It can be a bit challenging to maintain healthy skin care. People often accidentally abuse their skin without knowing. There are many brand name cleansers, toners, moisturisers and anti-aging products out there that contribute to skin abuse. If you’ll notice many of the over-the-counter products leave your skin feeling dull, dry and flaky and never ever provide the long-term results you are looking to achieve. Many products even cause serious breakouts as most of the over the counter stuff is created for sole purpose of protecting you from sunburn and nothing else. The other reason is because of the chemicals used to make the products. If you read the ingredients on the bottles closely, some of those same ingredients are used to make cleaning products, bleaches, and disinfectants which cannot at all be healthy for skin. This is where the accidental abuse comes in and we further abuse it by believing that covering our skin with makeup will fix it. The goal shouldn’t be just about having great looking skin but rather healthier skin. Below are a few of my very own at-home DIY (do-it-yourself) skin care techniques and secrets that will help you to achieve the goal of getting healthier skin and sustaining a radiant healthy glow.
It is very important to wash your face. Before bed and when you first wake up, especially. Many skin face wash and cleansers contain active ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate which are extremely harmful to skin. Sulfates are surfactants that are used as cleansing agents to cut oil from the skin but they are too strong and will cause surface dehydration. If you’ve ever wondered why you have dry skin that you can’t get rid of – this is likely the reason. One of my favorite do-it-yourself homemade cleansers is a combination of baking soda and witch hazel. Mix together and add a little water to create a nice paste. Spread evenly around skin in gentle circular motion and wash. Baking soda is a natural antibiotic that cures the underlying fungal infections. It can also slowly erase acne scars and speed the healing of acne damage. It is also the biggest weapon to use against bacteria and inflammation that causes blackheads. Witch hazel is a natural astringent. It helps to reduce the chances of inflammation and its strong anti-inflammatory properties are great for killing bacteria that forms under pores before they even begin. Not only is the baking soda and witch hazel combo a very simply face wash to make it is also very effective. You must cleanse your skin daily. This is rule. Cleansing is especially necessary for those who use make up on a daily basis. Just try it.
Dead skin cells pile up on the surface of skin leaving it looking dull and dry. Dead skin cells are a huge contributor to clogged pores. Exfoliating is important because it removes dead skin cells that clog the skin and uncovers fresh new cells. This opens the way for moisturising products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. You do not need to purchase expensive exfoliants to get the job done. You can whip up a simple homemade exfoliant that will scrub away those dead skins cells just as effectively. Oatmeal exfoliants are bar none the best. Oatmeal is full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds and is known for its skin-soothing properties including moisturising dry skin, providing relief from itching, rashes and other minor skin irritations. Honey provides natural antibacterial and healing properties to soothe and clarify the skin. Coconut oil is a natural nourishing agent for the skin. All you have to do is mix them together creating a nice blended concoction and gently spread on your face evenly. Allow mask to sit for about 10 minutes before washing off thoroughly.
The above exfoliant and cleanser recipes are just two of my personal favourites. There are other recipe combinations that you can hook up. Almond oil and sugar makes for a great softening agent, as does avocado, salt and lemon juice. All of these ingredients make up fantastic exfoliate recipes that scrub away all of those dead cells.
Be mindful, it is only necessary to exfoliate 1-2 times per week. Excessive use of exfoliants can dry out skin and cause redness and even rash. Do not exfoliate if you have skin rash or sunburn. Cleansers and exfoliants are not one in the same. Please do not try to substitute one for the other. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.
Moisturising is the most important part of maintaining healthy skin right behind cleansing. You must moisturise daily at least twice per day. Morning and night. The best kind of moisturiser for skin is water. Not only should you be drinking lots of it but you should also splash your skin with it on a daily basis. Lukewarm water is preferred. Water provides organic nourishment and hydration that your skin needs. You can do so by using both night and day moisturisers to keep the skin hydrated and relaxed. If like me, you aren’t a fan of the over-the-counter stuff and have the kind of skin that swallows oil like a big fish, you can whip up a homemade moisturiser using Aloe Vera plant gel, Vitamin E and shea butter.
To achieve a healthy, radiant glow, good skin care does have to be such a complex chore. You also don’t need to spend lots of money to sustain it. Some of the best medicines and skin care remedies can be achieved naturally at home through use of items that are sitting right in your cupboards and refrigerators.
By Faye Bishop.