If you’re like many people, you’d love for your skin to have a moisturized, youthful look all the time, without extra effort. Fortunately, you don’t always need expensive products and treatments to keep your skin looking its healthiest and best. This guide explains seven all natural tips to keep your skin moisturized and glowing.
7 All-Natural Tips to Keep Your Skin Moisturized and Glowing
Check out these seven simple tips that will ensure your skin has a fresh, youthful glow:
- Drink lots (and lots) of water
- Don’t use harsh chemicals on your face (with the exception of chemical peels when necessary)
- Use a gentle cleanser
- Moisturize your face after you wash it
- Use aloe vera if your skin is dry, rough or irritated
- Soak in oatmeal baths
- Keep your showers short and at a reasonable temperature
Here’s a closer look at each.
All-Natural Skincare Tip #1: Drink Lots (and Lots) of Water
it’s no secret that we all need more water than we actually drink. And while many fruits, vegetables and other foods contribute to our water intake each day, other foods seem to suck the moisture right out of us. Generally speaking, men need about 15.5 cups of fluids a day, and women need about 11.5 cups. However, your individual needs will vary based on the size of your body, your activity level and even the climate where you live.
In Michigan, we’re fortunate enough to have a temperate climate most of the year, but during the cold winter months, home heaters are cranked to the max – and that can really do a number on your skin.
If you’re not sure how much water you should drink, talk to your doctor. They’ll be able to let you know just how much fluid you should take in each day. And remember, drinking water isn’t just about skin health; the rest of your body depends on it, as well. You’ll look younger and feel better when you drink enough water.
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All-Natural Skincare Tip #2: Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals on Your Face
Many skincare products are loaded with harsh chemicals that can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. So it’s important to avoid using these products on your face in order to protect the delicate facial skin.
Instead, look for chemical-free cleansers and moisturizers that are designed specifically for the face. Your skin will thank you for it!
On occasion, you may need a chemical peel. That’s okay because you’ll have it done under a doctor’s supervision. The chemicals in a chemical peel are designed to slough off dead skin and bring newer, fresher and more youthful-looking skin to the forefront.
All-Natural Skincare Tip #3: Use a Gentle Cleanser
It’s important to use a gentle cleanser when washing your face. Look for organic, all-natural products that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Avoid foaming cleansers and instead opt for a creamy, non-foaming product that won’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry. (Though you may feel that the skin tightness you experience after using a harsh cleanser makes you look a little younger, it’s really pulling all the moisture out of your skin; you’ll need to replenish it with more moisturizer!)
You should use gentle cleansers on your body, too. There’s no need to use harsh stuff on any of your skin.
All-Natural Skincare Tip #4: Moisturize Your Face After You Wash It
Using a moisturizer is essential to keeping your skin hydrated and glowing. Look for a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to a thousand times its own weight in water. This will help your skin retain moisture and stay hydrated throughout the day.
Also, look for moisturizers that contain natural oils like jojoba or almond oil; these are great at restoring the pH balance of your skin.
If you’re not sure what type of moisturizer is best for your skin, talk to your doctor. She’ll be able to explain your skins balance and what it needs to thrive.
All-Natural Skincare Tip #5: Use Aloe Vera If Your Skin is Dry, Rough or Irritated
Aloe vera has been used for centuries to soothe and heal dry, rough and irritated skin. It’s loaded with vitamins A and E which help nourish the skin as well as powerful antioxidants that can help protect it from environmental damage.
You should apply aloe vera to your skin on a regular basis, especially if you’re prone to dryness or irritation. It’s gentle enough for use on any type of skin, and you can find it in many forms – like gels, creams and lotions.
All-Natural Skincare Tip #6: Soak in Oatmeal Baths
Oatmeal baths are a great way to soothe and hydrate the skin. The oatmeal helps trap moisture while its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce irritation and inflammation.
You can easily make your own oatmeal bath by adding one cup of steel cut oats to warm bathwater. Let the mixture steep for at least 15 minutes before soaking in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
All-Natural Skincare Tip #7: Keep Your Showers Short and At a Reasonable Temperature
Hot showers can strip the natural oils from your skin, leading to dryness and irritation, so it’s important to keep your showers short and at a reasonable temperature. Also, it can help to use a mild body wash and avoid scrubbing too vigorously when washing. This will help keep the natural oils intact while still getting you clean.
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