Natural skin therapy

As a 44-year old woman fighting off the effects of “Father Time,” I find myself inspecting my skin daily for newly developed wrinkles, blemishes, dark circles under my eyes, etc. Let’s face it – we all like to hear, “Wow, you sure don’t look your age!” Would you agree that people make an age determination pretty much by the quality of your skin? Personally, that’s what I do along with their attitude and overall “put together” appearance!

How about you? How important is it for you to have youthful-looking skin?

Think of it like this – you have many vital organs in your body (i.e. heart, lungs, liver, brain, kidneys, etc). However, the LARGEST organ in your body is your SKIN! With that being said, taking care of your skin every day is kind of a big deal and ideally, to utilize natural healing solutions to do so!

There are many skin variations in people and they should be treated accordingly.

For some, dry skin is an issue in terms of the skin’s texture (rough versus smooth), the peeling off of layers (flaky), not uniform (cracked or chapped), and appearing pale or grey. So what are the best methods to treat dry skin?

  1. Stay away from hot water. Over time, exposing the skin to hot water can deprive it of water and remove necessary oils.
  2. Be gentle with the cleansers you use. Stick with cleansers that not only clean the skin, but also are “easy” on the skin. Some holistic examples include almond oil, olive oil, vegetable glycerin, and aloe vera gel.
  3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Everyday apply some type of moisturizer to your skin. To keep it natural, try these 4 different oils: almond, coconut, jojoba, and olive.
  4. May sound crazy, but have you ever tried an oatmeal bath? Consider taking a warm bath with the addition of a cup of colloidal oatmeal. In addition, try adding 1/2 cup of honey as you’re filling your tub.

Maybe you’re the sensitive type (like my husband) and suffer from rosacea, pimples, and unexplained redness.

  1. Try applying tea tree oil which is considered an anti-inflammatory and is easy on the skin.
  2. You can’t go wrong with Rose Water which not only sounds gentle, but smells delightful, as well. It will both clean and moisturize your face and can be combined with either a carrier oil or witch hazel.
  3. The age-old remedy of Chamomile is a great addition to any skincare regimen due to its ability to rid the body of inflammation. Feel free to wash your skin directly with the Chamomile tea or take the tea bags and put them directly on the areas of concern.
  4. If acne is your biggest issue, try using French green (cosmetic) clay for its cleansing properties and ability to stabilize the skin. You can even opt to enhance it by combining it with chamomile or green tea.
  5. The “go-to” for just about everything – Aloe vera is very beneficial to the skin in terms of its antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and moisturizing attributes.
  6. Try giving yourself a honey mask so that your skin can absorb all of its vitamins and minerals! Even better, use manuka honey which will soothe your irritated skin, keep infections at bay, as well as hinder wrinkles from forming!

Does your skin produce a little too much oil and you just have that “shiny” look about you?

  1. An “oil-eliminator” – French green (cosmetic) clay
  2. A mild exfoliate which will rid the skin of any extra oil and dead skin cells.
  3. Witch hazel on a cotton ball will free the skin of excess oil due to its ability to constrict the pores.

If we can’t turn back time, how about we slow it down……..treat aging skin

  1. As with all the previous skin types, it’s important to exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
  2. Nourish your aging skin with moisturizers such as almond, coconut, and jojoba oils.
  3. May sound a little crazy, but it never hurt to give your face a good massage! Try using coconut or lavender oils and massage your face in an upward fashion.
  4. Did you know that you can make your very own natural alpha-hydroxy acid (AHAs) facial mask?
  • Take 1/4 cup of a mashed fruit (strawberries or apples work well) and add it to 2 tsp whole fat yogurt & 1 -2 tsp oatmeal. Apply it to your face, let it set for 15 minutes, and rinse!

“Wow! You certainly don’t look your age!”

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