Natural beauty may seem elusive. Perhaps even a bit difficult to achieve. But it’s really not. Everyone can be naturally beautiful. Yes, even you. And it’s far easier than most people realize.
There are dozens of ways you can develop healthy and naturally glowing skin in just a few steps and with just a few ingredients you likely already have in your house.
Eliminate tired Puffy Eyes with Chilled Tea Bags
The skin around your eyes is softer, thinner, and more sensitive to inflammation. Which is why environmental or topical toxins, a lack of sleep, hormonal changes and allergies often lead to tired puffy eyes.
To eliminate tired puffy eyes just use chilled tea bags. The antioxidants, caffeine, and tannins in green, black, and chamomile teas help reduce irritation and work to soothe your skin quickly. The anti-inflammatory properties in teas also reduce fluid retention and promote blood circulation around your eyes – giving your eyes a fresh, renewed appearance.
To use chilled tea bags – briefly steep 2 green, black, or chamomile tea bags in hot water for less than a minute. Then remove the tea bags from the water and chill in a small bowl in the refrigerator. Once chilled, place 1 bag over each closed eyelid. Leave on your lids for 5 to 15 minutes.
Get A Natural Face Lift With Simple Yoga Poses
Ever wonder why some women have firm, smooth skin no matter season it is? Ask them and you’ll likely learn they do yoga. Yep, yoga! Doing inverted yoga poses will boost oxygen-rich blood circulation to your head which will help give your face some extra lift and vitality.
Yoga also helps you relax, can elevate your mood, and help balance your hormones which can lead to firmer, smoother looking skin.
The “downward dog” yoga pose is both simple and easy to do by getting on the floor on your hands and knees and then straightening your legs. Even rather simple yoga poses like bending down and touching your toes can work miracles on your face. Stay in one of these positions as long as you feel comfortable, for about 1 to 5 minutes.
Want a few more poses? Here are 14 yoga poses you can do for glowing skin.
If you have physical limitations such as injuries or back pain, check with your healthcare provider for ways you can modify these poses to better suit your needs.
Hydrate Dry Skin With Coconut Water
Most of the time, dry ashy skin is just a minor annoyance. But sometimes, it leads to uncomfortable itchy patches, or burning rough spots. Dry ashy skin is caused by a lack of moisture, which leaves your skin dehydrated.
While soaps, lotions, and detergents that contain harsh chemicals often cause the skin to dry out. So will cold, harsh weather, with low air humidity; and long hot baths or showers with prolonged water exposure.
If you’re looking to hydrate your skin from the inside out – so your skin appears nourished and vibrant – coconut water is a great choice.
Coconut water is rich in nutrients, acts an anti-inflammatory, a detoxifier and an anti-microbial – which means it helps promote clear skin. More importantly though, coconut water naturally moisturizes your skin without adding excess oil. And the presence of potassium in coconut water helps with hydration balance for fluid and electrolyte levels in your body.
So start your morning with a glass of fresh unsweetened coconut water. And, then – throughout the day – drink filtered water. At meals include skin-hydrating foods such as wild salmon, avocado, olives, and coconut.
Remove Dead Skin And Revitalize Your Face With An Organic Papaya Mask
Every day your skin sheds millions of dead skin cells. The natural life cycle of skin is for these dead skin cells – which originate in each layer of skin – to move from the lower (hypodermic and dermis) layers through the surface (epidermis) layer where they can fall off.
But when dead skin cells get stuck on their way to the surface of your skin blackheads, whiteheads or pimples appear. By helping remove the upper layers of dead skin, you can diminish the risk of blocked pores and keep your skin healthy.
Using an exfoliant is a great way to remove dead skin and revitalize your face. Many exfoliants though contain abrasive ingredients that scratch, which may damage your skin and speed up signs of ageing.
So it’s best to use an enzymatic exfoliant that contains fruit like papaya and pineapple.
Papaya contains the natural enzyme papain, and pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain. These two protein-dissolving agents help naturally exfoliate and lift away dry, dead skin cells. And when dead skin cells are removed, the risk of developing blackheads and pimples diminishes. Leaving your skin healthy, smooth, and soft.
How to make an organic papaya mask:
Greener (unripe) papayas have higher amounts of papain, so opt for these to get the best benefit. If you have sensitive skin, use ripe papayas as they are less likely to trigger an inflammatory reaction.
Scoop out a ¼ cup raw papaya flesh and mash or blend with 1 Tablespoon fresh pineapple until smooth. Apply to dry skin and leave on for 5 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test on your arm before applying to face.
The alpha-hydroxy acids and the enzymes in this recipe dissolve dry, dead skin. You only need to do this once or twice per week.
Turn Mineral Makeup Powder Into A Natural Sunblock
It’s no secret that prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays leads to sunburns and an increased risk of skin cancer. Which is why it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen year round. Because sunscreen helps your skin look healthier and younger.
Many sunscreens contain chemical ingredients though – that can do more harm to your skin and health than they do to protect your skin from UV rays. So when choosing a sunscreen avoid those with chemicals and opt instead for one that’s mineral-based.
Mineral sunscreens use two natural minerals — zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — as active ingredients. And instead of absorbing into your skin, these minerals sit on top of your skin; protecting it by reflecting UV rays away.
But when applied to your skin, mineral sunscreens can sometimes appear white and pasty. Not exactly the look you’re probably going for.
However, you can protect your skin from sun damage AND avoid a white, pasty look by combining mineral powder makeup with your mineral sunscreen.
It’s the best of both worlds.
You can use a tinted mineral sunblock instead of foundation, or mix your favourite mineral makeup powder with a sunblock like this one for a natural makeup that is light and protects your skin from the sun’s damaging effects. Helping keep your skin healthy and protected.
Get Clear Radiant Skin By Cutting Sugar Out
Sugar is the biggest contributor to inflammation that shows up on your skin as acne, dry itchy skin, and wrinkles. Sugar is highly acidic – and sure, all acidic foods cause inflammation to some degree, but sugar is one of the worst.
Sugar causes significant, rapid changes in blood sugar. Whenever you eat foods with a high sugar content, your blood sugar rises rapidly. Then, once the hormone that regulates blood sugar is released into your cells, it falls again. When you experience this sugar crash, you often feel hungry, shaky, and moody. Every time this happens, your body experiences internal stress, which often leads to breakouts and dull-looking skin.
The inflammatory properties of sugar can also cause red, irritated skin. Many people who suffer from rashes or are prone to yeast imbalances can trace their issues back to a diet loaded with sugar.
To protect yourself and maintain balanced blood sugar levels, eat meals that contain plenty of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. And to clear your skin, eliminate refined sugars and foods with added sweeteners, including white and brown sugar, agave syrup, molasses, maple syrup, and honey… and focus instead on beautifying green veggies.
Try cutting sugar from your diet for 10 days, especially if you have an important day coming up and want to look your best. If you want a touch of sweetness, opt for fresh fruit or the natural sweetener Stevia instead.
Cleanse Your Skin With Almond Oil
A good cleanser should clear your skin of debris, sweat, and makeup. Your skin should feel clean without being stripped of its natural oils or its natural skin microbiome – those microorganisms that live on your skin helping to protect it and keep it healthy.
To look it’s best, your skin needs its natural oils and a healthy skin microbiome. A lot of cleansers though make your skin feel like it’s really clean – perhaps even squeaky clean – but they’re actually removing some important lipids from your skin and disrupting the pH of your skin.
Instead of stripping your skin with foamy cleanser, you can use oils such as argan and almond oil to cleanse your skin naturally, or use a natural cleanser.
The natural actives in argon oil and almond oil are fantastic at cleansing your skin thoroughly while also helping to replace lost lipids.
Yes, they can remove makeup, but they also hydrate your skin – being absorbed into your skin without blocking your skin pores. And they have a high amount of vitamins A, B and E that feed your skin and leave it supple and glowing. Pure almond oil also keeps your skin properly moisturized for a longer period of time.
So instead of using soap that lathers and strips your skin, try using argon or almond oils as a cleanser to nourish your skin while you cleanse for a healthy clean glow.
Turn Stress Into Bliss For Clear Beautiful Skin
Stress can both cause and trigger premature ageing, acne, eczema, rosacea, and vitiligo. Your skin and mood are so closely interconnected that when you experience intense negative emotions, your skin will show it.
When stressed out, your adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol. A surge in cortisol causes increased sebum production, which triggers acne. Anxiety about stress at work, school, and home can make eczema flare up. Dealing with visible symptoms of stress can trigger more issues, which can lead to even more stress. And stress negatively impacts your immune system. Being anxious or stressed can aggravate autoimmune conditions (including vitiligo and psoriasis).
To relieve stress – and keep your skin naturally glowing – use sleep, meditation, exercise and touch.
A good night’s sleep gives your skin time to rejuvenate. Optimally, you should get about 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
Meditation and moderate exercise are known to help you manage stress. Meditation helps boost your mood, decrease inflammation, and even lower yearly doctor visits! If you exercise every morning (without overdoing it), it can help balance your adrenal function to help you better cope with stressful situations.
And, touch causes the release of hormones in your body that make you feel happy and connected. Check out these tips on sleep, meditation, and exercise for more.
Get Natural Glowing Skin With Micronutrients
Your skin needs a lot micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) for speedy skin repair and turnover for healthy skin. When your body is nutrient deficient though it can lead to chronic skin issues such as acne, eczema and premature ageing.
Healthy skin comes from the inside out. Meaning what you eat reflects in your skin’s appearance. If your diet is based on sugary, high fat, or processed foods then your skin will suffer.
To achieve a healthy glowing complexion you want to follow a diet that fuels your body with foods or supplements full of vitamins and nutrients. Here’s a few important ones for healthy skin.
Zinc helps fight bacteria and has anti-inflammatory properties. Which allows Zinc to help relieve redness and irritation caused by moderate-to-severe acne. Shellfish, legumes, seeds, and nuts are full of Zinc.
Vitamin A helps keep your skin hydrated. A deficiency of Vitamin A can lead to a dry and flaky complexion, which can prematurely age your skin. A few foods high in Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots and leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B is great for healthy nails, skin and hair. A lack of this vitamin can cause dermatitis and hair loss. Eat whole grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts to get all Vitamin B your body needs.
Vitamin C is great for encouraging the production of collagen in your body. Citrus fruits, leafy greens, bell peppers or cauliflower must be a part of your diet if you want healthy-looking skin.
Vitamin E helps reduce dryness so your skin stays soft. If you struggle with dry, rough skin, Vitamin E will help. Nuts, olives or spinach are all great foods full of Vitamin E.
Use Aloe Vera To Transform Red Irritated Skin Into Soft Healthy Skin
If your skin is red and irritated, you’ll want to soothe it right away. Prolonged inflammation can cause your skin to break down collagen. And the loss of collagen leads to the appearance of lines, wrinkles and even thinning of the skin.
To keep your skin smooth and vibrant, you can use natures skin soother – Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera gel has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and it penetrates the skin easily to provide nourishment. It acts as a barrier for the skin, while allowing your skin to replenish its moisture. And because it’s high in nutrients and vitamins, Aloe Vera gel can also help your skin heal quicker.
It’s terrific for soothing skin that’s been overexposed to the sun, as well as for treating minor cuts and scrapes, eczema, and acne. Aloe is a great moisturizer, and is perfect for oily skin because it nourishes without leaving your skin feeling greasy.
Aloe Vera also has anti-ageing properties. Its composition of antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E help boost your skin’s natural firmness, while keeping it properly hydrated.
In most stores, the aloe you’ll find contains preservatives, fillers, and artificial ingredients. Instead of using products with unnecessary and harmful ingredients, look for pure aloe from your local health food store, or buy an aloe plant and simply slice open a leaf, extracting and saving the gel, for when you need it. The Spa Dr.’s Daily Essentials contains aloe, as well.
Get An Instant, Youthful Skin Lift Using Antioxidant-Rich Natural Actives
Avoid the neurotoxin Botox and other more invasive procedures and look to nature instead. Antioxidant-rich and hydrating natural actives can lift and protect the skin naturally. And, one of the ingredients in quality organic skin care serums is Pullulan, which has an instant lifting effect, naturally! It is a polysaccharide produced from starch by cultivating the yeast, Aureobasidiumpullulans. It provides an antioxidant effect as well as an instant lifting effect that helps improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin. Long-term use of Pullulan will help strengthen the integrity of the skin.
Brighten Dull Skin Using Green Tea As A Toner
If your skin appears dull, uneven, or unhealthy even after a good natural cleansing – it’s time to try using a toner between cleansing and moisturizing your face. A toner can help cleanse your skin even more by removing dead skin cells, along with dirt, oil and traces of cleanser left behind after washing your face.
A toner will also help minimize the appearance of pores, and can help balance the pH level of your skin to reduce bacteria growth so your skin is bright and beautiful.
The toners you’ll find in most stores though use synthetic ingredients, phthalates for fragrance, and parabens as preservatives. Toners for oily skin also often contain salicylic acid, and benzyl alcohol – both of which are neurotoxins and skin irritants!
Instead of using products with unnecessary and toxic ingredients you can opt for a natural route: Green Tea.
Sure, drinking green tea is great for your overall health, but when applied to your face as a toner it’s perfect for brightening, evening, cleansing and even hydrating your skin.
Green tea contains tannins—biomolecules that bind with amino acids in your body. Tannins are naturally astringent compounds so they work directly as a skin toner to even out the appearance of your skin. And tannins shrink your pores so they are less likely to clog. Tannins also help regulate your skin’s sebum production. Most products strip your skin of oil, causing inflammation, but green tea addresses the root cause by minimizing oil production in your skin cells.
You can make a green tea toner by steeping the a couple tea bags for 5 minutes, allowing them to cool to room temperature. Then, either pat onto your face, apply with cotton pads or pour into a spray bottle and spritz onto clean skin.
Clean Facial Pores With Honey, Turmeric, And Yogurt For A Smoother Complexion
Combine the healing, clarifying, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effects of honey with pore cleansing and sebum balancing effects of turmeric and pH enhancing and lactic acid effects of yogurt into this pore cleanser… Mix together 1 Tablespoon plain yogurt, 1 Tablespoon raw honey and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder into a paste. Apply to face and neck and leave for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then wash with cool water, pat your skin dry and apply your favourite serum and moisturizer.
So if you’ve been thinking about trying expensive or invasive procedures… or if you’re using products full of chemical-based ingredients – for the love of your skin, please stop. As an alternative to expensive, invasive procedures and toxic skincare ingredients, these do-it-yourself tips will help you save time, money, and your health.
And, what’s better still – using the natural healing powers of nature, and supporting your body’s innate healing capacities will not only help you to look naturally beautiful… it’ll help you feel your best too.