Now, let me just start off by saying that we all know our skin is basically the front line when it comes to protecting our body from the outside world. It acts barrier, keeps our insides in, and sometimes takes an absolute beating between the environment, the foods we eat, and our lifestyle habits. Given all it does for us, don’t you think it's about time we showed it a little love?
Before I jump into the plethora of natural ingredients for healthy skin, it's worth mentioning that not all skins are made equal. What works for my wife, Adrianna, may not necessarily work for you. Just ask Chewie, our shiba inu, who has the most adorable, tickly fur in the world but wouldn’t benefit from Adrianna’s face cream. So, always remember to look out for what suits you best. Always patch test and then proceed, but not on your pets of course!
That being said, the first on my list of natural tips is a good old ingredient we all know and love. You'll find it nestled in your kitchen, waiting to add a dash of flavor to your pastas and soups. Yes, I am talking about the mighty Olive Oil. Not only does it enhance your meals, but it's packed with antioxidants and hydrating squalene, making it superb for hair, skin, and nails. Upgrade your beauty routine by applying it directly to your skin or mixing it into your usual moisturizer.
Rule number one is hydration. Drink lots of water, green tea, and freshly squeezed fruit juices. Avoid caffeinated and carbonated drinks. Speaking of water, do you know what's even better than tapping water? That's right, rose water! Used for centuries in skincare, it's refreshing, can improve your complexion and reduce skin redness. The antioxidant properties help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues. Trust me, get yourself a bottle of rose water and your skin will thank you for it.
Skipping to rule two, did you know that sleep deprivation ends up causing the skin to become dull and lifeless? You got it, one must never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep. While we're talking about sleep and relaxation, why not throw in a little bit of lavender oil? It not only helps you sleep but also is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it can be used to help with problematic skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.
Certainly, we cannot talk about how to maintain healthy skin without talking about diet. You see, a lot of what goes on outside is a reflection of what's happening inside our bodies. Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants will stave off damage caused by free radicals and help protect your skin. Adrianna, being the amazing cook she is, ensures we always have a colorful plate of food-full of leafy greens, berries, melons, and other delicious fruit and veggies.
Believe it or not, there's another reason I absolutely love avocados, and it's not just because of guacamole, which is divine by the way. Avocados are high in healthy fats and contain vitamins E and C, which are important for healthy skin. They also pack compounds that could protect your skin from solar damage. Holy guacamole, right?
Smoothing on that avocado mask while chowing down on a bowlful, Adrianna once joked that the only exercise I'm doing is lifting the spoon to my mouth. And as much as I hate to admit it, she's not wrong. You see, exercise is our friend when it comes to having healthy skin. It gets the blood flowing, and that increased blood flow helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.
Just remember, whether it's working out, taking a brisk walk with Chewie, or even doing some at-home yoga workouts, breaking a sweat every once in awhile is necessary in the road to glowing skin. And, oh, always remember to wash your face after a workout. You don’t want the dirt and sweat to clog your pores!
The path to good skin health is a journey, not a destination. It requires regular care, time, and effort. In the same way, you won't become an expert juggler overnight, getting healthy, glowing skin is a process. But don't let that discourage you. With these simple tips, coupled with a regular skincare regimen, we can all put our best face forward.