Skin is our body’s biggest organ, and arguably the most beautiful. It does a pretty good job at reflecting our health, so making sure we treat it well by cleaning and feeding it the right nutrients is an important aspect of our lives.
But you don’t need to scour cosmetic shops for overpriced creams and cleaners when you have the internet to give you all the knowledge you need to take care of your skin at home with ingredients you know and want.
Most people can identify the cause of their dry or oily skin from certain unhealthy habits. Whether it’s from not putting on sunscreen while in the sun, sleeping with your makeup on, or not cleaning and moisturizing, your skin is suffering.
The top layer of the skin is dead, so blockages like dirt, old makeup, and sweat can make it harder for the lower layers to get the necessary oxygen and nutrients.
But what a lot of people don’t think about is how much food plays a role in the health of our skin, meaning what we eat and drink is just as important as the products we put on it.
Here are some beauty hacks to help you practice better health so your skin can start feeling cleaner and healthier.
Clean The Skin From The Inside
I know when I eat too much chocolate or fried foods, my face breakouts within a day.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a cup of hot water and drink it when you wake up. This helps to flush out and purify the body internally, potentially reducing toxins and bacteria in the small intestine that can lead to acne.
Bend Your Body
No wonder why yoga has been such a popular thing to do. It’s not only calming and counts as exercise, but our skin benefits from poses that send blood flowing towards the face. Holding a downward dog for three to five minutes can boost circulation, giving your skin a glow.
Sleep On Your Back
Getting enough sleep has always been an important way to stay healthy, but what many don’t think about is the position you sleep in. “After UV exposure, the second most common cause of wrinkles is squishing your face into a pillow at night,” says celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau. “It’s like ironing wrinkles into your skin.”
Fix Morning Eyes
Waking up with puffy eyes don’t help anyone look like a morning person. Place a spoon in the freezer the night before and in the morning hold under or on top of the eyelids to decrease puffiness and inflammation.
Cool cucumbers or tea bags work as well. The caffeine constricts blood vessels and decreases puffiness when applied under the eyes.
Leave It To Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is an herbal remedy that also helps with under-eye bags, but it’s also a cure-all astringent that works as a toner, serves as an excellent spot treatment, and natural deodorant.
Lighten Up Your Dark Circles
Add pears, avocados, plums, and kiwis to your diet as they all contain vitamin K that helps heal the damaged capillaries and arteries in the thin skin layer around the eyes.
Give Your Dry Skin Some Life
Incorporate mangos, almonds, broccoli, and spinach into your diet as they all contain vitamin E, a nutrient that will help balance the skin’s moisture levels as they also work as an effective antioxidant to help fight free radicals in the body.
Vitamins A, C, and E encourage cell and tissue growth to help the body repair itself throughout its constant shedding and growing cycles.
Rely On Aloe For Acne
No one likes acne. The leaves of aloe vera plants are known to reduce facial acne flare-ups thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help heal existing acne, prevent future breakouts, and soothe sunburns.
Simply break open an aloe leaf and apply directly to the problem areas for a natural acne fix, or squeeze into ice cube trays, let freeze, and rub cubes onto skin for an easy, clean application.
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