Four Tips for Clear, Glowing, Healthy Skin

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As a naturalist, I try to stay conscious of the products I apply to my skin, what foods I incorporate into my diet and what lifestyle choices I make that facilitate growth and support healthy, radiant skin. The skin is our largest organ and exposes everything going on within the body. As the season shifts from winter to spring, like many, my skin becomes more sensitive with the shift in temperature. Being an esthetician with more 10 years of experience, I’ve had the opportunity to test and verify that the tips being offered will keep your skin radiant, hydrated vibrant all season long.

  1. BEGIN WITH YOUR GUT — This saying will always ring true: “You are what you eat.” Everything you put into your body will come through your pores, so it’s imperative to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet with probiotic rich-foods. Doing so will ensure your body is being properly supplemented with good bacteria, it’ll decrease inflammatory response and improve skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

  2. ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL — Rosemary is one of the oldest known herbs that has been used since ancient times. It’s even been found in Egyptian tombs, so people have supreme faith in its abilities, and so do I. Rosemary is an evergreen herb stemming from the mint family, so it works great as a natural astringent which will balance the oils within the skin. It also contains phytonutrients and antioxidants the can also reverse skin aging and reduce fine lines/wrinkles when used consistently. To use on skin, add two drops of rosemary oil to one teaspoon of skin-friendly oil (try a lighter oil such as jojoba) and gently pat into the face while skin is damp.
  3. KEEP IT MOIST — Humidifiers, your skin’s best friend. There are many tools I use to keep my skin supple and radiant during the colder months, this one is the most important. When the air is colder and drier, skin can’t hold onto as much moisture as it can with warm air. Humidifiers infuse the air with moisture, soothing dried out, itchy, cracked skin. Keeping a humidifier in your bedroom will help to protect your skin from drying out whilst you rest at night as well as plump it up a little to smooth out wrinkles. I also recommend avoiding hot showers, as showering with hot water can dry out the skin tremendously, adding to more skin irritation. Opt for warm temperatures, limiting duration to 10 minutes.

  4. HOMEMADE FACIAL MASK

  • 1 tablespoon of oat bran (you can use oatmeal)
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • Mix all the natural ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl. Apply it to your skin or any other dry area on your body. Let it sit and absorb into the skin for 15-20 minutes or until it dries out. Rinse with warm water or wash it off with a warm washcloth. Apply moisturizer on slightly damp skin. You can store the leftover mixture in your fridge in a sealed container. This mask mixture will stay fresh for one week.

All my love,
    Shani