We all want natural glowing skin. The past year was all about internal self-love. This year, I’m extending that self-love into physical improvement, explicitly glowing skin. I’m not new on this journey, my mom taught me at a very young age, to take good care of my skin and invest in repair instead of covering. But on this occasion, I’m going all natural baby. Skin is our largest organ. Some chemicals in body lotions and creams are absorbed and able to penetrate our epidermis into other organs. The problem is that many brands use ingredients that are toxic. Here is the rule, if we can’t eat it because it would be harmful, then it shouldn’t be okay to let it be absorbed through our bloodstream into our bodies.
I’m starting by reading labels on brands. Most brands use ingredients which are not safe in the long run, and some are even carcinogenic. Here is the list of chemicals/ingredients that I’m planning to avoid: fragrance, formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic colors, sunscreen chemicals, toluene, triclosan and many more. Let’s face it; sometimes it would be impossible to avoid every single toxic ingredient. But at least, I choose to be informed about what they are and decide whether there is a risk. My rule is that if I read more than one of these “bad boys” ingredients together on a single product, then I put the product right back in the counter and I don’t make the purchase.
Self-Love Also Means A Green Life
Nutrition is next to my other goals: health and positive thinking. When I was writing down my new year’s resolution, I solemnly vowed to take good care of my nutrition as well. Why nutrition? Among other benefits, it is the best anti-aging treatment and cell repair. Wrinkles are prevented and collagen production is increased better than any lotion or face cream. This year, I have incorporated more organic products into my diet and eating more plant-based recipes.
Glowing skin also comes from the type of food we eat. As the saying goes, if we eat and drink like pigs then we will smell, taste and look like dead animals. To be honest, I’m not a vegetarian, but I try to incorporate as many veggies, fruits, supplements, and minerals as possible into my diet. I have months without eating meat. Seafood has become a better replacement on those days that I crave meat. I’m filling my Ninja Professional Blender with organic fruits and vegetables. Drinking more water and sleeping more hours. It is June, and I am happy to report, that so far, I have kept most of my promises and I am starting to see beautiful results on my body.
Creating A Healthy Sleeping Habit
Sleeping? I will be honest, it is getting better, but I am still negotiating with my pillow. I’m always the most alert and creative at night. It is a fight and a struggle each night. I developed insomnia and the habit of going to bed late during my college years, and it got extended into responsible adulthood. Currently, I’m trying to create a healthy sleeping habit pattern. For example, I avoid having a second cup of coffee during the day. Caffeine is not my friend when I try to go to bed early. I’m allowed just the morning coffee.
Also, I take 5mg of Melatonin, a natural supplement which helps aids sleeping without causing any addictions to fall asleep. Melatonin is practical to create a daily healthy sleeping habit. Also, I’m doing Yoga, long walks, the treadmill, taking the long flight of stairs, belly dancing at home and any other type of exercise that gets me tired during the day. It is slowly working, but oh boy, this is undoubtedly a struggle. God bless those who snore five seconds after they put their faces on a pillow. Geez!
Here Are Some of The Habits Implemented In My Daily Routine
Green Juice, baby! Let’s start with the hardest step to carry out, at least; it was for me. Getting into the daily habit of changing my breakfast routine, taking precious time in the morning to use a blender and turn freshly cut vegetables, supplements and fruits into an organic elixir of beauty and longevity. Sounds poetic, right? My taste bud didn’t agree on the beginning. Now, I can’t live without starting my day with a detox smoothie or juice. This change has been a lifesaver. Initially, it is not easy. It takes motivation and determination. The rewards for this effort are never-ending: better health, stronger immune system, proper digestive tract, longer hair, shinier eyes, more stamina and of course glowing skin.
Healthy Morning Rituals
I started my goals with one daily green juice in the morning. Immediately, I started feeling fantastic. Later, I moved to use the blender also to create a fruit juice in the afternoon as well. I call this fruit juice my “Glowing Beauty” because my skin has not been this smooth and beautiful. I shared the ingredients of this recipe on an old post called “Yoga Inside My Stomach.” The only difference is that now I add a spoon of Manuka honey into this recipe because of its incredible healing properties. Read here about Manuka Honey excellent benefits for skin renewal.
Natural Beauty Toner
In the past, the word facial toner was an alien word into my beauty regimen. I considered a toner to be an extreme step in skincare. I thought it was an exaggerated process. In my experience, toners were full of toxic ingredients. Most tones do the job but are too harsh on my skin. I could see now, why I avoided them. It is not the step process of a facial toner that is exaggerating. It is mostly the active ingredients that most brands add-on these products to make them efficient for consumers. Most toners are strong on alcohol which is not right on my skin. The key to using this step correctly is on substituting that chemical process with natural oils or plant-based organic products.
My Favorite Natural Facial Toner
Things changed while I was researching to start this “organic new me” because I discovered two natural alternatives for a facial toner that are now adding to my list of addictive daily beauty products for glowing skin. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and T.N. Dickinson’s Astringent, 100% Natural, Witch Hazel. I have tried them in the past, but now I am using them on a regular basis, and I do not use them both daily. I alternate each day and use them before bedtime. We are now in Spring weather, but once summer comes; I will be using just the witch hazel since it is safe for sensitive skin and refreshing under the heat.
Benefits of Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic apple cider vinegar has alpha hydroxy acids to remove dead skin. It is made of malic acid forms which help get rid of acne and pimples. Balance PH of the skin. Leave skin youthful and glowing because it removes toxins from the face. This witch hazel is the one that I use.
Benefits of Witch Hazel
Natural astringent. Remove excess oil from the skin. Great acne treatment. It is antioxidant and has antibacterial properties. Tighten the skin and cut puffiness around the eyes. Protect skin elasticity. Completely natural. Here is my favorite.
Discovering the beauty benefits of Shea Butter
It is a Natural Anti-aging and Radiant Glowing Skin product. African Shea Butter 100% Natural is something that should be called “Glowing Superstar.” I buy mine raw, organic, unpasteurized and preferably exported from Ghana. Its great main ingredients: stearic and oleic acids.
Benefits of Shea Butter
Help keep the skin hydrated and soft. Protects against sun exposure. Works as a natural sunscreen. Repair lips, perfect to be used as a lip balm. Organic Shea butter helps smooth out wrinkle skin. Protect against moisture loss from the skin.
More Water in Defense of Beauty
The skin is an organ made of cells. If the skin is not getting enough water, it will become dry, flaky and dull; which could result in more wrinkles. It is important to drink one glass of water before and after a shower, especially during summer weather or warm baths. Drinking a minimum of 8 glasses a day helps the body to remove toxins and improve glowing skin. In my case, at home, I keep a big crystal jar near my desk that holds four glasses of water. I add slices of either lemon, orange or cucumber which are also great detox.
Clean Beauty Brushes
Dirty makeup brushes hold bacteria and fungus. Therefore is important to wash those brushes often for healthy glowing skin. Each time I use my brush, it collects oil and dead skin. I clean my brushes by putting them into a bowl of warm water and a bit of witch hazel, hydrogen peroxide or 70% or more alcohol to disinfect.
Results From Going Natural
Health and naturally glowing skin is the best self-love gift. Ever since I started this organic “new me” I feel energized, with longer hair, alert and with Cover Girl skin! Well… Not there yet but that’s the goal, which is to continue to take care of myself internally and ultimately that will get reflected outside.
With Love, Wen
Please check my last post on Health. About four natural daily morning habits to start the day with more energy, calmness and better health. Also check my most popular post on Beauty, describing the incredible benefits of Manuka honey.