Don't get me wrong, when it comes to skin care, I believe in scientific processes, but I also think a holistic approach is a good way to go. The whole idea behind this term is the treatment of something as a whole and not just the parts of it. A holistic approach is more effective to promote vibrant skin and keep your overall skin health intact.
The rationale behind this method is that the different parts are all connected in some way, and so true health can only be achieved if you take care of all the parts equally.
Treatment from the outside is not enough, you have to do so from the inside as well. The appearance and overall health of your skin depends on a lot of things like the ingredients in the products we use, our diet, exercise, environmental stressors and our emotional health.
6 Simple Strategies of a Holistic Skin Care Routine to Naturally Beautiful and Healthy Skin
1. NOURISH YOUR SKIN WITH THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS - Befriend with Skincare Oils
Before you start anything, you have to know your own skin and what products work for you. This will enable you to choose the best ingredients for you. When you come in contact with a product you are new to, you should take a look at its content for the purpose of knowing if you can use it or not. This will make sure you don't use something you're not supposed to.
You need to establish your own skin care routine, and stick to it daily. Skin care is a long-term game and is meant to nurture the skin both inside and outside. There's no miracle cure that will reverse aging signs in a day.
Your skin needs oil. That’s why it produces oil! But when we dehydrate our skin and strip it of its oils, or when we apply too much oil, we could disrupt the delicate sebum balance.
Using the right combination of oils can do wonders for your skin as each has its own unique properties such as normalizing oil production, reducing the signs of aging, and refining the skin's texture. One product I swear by is La Coéss Revitalisé Organic Face Oil for calming and rejuvenating skin overnight. You will also need a good cleansing balm that is gentle and oil-based, I recommend the Elemis Rose Cleansing Balm.
2. REJUVENATE YOUR SKIN FROM WITHIN
If you want your skin to be healthy and radiant, you must rethink your diet and pay attention to the ingredients that you put into your body. Replacing the unhealthy foods with superfoods that contain essential vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that your body and your skin thrives on.
You might be asking, what exactly should you eat? The answer is at least five portions of fruits and vegetables a day, preferably ones of different colors. This is because fruits and vegetables of different colors contain different antioxidants, for example vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene; kale and spinach contain lutein and these antioxidants are beneficial to the skin. Healthy fats, such as from the sources of fish, avocados and nuts, contain essential fatty acids and high level of vitamin E which are vital for the skin health.
3. STAY HYDRATED
While there are those who feel that drinking water does not help your skin, but this is not true. Water can supply your skin cells with oxygen and nutrients while carrying toxins and waste away.
During your daily activities, your body loses a lot of water and this water needs replacing. Because of where the skin is located on the body, water will have to travel to all other organs before reaching the skin. All this just means that to keep your skin hydrated, you need to drink a lot of water. A well moisturized skin looks incredibly plump and supple while dehydrated skin looks dry and dull.
Exercise is good for your overall health which includes the skin as well.
This is because exercising leads to increase of hormones like endorphins that regulate your stress resistance by inhibiting the stress hormone cortisol that causes inflammation and causes acne. Sweating during exercise also helps hydrate the skin and cleans the pores, but you need to clean it after.
Exercise will boost your cardiovascular system, which is vital for increasing the amount of oxygen going to the skin.
5. REJUVENATE YOUR SKIN OVER NIGHT
While beauty sleep might sound cliché, its the perfect description for what goes on with your skin at night.
Your skin is busy fighting off radiation, toxins and the outside elements during the day. But at night, this is when your skin takes a break and tries to repair itself. When you are sleeping, there is more supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This is what the skin uses to help itself, that is why when you wake up from a good sleep, your skin tends to be radiant and rosy.
6. DEFENSE YOUR SKIN AGAINST SUN EXPOSURE
One of the most important things in skin care is to defend your skin against the UV rays of the sun. These rays have harmful effects on skin such as increasing the rate of aging, it can also lead to skin cancer.
To protect yourself is to always wear SPF whenever you go outside.
Another factor you should consider is city pollution and its tendency to increase the aging process. Although this area is quiet new, studies have found a link between the environment we live in and premature aging of our skin. It’s best to be safe and prepare with the right defense.