After many years of scientific research, we (at Natural Vibrancy) have discovered an approach to preventing the signs of aging by integrating nature’s most powerful nutrients together and letting them work for our skin. First, you may wonder - can we transform our skin appearance even if it was neglected for a while? It depends (since there are quite a few variables that each skin scenario presents) but in most cases, the answer is “Yes.” Your skin can always be improved if, and when, using the right natural skin care remedies, products and overall approach that solves your skin’s challenge. The only thing in question here is time.
How much time will it take for you to start seeing the transformation? Well, it all depends on your initial condition. If your skin is in really bad shape, it will take months, not weeks, to see any dramatic improvements. As long as you have your expectations set correctly, you’ll eventually be happy with your results. However, it’s like with anything else in life, you have to take action. Every action begins with small steps that move you closer and closer towards your big goal. It’s a process. The same applies to healing and restoring your skin.
Natural Skin Care Tips To Remember
How do you fight aging? Your first weapon is prevention. We all speed up our natural aging process when we run around in the sun (without any protection), smoke, stress, don’t get enough sleep, expose ourselves to environmental toxins, eat a nutrition-poor diet (especially one lacking in vitamins A, C, E and folic acid) and use harsh soaps or silicon / detergent-based moisturizers.
Even when we “behave” and don’t accelerate our aging as described above, our skin will naturally go through the following aging process:
- At around age 30, our skin’s oil glands reduce their production significantly, and the loss continues over the years.
- In our late 30’s and 40’s, melanocytes begin to burn out, weakening the skin’s ability to fight sun damage and causing irregular pigmentation or so-called sun spots.
- At age 40, the skin’s fat layer and the dermis (the second layer of our skin) begin to thin. The process starts speeding up after we hit 50. Thinning out in both of those layers creates sagging and loss of the youthful roundness and softness, as well as it makes the skin more fragile.
- Also, in the dermis, cells called fibroblasts continually replenish our skin’s supply of collagen and elastin. These fibroblasts lose their capacity to function properly over the years, resulting in the reduction of collagen and elastin (the two key elements of our youthful skin).
- Our receptors for the immune system that report the presence of toxins weaken / decrease. And without them, we are less likely to get an immediate warning signal when we come in direct contact with irritants, which can lead to permanent skin damage (because of lowered capacity to repair damage, which brings us to the next point).
- In general, the overall body loses its ability to repair free-radical damage; therefore changes in the cells become more distinct while accelerating aging.
As you can see, time does its own thing as we grow older, so prevent at least the things that are within your reach and put the lid on aging. As discussed above, focus on getting enough sleep, eating a nutritious diet, using natural, high-quality skin care products and avoiding stress by integrating meditation and / or short, but solid, workouts into your daily schedule.
It all might seem simple, but when it comes to implementation, it might be overwhelming. So, start small by introducing one new thing into your daily routine each week. The first week, make adjustments to your nutritious diet and tweak it from there. The second week, introduce meditation. The third week, integrate a few short workout routines. As you move forward, pay attention to detail and monitor what your body and skin type responds to the most. What works - keep and what doesn’t - let go. These are the high-level tips that will serve as your core base or foundation.
Your Best Natural Skin Care Remedies
Your best remedy is prevention! As you might know, beautiful skin on the outside begins with good health on the inside. It is logical that the inside and the outside of your body support each other. Both of them require attention and care. Have you ever seen an unhealthy man or woman with a flawless complexion and a radiant skin? We doubt you have.
We can’t stress enough the importance of a balanced nutritious diet. A healthy diet is directly linked to a healthy skin. A healthy diet provides the nutrients that are necessary for your skin’s cells. When your skin is under stress, the need magnifies. Picture good nutrition as your fresh reserve that continuously lends support and boosts your skin’s healing on a daily basis.
It’s the nutrients in the food (once metabolized) that circulate and make their way to your skin to protect, repair and replenish its needs. When you think about it, your diet is one of the few things you can control when everything else is out of control (like stress, hormones or illness). Your good nutritional choices will speed up any healing.
So what does that entail? It is simple - focus on mostly whole and unprocessed foods that are antioxidant and vitamin-rich. On top of it, every meal must be well-balanced ((lean proteins + complex carbohydrates (containing fiber) + high-quality, unsaturated fats)). Choose locally grown foods that are pesticide-free and every day aim to eat a purer whole-foods diet. That’s it.
Stay away from the latest diets and starvation techniques. Implement what we described above, monitor your portions and you’ll see results in no time. And keep in mind that you can’t replace all those nutrients by simply taking supplements. They will never make up for a bad and unbalanced diet.
In a nutshell, if you choose to go with a balanced and nutritious diet, you’ll dramatically improve your skin’s appearance and radiance. If you would like to learn more about nutrients and super-foods for your skin type, then go through our other posts/articles where we cover it in greater detail.
Choosing Natural Skin Care Products
Once again, prevention is what you need to focus on above all. Prevent it from happening in the first place, and you’ll help your skin to age gracefully by extending its youthfulness into your fifties, sixties and seventies. Besides your balanced and nutritious diet, choose to go with natural skin care products. Look at the ingredients and be selective. Avoid silicones that add no value to your skin. Most large corporations tend to use very small amounts of high quality ingredients (if any) that make no difference to your skin (because of costs and margins), so venture out and look for skin care products beyond the big brand names.
Some small players really care about the quality of their products, like we do, at Natural Vibrancy. Here is one of our natural body lotions that is way better in quality than most face creams out in the market today. You can watch the short description in the video below:
Speaking of prevention, every time you play in the sun, use sunblock. Sun is a major contributor to our aging process. It’s the UVA and UVB rays that cause skin damage. Using sunscreen can prevent photo-aging, actinic keratoses, sun spots (discolorations), basal cell carcinomas and the development of melanoma (skin cancer). You may be thinking - there are so many sunscreens on the market; how do I choose?
In order to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays, choose a product that has a “Broad Spectrum” label on it. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Ultimately, pick a sunblock based on what works best for your skin and your amount of UV exposure. Think about whether you’ll need a waterproof product (which can be sticky) or one that goes on dry skin, so that makeup application is easier. Also, take the time to experiment with various formulations. Sunscreens are available in lotions, gels, powders, sprays and even a wax type of base. Choose one that is comfortable for you to wear, and if your sunscreen triggers a breakout, switch brands.
In addition, a number of sunscreen products now have antioxidants as additives. Since some ultraviolet rays penetrate even the best sunscreens, these antioxidants can support the skin to prevent UV damage. Some common antioxidants are green tea extract, Vitamin C, betacarotene and pomegranate. The more natural ingredients working for your skin the better!
Mixing Your Own Natural Skin Care Recipes
Obviously, if you enjoy and have time to prepare homemade skin care recipes, do so, but choose to go with the most natural and high-quality healing ingredients you can find. Some high-quality ingredients will be priced accordingly, so don’t be surprised when you’ll see a big price tag next to it.
If something is selling cheaply, there is usually a reason. For example, vanilla fragrance costs $6 a pound, but genuine and certified-organic vanilla costs around $1,400 a pound. There is a big difference. High-quality ingredients will always cost more because the plant from which they came was cultivated without the use of pesticide (and have more therapeutic value) or handpicked in the wild, both of which processes are very labor-intensive.
Also, always keep in mind to sterilize your glassware / equipment and test any mixture (cream, lotion, cleanser, mask, toner) on a small area of your skin, to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to it. And one more thing that is important to know when playing with essential oils: essential oils need to be diluted before you apply them to the skin. The two exceptions to this rule are tea tree oil and lavender, which are gentle enough to be applied directly to the skin.
So, pick to play with anti-inflammatory promoting and antioxidant-rich ingredients, and allow them to do the magic for your skin. Feel free to share this article with your friends and let us know if you have any questions. Or even better - share what your natural skin care routine looks like (what products do you like or dislike?).