Skin care rituals do not need to be complex. The simpler, the better. Below are some simple tried-and-true techniques you can follow to achieve radiant, healthy and beautiful skin:
1. Cleansing Routine: The importance of a cleansing routine cannot be ignored. For normal to oily skin, cleanse your skin twice daily. Do it only once if your skin is dry. Use a mild, natural, inexpensive cleanser designed for your skin type. You may add a couple of drops of rose, spearmint, or orange essential oil to your cleanser to boost its cleaning effect and aromatic quality.
Cleansing your skin is especially important before going to bed, because your body excretes toxins through your skin as you sleep. If facial pores are clogged with makeup and dirt, breakouts can occur. If you perspire a lot in your line of work or exercise heavily, then rinse off and massage your body with a coarse cloth or loofah before retiring to remove salt and dead-skin buildup. Your skin needs to breathe while you sleep!
2. Exercise: Try to exercise outside, to help oxygenate your cells with fresh air and facilitate waste removal through your skin. Exercises such as walking, biking, skating, and weight lifting improve cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance. This translates into increased energy and a rosy complexion. If you live in a city, try to find a park in which to exercise. If city streets with all their pollution is your only outdoor option, exercising in a gym may be a better alternative.
3. Sleep, Blissful Sleep: If you are sleep deprived, your skin will look dull, tired, and saggy. Your eyes will become puffy and your energy level will be less than desirable. Sleep. It’s the best-kept skin care secret there is!
4. Sunlight: Ten to fifteen minutes of unprotected exposure to sunlight several times a week is essential to the health of your bones and skin. It helps your body absorb calcium as the skin has the ability to convert the sun’s rays into vitamin D. Sun exposure helps heal eczema, psoriasis, and acne, and energizes your body. Plus those warm rays just make you feel good all over. If your dermatologist advises you to avoid the sun, other sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, fish liver oil, vitamin-D-supplements organ meats, salmon, sardines, and herring.
5. Water: Water helps move everything along. What goes in must go out. Impurities not disposed of in a timely manner via the internal organs (such as the kidneys, liver, lungs, and large intestine) will find an alternate exit. This alternate exit is your skin which is sometimes referred to as the “third kidney.” Pimples and rashes may develop as your body tries to unload its wastes through your skin. Eight to twelve, 8-ounce glasses of pure water a day combined with a fibrous diet will help cleanse your body of toxins and keep your colon functioning as it should. Water also keeps your skin hydrated and moisturized.