulous product suddenly starts causing problems. It could be because the products are poor-quality, but your change in PH could also be the problem.
If you’re a DIY’er you’ll have to change the ingredients in your products to suit your skin as it changes. If things go poorly after a few months of using a product, it may not be the fault of the product. Perhaps it did what it was supposed to and now you need to change gears.
I wrote a post on the ingredients that are suited to all skin types – I use these to create a base product, then add other oils depending on how my skin is behaving. Read the post here.
2) You Can Live Without Body Moisturizer. Seriously – You Can! Even If You Have You Crazy Dry Skin!
An exfoliating body scrub with the right ingredients can be just as (if not more effective) than a regular body moisturizer. They open the pores for deep moisturizing and rid your skin of dry skin cells on the top layers. And I’ve found taking regular baths with dead sea salt has also helped me eliminate the need for using moisturizer.
You might want to use a gentle castile soap for certain parts of your body (or on especially sweaty or dirty days), but for the most part, a scrub will do wonders!
3) Getting the Circulation Working in Your Face Could Solve All Of Your Your Skin Problems
A lot of the problems many of us have on our face are a result of poor circulation. And there are some really simple, easy ways to get it moving properly.
- Go to an infrared sauna regularly,
- Practice gentle steaming
- Massage your own face (if your skin isn’t too sensitive).
But in my experience, a simple Coconut or Argan Oil massage 3-4 times a week (for a month or two) does wonders! You don’t have to massage for long – 20 seconds is long enough! And remember – be gentle!
A trip a sauna, and gentle steaming is always good practice to though!
4) Expensive Doesn’t Always = Better. Especially When You DIY.
When our skin starts acting up, we are often tempted to buy a more expensive product or ingredient to fix it. While this does work in some situations, it isn’t always true for skin care.
For example, if you look at the ingredient list on higher end products you’ll still see petroleum bi-products, alcohol, and some really nasty preservatives. And if you’re DIY’ing, the most exotic and costly ingredients aren’t necessarily any better than a lot of ingredients. They might be great in the short term – while you overcome a troublesome condition or as a small part of your blend – but there’s still a lot of value in a lot of the lower cost options available.
I wrote a post on some really great, really affordable ingredients that might give you more insight. Check it out here > “6 Of The Most Affordable Homemade Beauty Ingredients That Are Suited To All Skin Types“.
5) Alcohol Isn’t ALWAYS Bad. There Are Situations Where It Is The Best Solution (In Moderation Of Course!)
While I encourage using natural and gentle methods to treat oily skin, alcohol isn’t always a bad solution. For example, it was a life-safer (aka. wedding saver) when I couldn’t get rid of my forhead pimples before our wedding.
Here’s what you need to know if you feel that you need to go this route. Use it carefully, cautiously, only on very focused areas, and in extreme moderation. Take it slow-slow-slow!
Once you’ve tried all of the more gentle approaches, seriously – give it a try. All you have to do is dab some on a cotton pad or Q-tip and apply it to the part of your face with acne. I applied it to my forehead and that’s it.
Only use it a couple of times a week. Start out in a sample area just to make sure it’s not to harsh for your skin. Then apply to your problem area(s) 1-2 times a week (give it a few days in between).
Like I said though – be careful and make sure to try it in a sample area and only use it on your problem areas. For example – if I applied it anywhere other than my forehead (i.e. cheeks, nose, chin) that part of my face would get really dry and red for 1/2 a day. That meant that those parts of my face were too sensitive for it.
Alcohol is one of the most drying agents so make sure to monitor results and increase/decrease use as necessary and do not use it for life. It’s definitely meant to be used in the short term on focused, problem-areas.
6) Forget Soaps That Lather! Oils and Scrubs Can Have The Same Effect!
Soaps often have a terrible effect on the PH of your skin – it totally drys it out. It can even wreak havoc if you have oily skin so don’t go assuming that washing your face with a drying soap will solve your problems. It won’t.
A gentle carrier oil (for your face) or body scrub combined with cleansing essential oils will have exactly the same effect – if not better.
If you’re finding the bathtub is harder to clean and slippery after use, you can add a tiny bit of castile soap to your scrub. That reminds me, of all the soaps out there a liquid castile is not only the most gentle for the skin on your body. I don’t recommend it for the face though.
7) What You’re NOT Eating (And Drinking) Could Be Affecting Your Skin.
You know those sweet yummy fruits and leafy greens? Well, the nutrients from all of that goodness will make its way to the skin on your face. So if you’re wondering – Yes, it’s definitely worth it to eat all of those amazing antioxidant-rich foods. It’ll be great for the health of your skin and body.
AND, drinking plenty of water and green tea is an excellent way to help you body detoxify, naturally. It will also help to balance the PH of your skin and body. That brings me to….
8) Your Skin Has a PH… And This Matters!
I’ve hinted at this a few times on this page, especially with the tip that refers to the fact that your skin care is every-changing. Here’s the thing – in order for our skin to have that perfect glow’y and supple texture that we are all aiming for the acid to alkaline ratio of our skin needs to be somewhere between 5 and 7 (“perfect” is a little different for everyone but usually hovers around 6). Keeping it in that “perfect” zone isn’t always easy.
So what do you do to keep it normal? First – control what you can (diet, sleep) the best that you can. But since you can’t control a lot of the things that effect PH (i.e. weather, pollution) it’s important to be open to change. This means that you’ll have to change your skin care products or DIY ingredients, and beauty routine.
9) Water and Oil = Moisturizer
If you take a shower and apply oil to your body the water will help your skin absorb the oil. This is why you probably won’t need to moisturize if you use a scrub on your body 2-3 times a week.
For days when you don’t use your scrub (because you shouldn’t use it more than 2-3 times a week) simply apply oil to your skin after getting out of the shower. IMPORTANT: Do this BEFORE you dry your skin off.
The majority of moisturizers use oil and water because the water helps the oil to permeate the top layer of your skin. The reason you want to avoid most store-bought problem is that store-bought moisturizers is because they need to use preservatives. It’s important for me to note at this point that even though many preservatives can cause harm over time the danger of different molds – that can/will arise if you don’t use preservatives in a water and oil blend – can be much worse.
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