Natural Skin Care Tips from Experts

Efforts to preserve the youthfulness of the skin is probably the biggest money making market in the globe. I am sure you're bombarded with ton of alternatives and millions of "dos" and "donts" every day. It seems like there is the next best thing that's launched for consumers to try out every single day. And how about those visits to beauty/skin product counters on the first floor of the department stores... Don't they always manage to sell you a "new" and "magical" product that will do the trick but that you end up using only once. You must have already tried countless creams and lotions in your eternal quest for radiant and younger-looking skin.

The bad news is: it is only so much creams can do for you and your skin. There is no magical cream that will make you look 20 years younger and will make disappear the sagging skin under your eyes in one night. All the dermatologists as well as beauticians know that there is a limit what creams and lotions can do for your skin. 

The good news is: it is actually quite achievable to keep your skin radiant and flawless! You just need to know how to take care of it NATURALLY first. It's not only a waste to spend hundreds of dollars on the next best commercial skin care product but they could potentially harm your skin than provide benefit because of full range of synthetic chemicals used to make those beautiful smelling creams and lotions.

Below you will find BASIC understanding of natural skin care, to get you started on the right track >>

Your skin is not a dinner plate or a pair of jeans, don'’t clean it too much.

Your skin is a living organ, and it should keep its natural oils to give you the best performence and to endure living a long and healthy life. People, women but also men make the mistake of buying scrubs that are just too harsh on their skin. Ideally we should look for cleansers that promise “zero oil ; they are usually the gentler cleansers and come in gel or cream form that have no fragrances added. Some cleansers sold in health stores or organic stores do not seem to have extra toxins and chemicals found in commercial brands.  Also do not forget that rinsing off any skin care product with lots of water is essential to purify your skin and make it look natural.

Our skin absorbs about 60-70% of everything we put onto our skin into our blood stream​, so be mindful of not applying chemicals on it. Can you believe how much toxic our skin absorb from our scalp when we use a hair dye full of chemicals? No wonder why it's not advisable to dye your hair with conventional products while you're pregnant; because all that bad stuff ends up in your baby's blood stream.

Sunscreen that absorbs UV rays needs time to be absorbed into the top layer of the skin.

With all the climate and air quality changes going on in this modern age, using a sunscreen is the way to go to protect your skin from harmful rays. If you are not using a sunscreen, you should make sure that your daily moisturizer has SPF rating. And do not buy any skin care product that doesn'’t state its SPF rating. An SPF rating of 30 to 50 is adequate in most cases. Make sure not to use your daily moisturizer with SFP rating at night, because that will be harmful to your skin.  You do not need any protection in that sense when the sun is not up.

And when ​you are using a sunscreen that absorbs UV rays instead of reflecting them, be sure to apply the cream or lotion at least half an hour before you go out into the sun. This rule must be carried out in any location you apply your protective cream. Sunscreen that absorbs UV rays needs time to be absorbed into the top layer of the skin. If you go out into the sun too soon after applying it, the sunscreen will not be effective, period. 

No need to use potent toners to shrink your large pores.

Your pores and their size are genetically predetermined, so it’s not really your ageing that is to blame. If ​you have large, visible pores, there is no need to use potent toners to shrink them. If you want your pores to be less visible, all you need to do is to keep your skin clear of contaminants like dirt or very oily skin products. Washing your face more frequently and doing adequate cleansing based on your skin type (oily, dry or mixed) will help. But again don'’t use bar soaps and harsh detergent-like cleansers to wash dirt, sweat or other elements.

Always set realistic goals for yourself in terms of your skin’s appearance.

Do not try to transform your skin into something that it cannot be. For example, if you have naturally oily skin, it means that your skin will be bathed in extra sebum every day, and there isn't much you can do to stop it. This is your genetic and natural formation. If you scrub your face off to clear the natural oil, irritation will occur. When your skin becomes irritated by excessive scrubbing, consequently you will end up dealing with a lot more than just oily skin. Irritated skin can become dry, red and scaly.

Bottom line is that you don't want to change the natural balance of your skin. Playing with what nature gives us in most cases will end up creating more and harsher problems to deal with.

Water is your skin's best friend.

Drink six to eight glasses of water per day. This not only good for over all wellness but also your skin needs to be hydrated from within, too! We cannot stress enough the importance of water for your skin. When you don't drink enough water your skin will look drier, in fact it will be drier. It will be more prone to rashes and acne. it wrinkle much sooner. Your pores will tend to be bigger and more pronounced. Water is the source of your skin vitality, so use it! Drink a lot of plain water (no artificial coloring or tastes) to have a flawless and healthy skin.

Your skin is what you eat.

It's very true that a healthy glow on our skin does come first and foremost from the inside, and not only from our positive attitude and calm approach to life, but also from what we eat. We should it lots of foods with protein and vitamins, essential good fats, and hydrating vegetables.

Your skin is not only on your face. Protect your entire body.

Did you hear of UPF labeling on your clothing? It's Ultraviolet Protection Factor and we can say that it is a built-in sunscreen for clothes. It indicates the fraction of the UV rays that penetrated trough the fabric of what you're wearing. For instance a UPF 50+ would mean that only 2%, in other words just 1/50th of rays would reach your skin through your clothing. More and more companies are producing clothes with high UPF values. Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a UPF rating 30 or more. As we talked above, the application of SPF 30+ on the exposed skin is also essential. So it seems like "30" is the magic number that we have to keep in mind for exposed but also covered skin.

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