Self-care is one of the most important parts of life one can prioritize. It comes in various forms, whether that’s exercise, meditation, or simply getting enough sleep. One way that many people have taken to practising self-care is by keeping their skin looking healthy. Skincare saw a rise during this pandemic, with Research and Markets predicting a 4.69% compound annual growth rate between now and 2026 for the global skincare products market. However, trends show that consumers are looking for more natural solutions.
Keeping your skin healthy isn’t all about vanity; after all, it’s your first defense against diseases and it also acts as a protective barrier for your body. Giving it the best care is essential while avoiding harsh chemicals, should be a priority when looking for products or building routines. Here are four natural ways to improve your skin health:
1. Drink water
Skin health starts from within, so form habits that promote a healthy diet and lifestyle. One of the easiest habits that you can start is drinking enough water. Research has shown that there is a relationship between water intake and skin hydration. In these studies, participants saw a positive effect on their skin’s appearance after increasing their water consumption. A column on Insider revealed that adequate water intake can keep skin lubricated and supple. When skin cells lose water, they can shrivel and become less elastic, which leads to creases and wrinkles.
To combat this, make sure you’re drinking anywhere between nine to 13 cups of water a day. However, be sure not to over consume as this can lead to water intoxication — balance is key!
2. Use aloe vera
Using effective ingredients is essential for skin health, and one natural source is aloe vera. This succulent produces a gel-like substance that is used to treat a variety of skin conditions. While it is most well-known for healing sunburns, aloe vera has many other benefits. The health tips on SymptomFind recommend using this ingredient as a natural moisturizer for conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Unlike other moisturizing products, aloe vera won’t leave the skin feeling greasy. This ingredient also has minerals such as beta carotene, vitamin E, and vitamin C, all of which have anti-aging effects.
Even if you don’t have access to the aloe vera succulent itself, there are many products on the market that contain extracts. Just be sure to read the ingredients label to check that aloe vera is high up on the list. Apply as directed and let it fully absorb before moving on to the next step in your skincare routine.
3. Try an essential oil scrub
Regular exfoliation is essential for skin health as it can help prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Its long-term effects are even greater, such as increased collagen production for skin that is more vibrant and with a high level of elasticity. Many scrubs on the market are made with harsh ingredients that can actually cause micro-tears in the skin. Some are even made with plastic micro-beads that are an environmental hazard.
Instead, try a natural scrub made from essential oils and baking soda. Use oils such as tea tree, geranium, and ylang-ylang. Add enough of the oils into some baking soda and mix a tablespoon or two with some water after washing your face. Use it three to four times a week to exfoliate, reduce the size of your pores, and prevent acne.
4. Apply an activated charcoal mask
Activated charcoal has become quite popular in skincare in the last few years for its benefits. Different from the substance used for grills, activated charcoal is a fine black powder typically made from shells or coconut husks. This natural remedy absorbs toxins and dirt from the skin, and it is often incorporated into peel-off, clay, or sheet masks and face washes. To create a natural activated charcoal mask, combine activated charcoal, bentonite clay, gelatin, and tea tree oil. Apply onto your face and peel off once it’s dry to remove any impurities in your skin. Use it once a week or every other week for cleaner, healthier skin that is less prone to breakouts. Whether you choose treatments like Botox or decide to DIY your own skincare products, putting your skin's health first will lead to glowing and clear skin. For more health related articles we have plenty of info on Specs and Blazers. Written by Anne Hazel Lawley Exclusive for specsandblazers.com