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How to Naturally Look More Youthful

Five Ingredients for Healthy Skin

In an effort to maintain “that” youthful look and feel, many are willing to spend significant amounts of money on skincare products. The truth is you can spend outrageous amounts of money on the best imported creams but it is not that easy. There is more involved than what you put on your face. A healthy glow comes from healthy daily habits, like getting enough sleep, avoiding junk food and sweets, drinking enough water and managing the stress in your life. Daily exercise, eating plenty of fruits and veggies rich in antioxidants, not smoking and protecting yourself from the sun are also important. Often people will turn to very expensive products but everyone can save money by turning to nature’s pharmacy and using herbs to improve their complexion.

The first thing you have to do is find a gentle cleanser that will NOT cause inflammation and something that will NOT leave your face feeling tight, dry or looking flaky. Therefore try to avoid harsh cleansers or bar cleansers. Cleansing milk is always a good option because it is made up of an oil and water emulsion which will dissolve the grease and oil on the skin without stripping it completely. Some people love using clay (red, white or green) and simply mixing in a small amount of water or floral water, leaving it on for just a few minutes without letting it dry and then rinsing off. Washing your face in the morning and at night to remove the sweat, dirt, sebum or makeup is sufficient, so don't overdo it.

Most dermatologists will agree that if you wash your face properly, toner isn't necessary but some people like that smooth and fresh feeling after using it. If you use toner make sure that it's not an alcohol-based product as it will harm your skin’s protective barriers, make skin oily and redness worse, trigger free-radical damage and age your skin. If you want a gentle refreshing toner use floral water (hydrosol) which you can purchase pre-made or make your own using flower petals and water. You can also choose to add essential oils for their aromatherapy value such as lavender, rose or orange blossom.

Moisturizing your face with a combination of water, oil, herbs and natural ingredients is an ideal way to nourish, soothe, lubricate and hydrate your skin. You can massage the moisturizer in to help stimulate circulation and ensure a healthy complexion. You can have fun creating recipes of your own or you can find recipes on the web (find a good source). Try different oils such as olive oil (for most skin types excluding very oily), almond oil, grapeseed oil (for oily skin) and jojoba oil (dry or damaged skin) or coconut oil.

There are a number of natural ingredients that can help you keep your skin healthy without harsh chemical treatments.

Aloe Vera:
Aloe has many anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and collagen production bioactive compounds that may improve symptoms of certain skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis (scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff).

Tea tree oil:
Tea tree oil contains approximately 100 compounds, many of which have antiseptic properties enabling it to be used effectively to prevent and treat infections. Tea tree oil offers similar results to benzoyl peroxide acne treatments, which makes this oil a natural alternative for getting rid of pimples without stripping your skin of its natural oils which causes further damage.

Evening primrose:
Evening primrose is high in unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids include the omega-6 fatty acids, linolenic acid, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This soothing (and great smelling) oil is often used as a tonic for inflammatory skin conditions and is often used to treat eczema.

Charcoal:
Activated charcoal removes toxins; it can help reduce the instances of acne and other skin impurities you might suffer from by drawing oil, dirt and other harmful substances from clogged pores. You can mix some charcoal with aloe vera and flower water for a quick face mask.

Chamomile:
Chamomile has always been known as a relaxing and soothing tea. However the dried flowers of chamomile also have amazing benefits for your skin since it contains many terpenoids and flavonoids that help soothe and reduce inflammation. Topical applications of chamomile have even been shown to be moderately effective in the treatment of some eczema.

Hopefully these natural ideas will save you money and give you the glow you've been looking for.