With so many products being tossed at us everyday from magazine ads, tv commercials and internet ads it can sometimes slip our minds just how many things we can do with things we already have at home, many of them are 100% natural as well! Try adding some (or all!) of these DIY tips to your skincare routine, and you are sure to see results!
Skincare aside, hydration plays a huge role in your health. It flushes toxins from your body and being hydrated will keep you energized and your body working in tip top shape. When you’re dehydrated, you may notice your skin is dry and flaky. Proper hydration will help your skin’s elasticity and help you achieve that dewy look we are all looking for.
Hydrate on the go with a hydro flask!
SKIP TOWEL DRYING
Towel drying your face stretches the skin on your face and introduces whatever is on your towel, such as dead skin cells, to your delicate facial skin. Instead, after you get out of the shower, let it air dry halfway and then gently use your fingers to ‘pat in’ the moisture on your face. Before it’s completely dried, apply your toner or moisturizer to lock in that lovely moisture.
High in Omega 3 fatty acids, this superfood has super anti-inflammatory powers. The fatty acids also help to increase the turnover rate at which your skin heals. Therefore eating flax seeds daily will help with inflammation, blemish healing, irritation and redness. Sprinkle over cereal or oatmeal, or blend into your morning smoothie and reap those benefits.
Use avocado oil topically or eat this nutrient dense food to help your skin heal faster, heal chapped skin, and moisturize.
Dairy is a highly inflammatory food that the modern diet includes too much of these days. Cheese, yogurt, cream… It’s not hard to consume too much dairy. Remember that dairy contains hormones from another animal, and consuming those hormones does things to our bodies. Paired with the insulin spike it causes, inflammation and acne are a common result. Here’s a shocking tidbit as well, recent studies show that 65% of the population has some form of lactose intolerance, varying from mild to severe. If you are no stranger to adult acne, consider eliminating dairy.
Yes you’ve heard this many times, because it’s THAT important. Sun exposure ages and dries out your skin. Wear sunscreen every day (Seriously EVERY DAMN DAY) to reduce your chances of skin cancer, slow down skin aging and to help heal and prevent PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation).
We recommend Biore Watery Essence Sunscreen. 50+SPF and pat it on over makeup!
Drinking two or more cups of Peppermint Tea a day has shown improvement in skin conditions. Plus, it’s dang tasty!
This oil is a god send for acne prone skin. It’s high fat content helps treat redness and scars, and it has an aspirin like compound that helps fight inflammation. Apply after your moisturizer to let your skin absorb it overnight, or add to your face mask to tighten skin pores. It has a bit of a strong smell, but it’s benefits make it more than worth it!
Honey, what can’t it do? Tasty when used a natural sweetener, and healing when used as a topical. Used topically honey is naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants and moisturizing. Use as a base for your next face mask, or use as a spot treatment for pesky blemishes. Make sure your honey is raw and unprocessed for better results.
Another great addition to your diet and skin care routine, turmeric has amazing properties. Used as a spice in your diet, turmeric can help your body stave off inflammation. Add it to your smoothies, or sprinkle over eggs or salads! Topically turmeric acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial and can help reduce the size of blemishes in a mask or spot treatment.
As with most products and routines, consistency is key. You can’t expect to see results after one cup of tea, or just one face mask. Make these tips into habits for best results. It feels good to take care of yourself!
DIY HONEY NEEM TURMERIC FACE MASK
Combine ½ tablespoon honey, a few drops of neem oil (if the oil is too solid to drop, place bottle in a cup of warm water until it is liquidy again) and ¼ tsp turmeric into a thick paste. Apply to skin with a clean brush. Sip some mint tea and relax