• Theresa Quitto-Dickerson

7 Ways to Begin a Natural Skin Care Routine

Updated: May 11

As the biggest organ in our bodies, the skin is a big part of us, literally. How we treat our skin affects how it looks, and how it looks affects how we generally look. The skin can tell a lot about a person and their general hygiene. Aside from the fact that it affects our looks, there is a more important reason why we should start taking care of our skin. It’s the biggest barrier between us and the outside world. The wall that protects against infections. Focusing on hygiene, hydration and other things that benefit your skin's healthy glow and elasticity is very important in order to maintain the wall and keep it as strong as possible to fight off any unwanted guests. It’s our greatest and 1st defense against the rough environment, so we should help it as much as we can. You should know that prevention is key and much easier than curing something that might cause damage to your skin.


There are a number of things that we can do to keep our skin healthy and perfectly in balance. An important thing to remember is that we can create an all-natural regimen and even keep it organic and treat it with as little chemicals as we can. We have all that we will ever need to protect our skin already provided in nature. Let’s use it to our advantage and take a look at some of the things you can naturally do that will improve the quality of your skin, health, and looks.


Steaming


Steaming the skin is exactly what it sounds like, allowing steam to get in contact with your skin. This process is good for the whole body, but most people do it only for their faces. Why they do that is because the steam helps loosen blackheads and whiteheads. Another great reason for steaming your face is that it helps the skin take in skincare products better and hydrates the skin as well. Also, steaming has anti-aging benefits that involve removing dead skin cells which pile up more when you’re older and they affect the look of the skin.

Boil some water and create a way to cover your head, like a sort of protective barrier around your head, to prevent the steam from escaping. A towel over your head works well. you can also buy a gadget called a facial steamer. Let the steam rise directly in your face it's like a mini spa treatment!



Quit Smoking


I know you've heard this before, ha! But how many more reasons do one need to hear before they make up their mind? If a list of lung and heart diseases weren't enough, then let’s talk about another reason. Smoking has horrible effects on your skin, such as:


- Wrinkles

- Premature Aging of Facial Skin

- Skin Cancer

- Acne Inversa

- Saggy Skin


There are plenty more, don’t worry, but this is enough for you to get the idea. Feel free to learn more about these illnesses in this wonderful article that explains a few more ways smoking can damage the skin.


Drink More Water


You probably hear this one in every health tip that you can find, right? Well, that’s because it is so true. I cannot stress this enough. Drink more water! It affects so many processes in our bodies and by being dehydrated those processes stop functioning optimally and begin to go sideways, almost link a cascading effect. Staying hydrated helps so many organs in your body, so why wouldn’t your skin be one of them? It prevents wrinkles, slows down aging, reduces itching, helps keep the skin tighter and so many more. Have a skin condition? Drinking the optimum amount of water helps you fight a variety of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Water flushes out toxins in the body through the digestive system, improving the skin's complexion for a healthy glow! Other benefits to the skin:

  • Slowing the aging process

  • Benefiting from faster healing

  • Reducing the size of your pores

  • Clearing up acne


Choose Natural Skin Care Products


Many products that are intended for skincare actually may harm your skin, due to their content of harsh chemicals. It might not look that way at the start, but as you continue to apply those chemicals to your skin, its natural rejection will fade a little and they will start causing more harm than good. So, instead of those products with hard to pronounce medical names that say they keep your skin healthy, how about you take the natural approach with organic products, made entirely from nature and filled with rich nutrients for your skin. Even if some of them might be a bit more expensive, nothing is worth more than your health and looking your best.


Avoid Sugar


I’m sure you have heard that sugar is bad for all sorts of things like your teeth, causing you to gain weight faster, affects vision in diabetics and so on. Well, here is another reason why you should cut down on sugar or avoid it completely. When it comes to your skin, too much sugar can affect its elasticity and cause wrinkles because it has a bad effect on its collagen and elastin, which are both important for healthy skin. Also, sugar aggravates skin conditions like acne and eczema and makes things worse. If that wasn’t enough, sugar also makes the body more prone to inflammation, which is bad for so many organs to the body like, you guessed it, the skin. Be sure to take action before it’s too late, as it really is hard to quit sugar due to being addictive, but step by step, I’m sure you can make it as I know personally one can't just stop cold turkey. Luckily, there are alternatives like agave!


Do A Cleanse


Personally, when I hear the word cleanse what comes to my mind is: reborn, new, fresh, ready to take on everything. That’s actually how I feel after I finish one. A cleanse is a form of detoxing your body either with juice or a change in diet for a period of time. There are 3, 5 and event 10-day cleanses where all you do is consume different juice mixes made from all sorts of vegetables and fruits. Sometimes It might not be tasty, but the feeling when you finish one will make up for everything. If you can’t take on such a challenge right away, start by having a glass of room temperature water with a fresh-squeezed lemon first thing every morning. Check out some of these juices that are great for starting off your juice skin cleanse.


Skincare natural green smoothie with straws

Apply Oils


There are so many oils out there that are beneficial for the whole body. Filled with vitamins that get absorbed directly through the skin, a process that is much faster than eating. A few of my favorites are:

  1. Coconut Oil - Rich with vitamin E and K and has antifungal and antibacterial properties. This oil is great for preventing and fighting off bacterial and fungal infections.

  2. Olive Oil - It might sound weird to you because you think this one is only for cooking. It’s not. It’s great for the skin because it is rich in vitamins A, E, D and K. It’s great for the whole body and it’s often used as a moisturizer.

  3. Almond Oil - Again, rich with vitamin E, zinc, proteins, and potassium. These are all needed for great skin and for more body functions.


There are plenty more but for the sake of not making this too long and possibly boring take some time, do some research and find an oil that is just right for you!



So, be sure to try some of these things if you are looking to better your skin's overall condition, keeping the skin as healthy and youthful-looking for years to come. You do have to put in the work, possibly updating a regular routine and adding in a little extra dose of self-discipline (the sugar will be hard), but if you want to get the benefits mentioned above, then putting in the work will be worth it!


In the end, you get to decide how you'll treat your body and that includes your skin. You put in the work, you get great results, it’s as simple as that. I hope you found these tips helpful and that they serve you well. Do you have any other tips that can help, drop a comment lets share!

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