Natural Skin Care Tips & Secrets
We invite you to read our natural skin care tips and perhaps add something to your daily regimen. Our Really Good™ skin care products are naturally high-performing, and when used everyday—your skin will look, and feel, healthier than ever!
1. Be mindful of what products you apply to your skin:
Skin care ingredients should be even purer than the foods we eat because many ingredients can penetrate directly into our bloodstream without first having the chance to be processed by our digestive system.
2. Drink enough (approximately 1/2 your body weight in ounces) pure water every day:
And, starting with a little fresh lemon juice in warm water every morning. Staying properly hydrated is important for overall good health as well as healthy looking skin. Skin is the largest organ of elimination and is made up of cells requiring hydration to function optimally. Water aids in digestion and excretion, therefore drinking enough each day will help rid the body (and skin) of toxins. If your body is dehydrated, your skin can become dry, tight and flaky. Avoiding beverages that contain caffeine and alcohol is also helpful, as these substances are dehydrating to the body.
3. Supplement your diet with high quality flax and/or chia oil and seeds to insure getting enough omega-3 fatty acids & limit sun exposure:
Omega-3 fatty acids—and particularly eicosapentaenoic acid—are essential for healthy skin. When you're exposed to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) can help prevent the release of enzymes that destroy collagen. (Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in your body that keeps skin looking young.) When your skin has had too much sun exposure, harmful substances called free radicals are generated, which can damage cells. Omega-3 fatty acids protect your body from free radicals, and even help repair sun damage.
4. Sleep on your back as much as possible:
This will help to avoid over stretching and creasing facial skin unnecessarily. It also allows your skin to breath throughout the night.
5. Wash your face with warm, filtered water instead of chlorinated and flouridated—twice a day:
Chlorine causes oxidative damage and is even more damaging with hotter temperatures—which causes skin to age faster. And, flouride disrupts the synthesis of collagen.
6. Freshen bed linens in between laundering (or, simply change to a fresh pillow case daily):
A mixture of organic lavender and tea tree essential oils mixed with filtered water in a non-aerosol spray bottle works well. (30 drops of each oil in 32 fl. oz. of water ) This pleasantly fragrant, anti-bacterial mix will eliminate germs from saliva and perspiration, thus keeping any skin that touches the freshened sheets—cleaner and healthier too.
7. Exercise at least 20 minutes every day:
Perspiration purges your body of toxins that can clog pores and cause skin blemishes. Once you eliminate those toxins, it's important not to leave them on the skin’s surface. Showering after a workout prevents bacterial and fungal infections that may occur from clogged pores. Exercise also increases blood flow and carries more oxygen to the skin. The boost in blood flow and oxygen to the cells carries important nutrients that improve skin health. This will support the effort you make in applying moisturizers and other skin care products after bathing.
8. Whenever possible try to eat fresh, whole, organic foods rather than processed foods:
It is possible to provide everything your body needs to produce collagen (which is essential for young-looking skin) by eating a healthy and balanced diet. Whole foods are unprocessed, such as whole grain bread instead of white bread for instance—and will help improve your complexion. Processed (or refined) flour can cause an insulin spike which can encourage acne. More specifically, great foods for healthy skin are—mangoes, oranges, avocados, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, carrots, sweet potatoes, red beets, tomatoes, spinach, and buckwheat.
9. Wash all fresh produce with a biodegradable soap—especially if it's not organically grown:
Harmful chemicals used during some farming methods are toxic to the body, and therefore the skin as well. And, any harmful bacteria acquired from various natural sources such as wildlife, or handling by people—would otherwise have to be eliminated as toxins from your body.
10. Avoid GMO foods:
More and more evidence is revealing foods that contain GMOs are harmful not only your skin’s health, but your overall health as well.
11. Avoid applying skin butters while in the shower:
Unless your water is filtered, this will help to avoid absorption of toxins through the skin.