The skin is our biggest organ and it should, therefore, be something we are proud of. But as with most things in life, nothing is really given. Skincare routines might be simple and straight forward, but we still need to invest some thought into it.
I feel that the most important part is to feel comfortable and proud of the type of skin you have. Embrace all the spots, marks, freckles, and the completion tone. As cliche as it sounds, learn to love yourself from the inside out.
It starts by fueling your body right. Nutrition is key. Your holistic diet defines how your skin will, at last, be portrayed to the outside world. I do not believe in the magic of simple supplements. I rather practice wholesome plant-based nutrition that consists of a complex matrix of nutrients and antioxidants. That does not mean that I don’t like to indulge in a chocolate bar once in a while, but I try to keep the balance. Your emphasis should be on nutrition overall, rather than individual compounds of vitamins and other ingredients. Trust your body, if you give it a variety of healthy ingredients, it will balance them right.
Second is hydration. This goes further beyond just drinking plain water. You can indulge in a various array of hydrating teas, natural juices, fruits, and vegetables. They consist of bigger amounts of water while some unsalted soups do just the same, too.
Combine the previous two tips with keeping your gut healthy. Indulge in fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds that will keep your digestion moving. You can also pair with a healthy dose of probiotics found in yogurts and fermented drinks like kombucha tea and wine (hey, I said it). Do you still think healthy is strict and boring?
Just like your muscles need to wiggle around a little, your skin needs to do the same. Spinning on a chair and typing on the computer probably won’t do the work. But, dancing a little or performing your preferred type of exercise will increase your blood flow. It will, in turn, send oxygen and nutrients to all areas of your body and every cell. While having a successful career might put you to financial ease, taking time to live stress-free is soothing for your mind. Establish your self-care rituals by bringing some calm into your life. This can be as simple as a short self-massage or even a bubble bath.
I might not have been a huge makeup user—or a makeup consumer at all—as I tend to find all my skincare essentials within the same grocery store, but that doesn’t mean that my routine is any less thorough. I use coconut oil or cacao butter in place of a moisturizer. Coconut oil works better for me during cooler months as it is more oily, while cacao butter works perfectly on my skin all throughout summer. If you do tend to use more makeup, you could as well use any of the natural oils underneath other products, while they additionally work great when removing makeup and replenishing the moisture to your skin. I do exfoliate my skin a couple of times a week, which I again use natural oils mixed with either sea salt or coconut shavings. I would sometimes even throw dried flowers to the mix to achieve an even more soothing scent.
I have found that as simpler as I keep my routines and as natural as the “products” are, the better and fresher I feel. They all come hand-in-hand with a minimalist approach to life – spending less and feeling lighter in return. I think that honoring the skin I live in has never come easier than it does now that I simplified my routines to the minimum. More time on my hands also allows me to have greater experiences with my loved ones.