While it’s been a little while since my last post, unfortunately life took over and my blog took the back seat. Being a full-time working mom means that there are never enough hours in the day. Even with the best intentions, I have found it a bit hard to juggle everything the last couple of months.
A lot of my time went to travelling with the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) on a coast to coast media tour. It was a ton of fun, and allowed me to meet some great people while also sharing some great information on how to naturally look after your skin.
Our skin truly is the window of our inside to the world. Maintaining the health of our skin is something that is very important to most of us, especially as we age. As a new mom I know there is no time for anything so a complex skincare regime is not possible, which is why working with the CHFA we developed a simple three-step natural skin care routine.
What do you use to wash your face? If you are using a harsh soap (which many are) it will dry out your skin, stripping your natural oils, which can actually make breakouts worse. When it comes to cleansing my face, one of favourite things to use is coconut oil, I literally have a jar in every bathroom of my house. I use it as a cleanser, moisturizer, and make-up remover. It’s also the only thing I use on Noble’s skin. I just wet my face and rub it in to cleanse and remove my make-up then gently pat my face dry.
In addition to coconut oil I also love honey. Unpasteurized or raw honey contains natural, active enzymes and minerals that are fantastic for the skin. My favourite is manuka honey which you can pick up at your local CHFA health food store. It’s naturally anti-bacterial, helping with any pesky acne-causing bacteria.
There are a number of vitamins that are crucial for keeping our skin healthy, but vitamin C is a true rock star. Vitamin C is important for building collagen, which gives our skin form, firmness and strength. It absorbs deep into the dermis and supports the form and firmness of the skin. Since it is water soluble and also acidic, in order for it to penetrate the skin effectively, it needs to be in a “vitamin C-ester” form.
When it comes to vitamin C you can take a supplement (most multivitamins include it), you can make sure you are eating the rainbow by choosing foods high in vitamin C such as, kiwis, tomatoes, spinach and of course citrus fruits, or you can find plenty of natural nourishing serum products which can be applied topically at your local CHFA health food store.
Watch this video to learn about other important vitamins to help give you glowing and radiant skin.
We all know that beauty is more than skin deep, and when it comes to our skin it’s not only what we put onto our body but also what we put into it that makes a difference. Moisturizing from within is exteremly important which is just one more reason taking a fish oil supplement, high in EPA and DHA, on a daily basis is so important. Supporting the deep skin with fish oil is actually a really helpful way to reduce inflammation and keep moisture in. It also helps protect from sun damage, which is one of the most common causes of aged-looking skin.
Watch this video for more great tips on how to moisturize your skin from the inside out.
What do you use to cleanse, nourish and moisturize your skin? What are your favourite natural skin care products or DIY recipes? Please share your thoughts below.
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