A Sustainable Complexion

Pictured: covered in oils
Have you ever wondered why your skin still isn’t making the cut even after using tons of fancy products? For one, the wide array of products are part of the problem, as well as the ingredients that are conveniently hidden. What you see can’t hurt you, right? Quite the opposite. Today's article was written for an Australian blogger magazine, She The Queen. It features microbloggers like myself, and shares their favorites products, tips, and methods.

A tip to follow is by reading the ingredients listed on the back of the product. They’re in the ratio order of largest to smallest. If the first few ingredients are names you can’t pronounce, odds are they shouldn’t be going onto your skin and getting absorbed into your bloodstream. The best way to avoid these products while learning more about ones that are right for your skin type is to make your own. Popular and effective ingredients for supple, radiant, and overall fresh skin are coconut oil, raw honey, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, avocados and their oil. If you add sea salt into these ingredients, you can make a scrub that will dissolve and remove dead skin cells, and nourish the new layer of skin that you just revealed. Zero chemicals and sustainable.

The ever-changing side table

Aside from the obvious holy grail pieces of beauty advice to drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and to stop stressing so much, you also need to realize that what’s happening on the surface could be, and is almost always, due to what’s happening inside.  

Take probiotics. The story of your gut will be told on your face and sometimes all over your chest. Probiotics are good bacteria that are all about balance and eliminating toxins. Balance is needed for reigning in your hormones (as difficult as that can be sometimes), keeping your immune system strong, and generally controlling how you feel.  

Oil isn’t just for your face, you can also incorporate it into your diet— Preferably one that has Omega-3s in it. These are full of fatty acids which are the good kinds of fat you need to retain elasticity and moisture. They also help in the departments of hormones and your immune system. There’s never too much help when it comes to either of those functions.

If you’ve ever used skincare, which I’m sure you have, you’ve probably heard of collagen. Most think of it as a topical cream or serum that plumps the outer dermis, leaving a youthful glow and firmness. While that seems practical, collagen is a harder worker when ingested. The molecules of collagen are too large to penetrate the skin, so taking a supplement of it is the way to go.

Dry brushing— I don’t hear it being talked about it enough. It’s helped my skin dramatically by draining toxins through my lymphatic system with a soft-bristled brush and ridding my top layer of excess cells. Be sure to do this before your shower and never make the water too hot. It will only start the process of drying out your skin again.

My last piece of holistic beauty advice is to exercise regularly. Circulation is the best skincare there is. It pumps oxygen to the skin and reveals a glowing complexion. If you think there are too many steps involved, take your time and choose the ones you can see yourself doing to start with. Like most things, it will become easier and more natural over time. You’re not only helping yourself with these tips, but the environment too. Think of it as giving and receiving. You give back to earth, and in return it will be a better place for you to inhabit and stay healthy. Sustainability is the future.  

x Nicki

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