Monday, October 18, 2021


 By Dan Matthews

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A 2017 survey found that 52% of U.S. consumers use skincare products regularly. In more recent years, since self-care has become a priority for so many, that number has likely increased.

Using skincare products can be a great way to manage the well-being of your skin and achieve a healthy glow. But, not all products are created equally, and many of them contain ingredients people aren’t comfortable with.

So, it should come as no surprise that people are becoming more interested in holistic solutions when it comes to skincare.

A holistic approach requires taking care of the skin from the inside out. It’s not just about using a product, it’s about nourishing your skin by focusing on the wellness of your entire body.

With that in mind, how can you adopt a holistic approach to skincare and ditch the dangerous products?

Look at Your Diet

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What you eat every day has, perhaps, the biggest impact on how you feel. It also affects the health of your skin and can either give you that glowing look you desire or cause unsightly problems.

  • Fatty fish
  • Avocados
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes

Alternatively, some of the worst foods for your skin include refined sugars, processed foods, and almost anything with a high glycemic index.

Changing your diet doesn’t have to be difficult. Even introducing more healthy foods little by little can make a difference.

But, taking a holistic approach is about more than changing what you eat, it’s about changing how you eat.

Intentional/mindful eating can make you more aware of what you’re taking in each day. You slow down at every meal and learn to appreciate every ingredient in a dish. You use all of your senses, which can make eating more of an experience rather than something you rush through. Mindful eating is a great way to honor your body by nourishing it the right way, and your skin will certainly show signs of improvement because of it.

Use Natural, Nourishing Ingredients

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If you’re used to applying skincare products every day, you don’t necessarily have to stop including that action as part of your routine. But, if you want to take a holistic approach, you should consider which “products” you’re using.

Instead of buying something at your local beauty store, consider using all-natural ingredients to clean and cleanse your skin. Many natural solutions can even combat conditions like acne better than traditional products, as they are gentler on the skin and don’t contain any chemicals.

Some of the best natural ingredients for skincare include Vitamin C, coconut oil, soy, and green tea extract. You can make your own “products” or use certain ingredients individually each day as part of a routine. If you have specific skin conditions, using natural ingredients can help to treat them safely without any harmful side effects.

Can you purchase natural, organic skincare products? Of course. Because more people are taking a holistic approach, these products have become quite popular and easy to find. The best thing you can do if you want the convenience of a product is to read labels and research the company. There are some wonderful natural products available, but there are also some imposters to stay away from.

Exercise and Rest

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Most people know how important exercise is for your physical health. But, it helps with more than just weight loss and staying in shape. Working out regularly helps your skin in several ways, including:

  • Improving blood flow/circulation
  • Boosting collagen production
  • Making it easier for the body to deliver nutrients to the skin
  • Promoting new skin cells

Additionally, sweating from a good workout can help to remove toxins from your skin. Just make sure to wash your face after working out. If sweat is left to “sit” on your skin, it could clog your pores or give you a greasy look.

If you’re exercising more, you’re probably going to be tired each night – and that’s a good thing! Getting enough sleep is just as important for your skin health as almost anything else. Sleeping allows your body time to repair and rejuvenate itself, including your skin. When you don’t get enough rest, your skin may start to look saggy and gray. It can also raise your cortisol levels and lead to inflammation. Stress is a big problem when it comes to skin health. Not getting enough sleep contributes to it.

As you can see, a holistic skincare routine doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By making a few small changes and adopting new, healthy habits, you can achieve the glowing skin you’ve always wanted while taking care of your whole body. It’s a wonderful way to be more mindful in your daily approach to your health and well-being, and you’ll start to reap the rewards in a variety of ways, starting with beautiful skin.

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