How to Have Naturally Healthy Skin
I feel like healthy skin is one of the few things in life that isn’t under- or over-rated. Healthy skin looks and feels wonderful, but it also tends to be an outer reflection of what’s going on inside. I know the times when my skin is naturally glowing and clear, I’m feeling my best inside- both physically and emotionally.
Please remember that I am not a medical professional. I’m sharing with an herbalist background and as a girl who’s been there. With that in mind, here are a few things I do to help keep my skin clear, soft, and glowing.
My best tips:
Tip #1: Don’t touch.
Your fingertips are a dirty place. Think about all the things you touch in a day. Literally imagine all the bacteria and dirt you've touched in just the past five minutes- do you really want to smear that into your face? It took me a lot of practice to learn to stop touching my face- but when I did most of my acne cleared up all on its own! Keep your paws off starting today and just see what happens!
Tip #2: If you must touch your face… wash first!
When you must touch- wash your hands first! Even before you wash your face or remove your makeup, wash those dirty mitts. Warm water, soap optional, and scrub scrub scrub! (And don't dry your hands on a nasty towel right before touching your face, that kinda ruins the point of washing them in the first place!)
Tip #3: Keep up with the laundry
Fresh case, fresh face. (See what I did there? Eh? Eh?)
Okay, seriously though, wash your pillow case at least once every week. You sleep there for hours every single night- that means you breathe, sweat, shed skin and oils, and maybe even drool on that pillow case every night. (You might even have a fat cat named Elsa who lives to sleep and shed on your pillow all day long...)
Yeah, you definitely need to be washing that poor pillow case frequently. Same goes for towels in the bathroom.
While I don’t like the waste that paper towels or towelettes for facewashing bring, I know regular towels can hold onto a lot of gross stuff. Don’t forget to wash the hand towel (or, you know, have a hand towel in the first place). Making little changes like this can have a big impact over time.
Tip #4: Stop using harsh products on your skin
Natural or not, there's probably not any reason to use abrasive, super drying, harsh products on your skin every day. A face mask or scrub once or twice a week is a pretty standard maximum. For my sensitive skin, one mask and one scrub every two weeks is plenty.
For more ideas in this area, keep an eye on the blog. I’ll be sharing my natural skincare routine + why I don’t use soap or makeup removed, and what I use instead.
Tip #5: Toner is life.
For my skin, moisturizer and toner are key.
Keep your skin soft and hydrated with a facial moisturizer that works for you. I stick to coconut oil, personally, and apply it every night before bed. (Note: I am trying out a new toner/face-moisturizer bar by LUSH, so once I’ve given it a few weeks I’ll share a review and let you know what I think!)
Toner helps to keep dirt out of your pores and brightens your skin- just don't go overboard. For me, gentle toners like rose water work best. I use witch hazel quite a bit as well, but I’ve noticed using it daily dries out my skin.
When it comes to skincare, less is usually more.
Tip # 6: Live your life!
Stay hydrated, and sweat it out!
Exercise- even just a tiny bit can help your skin tremendously. If you're not into working out, try some of Cassey Ho's Blogilates! She's been my favorite for years! She has super short single-song workouts and plenty of longer Pilates inspired videos as well- definitely something for everyone!
This has been a PSA.
Written with love! Let me know which of these tips you already do and if there are others you want to try. Do you have a favorite brand for natural skincare products?