Friday, June 25, 2010
Another common question; What about skincare?
There are two components to skincare - The outside and The inside. To have good skin, you must address both.
In addition, keep in mind that the skin is the largest organ and what we put on it seeps into the body. The less chemicals we use, the better we are.
The Inside: Of course, what you eat matters. Food allergies will appear on your skin with rashes and eczema. Acne will tell the tale of imbalances also in the body and can largely be helped through diet and supplements. If we aren 't drinking enough, our skin will also suffer with dryness and wrinkles. Our skin will stay more elastic by eating a diet with good fatty acids and vitamins. This is nothing new. We all need to watch what and how we eat.
The Outside: There is the obvious; sun exposure. Cover up if you are out too long. We all know that. But, what many of us aren't paying attention to is the chemicals we are slathering on our skin on a daily basis. We think that what we put on top of the body stays on top. However, we have millions of little pores in the skin. What are pores? Little tiny holes. Little tiny holes that absorb chemicals straight into the body. We don't want to put anything on the skin that we wouldn't want to put under the skin.
With that said, what do I do? Simplicity.
Coconut oil is my weapon of choice. I take my eye makeup off with it and I use it for my moisturizer. I put some orange oil with it for collagen production and for a great smell. I love it. I remove my makeup with a simple face wash. I exfoliate daily with a rough towel or you can use some cornmeal in the soap. I use mineral makeups and as much natural products as I can. Deodorant can be made with coconut oil and essential oils as well like lemongrass and lavender. My husband hasn't worn commercial deodorant for several months and hasn't been offensive yet. I still need to do a little better in this area but I am making progress. I have a friend who's sister is very much into the natural lifestyle. She knows what's going on. Lucky for the world, she has developed some great skincare products and makeup that are totally natural with a coconut and grape seed oil base. They are wonderful. They are also very affordable. You can check her out on her button on my sidebar at Essentially Basic Skincare. Lovely.
As with everything, I believe in keeping with what grows and what comes from the earth. Our skin tells our inside story. We want our story to be beautiful and glowing.
Posted by Shari Goodman at 6:31 PM