Achieving permanently radiant skin is the holy grail for most women. Glowing skin helps us to look younger, healthier and more gorgeous and confident. Interestingly though, millennial are increasingly shifting away from chemical based skin solutions to achieve radiance. Times are changing, and holistic approaches to skincare is starting to get the publicity it so rightly deserves.
Encouragingly, achieving permanently radiant skin via holistic skincare methods doesn’t have to be complex. It is actually quite easy to achieve and maintain, all you need to do is to be consistent with your practices. You also need to understand your body and know what works for you.
Consistency and discipline is the key to this approach to skincare. It involves adding key steps to your everyday routine. This doesn’t just include your beauty routine as this wouldn’t be in keeping with the very meaning of what a holistic approach is. It involves changing your habits, what you do from the moment you wake up to the moment you get in bed.
These habits, or practices can be divided into two categories:
- External holistic skincare habits
- Internal holistic skincare habits
Let’s explore how to achieve permanently radiant skin the holistic way.
External holistic skincare habits
Cleanse every day: this is the foundation of any skincare routine. Dirt, oils and other pollutants clog up your pores, leading to inflammation and infection. Cleansing in the morning with a natural facial cleanser and before you go to bed at night using a natural cleansing oil to completely remove your makeup, followed by a natural facial cleanser will promote skin health. Additionally, applying an all natural toner on your skin regularly helps to reduce the size and appearance of your pores while feeding the skin with vitamins and antioxidants it needs to slow the signs of aging. When your pores are clogged, the trapped particles expand them, making them more visible. Cleansing using a natural toner helps reduce their appearance and give your skin a smooth, radiant look
Exfoliate gently, twice a week: using a gentle natural face exfoliator twice a week helps remove dead skin cells that are inhibiting the growth of new, healthier ones. Removing dead skin cells will immediately make a difference, leaving you with smooth, glowing skin. Take 5 minutes out of your day, twice a week to exfoliate.
Feed your skin every night : your skin is your body’s largest organ, so if you want it to look it’s radiant best, you need to feed your skin with the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs. Green tea and white tea have been proven to combat the signs of aging and deal with common skin complaints like eczema, psoriasis and acne. Investing in a high-quality natural serum that sinks into the skin overnight delivering the nutrients that your skin needs is a crucial external holistic skincare habit.
Moisturize your skin: no excuse is good enough to skip this step. Many women with oily or combination skin do this and it is very harmful to the skin. Their reason is usually that face produces enough oil as it is and so they don’t want to make their face oilier or shinier.The truth is, not moisturizing makes it worse. Your skin needs to be fed constantly with vitamins, antioxidants and other essentials it needs to stay in its healthiest state. Moisturizing won’t make you oilier either, if that is your fear, go for a good moisturizer that is loaded with green tea extracts. Regular use will help balance your oil production and reduce oiliness.
Internal holistic skincare habits
Eat fresh and drink plenty water: eating only fresh foods can make all the difference to your skin. Your hair and skin cells draw nutrients from what you eat, hence the saying, your skin is a reflection of what you put in your body. Your skin is always in a construction process, you are constantly losing skin cells and rebuilding new ones. If you eat fresh, nutrient loaded foods, you build your body with that. If you eat junk food…well, you get the idea.
Drink green tea everyday: this is the best drink you can consume daily, and it won’t even put a dent in your wallet. Green tea is loaded with anti oxidants and anti inflammatory properties, it is the best safeguard for your skin. Cut out the refined sugar in your drinks and learn to consume a cup of green tea every day. You can do this at any time during the day.
Cut down on alcohol and caffeine: the best option is to cut them out totally, but some people see this as near impossible. Both alcohol and coffee are very dehydrating and have no positive effect on your body and skin health. Go for natural, healthy drinks instead. Consume more green tea, freshly squeezed juice and water
Exercise often: did you know that exercising would do more for your skin than a day at the spa? When you exercise, you increase your cellular metabolism and respiration and also boost your blood and lymph circulation, which are fundamental to enhance oxygen and nutrients availability and waste disposal from your tissues and organs.
Sleep well: you need to get your full 8 hours as often as you can. Sleep time is when your cells go to work. Cell regeneration, repair, production, it all happens during those hours. When your skin is cleansed properly and your body is loaded with the essential nutrients for optimum skin health, sleep time will be productivity time for your skin. You can be assured that you will wake up radiant with a healthy glow. The term ‘beauty sleep’ refers to this kind of productive sleep. It is not a myth.
Relax and meditate: stress is an aging factor and can show up on the skin within hours! To avoid paleness, dullness of the skin, dark circles and other stress signs, learn to take time out to relax and do nothing with your mind. Lean or lay back, close your eyes and think only happy thoughts. This might seem difficult to do at first, it is very easy for the mind to wander, but with time, it would get easier for you.
Because of how deeply connected your emotions are to your health, the next time you are feeling down or sad, smile. Doing this in that moment might seem ridiculous but studies show that smiling even when you are not happy releases endorphins in your body that immediately make you feel better. That means you lose the worry lines and other stress factors showing up on your face.
It is important to remember that when referring to holistic beauty practices every factor has to be included.
Being consistent with these holistic skincare habits will help a lot, you might have a few slips, but it should soon become a part of your everyday routine.
Take good care of yourself, and in time permanently radiant skin will be yours.