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Natural skin care and natural skincare recipes have been around since the beginning of time. In recent years natural skin care has made a big comeback as people have begun to realize what is in traditional make-up. Natural beauty comes from the inside out. Here are some easy ways to begin a natural skin care routine. Start your day off with a whole body dry brush exfoliation using a soft, natural bristle brush. This will eliminate dead skin cells, decrease puffiness and improve lymph and blood circulation. The next important step is to make sure you are getting enough water, fiber as well as fresh organic fruit and vegetables in your diet. A good diet is essential to healthy skin. Try to avoid sugar and eat flaxseed or cold water fish for the healthy fat they contain. Exercise plays an important role in natural skin care too. Jog, take a walk, skip a rope, practice yoga or workout at the gym. Staying active is important to healthy skin because inactivity can promote bloating, puffiness, acne, cellulite, and a loss of muscle tone. There are numerous natural skin care recipes that can be made at home using products you already have on hand with or without the use of essential oils. Tea tree oil is one of the best essential oils to have on hand if you are using essential oils in natural skincare recipes for their medicinal properties because it has antibacterial and antiviral qualities. Tea tree essential oil is also easily absorbed by the skin. An easy pH restorative peel can be made with the pulp from one tomato, one package of unflavored gelatin and one tablespoon of orange juice. Simply heat the ingredients long enough for the gelatin to dissolve, then puree the ingredients until they are smooth and apply to your face. This recipe works as an exfoliate, is great for a blemish treatment and helps firm and tone the skin.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|