Here at DBB we are dedicating the month of March to our blushing brides-to-be and the entourage (brides maids, best friends, mothers & sisters of bride and of course the grooms party)!
Remember it’s never too soon to begin a healthy skincare regimen, even months before your wedding. Don’t panic! stress leads to break outs. Relax take a deep breath and read on —with our help, you can become your own skincare expert and your dazzling looks will be guaranteed for your special day!
In the spirit of getting your skin to look its optimal for your big day here are some dermatologist approved natural skin care pointers — Follow and reap great skin as a reward.
# 1 First Do No harm — Be Gentle When You Wash and Scrub Your Skin
Many people believe that aggressive scrubbing of their skin with a rough towel can help remove waste material and toxins from their skin. Abrasive scrubbing does not promote healthy skin, it actually worsens skin tone and health because it leads to damage of structures in the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. Your skin is well designed to cleanse itself from the inside out if your diet and lifestyle are health promoting. Be gentle when you wash your skin, and pat-dry with a soft towel. If you are using a scrub, do so only once or twice weekly and rub gently and never over scrub. Always moisturize after washing your skin!
# 2 Do Not Use Anti-Bacterial Soap
As A Regular Habit Millions of friendly bacteria live on your skin; these bacteria take up room and resources, making it difficult for unfriendly bacteria to establish colonies on your skin. Friendly bacteria in your skin also produce various substances, including fatty acids, peroxides, and bacteriocins that protect your skin against unfriendly bacteria. Regular use of anti-bacterial soap can diminish the strength and quantity of friendly colonies of bacteria in your skin, increasing your risk of experiencing infections, including acne.
#3 Minimize Use of Soap and Hot Water
Regular use of hot water and almost all types of soap can dry out your sebaceous glands, causing your skin to become dry and unhealthy. Healthy skin requires, regular sebum production to promote resistance against water and microbes. A natural soap and water should be used only when necessary to remove any chemicals, grease, gas, and oil that you are exposed to. It’s best to minimize the length of your showers and baths, and use lukewarm water rather than hot water. Repeated use of hot water showers and baths can cause your skin to become dry and unhealthy.
# 4 Minimize Exposure to Heat
If you’re living in hot climate or are exposed to dry furnace heat during colder months, your skin regularly loses water content, which can cause chronic dryness and itchiness. To combat this type of skin dryness, consider taking the following steps:
• Reduce exposure to the heat. Wear protective clothes and try to stay cool. Less exposure to heat results in less water loss from your skin, which results in healthier skin.
• Hydrate your skin by taking lukewarm baths, and moisturizing as soon as you get out of the tub while your skin is in a hydrated state. Use the most natural moisturizer that you have access to –olive or coconut oil.
• Take a lukewarm bath or shower only when necessary for cleansing. If you don’t need to bathe or shower every day, then don’t; your skin will be healthier for it. [/fancylist]
# 5 Minimize Use of Makeup, Perfumes, Colognes, Shaving Cream, and Other Personal Care Products and Cosmetics that Contain Toxic Chemicals
When your skin is bare, just as it is intended to be, it stands its best chance of receiving nourishment, getting cleared of waste products, breathing with your environment, and cleansing from the inside out. This is why children tend to have clear and healthy skin – they don’t regularly burden their skin cells with personal care products and cosmetics that many adults are conditioned to use daily. Ironically, people who regularly burden their skin cells with a number of unnecessary personal care and cosmetic products to look “better” for society tend to look “worse” at a much earlier age than those who don’t bother with such products. And using such products year after year further increases dependence on them.
The truth – and let it be heard loud and clear – is this:
[quote] The less stuff you put on your skin, the healthier and more beautiful it will be in the short and long term.[/quote]
#6 Eat Plenty of Water-Rich Foods
Healthy skin requires strong and steady blood flow, as your blood circulation brings your skin cells nourishment, and clears away waste products that your skin cells are constantly generating. Eating water-rich foods – mainly fresh vegetables and fruits – is essential to experiencing strong and steady blood flow, as the naturally occurring water, vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients found in these foods promote optimal blood circulation to your skin and throughout your body. Dark green vegetables are arguably the single best food group for promoting healthy skin via healthy blood flow, as no other food group can match the water content and pound-for-pound nutrient density of dark green vegetables. This is why I regularly recommend shooting for one head of romaine lettuce every day.
#7 Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Flavonoids
Both groups of nutrients are great for healthy skin and are strongly associated with healthy blood vessels, which are essential to experiencing optimal blood flow to and from your skin cells. Healthy foods that are naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids include:
• Dark green leafy vegetables
• Raw walnuts
• Wild salmon
• Fresh or dried seaweed
• Freshly ground flax seeds
• Freshly ground hemp seeds
• Free-range eggs
Healthy foods that are naturally rich in flavonoids include:
• Acerola cherries
• Citrus fruits
• Goji beries
• Lima beans
• Kidney beans
• Raw cacao
Ensure Adequate Intake of Foods Rich in Vitamin A, Carotenoids, & Healthy Fats
Vitamin A is arguably the single most important micronutrient for healthy skin, as it is needed to maintain the integrity and function of your skin cells. If your overall health is good and you regularly eat foods that are abundant in healthy fats, then chances are good that your body is effectively synthesizing vitamin A from carotenoids found in dark green, yellow, and orange vegetables like spinach, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
If you have any doubt about your body’s ability to synthesize vitamin A from carotenoids, you can eat foods that contain actual vitamin A, such as organic eggs.
Wishing you radiant beautiful skin and the best of life today and in the days to come!