Good Housekeeping: 15 Things Women With Perfect Skin Do Every Day

Good Housekeeping shares with us this comprehensive list of 15 things that women with perfect skin do to keep their complexion. Do you do any of these activities? What could they add to the list? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/a34301/best-skin-care-tips/

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Everyone knows at least one woman with seemingly perfect skin. Every time you see her glowing face, you think, Seriously, how does she do it? What kind of magical procedures is she getting? Which expensive creams is she using? Here’s the thing: Her secret is simple — she has flawless skin because she’s nailed the best daily routine. Another secret? So can you.

1. She uses the correct cleanser for her skin type.

“For oily or acne prone skin, a salycylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great,” says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. “For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown spots or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser.”

2. She drinks the right liquids.

Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. “Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for cellulite.”

If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them: “It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too.”

3. She maintains a healthy diet.

“Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid,” Joanna Vargas advises. “Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture.” And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index (simple and complex carbohydrates).

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4. She moisturizes every day and night.

“The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed,” explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky MD, an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and be make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.

5. Her fingers never touch her face.

Dr. Julia Tzu, an NYC-based dermatologist, says this is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu.

6. She doesn’t use too many products.

Using more than one or two all at once is a big no-no, says Dr. Tzu. It can be harsh on the skin, resulting in more breakouts and clogged pores.

7. She wears sunscreen 365 days a year — rain or shine.

“Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach,” says Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. “But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily UV exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging.” What kind of sunscreen is best? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.

8. She hydrates — in every way possible.

Every skin expert we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. “A lack of water means less radiance and more sag,” says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products (cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging) that have hydrating formulas. And, of course, drink around eight glasses of water a day.

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9. She avoids direct heat exposure.

Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. “It causes inflammation \and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away,” explains Dr. Palmer. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.

10. She exfoliates a couple times per week.

“We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen,” says Dr. Gohara. To fight this, you should “choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates.” And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.

11. She doesn’t just eat her vitamins.

A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There’s also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin. “These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage and they also have natural sunscreen properties,” says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.

12. She cleans her makeup brushes regularly.

To fight infection and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.

Here’s how: Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.

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13. She knows that protection doesn’t stop at sunscreen.

We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. “Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact,” says Dr. Prystowsky.

14. Her skincare routine is easy to follow.

“Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well,” says Dr. Prystowsky, “but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them.” Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.

15. She sleeps well.

It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. “The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles,”says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City.”Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage.” Better hair and skin while you sleep? Yes, please.

Paula’s Choice: Are Natural & Organic Ingredients Better for Your Skin?

Paula’s Choice offers some of the best products on the market (many can be found on Amazon.com if you need to order some) – we’d know, we use them on the daily :), so we decided to share this wonderful article of theirs answering an age old question… are “natural” and “organic” ingredients really better for your skin?

Source: https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/natural-skincare/are-natural-and-organic-ingredients-better-for-your-skin.html

Many people believe passionately that natural, organic ingredients are better for the skin but the truth is this belief has no factual basis or scientific legitimacy. The surprising fact: There are lots of natural, organic ingredients that are bad for skin! Many of them are lurking in products claiming to be better or safer because they’re natural or organic. Sad but true.

Whether due to blissful denial or because they don’t know the research, lots of cosmetic companies sell products with ingredients that aren’t really natural or contain natural ingredients that are a problem for skin. Conversely, just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t make it a problem for skin. Let’s set the record straight!

Natural Is as Natural Does

Please know we’re not saying there isn’t a large range of natural ingredients that are exceptional for skin, because there are—lots and lots of them! But the idea that they’re the “best” or only option for skin is not good advice. When formulating products for Paula’s Choice Skincare, Paula and her team only select natural ingredients with a proven track record of being beneficial for skin. We avoid using problematic ones because these aren’t doing your skin any favors. Now that’s natural done right that the best cosmetics companies follow!

We’re not the only ones concerned about the misguided notion that natural = better: Dr. Linda M. Katz, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors stated that “Consumers should not necessarily assume that an ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredient or product would possess greater inherent safety than another chemically identical version of the same ingredient. In fact, ‘natural’ ingredients may be harder to preserve against… contamination and growth than synthetic versions” (Source: New York Times, November 1, 2007).

Joan Shaffer, USDA spokeswoman stated that “…people should not interpret even the USDA Organic seal or any organic seal of approval on cosmetics as proof of health benefits or of efficacy. The National Organic Program is a marketing program, not a safety program. [Chocolate cake] may be [natural and/or organic] but that has no bearing on whether it is safe or nutritious to eat (Source: www.ams.usda.gov/nop/FactSheets/Backgrounder.html).

Natural Ingredients: The Bad

Many natural, organic ingredients used in skincare products can cause significant skin sensitivities that build up over time. Some of them can also be harsh and abrasive on skin. None of that is good, so it’s important you know what to avoid so you can take the best possible care of your skin.

Skin-aggravating ingredients of any kind (natural or synthetic) cause all aspects of skin to breakdown and fall apart. It interrupts skin’s ability to renew and reawaken its natural shape and significantly diminishes its ability to defend itself from environmental damage. This is especially true of fragrance ingredients that often go under the misleading category of essential oils.

All fragrance, whether synthetic or natural, causes trouble for skin. Essential oils may be good for your nose, but they’re a serious problem for your skin. We’re often shocked and dismayed at how many natural products are little more than eau de cologne dressed up as a moisturizer, lotion, serum, or toner.

What’s particularly troubling is the fact that your skin is very good at hiding that it’s appearing to be sensitized. Just because you’re using a product with problematic ingredients but not seeing any signs of surface aggravation doesn’t mean it’s not taking place where you can’t see it.

All of the following common natural ingredients can be a problem for skin in one way or the other. For example, many citrus ingredients can enhance the sun’s negative impact on skin. One other point, many of these ingredients do have beneficial properties (like antioxidant compounds) but they also come with negative ones. There are plenty of natural ingredients that give your skin only the positives and none of the negatives. Those are the only ones that should be in your skincare products!

These ingredients shouldn’t ever be in your skincare products.

  • Alcohol
  • Allspice
  • Almond extract
  • Angelica
  • Arnica
  • Balm mint oil
  • Balsam
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus juices or oils
  • Clove
  • Clover blossom
  • Coriander oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Cypress
  • Fennel
  • Fir needle
  • Geranium oil
  • Grapefruit
  • Ground up nuts
  • Horsetail
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemon
  • Lemon balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Marjoram
  • Oak bark
  • Papaya
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Witch hazel
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang ylang

 

Natural Ingredients: The Good

Since the list of problematic natural ingredients is so long, you may be wondering what are the best natural ingredients for skin. There are many! Here are the top ones that have only beneficial properties and none of the bad:

  • Clays
  • Chamomile
  • Bisabolol
  • Seaweed
  • Kaolin
  • Amino acids
  • Ceramides
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Grapes
  • Green tea
  • Chocolate
  • Licorice
  • Oats
  • Soy
  • Willow Herb
  • Coconut oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Canola oil
  • Shea butter
  • Honey
  • Mica
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Argan oil
  • Carnauba wax
  • Meadowfoam
  • Rice Bran oil
  • Turmeric
  • Rosa canina Fruit oil
  • Palm oil
  • Omega fatty acids
  • Corn oil
  • Glycerin
  • Lecithin
  • Aloe vera
  • Jojoba oil
  • Pomegranate
  • Algae extracts
  • Sea whip extract
  • Feverfew extract
  • Bearberry
  • Mulberry
  • White tea
  • Cocoa butter
  • Sesame oil
  • Borage oil
  • Ubiquinone
  • Acai oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B3
  • Goji Berry
  • Coffeeberry extract
  • Evening Primrose oil
  • Tamanu Oil
  • Curcumins
  • Silybum marianum extract

 

Packaging Matters!

Lastly, keep in mind that with natural ingredients, packaging really, really matters! Think of how long a head of lettuce lasts in your refrigerator and you’ll get an idea of how the wrong type of packaging (such as jars or clear bottles) will cause natural ingredients to break down. This occurs from repeated exposure to light and air and contamination from repeatedly scooping out the product with your fingers. Be sure to look for opaque, non-jar packaging that minimizes exposure to these elements. Then you’ll be getting the most benefit from the natural, organic ingredients that can truly help you get (and keep) the skin you want.

References for this information:
Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, October 16, volume 80, pages 226-32
Contact Dermatitis, September 2016, issue 3, pages 129-143; October 2013, issue 4, pages 196-230; and February 2014, issue 2, pages 90-97
Acta-Demato Venerology, June 2016, issue 5, pages 679-683
Annals of Emergency Medicine, April 2016, issue 4, pages 554-556
Cutis, October 2015, issue 4, pages 269-274
Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, December 11, issue 1, pages 199-206
Food Chemistry and Toxicology, February 2011, issue 2, pages 324-341

 

Birchbox: Tata Harper’s Tips for Organic Skincare Newbies

Tata Harper (a founder of a natural and nontoxic skincare line) teamed up with Birchbox to write up this newbie’s guide to keeping your skin at its peak. We’d love to hear what you think and what you liked/disliked about her process.

Source: https://www.birchbox.com/magazine/article/tata-harper-organic-skincare-tips

If there’s one thing Tata Harper knows, it’s the power of a quality facial. As the founder of a 100 percent natural and nontoxic skincare line, she’s made it so that anyone can own the products you need to give yourself a spa caliber facial at home. Or, in our case, at the office, because Tata visited the Birchbox headquarters to spoil some very lucky staffers with mini facials—including me! I walked away glowing from the inside, out (her positive attitude is infectious) and with a deeper understanding of what makes this farm-to-face line—the entire production process is done on her Vermont farm—truly unique. Here’s what I learned from the skincare guru and how you can apply her tips to your routine immediately.

Wash Your Face Twice

Harper swears by the double cleanse, which is exactly what it sounds like. Start with the Nourishing Oil Cleanser to get ride of surface impurities. Massage the oil into your face using circular movements, then rinse it off with warm water. Then wash with the Purifying Cleanser for a super deep, tingling clean.

Get to Know the Ingredient List

If you’re going to let a mask sit on your face for up to 30 minutes at a time, you want to feel good about what’s in there. Enter the Resurfacing Mask. Pink clay, beet extract, white willow extract, and aloe vera all make cameos, working together to hydrate, exfoliate, repair, stimulate, and brighten skin. Don’t be afraid to leave it on even longer—Harper sometimes wears this mask to bed!

Hydration Doesn’t Have to Mean Cream

You don’t have to drench your face in lotion to hydrate it. Moisturizing mists like the Hydrating Floral Essence spray can be just as effective and simultaneously tone skin. They can also be applied on top of your makeup, so you can hydrate your face at any time during the day.

Be Patient—It Takes Time to Fight Aging

The Rejuvenating Serum is Harper’s version of a time machine. But that doesn’t mean it works instantaneously. Apply this serum onto your clean, moisturized skin daily, then wait for the magic to happen. After two hours wrinkle-causing muscle contractions will begin to reduce, within 24 hours you’ll get a boost in antioxidant activity, in 28 days you’ll experience firmer skin, and, once you reach the finish line at 35 days, you’ll notice fewer wrinkles.

Use a Multitasking Miracle Worker

Why use multiple products when you can do it all with one? Harper’s Replenishing Nutrient Complex addresses every skin issue that requires soothing—sensitivity, inflammation, itchiness, dryness, redness, you name it. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, which gives your complexion everything it needs to keep it looking and feeling healthy.

Now that your skin is happy, enhance your natural glow with the help of Tata Harper’s Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint, which you can find in our Limited Edition: Vanity Affair box!

Maple Tree Blog: Asian Beauty Skincare Routine for Beginners

We thought this blog post was fantastically written and included more than enough visuals for any beginner to get started. We’ve only just discovered the Maple Tree Blog but we’re already huge fans!

Source: http://mapletreeblog.com/2017/02/21/asian-skincare-routine-beginners/

Starting out on a skincare journey can be rough. There are so many different products, adverts, brands and shiny new things. But putting everything that’s shiny and new on your face at once can be counter productive. So I’ve put together this simple guide for getting started on your Asian Beauty skincare journey.

If you’re interested in understanding in more depth the Asian Beauty Ten Steps skincare routine check out my guide from last year “Asian Beauty Guide – The What, the Why and the When”. There are also more suggestions for all the different steps, than my basic packs below.

Check back out the next steps with the “Advanced Asian Beauty Routine” once you’ve got the below nailed.

The Different Skin Types

First things first, identifying your skin type.
There are 4 main basic types:

  • Normal
  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Combination

The easiest and best way to start is with a clean face, and checking yourself out 3-4 hours later in the mirror.

I’ve super simplified it into the below.

  • No sign of oil or flakes = Normal
  • Shiny all over = Oily
  • Skin feels tight and/or flaky? Dry
  • All of the above. Particularly oily on the T Zone and dry on the cheeks = Combination

Skin Concerns

There will be some other terms you hear as well, I call these skin concerns. The below can happen in conjunction with the above base line skin types.

  • Sensitive – This is when skin is more easily irritable, important for those with this skin type to be even more cautious over what they put on their skin.
  • Dehydrated – This is a skin condition and can happen when your skin doesn’t have enough hydration. Often happens when people over-exfoliate or use drying cleansers. Skin can feel tight and irritated, but be flaky and somehow oily at the same time.
  • Acne Prone/Hormonal Acne – Some of the less fortunate, including myself, are just more prone to break outs.
  • Aging – Pretty much as the name describes. Older skin has different needs to younger skin. Usually requires more pampering.
  • Redness/Uneven Skintone – Patchy red areas of the face, usually around the nose or cheeks.

The above terms are the general terms you’ll come across. There’s plenty more out there but these cover most bases.

Asian Beauty Skincare Routine

Here’s a basic infograph to help you remember the order and the steps! Feel free to share with other skincare routine beginners, just ensure you give credit to MapleTreeBlog

 

For a complete beginner to a skincare routine I always recommend starting out with four or five products. Don’t run before you can walk after all!

Patch testing and introducing new products to your skin gradually is always a must, 2 weeks is recommended for introducing products.

I’d recommend introducing in this order: Suncream -> Second Cleanser -> First Cleanser -> Moisturiser.

Alternatively, if you’re concerned about clogged pores caused by the suncream in the month before you introduce the oil cleanser: Moisturiser -> Second Cleanser -> First Cleanser -> Suncream

My Recommendations for Your First Haul!

Pick one from each category.

Keep the below information in mind when making your choices.

Normal Skin Type

Lucky folks with normal skin types can focus on just the basics and ensuring their skin is clean, protected and moisturised

Oily Skin

With oily skin you’re looking for something more lightweight. Don’t be afraid of oil cleansers either, they’re not going to make your skin more oily, that’s a common misconception

Dry Skin

You’re looking for more soothing, creamy and rich for your skin

Combination Skin

Just like your skintype you want a bit of all of the above

Oil Cleanser

First Cleansers

DHC Cleansing Oil – Olive oil based cleanser which is my personal HG for getting all my make up off, and not being drying or oily.Reviewed Here.
Kose Speedy Cleansing Oil – Affordable mineral based cleanser which is a popular Japanese choice.
Banila Co Clean it Zero Purity – Balm cleanser which is great at getting off even stubborn mascara, and great for travelling

Foam CleanserFoam Cleansers

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser – Low pH, readily available and affordable
Hada Labo Gokujyun Foam Cleanser – Personal favourite. Low pH, not stripping and the pump action is perfect for my lazy soul.Reviewed Here.

Asian Beauty Toners

Toners

Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion – Thicker than most toners, and packed full of hydrating Hyaluronic Acid. Reviewed Here.
Kikumasamune Sake High Moist Lotion – Thinner than the Hada Labo, quickly absorbs and can be decanted into a mist bottle

Missha Sun Cream, Biore SuncreamSuncreams

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ – This is a lightweight cosmetic suncream which doesn’t leave a white cast
Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof SUN SPF50 PA+++ – Physical suncream, leaves a whitecast but offers top protection
Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ – A favourite of one of the dry skinned bloggers I follow

Asian Beauty CreamsMoisturisers

Mizon Snail Recovery Gel – Lightweight gel which also soothes and is super affordable
Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream – If you’re looking for a heavier option than a gel. Soothing and hydrating
CosRx Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap –  This is a thin lotion, which also moisturises. Perfect as a day moisturiser for those who feel their skin is suffocated by thicker creams
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream – Ceramides are great for dry skin and this is a fan favourite
ELIZAVECCA Aqua Hyaluronic Acid Water Drop Cream – Cream that turns into water. Lightweight moisturiser

Basic Tool Suggestions

Blotting Papers to keep the oil at bay during the day.
Cotton Wool for applying toners, micellar water, cream cleansers. I love the Muji square ones.
Hydrocolloid Patches for pimples – Cosrx Master Pimple Patch is my favourite
I hope that’s helped with getting started on your skincare journey! Share any of your suggestions in the comment box below.

Always love to hear from my readers.

Don’t forget to come back later this week for the next stage in your skincare routine! Where Acids, Masks and more are introduced to the routine.

The Spa Dr: 26 All Natural Beauty Tips For Any Skin Type

We came across this wonderfully detailed article from The Spa Dr., so we decided to share it here on our blog for our customers, readers, and fans to enjoy. Here’s the link to the article if you want to visit them and check them out also – we are avid readers of their blog!

I’m excited to share with my top 26 natural beauty tips that I’ve learned over the years doing skincare research and in naturopathic medical practice.

These are super easy to do at home with just a few ingredients.

As an alternative to expensive, invasive procedures and toxic skincare ingredients, I’m sharing these do-it-yourself tips to help you save time, money, and your health.

And, the best part is you’re using the healing powers of nature and supporting your body’s innate healing capacities to look naturally beautiful.

1. Eliminate Tired Puffy Eyes With Chilled Tea Bags

Natural Beauty Tips For Tired Puffy Eyes
Briefly steep 2 green, black, or chamomile tea bags in hot water for less than a minute. Then remove the tea bags from the water and chill in a small bowl in the refrigerator. Once chilled, place 1 bag over each closed eyelid. Leave on your lids for 5 to 15 minutes. Watch this video if you’d like to see me explain this.

2. Use Raspberries And Coconut Oil For Brighter Lips

Natural Beauty Tips For Brighter Lips
In a small saucepan on low heat, warm 1 Tablespoon coconut oil until it liquefies. Remove from heat and add 4 fresh or frozen red raspberries. Mash berries and blend until smooth. Place in a small glass container and refrigerate until firm. Use clean fingers or a lipgloss brush to smooth over lips. Make this fresh every few days.

3. Get A Natural Face Lift With Simple Yoga Poses

Natural Beauty Tips For A Natural Lift And Vitality
Doing inverted postures before pictures, interviews, and meetings can improve circulation and help give your face some extra lift and vitality. You perform the “downward dog” yoga pose by getting on the floor on your hands and knees and then straightening your legs. Or, simply bend forward and reach towards your toes. Stay in one of these positions as long as you feel comfortable, for about 1 to 5 minutes. If you have physical limitations such as injuries or back pain, check with your healthcare provider about how to modify this posture. Here are 7 different poses you can do for glowing skin.

4. Get Soft, Kissable Skin With A Natural Pomegranate, Raspberry, and Sweet Almond Oil Blend

Natural Beauty Tips To Turn Dry Skin Into Luminous Soft Skin
Naturally hydrate dry skin and add an extra glow to the end of your skincare routine by creating a natural antioxidant-rich oil blend. Apply after cleansing or after putting on makeup. Mix together equal parts Pomegranate seed oil, Raspberry seed oil, and Sweet Almond Oil, or get the already made The Spa Dr. Glow Boost.

Place 3 to 6 drops of the oil mixture in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm the oils. Then, with your fingertips gently press the warm oil into dry areas of your face or areas where you have fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Reduce Skin Creases By Changing Your Pillowcase

Natural Beauty Tips To Reduce Skin Creases
Instead of coarser fabrics, choose a pillowcase that is soft and silky to decrease the friction and skin compression that occurs while you sleep and leaves you with extra lines in the morning. If you sleep on your side, try switching sides occasionally or sleeping on your back, so your face doesn’t wrinkle over time from pressure in certain areas. But, don’t stress about this… ultimately, you want to be comfortable because high-quality sleep is essential for natural beauty. Here are some other beauty sleep tips from my friend Kathy Smith.

6. Hydrate Dry Skin With Coconut Water

Natural Beauty Tips To Hydrate Dry Skin
Start your morning with a glass of fresh unsweetened coconut water. And, throughout the day, drink filtered water. At meals include skin-hydrating foods such as wild salmon, avocado, olives, and coconut.

7. Prevent Sun Damaged Skin By Eating Wild Salmon

Natural Beauty Tips For Glowing Skin And To Prevent Sun Damage
Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant that helps protect skin from the harmful effects of UVA sun damage, acting almost like an internal sunblock. It’s found in seafood such as salmon, krill, shrimp, lobster, crabs, and crayfish. You can also get astaxanthin through supplements.

Enjoy several servings per week of wild salmon and seafood and consider taking a supplement every day, especially during sunny times of the year. You also want to protect your skin on the outside with a natural sun protector.

8. Remove Dead Skin And Revitalize Your Face With An Organic Papaya Mask

Natural Beauty Tips To Remove Dead Skin
Many exfoliants contain abrasive ingredients that scratch your skin, which may damage the skin and speed signs of aging. Instead, it’s better to use an enzymatic exfoliant. Papaya contains the natural enzyme papain, and pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which helps naturally exfoliate the skin to leave it smooth and soft. Greener (unripe) papayas have higher amounts of papain, so opt for these to get the best benefit. If you have sensitive skin, use ripe papayas as they are less likely to trigger an inflammatory reaction.

Scoop out a ¼ cup raw papaya flesh and mash or blend with 1 Tablespoon fresh pineapple until smooth. Apply to dry skin and leave on for 5 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test on your arm before applying to face.

The alpha hydroxy acids and the enzymes in this recipe dissolve dry, dead skin. You only need to do this once or twice per week.

9. Turn Mineral Makeup Powder Into A Natural Sunblock

Natural Beauty Tips To Create A Natural Beauty Sunblock
Use tinted mineral sunblock instead of foundation or mix your favorite mineral makeup powder with a sunblock like this one for a natural makeup that is light and protects your skin from the sun’s damaging effects. Mineral-based (zinc oxide) sunblocks sometimes appear white and pasty so adding a mineral makeup tint helps your skin look glowing and smooth. Watch this video tutorial to see how.

10. Hydrate And Nourish Lips With Shea Butter

Natural Beauty Tips That Hydrate And Nourish Lips
Traditional chapsticks contain petrolatum, mineral oil, and hormone-disrupting oxybenzone. Replace these with nourishing natural ingredients such as shea butter (or cocoa butter) and coconut oil. Make your own lip salve using equal parts of these ingredients or follow my friend Katie’s (Wellness Mama) DIY recipe here.

11. Get Clear Radiant Skin By Cutting Sugar Out

Natural Beauty Tips For Clear Radiant Skin
Sugar is the biggest contributor to inflammation that shows up on the skin as acne, dry itchy skin, and wrinkles. Try cutting sugar from your diet for 10 days, especially if you have an important day coming up and want to look your best. Check out the top 5 worst foods for skin for more foods to cut from your diet.

12. Reduce Fine Lines And Wrinkles With Bone Broth

Natural Beauty Tips To Reduce Fine Lines And Wrinkles
Collagen helps give our skin its tone and is crucial for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Since production naturally depletes as we age, consider taking a high-quality collagen supplement from a clean source. Bone broth and gelatin contain collagen, and vitamin C helps with collagen production. My colleague Dr. KellyAnn Petrucci loves bone broth and she shares how it can make you look younger.

13. Cleanse Your Skin With Almond Oil

Natural Beauty Tips To Cleanse Your Skin
Switch from bar to liquid soap that doesn’t lather. Instead of stripping your skin with foamy cleansers, nourish your skin while you cleanse for a healthy clean glow. You can use oils such as argan and almond oil to cleanse the skin naturally or use a natural cleanser. You can learn more about cleansing in this video.

14. Stop Dark Circles Under Your Eyes With Arnica

Natural Beauty Tips That Stop Dark Under Eye Circles
If you have chronic under eye circles, you may have “allergic shiners” which indicate a food or environmental allergy. Try to identify any possible allergens and avoid them for 10 days to see if you notice a difference. If you wake up with an occasional darkness under your eyes then try using arnica gel or skin care products containing arnica. Arnica has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that alleviate swelling and reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles.

15. Improve Your Complexion With Ylang Ylang Oil

Natural Beauty Tips That Improve Complexion
Skip synthetic fragrances containing harmful ingredients such as phthalates. Instead, use natural fragrances in the form of pure essential oils such as ylang ylang.

In addition to having a lovely smell, Ylang Ylang Flower Oil helps balance sebum levels for both dry and oily complexions. And, it has a soothing and smoothing effect. Just add a few drops to your favorite oil blend. It’s also one of the essential oils in my favorite skin care. Here’s a great resource for more about harmful ingredients in skin care.

16. Turn Stress Into Bliss For Clear Beautiful Skin

Natural Beauty Tips For Clear Naturally Beautiful Skin
Skin issues such as premature aging, acne, eczema, rosacea, and vitiligo are worsened by chronic stress and upset. Sleep, meditation, exercise and touch are some important ways to relieve stress so you can have glowing skin, naturally. A good night’s sleep gives time for our skin to rejuvenate. Meditation and moderate exercise are known to help us manage stress. And, touch causes the release of the hormone oxytocin which makes us feel happy and a sense of belonging. If you need help here are some places for tips on sleepmeditation, and exercise.

17. Prevent Sunburns, Sun Damage And Uneven Skin Tone With Green Algae

Natural Beauty Tips To Prevent Sun Damage And Uneven Skin Tone
Sun protection is essential for healthy skin and natural beauty. While some sun may give you a sun-kissed glow, we know that too much damages your skin and predisposes you to premature aging, uneven skin tone, and skin cancer. My favorite sunblocks contain zinc oxide instead of harmful chemical sunscreens that have been linked to hormone disrupting effects. Here is one of my favorites.

Also, you can nourish and protect your skin from the sun’s damaging effects by using skincare with natural ingredients such as chlorella and resveratrol. Due to its high levels of chlorophyll, Chlorella Vulgaris (Green Algae) Extract, helps shields the body from UV radiation.

Also, Resveratrol has potent antioxidant effects on the skin. Because cell damage is at the root of most aging disorders, protecting the skin from free-radical activity is a significant preventative measure for healthy skin.

18. Get Natural Glowing Skin With Micronutrients

Natural Beauty Tips For Natural Glowing Skin
Your skin needs certain micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) for speedy skin repair and turnover. Zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin C are some of the important nutrients to get from food or in the form of a supplement to help ensure your skin remains healthy, especially if you have chronic skin issues such as acne, eczema and premature aging.

19. Use Aloe Vera To Transform Red Irritated Skin Into Soft Healthly Skin

Natural Beauty Tips For Soft Healthy Skin

If your skin is red and irritated, you’ll want to soothe it right away. Prolonged inflammation of your skin can cause your skin to break down collagen. Or, if you just want smooth, vibrant skin, you can also use this skin soother. Aloe Vera gel has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and it penetrates the skin easily to provide nourishment.

It’s terrific for soothing skin that’s been overexposed to the sun, as well as for treating minor cuts and scrapes, eczema, and acne. In most stores, the aloe you’ll find contains preservatives, fillers, and artificial ingredients. Look for pure aloe from your local health food store, or buy an aloe plant and simply slice open a leaf, extracting and saving the gel. The Spa Dr.’s Daily Essentials contains aloe, as well.

20. Super Moisturize Skin Naturally With Hyaluronic Acid

Natural Beauty Tips To Super Moisturize Skin Naturally
When we travel, are stressed, or experience extreme weather conditions, our skin can appear shriveled and dull. And, as we age, our skin becomes less resistant and may appear unhealthy. Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic acid) is a wonderful hydrophilic ingredient, which means it readily binds to water and gives super moisturizing properties.

Hyaluronic acid is found throughout the body, but it especially concentrated on the skin. Because of its high water-binding capacity, it acts as a hydrating agent and space filler. It supports collagen and elastin, by keeping them nourished and moist, reduces the appearance of wrinkles while keeping the skin soft, smooth and supple. You can find Hyaluronic acid in some natural skin care products. And you can learn more about moisturizers in this video.

21. Get An Instant, Youthful Skin Lift Using Antioxidant-Rich Natural Actives

Natural Beauty Tips For An Instant Youthful Skin Lift
Avoid the neurotoxin Botox and other more invasive procedures and look to nature instead. Antioxidant-rich and hydrating natural actives can lift and protect the skin naturally. And, one of the ingredients in quality organic skin care serums is Pullulan, which has an instant lifting effect, naturally! It is a polysaccharide produced from starch by cultivating the yeast, Aureobasidiumpullulans. It provides an antioxidant effect as well as an instant lifting effect that helps improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin. Long-term use of Pullulan will help strengthen the integrity of the skin.

22. Brighten Dull Skin Using Green Tea As A Toner

Natural Beauty Tips That Brighten Dull Skin
White and green teas applied topically on the skin have anti-inflammatory, brightening, evening, cleansing and hydrating properties. They’re ideal for using as a skin brightening tea toner. You can make a tea toner with one or both of these teas by steeping the teas for 5 minutes, allowing them to cool to room temperature. Then, either pat onto your face, apply with cotton pads or pour into a spray bottle and spritz onto clean skin. You can learn more about toners in this video.

23. Eliminate Pimples For Clear Skin With Tea Tree Oil

Natural Beauty Tips To Eliminate Pimples For Clear Skin
Tea tree oil is well-known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and research shows it can help reduce mild to moderate acne breakouts. Be sure to use diluted tree oil because the undiluted variety can burn and irritate skin when applied directly. Just add 1 to 2 drops to a single application of your cleanser, serum or moisturizer. You want about a 5% dilution, which means 5 drops of tea tree oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or cream. You can apply this 2 – 3 times daily.

24. Use Chamomile Tea Ice Cubes To Freshen Up Tired Looking Skin

Natural Beauty Tips That Freshen Up Tired Skin
Brew a strong pot of chamomile tea (about 1.5 cups water with 1 teabag), allow to cool 10 minutes or more and then pour into ice tray and place in freezer. Once frozen, wrap the tea cube in a thin cloth or washcloth and apply to pimples, puffy under eye skin, sun-kissed skin, or irritated skin for a quick skin toner pick up. You only need to apply for a few seconds to a minute per area.

25. Clean Facial Pores With Honey, Turmeric, And Yogurt For A Smoother Complexion

Natural Beauty Tips To Clean Skin Pores
Combine the healing, clarifying, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effects of honey with pore cleansing and sebum balancing effects of turmeric and pH enhancing and lactic acid effects of yogurt into this pore cleanser… Mix together 1 Tablespoon plain yogurt, 1 Tablespoon raw honey and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder into a paste. Apply to face and neck and leave for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then wash with cool water, pat your skin dry and apply your favorite serum and moisturizer.

26. Make A Natural Beauty Mask To Restore And Hydrate Tired Dull Skin

Natural Beauty Tips To Restore And Hydrate Tired Dull Skin
Oats have moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. Avocado is hydrating and nourishing, with naturally occurring vitamins A and E. And, Yogurt contains nutrients, enzymes and active cultures that help reduce inflammation and balance the pH of your skin for a healthy skin microbiome. In a bowl, blend together 1/4 cup oat flour (ground uncooked oats), 2 Tablespoons unsweetened yogurt and ¼ of an avocado. Mix well and then apply enough to cover your clean, dry face. Leave on face for 10 to 20 minutes and then remove with warm, wet washcloth, and then rinse face with water and pat dry. Use the mask once per day as needed.