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You Can Be Your own Dermatologist

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You Can Be Your own Dermatologist
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Everyone wants smooth, beautiful skin, but for most of us, this seems an unattainable dream. What are the factors that contribute to your skin problems? What can you do to help your skin? Is it possible to achieve beautiful skin without help from a dermatologist?

We’re all unique, but some skin problems are quite common, such as skin sensitivity, spots and dryness. The good news is that there are natural remedies you can easily try at home that will make your skin glow with good health.

Why is your skin suffering?

The condition of your skin will be affected by what you put ON your body and what you put IN your body.

  1. Many bath and shower gels are heavily perfumed and contain alcohol — these can be very drying and can cause allergic reactions if you have sensitive skin.
  2. Moisturizers are designed to strip the natural oils from your skin and replace them with chemical ones. Research has shown that prolonged use of moisturizers actually makes the skin drier and more sensitive.
  3. You are what you eat, and if you’re not giving your body enough vitamins and minerals, this will show on your skin through spots, dullness or uneven skin tone. Eating a diet high in processed food will result in a lack of nutrients and poor skin condition.
  4. Fizzy drinks and energy drinks contain sugar and/or caffeine, both of which are detrimental to your health and your skin.

What you can do about it?

Your skin’s barrier, also called the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in moisture and locking out germs, pollution, bacteria and toxins. To work effectively, the skin’s barrier has a slightly acidic natural pH level of around 5. Synthetic soaps, perfume and even tap water can change the pH of your skin, making it more alkaline, leaving it prone to dryness and sensitivity, as well as skin conditions such as eczema. Natural and plant based products that are free from harsh chemicals will be gentler and kinder to your skin and won’t strip its acid mantle.

The following tips will help you achieve and maintain healthy, glowing skin:

  1. Use natural vegetable based soap or liquid castile soap, as these are less irritating to the skin. Health food shops usually stock a good range of natural cleansers — always check the label, as some products marked “natural” actually contain chemicals that will irritate your skin.
  2. Try putting a few drops of essential oils in your bath, instead of using bubble bath. Their scents will soothe your senses and help you relax. The best oils to use for dry skin are geranium, lavender and chamomile. If you have oily skin, clary sage and bergamot can help control sebum production. Your skin produces sebum to keep itself waterproof and moisturized, but over-production can result in oily skin and breakouts.
  3. Use natural oils to moisturize your skin. Almond oil is light and quickly absorbed. If your skin is very dry, wheat-germ oil and jojoba oil can provide you with some relief. Argan oil has been used for centuries as a beauty product and has been proven to soothe the skin and improve its appearance. Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer and smells delicious! Where possible, buy pure organic oils with no additives.
  4. Eat foods that support your skin. Foods high in anti-oxidants protect the skin cells from aging and from free radicals found in food and the environment. Orange/red vegetables, as well as dark green vegetables, such as peppers, tomatoes, spinach, kale, beetroot etc. contain lots of beta-carotene, which your body converts to the anti-oxidant Vitamin A. Nuts, such as almonds and Brazil nuts, are high in Vitamin E, which helps your skin lock in moisture and fight skin-aging free radicals. Berries are very high in Vitamin C, which also helps keep your skin healthy.
  5. Avoid processed foods. They damage your health AND your skin. Carry healthy snacks with you like fruit or nuts, so you have an alternative to fast food or sugary treats.
  6. Swap your fizzy drink for water. Our bodies are 70% water; we need to stay hydrated to function at our best. Aim to drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day. If you find water too plain, add a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of honey to create a quick, tasty and healthy lemonade.

Bonus Tips

  1. Facial steaming will prevent the appearance of whiteheads and blackheads by clearing out your pores.
  2. Clay masks are a great way to keep your skin clear and smooth. Rhassoul clay cleanses the skin gently and is completely natural. You can even add a few drops of essential oil, for extra moisture.
  3. If you suffer from acne, homeopathic medicines such as lappa and dried barberry extract have been shown to significantly improve the appearance of acne prone skin.

You can be your own dermatologist! Spending time on your skin care routine and following these simple steps will help improve the condition of your skin. You can have beautiful skin. Spread the word and help other people get rid of their skin issues too.