The 17 Best Natural Skin Care Techniques for Beautiful Skin
1. Get a Shower Filter
Many times after using a shower filter people tell me they feel clean for the first time in their life, Why?
- More chlorine enters the body through skin absorption and inhalation while showering than through drinking tap water.
- Because of chlorine, showering in tap water has harsh, drying effects on skin and hair and contributes to pre-mature aging.
- Chlorine is a suspected cause of breast cancer. Women suffering from breast cancer are all found to have 50-60% more chlorine in their breast tissue than healthy women.
See my blog on shower filters here for more info.
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2. Use Real Aloe on your skin
Many people know the incredible benefits aloe has for your skin. I see so many expensive skin products boasting "real aloe." When I investigate their ingredients it's often a list of unhealthy chemicals and a bit of aloe. Why not just use 100% real aloe. You will notice an instant difference in your skin! How do you do it? Cut the aloe, show in my video here. Cut 1 inch tabs from the leaves and keep them in your fridge and use it daily. You'll love it!
3. Put Kefir on your skin
Not only are there microflora that live in the human gut, but there is also a skin microbiome, with friendly microorganisms to protect us. These protect us from unfriendly bacteria, pollution and free radicals, all of which can accelerate aging.
In additional to overall health benefits, probiotics provide specific benefits for skin disorders. It is already been shown to promote the healing of scars and burns, rejuvenating the skin and strengthening the skin’s innate immunity.
Both eczema and psoriasis, which have extensive research by the medical community, have been shown to be benefited by probiotics. If you want to get rid of the pimples and reduce the secretion of skin, kefir comes to the rescue! You can use it both internally and externally!
Probiotics help skin to maintain moisture and can help protect skin against damaging UV rays that can cause premature skin aging and wrinkles. The research in this area is exciting. Studies have shown that probiotics, applied directly to the skin and taken internally can improve and prevent rosacea.
The way I hook people into using this is the same as the Aloe, try it once and you’ll be hooked. Women often can’t believe how it positively affects their skin. Usually from lowering inflammation. Doesn't have to be a mask or anything too serious, just take a bit on your finger and wipe it around your face, morning or night. Kefir is easy to make, see my video here
For more on this see this link and the links below - http://www.skinmicrobiome.net/
4. Don't Use Soap On Your Face
The skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of you body, so you especially don’t want to remove it’s protective layer of fatty acid (called Sebum) which prevents drying and therefore wrinkles and many other benefits. Using soap strips your skin of this oil. It is better to use nothing on your face rather than soap, including most commercial products and even avoid rinsing with chlorinated water as it will strip your skin as well. If any actual cleaning of dirt is required, which is almost never, I would suggest using a little baking soda and pure water. Better is to add aloe and/or jojoba, emu, or coconut oil to your skin instead.
- For more info see my blog here on oil cleansing or shaving naturally, or on removing make up naturally.
5. Take Collagen
70% of our skin is made up of Collagen and it ensures cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, but because it is partially made up of essential proteins, our body cannot make it! This is why people notice such a positive difference in their skin when they begin to take it.
Clinical research has shown that Vital Proteins’ Collagen, a natural protein:
- Promotes younger looking skin
- Improves skin moisture level
- Improves skin smoothness
- Improves the signs of deep wrinkles
- Improves skin suppleness
- It can even help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite
It also helps with many other things such as joint pain, leaky gut, weight management and more. See my full blog here on Collagen.
6. Take omega 3’s such as cod liver oil
Animal-based omega-3 fats: Omega-3 fats help to normalize skin lipids and prevent dehydration in the cells. This keeps skin cells strong and full of moisture, which can help to decrease the appearance of fine lines. Fatty acid deficiency can manifest in a variety of ways, but skin problems such as eczema, thick patches of skin, and cracked heels are common. Plus, omega-3 fats may have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help to calm irritated skin, giving you a clear, smooth complexion. Fatty acids can act as natural moisturizers that revitalize dry skin from the inside out.
To get them in food the best resource is Wild caught Alaskan Salmon, see my blog on salmon here.
7. Drink Lots of Water -
Water will help to stop premature aging and keep your skin and hair looking good. (see my post about water here here and how to filter it.)
My favorite filter is pictured on the left. (Click the photo for a link to amazon.)
8. Dry brush to Remove Toxins & Dead Skin
Your skin plays an important role in detoxification, but if it’s overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it can’t eliminate wastes efficiently. Dry brushing removes dead skin and activates waste removal from your lymph nodes. It Exfoliates, removing the dry dead skin, improves appearance, clears clogged pores and give you the healthy glow you’re looking for. It also reduces Cellulite, which is essentially hard fat deposits below the skin, which dry brushing can help to soften. (See my full blog on the benefits and how to dry brushing here) (Click photo for dry brush link)
9. Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase and Eye Mask
Silk will not absorb the moisture from your skin like other fabrics will. This can cause premature aging and other skin conditions. Using silk can avoid this and reduce split ends and bed head too.
- Face Mask
(important to block out light allowing the production of Melatonin while sleeping) (click photo for link)
• Unlike cotton it prevents moisture leaching from the skin during the night. This leaves your eyes looking fresh and alert in the morning. Skin remains taut and free of wrinkles. The holistic silk eye mask is the ideal eye mask for sleeping. Studies have shown that pure silk contains many amazing properties that prevent sleep lines from forming as well as hair falling out.
• It’s Super comfortable and works.
• An Ancient Beauty Secret - Eastern Anti-Aging- Silk proteins are shown to improve skin regeneration, increase skin hydration and prevent moisture loss.
• Silk is also hypoallergenic, antibacterial & anifungal. I recommend the black one.
- Pillow Cases
• 100% mulberry silk, (click photo for link) super soft and smooth, hypoallergenic, natural and breathable fibers
• Anti-Aging & Hair Frizz - anti wrinkle skin care product which stop your face and hair from drying out.
Experts say your pillowcase can take moisture away from your body which, in turn, can age skin. A silk pillowcase can fight this problem. Silk contains amino acids that are very similar to those found in moisturizers. They actually don't draw moisture from your face the way other pillowcases can.
And! Silk pillowcases do good things for your hair too. It keeps your blow-dries longer, prevents hair styles from becoming a mess, and prevents tangles and knots with curls. Silk is known to cause less breakage of hair (which can cause split ends) because it is naturally a smoother surface. Cotton is said to make your hair static-ey and cause bunching and knots. Click pic on the right for hair cover
10. Obtain Vitamin E From Food
Foods like almonds and sunflower seeds, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and avocados are natural sources of vitamin C. All green vegetables are great for your hair and skin.
11. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Face
This helps balance acidity on the skin to fight bacteria and germs and wards off pollution, which can all contribute to acne. It also has properties that can break up dead skin cells and remove the layers of makeup, oil and dirt that build up on your face and contribute to acne. Simply dilute the apple cider vinegar in water, at least 1:1 and apply it to your face with a cotton ball as a toner after washing your face. I like to leave it on, then rinse off after about 15 minutes. (5)
12. Use Essen tial Oils on Your Face
E.O.'s have antibacterial properties which can fight bacteria that cause acne. Some of the best to use for acne are lavender oil, tea tree oil and rose oil. Make sure you purchase high-grade oil that is approved for skin application such as from the link below. To apply it to your face, you first need to dilute the heavily concentrated oils in a base oil, such as almond oil or coconut oil, and then rub some onto your problem areas. (6)
- For acme I like a blend made by a company I can't publically give out their link. email email@example.com
- For anti-aging I like another their blend of theirs I can email to you.
- Lavender is great for anti-aging, preventing pimples and more.
- Oregano Oil on pimples – This is an all-natural acne fighter Rubbing just a drop of oregano oil on a breakout can speed up the healing and prevent unsightly scarring without resorting to harsh commercial acne medication (remember to wash your hands thoroughly afterward and only apply directly on the spot. You can put coconut oil around it or on after for added protection.)
- To buy Therapeutic grade Edible Ess ential Oils email firstname.lastname@example.org since regulations no longer allows me to give out these links publically.
13. Fermented Foods
These are great since they have beneficial bacteria to help promote the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria and aid in digestion. This can help clean you out and since your skin’s vibrance and appearance is based on removing toxins from your body this is very helpful. See my blog on how to make fermented vegetables here.
14. Avoid Sugars, Fructose & Grains
This is probably the single most important step you can take to improve your skin health. If you eliminate all sugars, fructose and grains from your diet for a few weeks there is a major likelihood you will notice rapid improvement in your complexion.
15. Supplement with Astaxanthin
Super potent antioxidant, found to offer effective protection against sun damage when taken as a daily supplement. Some sunscreens are also starting to use astaxanthin as an ingredient to protect your skin from damage. I make this sunscreen myself, easily and great for your skin.
Also great for the eyes, brain health, joint pain and arthritis, and a kind of internal sunscreen protecting your skin from the inside out. One of the reasons I have not replaced this supplement with food is because it is hard to get high doses in foods since it exists in microalgae, krill, and salmon in small doses. Unlike most other antioxidants it protects the outside as well as the inside of the cell. While other antioxidants handle only 1 free radical at a time, this one can handle up to 19. It is said to be 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 500 times stronger than vitamin E, 3,000 times stronger than resveratrol and quercetin. Unlike other antixoidants, Astaxanthin will never become a pro-oxidant, meaning that once depleted and exhausted most antioxidants, "switch teams" so to speak, and become a pro-oxidant free radical. I take one a day of the one pictured on the left. (click picture for a link)
16. Use All-natural moisturizers
Pure emu oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil is a great alternative to facial and body moisturizers and lotions. They both make a great moisturizer and a potent source of the beneficial fat lauric acid. See my blog on oil cleansing for more info.
17. Make a Honey Mask
Legend has it that honey was Cleopatra’s preferred weapon in her beauty arsenal, and now science is catching up to what many women have known for years. Honey, especially raw or unpasteurized, is a fabulously versatile and all-natural ingredient to use on skin. It’s full of antioxidants, which are good for wrinkles and aging skin. It is antibacterial, which helps with acne treatments and prevention. It clarifies skin by opening up and unclogging pores. It’s also a great moisturizer that soothes irritation and blemishes, and it leaves a lovely afterglow. Here are a few ways to use it:
1. Moisturizing honey masks
1.) Pull back your hair and scoop a spoonful into your hand and spread all over your face and let sit for 5-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
2) Combine 1 tbsp buttermilk, (or olive oil) 1 tsp honey, and 1 egg yolk. Apply to clean skin and let sit 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
3.) Mix a spoonful of honey with a teaspoon of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice (a natural skin brightener) to help overcome dry skin for 20 minutes.
2. Honey facial cleanser
Honey is good at dissolving makeup residue, especially when mixed with a gentle oil. Combine honey and jojoba OR coconut oil to create an easily spreadable texture. Rub it into your skin to loosen makeup and unclog pores. Rinse with warm water.
3. Honey exfoliate
Use this scrub once a week to soften and clarify your skin. Mix 2 parts honey with 1 part baking soda and rub into your face. This is also good for a full body scrub.
4. Cleopatra’s milk-and-honey bath soak
Combine ¼ cup honey with 2 cups milk and a few drops of essen tial oil. Add to a hot bath, sit back, and relax.
18. Expired Yogurt Face Mask
We've all been there: finding an unused yogurt that's a few too many days past its expiration in the back of the refrigerator. Before it goes bad, turn it into a moisturizing face mask.
Combine 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup honey, and 1 cup blended cucumber. Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse.
19. Say No to Fragrance & Perfumes
A loophole in federal law doesn't require companies to declare any of the dozens of toxic chemicals that a single product's fragrance mixture could contain. Artificial fragrances, which frequently contain phthalates, can also trigger allergic reactions and other health problems. Be mindful of the hidden dangers that "fragrance" or "parfum" listed on ingredients labels can pose, and always choose fragrance-free products.
For more see the list of ingredients to avoid in soap and shampoos here
Bonus Tip: Make Sure "Natural" Is Really Natural
Toxic synthetic chemicals are the biggest issue in the beauty industry today, so it pays to hone a keen eye when it comes to examining product labels. For example, it's counter-intuitive, but unfortunately, the words "natural" and "all-natural" are not regulated labeling terms. A great resource is the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database site, which rates popular cosmetics and personal-care products with hazard scores on a scale of 0 to 10, depending on their toxicity.
Other All Natural Beauty Care Links You Will Like:
- For more healthy skin tips see my blog here on the 17 best tips for healthy skin
- For shaving see my blog here on all natural way to shave
- How to make an all natural deodorant that works great
- To remove make-up naturally see my post here
- For natural ways to shave click here
- For the Best All Natural Soaps click here
- Shampoo (coming soon)
- All Natural Ways to Whiten teeth fast
- Oil Cleansing for your face