Soft Supple Skin All Year Round

Wouldn’t it be nice to have skin as soft as a baby’s bottom?! Skin health becomes a bigger feat as we age; even more so today with increased environmental stressors and busier lifestyles. People spend hundreds to thousands of dollars in hopes of preserving their youth and glow all year round.

With the cosmetic industry being built around this pursuit of everlasting youth, we have lost sight of how to achieve natural beauty naturally, from the inside out. Here are a few tips to protect and nurture the skin, especially as the weather conditions change around us. It is possible to age gracefully! As I like to say, skin is like a fine wine – it gets better with age.

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  • Drinking enough water is essential but may sometimes not be enough. Moisturizing teas like fennel seed, Irish moss, and red clover blossoms can be effective.

  • Minimize caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, soaps, cleansers, and alcohol-based products as they contribute to dehydration.

  • Eat dark orange and green foods like apricots, pumpkin, squash, carrots, and green leafy vegetables high in beta-carotene, which are great for the skin.

  •  Avoid bad fats like trans fats, and be sure to eat raw healthy fats high in essential fatty acids.

  • Make sure there is enough humidity in your house especially through the winter months. Buy a humidifier is necessary.

  • Estrogen plays a role in the skin retaining moisture. Consult a doctor or practitioner if you have any hormonal concerns.

  • Skin brushing is my favorite method for keeping skin soft. It effectively removes the dead layers of skin and other impurities while keeping the pores open. Among the many health benefits, it stimulates the hormone and oil producing glands of the body. A good vegetable bristle is key to its success.

  • An effective shower filter that removes chlorine can make a huge difference. Chlorine can contribute to dry itchy skin and dry brittle hair. The filter will maximize hydration in the dry winter months.

  • Shea butter has outstanding healing properties and is high in Vitamin E and A. It is excellent for moisturizing skin and helping with frost bite, eczema and wrinkles, to name a few.

  • Aloe is another plant used for thousands of years that is amazing for energy and strength. It helps support the immune system and stimulates digestion and skin regeneration. It is packed with the goodness of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polysaccharides. It is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory.

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  • Try raw Kombucha Tea, which has been used as beauty tonic for centuries in Eastern Europe and Japan. It facilitates skin cell regeneration and is an incredible liver detoxifier as it helps remove compacted debris from the liver.

  • Scan your kitchen to make a nourishing mask from oatmeal, apricot, avocado, banana, and peach.

With countless packaged products to turn to, you might be pleasantly surprised at how effective the simple natural approach really is. Consistency is the key to seeing results in your skin. Most importantly, make sure to have fun with your beauty regime and remember: beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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By Jeanette Sousa| January 27, 2015
Categories:  Care

About the Author

Jeanette Sousa

Jeanette Sousa

Jeanette holds a Bachelor of Science degree and spent many years in the corporate world. In the mid-90's, ready to pursue a more joy-filled life, Jeanette began working closely with Wayne Gendel (a Hippocrates Health Educator) and Forever Healthy, a company dedicated to natural health products. Over the next 10 years, Jeanette learned more about the healing properties of living foods and decided to incorporate raw food education into her growing natural health practice. This journey included networking with like-minded people and connecting with suppliers of ethically-superior foods and products. She also organized events for David Wolfe, a world-renowned authority on living nutrition.

During this time she was also drawn to the ancient healing art of Qi Gong and became an instructor. She experienced dramatic changes in her life and promotes the self healing power of practice and discipline.

Jeanette understands the value of lifestyle balance and rhythm, learned through her wellness practices and also raising her son. She brings intelligence, humor, humility and life experience to all of her pursuits -personal and professional.

Her vitality, knowledge and passion are now helping many others achieve natural beauty and balance. Through her consulting, events, workshops and blog, Jeanette facilitates self-change and living a natural and more conscious life. Her mission is to spark people to live an abundant life full of energy and vitality.

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