Glowing skin became one of my priorities at the beginning of this year. Including health and positive thinking. On December 31, while I was writing down my new year’s resolution, I solemnly vowed that on this new year I was going to take good care of my skin. I promised to use more natural products or home-made recipes. Fill my blender more often with organic fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water and sleep longer 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 skin. Sleeping? I will be honest, it is getting better, but I am still negotiating with my pillow. I am always the most alert and creative at night. Well, it is a fight each night. That will surely be my next task on my healthy journey. A big one to accomplish.
Health and naturally glowing skin could be the best self-love gift that I could gift me. Ever since I started this “organic new me,” I feel energized, with longer hair, alert and with Cover Girl skin! Well, I wish. Not there yet, but that is the goal eventually.
Health and naturally glowing skin are the best self-love gift.
Here are some of the habits implemented on my daily routine:
Green Juice, baby!
Let’s start with the hardest step, at least for me. Getting into the daily habit of changing my breakfast routine and taking precious time in the morning to use a blender and to turn freshly cut vegetables into an organic elixir. It is not easy to accomplish initially. It takes motivation and determination. However, the rewards for this effort are never ending, from better health, stronger immune system, proper digestive tract, longer hair, shinier eyes and of course more beautiful skin. I got myself a Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups as a Christmas gift to be ready by January.
It is not easy to accomplish initially. It takes motivation and determination. However, the rewards for this effort are never ending.
I started my goals with one green juice in the morning. Immediately, I started feeling fantastic. Later, I moved to using the blender more often to create an amazing 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 in a long while. I shared the ingredients of this recipe on a 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 the post about Manuka Honey excellent qualities for skin renewal. In overall, I should start calling this, my afternoon “Glowing Beauty Dessert” instead, because it also tastes so yummy.
In the past, the word “skin toner” was an alien word into my beauty regimen. I considered the use of a toner to be an extreme step in skincare. I thought it was an over-exaggerated process. In my experience, I was used to be bombarded with brand name toners full of bad ingredients. Indeed they did the job but also were too harsh on my skin. I could see now why I avoided them back then. It is not the step process of a toner that is exaggerating. It is mostly the active ingredients that most brands add on those products to make them efficient.
Most toners are strong on alcohol which is not good on the skin. The key to using this step correctly is on substituting that process with natural oils or plant-based organic products.
Things changed while I was doing research to start this “organic new me” because I discovered two natural alternatives that are now added 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 on 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.
Most toners are strong on alcohol which is not good on the skin. The key to using this step correctly is on substituting that process with natural oils or plant-based organic products. I have also used milk and green tea as toners as well.
Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – Contains alpha hydroxy acids to remove dead skin. It is made of acid malic forms which help get rid of acne and pimples. Balance PH on the skin. Leave skin youthful and glowing because it removes toxins from the face. This is the one that I use.
Witch Hazel – Natural astringent. Remove excess oil from the skin. Great acne treatment. It is antioxidant and has antibacterial properties. Tighten the skin and reduce puffiness around the eyes. Protect skin elasticity. Completely natural. Here is my favorite.
Anti-aging and Radiant Glowing Skin
African Shea Butter 100% Natural– Here is a something that should be called “Glowing Superstar.” I buy mine raw, organic, unpasteurized and preferably exported from Ghana. I am talking about Shea Butter and its great main ingredients: stearic and oleic acids.
Benefits – 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.
Shea butter is a “Glowing Superstar” against wrinkles.
More Water – 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 help the body to remove toxins and help with glowing skin.
In my case, at home, I keep nearby, a big crystal jar that holds four glasses of water. I add slices of either lemon, orange or cucumber which are also great helpers with glowing skin.
Drinking a minimum of 8 glasses a day push the body to remove toxins and help with glowing skin.
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.
Dirty makeup brushes hold bacteria and fungus.
With Love, Wen
Please check my previous 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.