When it comes to natural health and beauty the best anti aging products are simple, inexpensive and easy to use. If you wish your skin to literally shine with radiance from the inside out then keeping things as simple as possible really is the best way. And I’m talking from EVERYTHING you put on to EVERYTHING you put in, and applying these 7 steps to perfect skin will get you glowing… fast!
How to get glowing skin
In this post I will show you some of the natural beauty products I have used for years, which have kept my skin glowing and beautiful and I know they WORK!
I have used these simple strategies since my twenties, and they have always seemed to give me that edge in the skin stakes; but you can start a natural organic skin regime at any age you like and still see the effects because the skin is renewing and regenerating itself all the time. But it is also vital you give your body the right food to nourish itself if you want it to keep regenerating and not degenerating.
Commercial cosmetics are crammed full of chemicals!
First off, it’s important to understand that most commercially available products such as cleansers, toners, moisturisers, body lotions, sun creams, shampoos, conditioners and make up are often crammed full of harsh (and ultimately aging) synthetic chemicals, parabens and toxins. Arghh right!?
Everything you put onto your skin is absorbed, therefore you can just imagine how many of these nasty chemicals end up on the inside of your precious body, especially when you use these products on a daily basis. Yuck! And that’s just what we put on and not even touching on what you put in through your food, the air you breath, and the water you drink.
Your body is designed to detoxify your system and is highly efficient at doing so, but in this highly toxic modern environment we find ourselves in many of us are suffering from what has been termed toxic overload. Sometimes our bodies can find it hard to handle the daily barrage of this assault which can cause all kinds of problems and may eventually lead to disease.
Adding certain detoxification foods into your diet as much as possible will help to keep your body detoxifying efficiently, and ultimately – YOU younger!
It’s important to keep everything as natural and as organic as possible if you want to avoid this toxic build-up and keep yourself looking young. If you can’t afford to change all of your beauty products at once, then simply change things as you run out of them and this will still go a long way to getting you on the road to natural beauty.
Anti aging Products
It is worth considering that there are also many other natural products that can promote anti aging and great skin from the inside. These will not only contain the nutrients to help boost skin from the inside, but also reduce the aging of the whole body from a biological perspective, which is what really counts at the end of the day.
The list below are some of the most effective and inexpensive ways to convert to natural beauty that I have discovered over the years. Don’t be fooled into thinking expensive branded products are better as this is most certainly not the case. Some of the most expensive brands can contain the worst kind of chemicals, weirdly.
However, there are some products here that will be more expensive than the cheaper chemical versions, but you will find they go a lot further as you often don’t need as much to get the same results. And balanced out with the cheaper natural products you will find it will work out pretty even over time.
7 Steps to Natural Beauty
For your hair you should use an organic shampoo and conditioner, and this really is a must as synthetic versions are much more drying in the long term.
For a wonderfully deep condition, massage coconut oil into the hair and scalp and leave for as long as possible (I always recommend at least an hour, so do this on days you have more time). The massaging action on the scalp will promote faster hair growth (this really works) as it stimulates the hair follicles and gives it a growth spurt. Adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil will also boost this stimulating effect if you really want to give your hair a growth spurt.
Removing coconut oil from your hair:-
You will find you may need about 3 shampoos to remove the oily residue, however you won’t need a conditioner afterwards as your hair will already feel super soft. This coconut oil treatment is the best I have tried, and at a fraction of the cost of other deep conditioning treatments.
In fact, coconut oil features heavily in my life as it is just fantastic for so many things. Not only is it a great moisturiser for your skin but it also tastes fantastic in baking or cooking in place of your normal fats.
2. ON YOUR FACE
In the day time ALWAYS use an SPF of at least 20, but make sure it is in an organic cream as a lot of SPF creams can be full of chemicals. It took me a while to find a reasonably priced good cream, but I found one in the Natura Siberica Range. This sinks in beautifully, and really works amazingly well as a sun protection all day long.
For night time creams and oils, you should mix things up a bit to make sure you get a full range of skin nutrients. Sometimes you could just use that good old trusty coconut oil, and maybe alternate with jojoba, almond or wheatgerm oils. These are the most nourishing and nutrient dense oils for the skin, and the skin just LOVES nutrients.
Using essential oils:-
A good tip is to add your own essential oils into your base oil. The best for skin regeneration are lavender, rose and frankincense (they also make the oil smell amazing; plus the lavender and frankincense are good for relaxation at night). You will probably need about 10 drops per 50ml of oil depending on the strength.
It’s worth mentioning here that coconut oil triples up as a cleanser, toner and moisturizer all in one for face and body, which is great if money is tight as you only ever need to buy this one magical product to cover so many of your natural beauty needs.
If you prefer a cream you could buy a large pot of organic base cream and just add your own oils. Experiment and find out what works best for your skin type: buying these may add up a bit at first, but they will last you such a long time and will be very cost efficient long term. There are a huge range of oils and essential oils you can use but I have just given you the tried and tested kind that are used for skin specifically.
3. SKIN TREATMENTS FOR ACNE
Instead of using conventional shower gels and soaps which will only dry your skin out in the long run, use an organic body wash; or even just a simple but natural soap such as olivia. I find that these don’t dry my skin out (not even my face), not when used in conjunction with all the other aforementioned natural oils and creams.
5. WEEKLY SKIN TREATMENTS FOR FACE AND NECK
Once or twice a week give your skin a good exfoliation: another great one in the Siberica range is their exfoliator for face and body. After this exfoliation (do this while the skin is still warm and in absorption mode, such as just after a shower) use a very soft mashed avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice as a facial mask and leave for 10 minutes.
Once you’ve removed your avocado mask, apply and immediately massage some of your nutritious homemade cream or oil and just let it soak in. Believe me, these 3 things alone will get you glowing beautifully; great if you’ve got a hot date!
6. ON YOUR BODY
On your body (and again, immediately after a shower and on damp skin for maximum absorption) just use plain old coconut oil. Do this 2-3 times a week: put a blob in your hands and rub together to melt, then apply all over massaging as you go.
Massage quite vigorously on cellulited areas such as your bottom and back of the legs, as this will get the lymph drainage going, which in turn helps to break down that unsightly cellulite. Winner!
Exfoliation makes your skin literally glow!
Once a week give your body an all over exfoliation with a good exfoliating mitt or scrub, along with your organic soap or shower gel. Afterwards slather on coconut oil, which will feed the skin, keeping it soft, supple and hydrated all day.
It is important to use only the very best raw, organic coconut oil you can source as it really makes such a difference to the results. Don’t forget you can eat this also by adding it to your baking, stir-fries, or pretty much anything else you would usually use oil for which brings me on to my next point about diet and skin.
7. WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BODY
This is probably the most important thing of all! If you put rubbish into your body then you will more than likely look like that too (unless you have extreme youth on your side). And NO amount of make up or fancy creams can put that special twinkle in your eye that is only obtained from eating not only healthy living foods, but also raw green superfood shots.
The Plant Based Diet
One of the BIGGEST things I noticed when I decided to start a healthy plant based diet is that suddenly my skin was so radiant that I didn’t even need to cover it with heaps of make-up anymore, and honestly, if you knew me before you would know that’s something I never thought I would say in a million years as I just love my make-up.
Green super foods have transformed my skin!
My absolute favorite now and forever is Dr. Schulzes Superfood, as it is a blend of so many wonderful living green foods such as spirulina, barley grass and blue green algaes – all of which feed your skin and give it the kind of glow that can only come from an inside job. All this, plus are even better for your general health, energy and immunity, but that’s another story.
Chronic inflammation and skin
Chronic inflammation is now a huge health issue and is mostly down to unhealthy sugar laden diets, trans fats, stress, and a million other 21st century lifestyle factors. Left unchecked it can, and more than likely will, lead to sickness and has also been cited as one of the root causes of almost every modern day disease.
That aside, this out of control chronic inflammation is also highly aging which is why it is vital to eat lots of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables; and to also keep your sugar, trans fats, alcohol and smoking down to a minimum if you want your skin to stay youthful and plump for as long as possible.
Plant foods and energy
It’s also worth mentioning that since I have been eating a mostly a plant based diet, not only have I seen my skin do a complete 360 degree turn around, but my health has been boosted to a level that I have never before experienced in any of the other kind of eating plans I have tried (which is many by the way). I have SO much more energy and vitality, and also have a much stronger immune system so I hardly ever get sick.
It’s an awesome way to feel for sure, and I will never go back to the way I was; not now I know how great I am capable of looking and feeling. This is why I urge you to try and eat more plant based foods if you want to feel and look your absolute best.
Green smoothies are an excellent way of drinking your greens and obtaining all that lovely plant nutrition your body needs in order to give you your best skin ever; plus they are low calories and help boost weight loss. Please check out some great recipes here.