5 ways to care for your skin without skincare
From a reductionists point of view, your skin is your one true home. It protects you from the world, serves as your barrier from the pollutants, toxins, weather and the harsh environments we live in. Your skin also tells your story, it speaks of how healthy and energetic you are, when you’re happy, stressed, tired or rested… So it’s no wonder, for most of us, that skincare and beauty have become such a focus.
We’re well educated in the importance of choosing the right products and treatments to either fix problem skin or enhance a natural glow, but often overlook the foundations of nurturing healthy skin from the inside.
So let’s talk about skincare, and not in the traditional sense. While I’m a huge advocate of using good natural products to feed and remedy my skin, I’m an even bigger advocate for paring back. First, focusing on the simple things I can do naturally, every day, to keep my skin healthy and beautiful from the inside out.
Here are 5 simple things you can do to care for your skin
1. Sweat it out
Regular exercise that really works up a sweat is one of the best ways to flush out toxins, product and pollution buildup from your pores. A raised heart rate from vigorous aerobic activity promotes good circulation and aids in digestion and elimination that’s vital for glowing skin. Make an effort to actively sweat at least once a week to see the benefits of self-cleansing in the long term.
2. Go bare
Most of us use a host of products loaded with chemicals every day. In fact, the average beauty routine includes 515 chemical ingredients, 60% of which are absorbed into the organs and bloodstream. Even in opting for all natural products, we’re constantly bombarding our skin, and while good quality products can certainly be of benefit, it’s important to let your skin breathe and be free of any skincare and makeup on a regular basis...Give your system a break whenever possible and just let your skin be and heal itself.
Often when you’re stressed, tired or overworked your skin will be the first to give you away. High levels of cortisol, your stress hormone, is known to prematurely age skin, cause flare-ups of conditions like hives, eczema and rosacea. Stress can prompt acne breakouts, skin dullness, dark under eye circles and skin discolouration. Be aware of your moods and learn to recognise when you’re overly stressed. Developing effective ways to relax and lower your cortisol levels, can have a significant impact on the health and youth of your skin, so find what works for you.
4. Drink up
Drink plenty of water and frequently. This is just simple, water is needed by the body to function, grow and thrive. For skin, water is essential in transporting nutrients needed for cell regeneration, aiding in digestion and elimination as well as keeping your skin well hydrated. Make a point of hydrating regularly throughout the day, specifically when you wake up, 30 minutes before a meal, before and after exercise and when you’re feeling particularly tired or stressed.
5. Eat clean
There’s an exhaustive list of compounds found in natural foods that benefit the health of your skin. To keep it simple, focus on a diet rich in whole foods, as close as possible to their natural state. Having a wide and varied diet really makes sure you’re getting everything you need day to day without labouring over a specific list of vitamins and minerals.
Loading up on nutrient-dense foods works internally as a boost that will show on the outside. The key here really is variety and wholeness, avoid processed foods as much as possible and always think about what direct benefit or harm, your food might have on your skin.