Much like your full body health and wellness, skin needs a little TLC on a daily basis. We’re breaking down the 6 best things you can do for your skin everyday:
1) Create beautiful skin from the inside out. If you think skincare is all about
external exposure, think again. The very first step to skincare is providing skin with the very best nutrients from the inside. After all, the deepest skin layers will eventually rise to the surface to become the outermost layers. The more nutrients that seep into each layer of skin from the inside, the stronger and more radiant that skin will be when it reaches its final destination.
Vital nutrients for beautiful skin include essential fatty acids that hold water and nutrients in cells to form an oil barrier that protects against UV rays and microbes. Fatty acids can be found in Omega-3s from salmon, sardines, flaxseed oil, spinach, walnuts and kidney beans, and Omega-6 fatty acids in grains, cooking oils and poultry. Moringa is another great source of essential fatty acids to keep skin looking supple.
Another important set of dietary nutrients for skin are antioxidants. You probably know them to be great for the heart and helpful in preventing cancer. That’s because they repair cells and fight against free radicals that threaten to damage healthy cells. For the same reason, antioxidants are terrific for skin cells, especially Vitamins C and E that build collagen and strengthens cell membranes to ward off UV damage. Antioxidants can be found in a variety of plant-based foods including berries, citrus fruits, apples, whole grains, almonds and peanut butter. Moringa is one of the world’s best sources of antioxidants, boasting over 40 different antioxidant nutrients.
2) Adopt a healthy skincare regimen. After supplying skin with phenomenal nutrients on the inside, it’s time to pamper your skin from the outside with a healthy skincare regimen. Skincare products should be formulated with many of the same nutrients that you would eat in your diet, which is why many of our Natura Veda products are based on the wholesome nutrients of Moringa. With over 90 bio-nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, Moringa is the perfect ingredient for skincare.
A skincare regimen begins with thorough yet gentle cleansing with warm water. Avoid strong soaps. Instead use a cleanser with natural antibacterial ingredients, like our foaming facial cleanser. Never use hot water for a long period of time as it will remove natural oils from the skin. After cleaning, pat skin dry with a towel to allow some moisture to linger. Adding some hydration, like that from our hydrating mist and toner, is another way to lock in moisture.
Speaking of moisture, the next step is to moisturize. You should have separate moisturizers for day and night. Nighttime moisturizers, creams and serums can be slightly thicker and may contain retinol, a powerful natural ingredient that heals and refreshes skin but should not be exposed to sunlight. When you need deep repair, try pure natural oils like Moringa oil or an elixir for extreme skin rejuvenation.
Deep cleaning and exfoliation should be done several times as week to cleanse pores thoroughly, deliver supreme nutrients deeply into layers of skin and remove dead skin cells from the surface. These additional practices are best at nighttime so you can immediately apply an overnight moisturizer and eye serum when skin is most receptive to their nutrients.
Skincare is personal – not ever regimen or every step is appropriate for everyone’s skin. Through trial an error, you can find your unique combination or products for your most luscious skin. Do keep in mind that natural ingredients are designed to produce radiant skin without being abrasive or contributing to your body and skin toxicity. Synthetic products may offer good skincare results but cause irreparable damage to your overall health.
3) Protect skin from the sun. We all know that UV rays can cause skin cancer, but it also ages skin cells dramatically. The sun is the number one cause of wrinkles, discoloration and sagging. Sunscreen and shielding your skin from damaging UV rays is absolutely essential for your skin. While natural Vitamin D is important, we can achieve that within 20 minutes of sunlight a day. Avoid chemical sunscreens that can be full of toxins designed to absorb deeply and quickly and not really protect skin for very long anyways. Mineral sunscreens deflect the sun’s rays and are less damaging to skin. Also, make a conscious effort to avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear hats, sunglasses and protective clothing.
4) Drink plenty of water. Our body’s natural water content ebbs and flows as we breathe, sweat and perform other bodily functions. Water is constantly cycling in and out of cells to flush out toxins and allow us to absorb those awesome nutrients like fatty acids and antioxidants. By hydrating skin cells, we are cleansing them to avoid blemishes and tired looking skin. Skin requires approximately half a gallon of water a day, and more if you tend to sweat a lot.
5) Stop smoking because it causes wrinkles. If the threat of cancer, cardiovascular disease and the many other health problems smoking causes doesn’t make you quit, do it for pure vanity. Smoking causes wrinkles by narrowing blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, including your skin. Without those essential nutrients we discussed above, fine lines and wrinkles occur, as well as coarse skin, spotting, sagging and other unwanted skin problems. Over 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco damage collagen and elastin. Additionally, the act of smoking – pursing lips, squinting eyes from smoke and placing a heat near the skin – all contribute to wrinkles and skin damage.
6) Less stress = Better Skin. Mental and emotional wellness contribute to skincare too. Stress leaves skin, and your entire body, more sensitive and vulnerable to damage. In your body, it may lead to weakened immunity resulting in a cold or other infections. On skin, stress can cause breakouts and other skin issues such as psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis and dehydration. In fact, many dermatologists who treat skin problems may also recommend stress treatment in the form of medication, relaxation or meditation as well. Beyond the immediate repercussions of stress on skin, an unhealthy state of mind may lead to skincare neglect and further infection.