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Natural Skin Care

Skin care is one of those regimes that can cause a great deal of confusion and can cost an astronomical amount of money with no real guarantee of success. Creams,masks, exfoliants, lotions, toners, peels, and moisturizers crowd shelves at our local drug store all proclaiming the qualities that will make us smooth, youthful and vibrant. Is all this hype true? Do you have to spend a fortune on regimes you can't pronounce to achieve the look you want? No, try looking no further than your own fridge , garden or pantry for the tools to create beautiful skin.

Start inside your body. You should always give your body a strong foundation to build its healthy skin on by hydrating with at least 8 glasses of water a day. All the moisturizer in the world won't help if you are dehydrated and water will flush impurities from your skin. Eat a varied, healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and foods rich in essential fatty acids(omega-3 and omega-6).Drink green tea which studies have shown can slow the aging process due to its antioxidants. Include herbs in your diet for their wonderful antioxidant properties.Get adequate sleep, at least 7 hours a night and remain active during the day. Exercise can relieve stress, improve circulation and you won’t be frowning so much!

Try to use natural or homemade remedies when possible, it is never advisable to slather chemicals on your skin. If you wouldn't eat it why absorb it through your skin? Your skin is the largest organ in the body and can absorb a great deal of toxins which are damaging. Change your routine when the seasons rotate because your skin has different needs as the environment shifts. Keep your makeup light if possible, skin needs to breathe and never forget to cleanse your face in the evening despite being rushed or simply tired. Always use a sun block to protect yourself, beyond premature aging the UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer.

Here are some great natural skin care ideas if you are looking for a healthy change:

Natural homemade skin products have been used for centuries due to necessity and because they work. While creating an environment dedicated to health and wellness in your home it is important to carry this practice over to your body. Chemicals in any form are damaging and your skin deserves to be pampered in natural quality products.

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