Skincare is on all of our minds. We are concerned about how our skin looks, women and men alike. We are trying to prevent the effects of sun, wind, dry heat, air conditioning, aging, and diet on our skin and hair. For some of us, who may have spent years in the sun without any sunscreen at all, and/or who may have smoked or drank alcohol over the years (smoking and drinking alcohol gives you wrinkles) it may seem like it’s too late. It’s not too late! You can reverse some of that skin damage even if you are over forty years old!
This post is about:
- Food and diet
- Reasons to avoid commercial skincare and body care products
- Advice on basic skincare
- Recipes for making your own natural skincare products including DIY face moisturizer
- Natural ingredients lists
Prevent Skin Damage
No matter what your age or how damaged your skin and hair may be, it is not too late to prevent further damage to your epidermis, and not to late to rejuvenate and grow fresh skin cells. To achieve beautiful skin you can’t just rely on lotions, creams or makeup. You will need to look at your diet because much of the health and beauty of your skin, the largest organ in your body after all, comes from inside. Your skin is the porous barrier between your insides and the outside.
The idea is that what you put inside your body, not just what you rub into the outside layer, but what you eat can really can affect how your skin functions and ultimately how it looks. If you clog up your pores by eating junk food and not drinking enough water and prevent your skin from breathing naturally thus allowing toxins to leave your body, your skin will show this by making pimples, rashes, blotches, and yes, wrinkles. (For teenagers, pimples are also caused by hormones.)
Super Foods For Skincare
Now you know that what you eat affects your skin, right? The same foods that are great for your skin are also many of them great for losing body weight and fat. Here’s a great bonus: Get in shape and get great skin at the same time? Definitely!
First there are some buzzwords when it comes to skin care. “Age-defying” and all that jazz! You want to eat food that is described as or containing
Foods that contain those awesome fountains of youth:
- Green Tea
- Berries – Blueberries, raspberries, etc.
- Oils – Olive, sesame, flax, nut, etc.
- Vegetables – especially green ones like Kale, Broccoli and Collards, lettuce, spinach, chard (these green vegies are a large part of my fat loss food program, and I love it! Go to my Fine Over Fifty Tumbler to read more about fat loss food and exercise.
- Red Wine – 1 glass good for you, more than that is probably bad, sorry, but dosage is everything
- Dark Chocolate – you can buy pure chocolate with no added fats or sugars. Now that’s medicinal!
A few words from my favorite green author Anne Bond,
Diet Tips for Healthy Skin
Drink two quarts of water every day. [It’s really more like 1 gallon a day for overall great health]
Make sure your diet is rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are found in such foods as salmon and walnuts. If it isn’t, take 1 tablespoon pure cold-pressed linseed oil a day. Skin that doesn’t have enough of these fats has trouble retaining moisture.
Eat a healthy diet rich in enzymes and antioxidants, suc as found in fresh fruits and vegetables.
DIY SKINCARE PRODUCTS ARE BETTER!
The great thing about practicing natural skincare is that it is really so simple and inexpensive if you are willing to prepare your own products. Too bad that many of us don’t have the time or interest to create our own skin care products at home. If that’s the case for you, be prepared to spend big bucks buying non-toxic, cruelty-free, sustainable, organic, etc, commercial products.
Homemade beauty products, also known as kitchen chemistry, is a topic about which could write volumes. There are so many lovely recipe possibilities using edible and fragrant ingredients. So for this article I’ll mention some resources for you if you want to get seriously into making all of your own personal beauty, skin care, and personal hygiene products. It’s possible to do this in your kitchen at home, but you will need some dedicated space for supplies and preparing your solutions. This area must be very clean and sanitary.
Admittedly I am entranced by the idea of being a chemist in my own kitchen creating scrumptiously fresh soaps and lotions and pastes from heavenly edible (in many cases) ingredients like milk, chocolate, honey, almonds, lemons, strawberries, cucumbers, specialty and essential oils. But who has the time for this? Not me, not at the moment. Maybe when I’m retired and just blogging for a living I’ll have time to become a kitchen chemist!
Now that we realize that one of the paths to clear, glowing skin is cleaning up our diets and actually becoming healthy, thus appearing healthy. We can also help our skin do it’s equally important job of protecting our body while allowing toxins to escape out its pores by using a pure soap like castile or glycerin soap on everything but our faces and necks. For our face and necks never use soap. Instead get or make some natural, plant-based non-soap cleansers, non-alcohol based facial toners and moisturizers.
Why we don’t want to use those commercial, harsh soaps, shampoos, lotions, gels, creams and what have you that we find on the shelves of our pharmacies and grocery stores. These products are not regulated at all, presumable because we are not eating them. The problem is that your skin absorbs 60 percent of what you put onto it. That’s no different than eating it really. Any given body care substance can still get inside your body and cause you harm. Check it out, but don’t get discouraged, just keep reading!
Ten worst toxic ingredients Found in COMMERCIAL SKINCare AND BODY CARE Products
- Parabens – Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
- Phthalates (“Fragrance”)
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
These three toxic ingredients are found in most or all of these commercial products types:
- Hair styling products
- body washes
- shaving cream and gels
- cosmetics and makeup
- Teeth Whiteners
- Fingernail products
- Makeup for lips, eyes, face
- Hair products
- Feminine products
Ethylenediamine Tetraacetic Acid (EDTA) is used as a stabilizer in makeup
To put it simply I quote Renee Loux:
EDTA “can run amok in the environment because it is fairly persistent at doing what it does. Give tat EDTA is a stabilizer, it’s quite stable itself and isn’t very cooperative about breaking down or degrading in the ecosystem or even during conventional wastewater treatment. EDTA’s chelating action is ecologically troublesome in waterways because it tends to remobilize dormant heavy metal sediments.” (Easy Green Living, p. 173)
Formaldehyde is released by or is a contaminant of synthetic preservatives found in commercial body care products. So if you see the following preservatives on ingredient lists (and you may have to research them to find out) you can be assured that formaldehyde is also most likely present.
- Diazolidinyl urea
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Dimethyl-dimethyl hydantoin
- Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol)
Found in nail products
Talc (often contaminated with asbestos)
- Body powders
- SPF products
Diethanolamine (DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA), Triethanolamine (TEA) -All can contain carcinogenic nitrosamines
Okay, enough of those hard to pronounce chemicals! I’m not a scientist so I’m not going to try and write like one. If you want to find out how these chemicals harm can harm you and your family and our environment it’s easy to find a research paper or two about them online. You can also go to product safety databases and they include personal care product ingredients.
Down with irritating, toxic skin and body care products! There is a better way! You’ll feel really great once you stop using these harsh, dangerous products and turn to gentle, plant based soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, and more. The gentlest of soaps, castile soap, can clean almost anything. Cleaning doesn’t have to be ‘no pain no gain’. That philosophy is not helpful, and is actually incorrect when it comes to cleaning agents.
Fantastic Homemade Skin Care Routines and Recipes
As I mentioned earlier, making your own skincare products can get fairly elaborate. I’m not ready for that and probably you are not. With that in mind I thought it would be great to get started with some really easy recipes. It may take some getting used to to rub food on your face and bath in dairy products. So, easy does it, one step at a time. It could easily become an obsession! just click to next page of this post!