Natural Skin Care Basics

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There are so many skin care products on the market, it’s tempting to reach for one to solve issues. But the best skin care starts before that – with clean skin and plenty of sleep. Here are some basic tips for taking care of the body’s largest organ – the skin!

Eat healthy – foods high in nutrients and antioxidants, but low in fat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and empty calories (like white wheat products).

If you have rashes, hives, or skin issues, try an elimination diet to see if you can find the culprit. Common causes are dairy products, wheat gluten, soy products, and eggs. But any food can be a trigger, depending on your personal chemistry.

Do not use too many products. Skin products can cause irritation, block pores, dehydrate the skin or make it more sensitive.

Always wash your hands before you wash your face. If you use a washcloth, change it every time to prevent the accumulation of bacteria.

When you clean or exfoliate your face, use small circular movements up and apply a gentle pressure.

Rinse, rinse, rinse. It’s the most important part of cleansing! Rinse with lukewarm water.  Cold water is not enough to rinse off cleanser.

Do not wash your face too often. If you wash more than twice a day, you may dry your skin out.

Tonic prepares your skin to absorb the moisturizer well. When the skin is still damp, apply moisturizer to lock moisture.

Take a few seconds to rub moisturizer and massage the face to stimulate circulation. Apply very gently eye cream very gently. Make a complete circle around the eye. Never pull the skin.