If there’s one part of my body I can admit that I have always been obsessed with, I would have to say it’s my skin. While I have been pretty blessed with really good skin (blame it on the genes), I have also spent a lot of time maintaining it with good skin care habits. Since I was a pre-teen, I would religiously give myself facials and I honestly did not start wearing makeup until just a few years ago when a penicillin allergy caused the worst skin rash of my life. (ask me about that offline)
The bottom line is that our skin is the largest organ – yes, organ- in our bodies and unfortunately, many people don’t know how to take care of it properly. Here are some natural beauty tips for face you should start incorporating into your habits.
7 Natural Beauty Tips for Face
1. Regular DIY Facials
As I mentioned earlier, I used to do these about 1x week during my pre-teen/teen years and it really helped my skin during those awkward years of puberty. Now I try to do it about 2x a month.
A DIY Facial can be done in these 6 easy steps:
- Put your face over steam to open your pores and loosen dead skin. I love to use this facial steamer by Conair which makes it really easy, but you can also just fill your sink with hot water and hover over the sink with a towel covering.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. This helps to clean out your pores and remove impurities.
- Exfoliate your skin. This is really my favorite part. I have sworn by this Clinique exfoliating scrub for years and highly recommend it. This step is to scrub away any dead skin cells and it softens your skin.
- Apply a facial mask to your face which helps to shrink shrink pores. To reduce eye puffiness, you can also apply slices of cucumbers over the eyes and leave on for 20 minutes.
- Apply an alcohol-free toner. There are tons out there, but pick one that’s best for your skin type.
2. Get the Proper Rest
A proper amount of sleep (day or night) should be at least 6-8 hours. When you get the proper rest, your body gets a chance to recover from the activities of the day. Your face will look a little less tired and worn down. You will also wake up feeling refreshed.
3. Remove Old Makeup
Never, ever go to bed with makeup on, no matter how tired you are. No need to go through your whole cleansing routine if you are too tired, but a simple application of cleanser and toner will suffice. Going to bed with a clean face will allow your pores a chance to breathe and removing your makeup before bed prevents your skin pores from clogging up.
4. Drink Lots of Water
Increase your water intake. Water helps to remove impurities from the body, and this includes your face. Keeping yourself properly hydrated will help to keep your skin from looking dried out. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
5. Wear Sunscreen
Oh, this is so extremely important, especially as we get older! I’ve personally seen the effects on long term exposure to sun without sunscreen and it is not pretty! Our bodies need vitamin D from the sun, or from supplements, so I wouldn’t say you need to avoid sun altogether. However, you only be out in the sun from 7 to 9 am to get ample vitamin D and any time after that, your skin should be covered. You could also carry an umbrella to keep the rays of the sun off of your head and face.
6. Detoxify Your Body
Detoxifying your body is important in skin care health. Eating more fruits, vegetables and superfoods will certainly help your digestive system in removing some of the toxins in your body. If at all possible, try a detox diet for up to 30 days. Tip: Also check out this list of healthy shakes and smoothies for some recipes!
I know, this is the tip that absolutely sucks! However, avoiding certain things that are not good for the body will definitely improve the condition of your facial skin. Items that you should eliminate or reduce in your diet include; alcohol, sugar, salt, and tobacco. Eliminate them altogether if you can or cut back as much as possible. Your face will thank you!