As the years speed by and the inevitable effects of aging ensue, you’re likely to begin looking for ways to hold onto wrinkle-free skin, untouched by time. While eating a clean diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, getting ample sleep and drinking plenty of water are the obvious foundations for getting there, there’s one more critical action that can help you continue on your path to aging gracefully – both inside and out: eating superfoods that specifically nourish your skin!
Whether you spend an hour on your beauty process each day or take a five-minute shower and call it good, the components of your routine should be considered carefully. According to a 2017 survey, the average woman uses 16 items every day. And men aren't out of the picture either: between shampoo, shaving cream, moisturizer, deodorant and hair gel, you can imagine just how quickly these items add up.
Speaking of adding up, let's talk about ingredients. It's not that using a large array of products is in itself an abominable act, it's that the ingredients found within each jar or canister can sometimes be alarmingly hazardous. And while these questionable ingredients may be found in small quantities, their collective use in several products, in conjunction with the cocktail of other potentially unsafe ingredients the average person comes in contact with throughout the day, is an understandable cause of concern. Considering we absorb about 60 percent of the chemicals we are exposed to in cosmetics through the skin, and some reports say it only takes 26 seconds for these chemicals to enter the blood stream, this is a component of everyday toxicity we should look to aggressively minimize. If you're wondering about the safety of the products you currently use, an excellent resource is the Environmental Working Group's extensive Skin Deep database, where you can search the safety of more than 70,000 products.
But natural beauty – taking care of your glow healthfully – doesn’t have to be so complex. So, before you get corralled into buying another expensive anti-aging serum that's full of worrisome components, try to clean up your routine with a few of these fully natural, fully health-giving and fully effective tricks instead.
Oils are Amazing Moisturizers
While the lotion business would have you believe that skin moisturizing is a complex science, humans have been using pure oils for thousands of years to effectively soften and remedy chafed, dry skin. There is a surprising amount of varieties that work extremely well: coconut oil is one of the most versatile (and yes, you can use the same variety that you use in cooking). Or, for a spa-like experience, gently melt a little Cacao Butter over low heat and massage the warm, chocolate-scented oil into your tired skin – heaven! As a face oil, olive oil, sea buckthorn oil and almond oil are just a few of the exceptional varieties that work well. And believe it or not, at the end of the day, these oils also make phenomenal makeup removers, too!