This is not going to be an article about all of the topical treatments one can apply to maintain a clear complexion. The articles that I’ve written like that have only shared one side of the story. The skin is an organ just like the ones we don’t see inside the body. The skin protects us yet also shares all of our internal body issues with the world.
When we face severe life stresses, the results usually show in wrinkles, discoloration in the skin, and also acne. Stress comes in many forms, yet one form of stress that we don’t usually consider is with what we put into and on our body. If we have suddenly stopped eating nourishing foods or have consistently chosen to eat in unhealthy ways by eating comfort foods (sugar, dairy products, breads if allergic to gluten, processed foods, etc), drinking alcohol or high amounts of caffeine, smoking, and using toxic beauty products, all of these things put a stress on our body and in many cases will show up through our skin.
If our digestive system isn’t in tip top shape, our skin is used as an outlet for purging impurities and it’s not pretty. Drinking lots of water tremendously helps, yet being mindful of how we are treating our bodies from the inside out makes the biggest difference. When we are going through hard times which we can’t control, self nurturing by getting rest when we can and putting healthy foods and drinks into our bodies are crucial.
Many times we may do the opposite then get even more frustrated when our skin doesn’t look as vibrant and clear as we’d like. We may not be able to control all of our circumstances at all times, but we can control what we eat and how we nurture ourselves. As magnificent as our bodies are, it still depends on us to take care of it.
I’ve been recently getting questions that a natural skin care regimen that was once working is no longer providing the same results. This happens to everyone. I used to think that I needed to keep the exact same skin care regimen to have consistent results. Although I am very consistent with my beauty regimen, yet I’ve learned to use my intuition more with it and not be rigid.
When I was using raw honey as a face wash, my skin was relieved with the simplicity of this healing skin care regimen. At one point my skin started breaking out so I started oil cleansing with jojoba oil and essential oils. I have noticed that it is the essential oils that keep my skin in check. Essential oils balance sebum, nourish the skin at a very very deep level, aid with fading scars, and add healing aromatherapy to our skin care regimen. I still use raw honey every once and awhile with my weekly treatments or when I feel like it. I have gotten the best results from using jojoba oil with essentials oils and keep that as my main skin care method.
Creating our own simple beauty products with essential oils to use with jojoba oil or our favorite carrier oil will aid our skin in finding balance and allowing it to heal itself. We can use our essential oil and carrier oil blend as a cleanser, serum, or moisturizer. We must do what is best for our skin and use our intuition.
With the world of airbrushing and good makeup by amazing artists (I’ve been in their chairs), we have tweaked notions on of how we should look. Instead we can think of our skin as a compass as to what is going on inside of our body. If we have a break out, we can see it as impurities not being able to eliminate in other ways such as the digestive or lymphatic system. Although I am vegan/vegetarian, I still have to stay on eating healthy by getting in the right amounts of fresh fruits and veggies. Our bodies gives us signals to what it needs if we would only learn to understand the signs.
Along with essential oils, doing weekly facials masks and treatments have made a big difference for my skin. (See my beauty regimen for a few masks/treatments that I use.) Exfoliation and using clays to draw impurities out of the skin help the skin to detox. I again suggest using intuition on what to use and when. Definitely consider detoxing the body from the inside as well. Consult a nutritionist or naturopathic doctor to see what would be the best method for your body. Also it is important for us to continually do our own research.
Eating well, resting, keeping our life as simple as possible, using our intuition on which products or natural ingredients will serve us the best with our skin care, while finding time to relax and play are the best things we can do for our life and for maintaining clear skin. There is no such thing as beauty in a bottle although we have been persuaded to believe it to be true. There is no one thing that can do it all for us.
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)