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5 ways to be kind to your skin

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As a health-conscious individual, you probably care about what goes on, as much as you care about what goes in, your body. You also probably know that many skincare products out there are loaded with toxic chemicals.

In fact, many every day products that the average person uses have been linked to health issues including allergies, asthma, eczema, development and reproductive issues.

So, what options are available for those who want to avoid harsh chemicals? There are many options out there, but let’s take a look at these five different ways you can REALLY be kind to your skin;

1: Drink plenty of water!
The benefits of drinking water for your skin are undeniable. Many celebrities credit water for their complexion and youthful-looking skin, and even science confirms that drinking more water can alter skin hydration.



For instance, one trial that was looking at the health benefits of water for skin showed that the participants who drank two litres of water a day for thirty days had notable changes in both deep and superficial skin hydration.

2: Food for your skin
Having a clear or youthful-looking skin begins with what you put in, not what you put on your body. For instance, a diet that’s full of processed foods or high in sugar can easily burden your liver by building up toxins.

When your liver is overloaded with toxins, it’s unable to perform its job, which is to successfully eliminate these toxins from the body. Instead, your body finds other ways to eliminate toxins including via the skin. This is why dryness, oily skin, psoriasis, eczema and acne are linked to a congested liver.

On the other hand, your liver and skin highly benefit from the right foods that not only detoxify the liver, but also improve your inner and outer health. These include the following;
• Avocados
• Beets
• Eggs
• Leafy greens
• Liver (really!)
• Green tea
• Grapefruit
• Herbs
• Olives
• Olive oil



3: Apple cider vinegar
In addition to lowering blood sugar levels and promoting weight loss, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is also beneficial for the skin. It’s commonly used as a toner and contains acetic acid, which has powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

This potent compound helps by balancing and restoring the right pH levels to the skin. It does this by preventing your skin from becoming too oily or too dry. You can either wash your face with diluted vinegar or simply use a cotton ball and apply it evenly to your face. A lot of women like to do this as a bedtime routine so the skin absorbs all that goodness overnight.

The malic acid in ACV is also beneficial for those with acne-prone skin. As a common ingredient in anti-aging creams, malic acid is helpful for fighting bacteria that causes acne whilst promoting skin hydration and removing dull skin.



4: Homemade skincare
If you love skincare products, then making your own products might be the best alternative. After all, it’s the safest option you have since you decide what ingredients to use. In addition, it’s cost effective as you can buy premium ingredients that are natural and organic without breaking the bank!

Whether you want to make your own moisturiser, shampoo, face cream, toner, lip balm or deodorant, there are countless recipes online to suit every taste and budget. Most recipes take 5 – 15 minutes, but the best part is that you have both control and peace of mind when it comes to the products you use on your body.



Of course, not everyone has the time to make their own products and all the time. If this is you, then rejoice because there’s another way!

5: Certified organic and natural skincare
For health-conscious consumers who want safer alternatives to mainstream skincare products, these organic alternatives are well received. And best of all? There’s something for every budget!

When buying natural or organic skincare, it’s important to keep the following in mind;
• Certified
• Familiar ingredients
• Few ingredients (less is more!)
• Plastic-free packaging.

When you eat right, drink enough water and look after your skin with natural products, you will glow from the inside out. Most importantly, your body and skin will thank you for it!

References:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4529263
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038963/
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/acetic_acid#section=Top

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Harmful chemicals in cosmetic and bodycare products
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