One thing everyone has in common is that our skin, the largest organ of our bodies, is one of the first things people notice about us. No matter if you are a man or a woman, dry hands, lips, toes, knees and scalps can be irritating and embarrassing. To make matters worse, many beauty products on the market promise moisturizing solutions, but can end up causing more harm.
What’s important to remember is that everything in the human body is connected. While it is important to be aware of what topical treatments you are putting onto your body, it’s just as, or maybe even more beneficial, to be aware of what you’re putting into your body as well.
Other than daily use of our bio skin care (on special until the end of this month), below are a few natural ways to support healthy skin:
Diet – Instead of fueling your system with food that can damage your skin (and your waistline), opt for healing foods like salmon and fatty fish, mangoes, oranges, carrots, room-temp olive oil, coconut oil and even dark chocolate. Regular and moderate consumption of magnesium, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, and beta-carotene can make skin less prone to dryness.
Topical Oils: Applying the proper oil to your skin daily promotes good circulation while maintaining moisture levels. Easy basics like coconut oil and olive oil are great options considering that they can be used internally as well. Other nourishing oils that can be blended with one another or used individually include:
- Hemp seed has amazing restorative qualities
- Apricot seed is packed fatty acids and Vitamin E
- Lavender oil has anti-fungal, antiseptic, AND anti-inflammatory properties
- Castor oil has all kinds of restorative benefits!
- Sweet orange essential also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties
DYI lotion – 3/4 cup of cocoa butter, 1/4 of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of nutmeg.
- ½ cup of Greek yogurt with a generous scoop of mashed papaya
- A can of pumpkin with a pinch of cinnamon
Skin scrub – If you mix sugar with coconut oil, you can create your very own nourishing body scrub for dry skin. Combine 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Extra nutrient boost: Add a spoonful of honey and a twist of lemon.