An All-Natural, Budget Friendly Guide to Glowing Skin
Okay, so we won’t just sit here and ignore how cold it is right now. Like really, the temperatures have dropped to one digit numbers and let’s not forget the feeling of dry lips, face, and skin as well. Well not to fear, Here are a few tips to help “winterize” your skin and build an easy skin regimen.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Our bodies rely heavily on what we consume on a daily basis. Our body weight is composed of 50 to 70 percent of water so you can just imagine how important it is! So how do you decide how much water to drink daily? Divide your weight by 2 then BOOM you have the number of ounces you should be drinking. Another alternative is just drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day. Either way, it will do wonders for your skin and guess what, IT’S FREE. DRINK AWAY!!!
TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
Vitamin A, C, D, and E all are known to help the skin in significant ways. You should try to get these micronutrients from foods but if you’re like us busy ladies, there is always a daily hair, skin, and nail vitamin you can take that has all you need. My personal favorite is Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin & Nail Gummies. These can be found in any vitamin, grocery, or health food store and usually ranges from $10-$12. This is just one option out of many so choose whatever works for you, just make sure you are incorporating some type of vitamin into your daily routine.
Eat Foods That Promote Healthy Skin
Avocados, Red Grapes, Berries, Salmon, Almonds, Dark Chocolate, Green Tea, Tomatoes, Carrots, Kale, Oranges, Tomatoes. You don’t necessarily have to eat all of these items all at once. Try adding 1 or 2 items to your meals at a time and gradually work your way up. Most of these items are things we all buy anyways so just go from there. Depending on where you shop you should only be spending $1-$3 on each item.
Now that we have gotten through what you should be putting IN your body for good skin, it’s time for what you should put ON your skin.
Build Your Regimen
SAY IT WITH ME, CLEANSE. EXFOLIATE. TONE. MOISTURIZE. AND SEAL
CLEANSING: To cleanse start with the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). This method involves using an essential oil instead of an actual cleansing product to remove dirt and makeup and cleanse your skin. Now it takes time to find the best oils for your skin because not ALL skin types can take ALL oils. For example, my skin does not handle coconut oil well but I found that almond and olive oil have been great oils for my skin so choose what’s best for you. Next, follow with a natural cleanser to remove the oil you used to cleanse. My all-time favorite, Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castle Lavender Liquid Soap. It has a blend of all natural oils and an amazing smell. Also, depending on the size you buy it ranges from $8-$12.
EXFOLIATING: Exfoliating can be done with a variety of store bought salt and oil scrubs or you can just make your own right from what’s in your kitchen. For the latter, choose between brown sugar and coffee grounds and mix it with olive oil for moisture, lemon juice to help tone, and an essential oil of your choice for fragrance. Mix together and there you have your own exfoliating scrub for your face and body and the price for this? A FREE WALK TO YOUR KITCHEN.
TONING: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is the best natural toner for the skin and body despite the strong smell. It evens out skin tone, helps with acne breakouts, dissolves dead skin and much more. Since this is often used in cooking, you can find it at any grocery store for $5-$9.
MOISTURIZING & SEALING: For an all natural skincare regime you can choose between oils and/or butters to treat, moisturize, and seal. Tea tree and Lavender oil have been proven to help treat acne and acne scars. You can also use Coconut or Olive oil. If you don’t like the idea of too much oil then you can also choose a butter such as Raw Shea or Mango Butter.
You’re probably wondering about the “sealing” part. This actually came to me a year ago. I figured, “Hey, if I seal my hair why not seal my skin as well.” and let me tell you the results were remarkable! Whatever oil you use to seal your hair, try using the same for your skin. My personal favorites are Jamaican Black Castor oil, Jojoba, and Grapeseed oil, just to name a few.
Once again you do not have to buy everything at once but replacing one thing with another is a great way to gradually make that big step to going all natural with your skin care. So make your list and start your journey.
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