Food for your Face – natural skincare remedies and rituals

So you’ve got the nutrition side of things for a healthy glow down pat, what more can you do to look after your skin? We’ve got a few secret handy skincare hints for natural healthy skin.

 

What to use

These days we’re spoilt for choice of a huge range of skincare to solve almost any skin issue. But are these products solving the root of the problem? Many mainstream commercially produced skincare products contain harmful ingredients, toxins and chemicals [1].

Try some of these unprocessed, wholesome ingredients, which are simple inexpensive home remedies your skin will LOVE.

 

Coconut oil
It’s no secret that coconut oil has come into its own in recent years. With a million uses from cooking to cleaning, coconut oil also works a treat on your skin. Coconut oils molecular make up is a killer combo of antimicrobial and moisturizing goodness, killing bacteria while hydrating the skin. Coconut oil also works well as a make-up remover. Bye-bye toxic wipes.

 

Tea-tree oil
One of the best home remedies for acne, tea-tree oil contains natural anti- inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal acne fighting properties! It helps fight breakouts, redness and inflammation. Simply add some tea tree oil to a cotton bud and apply topically.

 

Raw honey
Raw honey is one of the best natural skin-boosting sources. Used regularly it can help reduce breakouts and moisturize the skin. Its antiseptic qualities also help encourage wound healing and help reduce scars. It’s also perfect for people with sensitive skin.
How to use it? Apply a thin layer of raw honey to slightly damp skin using a circular motion. Leave the honey for at least 30 minutes and then gently rinse it off with warm water. Or apply topically to areas of breakout. [2]

 

Apple cider vinegar
Super cheap and rather versatile, ACV can help destroy pathogens on the skin and provide anti-fungal properties.

 

What to do

More sleep and less stress
When your body is under the pump, it tries to conserve energy, looking after more vital functions of your body. As a result your skin is compromised.
The same goes for lack of sleep – Yep beauty sleep is a real thing. Skin rejuvenation happens at night since “happy hormones” are at their highest and your stress hormones are at their lowest. A good night of shut-eye allows your body to focus on things like proper digestion, muscle growth and repairing your skin [34].
How can you improve sleep patterns and lower stress levels?
As we all know, but often need reinforcing – take some time out! Mediate, go for a walk or listen to music, anything to slow the mind down. Also turn off those mobile devices. The blue light from computer and mobile screens stimulates the retina in the eye (so your body thinks it’s daylight), making it harder to fall asleep.
Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals? Magnesium in particular plays an important part in balance our nervous system and helping us to relax and deal better with stress. As it so happens, Tigernuts are an excellent source of magnesium – go you good things!

 

Drink more water
We know we know, but hey it’s a good reminder. The question is; how much should we be having?
Try getting at least 8 glasses a day in to help flush out toxins, and maintain a youthful hydrated face!

 

No hat no play
The old adage has stuck with us since school days, but the importance of slip, slopping and slapping has never remained so strong not only to avoid premature wrinkles but most importantly to prevent scary skin cancers.

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