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Holistic Skin Care Secrets

And the art of looking good

Stretch when waking from sleep

Stretch when waking from sleep

If you’re not totally happy with your skin and want to maintain not only the health of your skin, but also have a healthy life, what’s good for your skin is good for your entire body and life. Grandparents were not always right about everything, but if they said to eat your greens, stand tall with your shoulders back and always look on the bright side of life,  they were absolutely right no matter how boring that seems.

These days there are so many pills and potions promising outrageous perfection, but since there is no law about lying, many people end up purchasing so many rubbish skincare products. There is no doubt that some skincare products are beneficial because they moisturise and nourish the skin. The because your skin is part of your living body, he requires life-sustaining nutrition. Therefore if it is safe to eat, it will be safe to put on your skin.

Therefore using natural plant-based oils that may have a little vitamin E added is fine for everyday use. To help remove scar tissue, oils like rosehip are advantageous, but the real secret to using oils is not so much the effect of the oil but rather the effect of massaging the oil into your skin.

It’s amazing how a person with a tired looking face will rush to have a Botox treatment or spend a fortune on expensive skincare products. But many women find they get better and less potentially harmful results simply by relaxing and having a good massage, especially to the head and face which is important because beauty is more than just skin deep.

The skins function and appearance also depends on the state of health of the underlying muscles. Therefore if the underlying muscles are slack or stressed, the solution may well be some fundamental changes to your diet, lifestyle and may involve you taking some time out to have a good massage.

Basic skin info

The skin is our largest organ which wraps our body, absorbs some nutrition, excretes waste and helps to regulate body temperature. The health of our skin is a reflection of who we are and clean healthy skin smells sexy, and healthy skin does not need any soaps or special cleansers. In fact to much cleansing with strong soaps washes away the acid mantle which is a very fine, slightly acidic film on the surface of the skin which acts as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other contaminants that might penetrate the skin.

Our skin is also filled with sweat glands which secrete a milky, viscous, odourless fluid which only develops a strong odour when it comes into contact with bacteria on the skin surface.  Sweat its mostly water and you may have noticed that when you start sweating, the smell arrives later in the day and fresh healthy sweat actually smells erotic. The sweat is then carried away from the skin by our body hair.

It is true that ‘beauty comes from within’ and sometimes we need a dose of humility to accept that.

Food:

skinanatOur body is made from the elements of the earth, and we need nutrients in the right amounts as a good diet plays a vital role in maintaining the health of our body and skin while an unhealthy diet actually depletes our energy causing wrinkles and premature aging od which sugar and processed foods are considered to be primary causes of premature ageing.

Key elements in a natural skin care diet are plenty of fresh fruits, grains, leafy and root vegetables, legumes (beans) with modest amounts of eggs, meat and fish. In our modern world, arriving at a suitable diet has many challenges depending on where you live and the availability of fresh organically produced food and supplementation is often required in order to get the vitamins, minerals and the essential fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s which are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These polyunsaturated fats also help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier, critical in keeping skin hydrated, fuller, and younger looking.

Its through eating well that our whole body is adequately nourished to maintain the health of our skin and a diet based on refined foods like white flour, sugar and products made with them along with tea, coffee, alcohol, some recreational drugs, and soft drinks undermine the health of our skin.

Expression

Repression of thoughts, feelings and emotions clogs your body system in a more subtle way than bad diet and lack of exercise leading to depression and an inability to be proactive about life. Express yourself!

Exercise

Exercise also helps to maintain good circulation so that the nourishment from our food gets to the skin and feeds it from the inside and adequate physical exercise is a requirement for our skin as it is by sweating that the
skin is used. Remember the old saying, “if you don’t use it, you loose it”, this is true. Without exercise the skin decays prematurely. By sweating a few minutes every day, any dirt or substance that has become embedded in our skin is flushed out and the protective layering is reinforced.  By keeping our muscles toned, the tissues that support our skin are kept in optimal health and you don’t grow healthy skin on an unhealthy foundation.

Get some sun

You may fear skin cancer, yet our skin absorbs vitamin D directly from the sun and its a key vitamin required by our bodies. The ideal sun exposure is in the morning before the sun gets to strong, simply sunbathe naked for ten to twenty minutes to get all vitamin D requirements. The sunlight further helps to slightly tan and sterilise the skin.

Water

Water is vital for the functioning of all body systems. Too little and our body system becomes sluggish, trapping waste products inside the body. Just imagine trying to grow something healthy in garbage?  Natural herb teas and green tea are high on the list of skin-friendly beverages, but one or two cups of tea or coffee are okay on a semi regular basis.

Daily routines.

Regularity and consistent habits are important, but we also need variety, so create comfortable change.

  1. On waking, drink a glass of water, stretch and perform a dry brush exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and the gentle pressure is calming to the nervous system. To give yourself a dry brush exfoliation, you’ll need a soft, natural bristle brush.  Even better have another person do this for you.
  2. An hours (yoga or tai chi) exercise before a healthy breakfast, maybe with fruit and cereal. Coffee if you need that kick start.
  3. Complete your daily tasks and include a healthy midday meal as your main meal.
  4. Eat a light evening meal
  5. Relax and drink water or herb tea before bed

Include in your routines

Time to Socialise and make love, have regular massages, contemplate, dance, meditate and stretch to know yourself and your boundaries….

Skin Care Supplements

Work and play can stress your skin and sometimes it will need some application of oil, wax or creame to assist.  The is a golden rule; if you can’t eat it, you should not apply it to your skin.

Good products to use are natural fruit and vegetable oils; coconut, macadamia, jojoba, sweet almond and other cold pressed nut and seed oils all help to soften and support skin.

References:
Skin care products
Wikipedia

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