It is natural to want to feel attractive—when we look good, we feel good. Taking care of our skin is probably one of the best ways to improve our appearance. Not only will we feel more attractive, we will look healthy and vibrant. While certain pricey products may give our face a nice boost, some of the best ways to achieve healthy skin involve natural means that are relatively inexpensive. The best part is, most of these tips will offer other benefits beyond the skin, helping improve our health and appearance overall.
Use Natural Products
So many skincare products are loaded with chemicals that can do more harm than good—whether to give fragrance or achieve a certain texture for the product, they are not contributing anything good to the skin. They may cause irritation, dryness or contribute to break outs. There are plentyof face care products, such as French soap, that are made with 100 percent natural ingredients that are known to benefitthe skin.I personally use many natural products for my face and my skin has never looked better. Some tools in my arsenal include coconut oil, sulfur soaps to control breakouts, and creams made from turmeric to brighten my face and even out my skin tone.
Promote Healthy Digestion
Digestive issues have been linked to all sorts of problems from acne to weight gain. Many people who suffer from skin conditions have been found to suffer from a variety of digestive issues such as constipation, leaky gut and insufficient ‘’good’’ bacteria.Poor digestion can lead to build up of toxic substances that may trigger acne and prevent our body from absorbing the nutrients that our body needs to be healthy, including the skin. First things first—you need to eat lots of fiber to promote healthy bowel movements and to soak up all that bad stuff that can leach back into the body. You also need to drink sufficient water to prevent constipation—lack of water can also make the skin look worse.
Watch What You Eat
While it may not be true that eating greasy foods leads to greasy, pimply faces, research suggests there may be some links between our diet and our skin. A review of over 20 studies has found a strong link between acne and milk consumption—particularly skim milk. If you have acne and consume a lot of dairy, experimenting with elimination is certainly worth considering. Large intake of processed foods and sugar has also been linked to increased acne.
High intake of sugar can also damage the skin in other ways by creating harmful molecules that stick to protein molecules in the skin—this results in damaged collagen, ligaments and cartilage in the skin, and premature sagging and wrinkling.
It is also important to consume plenty of healthy fats, which can fight the inflammation associated with acne as well as help keep the skin soft and supple. Good sources of omega-3 fats include salmon and other cold-water fish, flaxseed oil and walnuts. Other good fats are found in olive oil, nuts, seeds, olives and avocados.
About the Author: Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about all things health and wellness. She particularly enjoys sharing natural health tips.