Guest Post by DJ Little
I am passionate not only about health and wellness, but also about beauty. I am always looking, seeking to try to maintain nice hair and skin, naturally of course.
Beauty From the Inside Out
This is mostly achieved by what we put into our bodies. Beautiful skin comes from the inside out - another GREAT reason to stay away from sugar, processed foods, fried foods, and dehydrating foods and drinks. If you are a coffee drinker as I am, be sure for every cup of coffee you drink, you consume two cups of water to help keep the skin well hydrated.
Nuts can be very dehydrating also; which is why they make you so thirsty, so be sure to hydrate well after consuming nuts and also eat them in moderation.
Fresh fruits and veggies are amazing for the skin and hair. Consume them in their season and as fresh as possible. Always go heavy on the veggies and light on the fruit. Fruit is full of sugar; yes, it is natural sugar, but it is still sugar. Cow manure is natural also, but I would not dream of consuming it or putting it on my body at all!!! Just because something is natural does not mean it's good for you. So go easy of fruit and eat in its season.
Coconut water is a great hydrator!!! They used young coconut water for blood transfusions during WWII.
Chlorophyll is also a really good detoxer and helps keep the skin clear. I drink or take chlorophyll pills almost daily.
Green smoothies are great for nurturing the skin from the inside out also.
Herbal teas are great for the skin also. You can drink them or make a hair rinse or face mask out of them. For a face mask, you can use your herbal tea as the liquid and a green clay for the binder.
Skin and Hair Care
Honey also makes a great face mask. My daughter makes a face mask of buckwheat honey, salt, and baking soda...looks like peanut butter on her face, but her skin looks so beautiful afterwards!
Drinking aloe vera juice is also fabulous for the skin, and using it on the skin is very firming. Aloe Vera was one of Cleopatra's beauty regimens.
Believe it or not, Apple Cider Vinegar is great for hair and skin!!! You can rinse your hair with ACV to remove build up. ACV with a clay make a good face mask also.
Be careful of the type of soap you use also. I make my own soap and use essential oils in it that are helpful to the skin. My favorite soap to use is one that I put lavender, frankincense, and activated charcoal in. Don't use harsh soaps on your skin, and don't over wash your skin either.
And ladies take care of your NECK!!! No one ever bothered to tell me this as I was growing up... I so wish I would have heard that one!
Eggs whites are also skin firming.
I also like to mix frankincense in what ever I am using to moisten my skin with. Sometimes it's Shea butter, sometimes hyaluronic acid since I am over forty, sometimes a rose oil lotion... I keep it changed up.
Oh yeah, did I mention stay hydrated?!
I personally have found coconut oil to be great for my hair but very drying on my skin.
Once you are in your forties and looking for more drastic measures, there are options. I have my face microneedled. It's not a facial and it's not relaxing, but the benefits are fabulous!!! My face feels so smooth and looks so even. My fine lines diminish, pore size is smaller, scars fade. I love it!!! Its is a bit painful but as I always tell my girls...beauty hurts.
Remember also that everything you put on your skin is quickly absorbed into your body, so use organic products and steer clear of all else!!! EWG's website can give you a run down on clean products for your face, including makeup. I tend to use Mineral Fusion or Ecco Bella or Zuzu Luxe.
Eat real whole foods!!!
D.J. Little is a Christian wife, homeschool mom, outdoor enthusiast, and Certified Nutritional Counselor and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She enjoys simplicity, is passionate about all things health and fitness, is crazy for free weights, and says she has to force herself to do cardio. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.