* Article contributed by freelance writer, Adam Short, a natural organic skin care enthusiast.
Natural skin health is not only about what you eat but also how you care for yourself that promotes skin health.
Healthy, glowing skin is a visible indication of good physical health and a balanced diet. Conversely, problem skin is often an outward indication of an inner imbalance or poor nutritional habits.
If you are looking to improve your skin's tone and appearance, try the following tips for healthy skin care to help you look and feel your best.
First, adopt a can-do attitude. . .
Your attitude shapes your experience. If you move through the world constantly fraught with worry and anxiety your health and appearance will be negatively impacted with time.
Care for your skin from the inside out. . .
Make a concerted effort to avoid frowning, smile often. Studies show that simply smiling can help turn a sour mood around.
Small changes such as ingesting the recommended daily allowance of fiber and water can help to keep your skin fresh and supple. You can be assured of getting the proper amount of fiber in your diet by including at least five servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.
Keep well hydrated. . .
Your skin is thirsty! All the time. Keep a bottle or glass of water on hand and aim to drink at least half your weight in ounces each day. For example, if you weigh 120pounds try to take in at least 60 ounces of water each day.
There are a number of foods, such as lettuce and certain fruits, with high water content that you can use to help boost your water intake.
Water baths your cells and helps to eliminate toxins; it also keeps you hydrated from the inside. The result; beautiful, healthy natural skin.
Your skin is a living organ; in fact, it is the largest organ of the body.
Exfoliate. . .
Exfoliate away the dry, rough and dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin to reveal glowing natural skin underneath.
Exfoliation becomes more important with aging as the process of generating new skin cells slows, thus causing a dull complexion. There are a number of commercially available products that exfoliate.
These include various scrubs with microbeads, sugar, salt and crushed walnut shells. You might also try using cloths specially designed for this purpose or making your own natural treatment. (Be careful to test any products for sensitivity before applying to the skin.)
Exercise. . .
A critically important component of natural skin care and overall health: especially as we age. In addition to cardiovascular and respiratory benefits, both important for skin health, exercise helps the body release toxins through the skin with perspiration.
Aim to get at least thirty minutes of exercise at least three times each week.
Whatever activity you choose should take you within 50-70% of your target heart rate for best results.
Moisturize. . .
Religiously use a deeply hydrating and nutrient rich moisturizing treatment and protect your skin against the elements. Just as it is important to care for skin from the inside out it is also important to employ some natural skin care tips from the outside in.
Cleanse. . .
Wash your face with a mild, non-irritating cleanser at least twice daily and after exercise.
Avoid using water that is too hot as it can dry your skin, robbing it of its healthy glow. Apply a toner with light, upward strokes. Finally, apply a moisturizer that includes sunscreen in summer and winter when the rays of the sun can also be damaging.
For best results apply moisturizer to still damp skin to create the most effective moisture barrier. In addition to sunscreen, you may want to consider a hat if you have particularly sensitive or fair skin.
Rest. . .
Get ample sleep. The average adult needs 7-9 hours sleep each evening; however, most get significantly less. You can improve the health of your skin and appearance simply by getting a good night's sleep.
Keep it natural. . .
Your pantry is filled with skin healthy ingredients. Making your own aging skin treatments is not only quick and easy, homemade products can actually be more effective than the OTC ones.