Most women spend a lot of time and money on just cosmetics through their lifetime. No wonder the beauty industry is a billion empire.
But what if you could upgrade your beauty ritual with professional beautician secrets? You will need less makeup to fix and cover up, because your skin will look rested, glowing and smooth.
So to help you make the most of nature’s gift, we offer some pro beauty tips the experts apply in their daily routine. Here are some golden skin rules to follow
Read the product list of ingredients
An average person rubs, lathers and sprays more than 5 different skin care products on a daily basis. The skin absorbs more than 100 chemicals that we expose ourselves to everyday and, since it’s more of a sponge than a barrier, it takes it all in.
Fact is that no one know exactly how some of the absorbed chemicals will affect us over time, or when combined with each other what their reaction to our bodies is.
However, some of the components of skin care products that could affect our health negatively are well-known among scientists. Take for example Phthalates, found in artificial fragrances. These belong to a class of hormone disruptors which can be linked to sperm damage, birth defects or even infertility.
Don’t be scared to use skin products though, luckily there are many alternatives available that only contain the most gentle and natural ingredients. For instance, essential oils can be a great skin treatment, if you know what you’re doing. So step one of your journey is reading the ingredients of every skin care product you want to buy, and learn to recognize which substances to avoid.
What about the package?
Product packaging matters. Choose non-hazardous, recyclable packaging. For example, you can never go wrong with glass. This is because it I recyclable and has no danger of leaching toxins into the product it’s containing.
Avoid containers which have a recycling code #3 and “v” which refer to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that poses environmental and health hazards from manufacture to disposal. Aside from keeping your skin care as natural as possible, you should always look further towards your purchases’ impact on earth in general.
Instead of the product, use only the ingredient
Apart from using the right products with the right ingredients, there is an alternative you can do to keep your skin healthy and beautiful: make it yourself.
Make your own treatments
This is the best way to know what goes on in to your skin. Not only will you save money and the unnecessary packaging costs, you’ll have no preservatives or hazardous chemicals in your product.
For example, for a facial mask use little honey and coconut oil. Use sifted maize flour and a spoon of water for a facial scrub. There are so many natural ingredients you can have fun with. Be adventurous but still careful.
If you don’t feel too sure about experimenting on your skin yourself, find a holistic esthetician to help shape your beauty routine, or take a natural skin care class.
Start from the inside out
Inside beauty always inspires the outside beauty. Proper diet and exercise can substitute a whole lot portion of chemicals and surgeries. Exercise facilitates proper circulation of the blood which will be carrying nutrients from the proper diet that you practice.
Try organic, local meat or fatty fish, healthy fats and plenty of protein. Also drinking water regularly like eight to ten glasses of water on a daily basis makes you more beautiful. Plenty of water in the body helps flush out toxins which might as well be showing on your skin.
Take a hard look at your daily practices, and eliminate and replace the unhealthy ones.
Foods and Drinks that are bad for your skin
The way nutrition influences your skin, can be different for anybody. But there are some things you can avoid, just to see if your skin improves:
Below are six foods that you might want to quit for a while to see if your skin improves:
1) Processed sugars
Remove sugar as much as possible from your diet. Sugar reduces the collagen in your skin, so it loses its elasticity. Sugar makes your skin age prematurely. Examples of processed sugars are: soda, cake and candy.
2) Foods that spike your blood sugar level
You might have heard from "foods with a high glycemic index" exists. This indicates the rate in which foods are digested and taken up in the blood. The faster the food is consumed, the worse it is for your blood sugar level.
A study published in the journal of dermatology showed that high glycemic foods are also bad for your skin. Eating processed carbs can cause acne and a higher sebum production.
It is better to consume foods that are slowly digested and deliver their energy and nutrients to the blood throughout the day, such as whole grain products, fruits and vegetables and proteins. This way you also keep your energy level up all day.
Products with high glycemic index include: White rice, white pasta, cake, candy, pastry, chocolate, processed sugars, fast food, baked potatoes, ready meals, croissants and white bread.
3) Milk products
Cow's milk contains a lot of milk fat and milk sugar (lactose). This milk fat and milk sugar can be difficult for some people to digest, which can result in stomach aches, fatigue and diarrhea. Other symptoms can be related to the skin, like inflammations, acne, pimples, gall bumps and red spots.
Do you have these types of skin problems? Eliminate cow's milk and other milk products from your diet. The difference will be clearly noticeable.
Caffeine can also a cause many skin problems, as it dries out your skin. Coffee increases your adrenaline, which makes you feel more stressed. Do you start your day regularly with a big cup of coffee and suffer from a red and restless skin? Try to quit caffeine for a while to see if that makes a difference. However, if you don’t experience any improvement, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a black cup of java.
5) Histamine Triggers
Finally, there are foods that trigger the release of histamine. Histamine is a substance that can be released by certain foods and can cause an allergic reaction to your skin. Histamine causes bile bumps and a red, itchy skin. The biggest histamine triggers are chocolate, strawberries, tomatoes and paprika.
Foods for a beautiful skin
Here are some examples of foods that will keep your skin radiant and fresh:
Perhaps you have seen the word 'retinol' on your jar of anti-aging cream. It is a popular and effective ingredient in products, but it is nothing but vitamin A.
You need Vitamin A for the production of cells and the tissue structure of the skin. You can find vitamin A in large amounts in liver, but carrots are also a great source of carotenoids, which is a type of vitamin A.
2) Brussels sprouts
Did you know that these mini cabbages contain more vitamin C than oranges? Vitamin C is necessary for the formation of connective tissue and stimulates healthy, elastic skin.
3) Sunflower oil
Another vitamin that you often encounter in skin care products is vitamin E. Although it has not been shown that lubrication with vitamin E helps, it is important to get enough vitamin E through your diet. It is an antioxidant that protects your cells against free radicals.
Vegetable oils and vegetable products like nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables are full of vitamin E.
The so-called vitamin B complex is also indispensable for your skin and hair. It consists of eight vitamins. Especially B2, B3 and B8 are important for healthy skin.
Milk and dairy products, meat (vegetables), fruit, eggs and bread contain a lot of vitamin B2. B3 is mainly found in meat and fish, vegetables and fruit. B8 is includes in eggs, milk, soy products, nuts and peanuts.
Omega-3 fatty acids can also contribute to healthy skin. There are studies that show that they have a beneficial effect on eczema and allergies, but how many omega-3 fatty acids you need to get into your system is not clear yet. Dry skin may also benefit from it. In addition, there are indications that omega-3 fatty acids protect against cardiovascular disease.
Especially fatty fish offers a lot of omega-3.
Protecting your skin best from aging and the harmful effects of the sun can also be supported by eating tomatoes.
These contain lycopene. It gives the red color to tomatoes and is an antioxidant that will protect the skin from burning and aging due to sunlight. Especially tomato products like tomato juice, soup and ketchup are rich in lycopene.
Don’t sleep with makeup on
Here’s a wakeup-call: even sleeping with your makeup once, can already damage your skin.
Your skin functions, like the rest of our body, on a circadian rhythm (a biological rhythm lasting about 24 hours, also called a sleep-wake rhythm). For example, the skin is busiest at night, to renew itself. Wearing makeup can stop this process, which can damage your skin.
For instance, foundation is usually applied on top of other care products like a day cream. This layer is exposed to natural skin processes, but also to bacteria, pollutants, fungi and mites. This can counteract microcirculation that helps the skin to refresh, which can then result in collagen degradation, which can lead to wrinkles and clogged pores, which can lead to acne.
Leaving on lipstick can dry out your lips. Over-night mascara can clog your follicles, which irritates the skin, and can cause blepharitis and conjunctivitis and brittle eyelashes.
How to clean your face
The best way to cleanse your face, depends a lot on your skin, your lifestyle and your own preferences. The important thing is to first start out using the most gentle ways of cleaning, with a minimum amount of products.
If you feel you need a bit more aggressive cleaning method, try adding one more step or product and observe the results. Treat yourself once a month to a deep cleaning method, like a peel.
Take-Away: Your skin is everything
The condition of your skin reflects your overall health. And a good skin care expert will tell you that it takes more than the right product to maintain a beautiful skin.
Improving your overall health by eating right and exercising regularly, plus practicing some simple effective beauty habits, will give you the gorgeous smooth skin your body deserves!