6 Easy DIY Skin Care Tips!

Skin is the largest organ in the body. So it’s important to take care of it and it will surely take care of you!

Here are a few easy skin care tips to keep your complexion smooth and stress free!

1. WATER WATER WATER!

The most important thing to remember about skincare is that it starts from taking care of your internal needs!

Meaning make sure you’re drinking enough water. Drinking at least 2 liters of filtered water daily will help your skin improve. You flush out any toxins in your body from anything that you eat and drink which in turn will help clear up your dry skin, blackheads, and acne!

Even if you can’t drink 2 liters of water a day, at least drink 1-2 bottles of water daily. A little is always better than nothing!

2. YOUR DIET

Eating foods filled with sugar is believed to lead to breakouts, even sometimes headaches and mood swings! Try cutting back on eating sweets if you want your skin to clear up!

Try using Stevia or natural honey if you need to sweeten a beverage or food item.

Also try eating leafy greens daily to help keep a clear complexion!

3. TEA TREE OIL

Tea tree oil is an anti inflammatory which relieves irritated skin and is a great remedy for acne.

To use, dilute 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with 20-40 drops of witch hazel. Apply to affected area once or twice a day with a cotton swab.

4. SLEEP SILKY

Sleeping with a silk or satin pillow case can help your skin stay healthy and smooth. It also helps reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.

An added bonus is that a silk pillowcase will also benefit your hair by reducing frizziness!

5. FACE MASK

Try applying a DIY face mask catered to your skin problems. A lot of the ingredients required for these masks can be found right in our kitchen! So check out the link and give it a try!

DIY Face Masks

6. PAY ATTENTION

Do your best to listen to your skin.

For instance, if you are getting pimples in one spot on your face, try backtracking to see if you are adding something new to your diet that is causing this breakout. It could also be related to stress or a new skin product that you may be using for example.

Try paying attention to your daily habits to see what might be causing your skin dilemma. Remember if you take care of your skin, it will take care of you!

Hope these tips were helpful! If you have any other recommendations for maintaining clear skin, feel free to list in the comments below! 😊

5 Easy Ways To Drink More Water and Stay Hydrated!

Summer is here folks! The weather is starting to heat up and we need to make sure we’re staying hydrated so we won’t pass out!

If you don’t like drinking water or need to increase your water intake, check out these helpful tips to get you on track!

1. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

You can keep your body hydrated by consuming fruits and veggies that contain 85 percent or more water. Even though fruits are great sources of water, they’re also high in sugar and can have unwanted calories if you eat too many.

Veggies with high water content:

-cucumber

-celery

-radishes

-tomatoes

-cauliflower

-spinach

-broccoli

Fruits with high water content (eat in moderation)

-watermelon

-strawberries

-oranges

-grapefruit

-kiwi

-cantaloupe

Here is a list of more fruits and veggies with high water content:

Fruits/Veggies With High Water Content

2. Limit Alcohol Intake

The more alcohol you ingest, the more your body will become dehydrated. When you consume alcohol, urination occurs more frequently. This causes the body to lose more fluid which in turn causes dehydration. If you decide to drink alcohol, make sure to drink water in between your alcoholic beverages.

3. Add Flavor!

To make your water more enjoyable, squeeze lemon and/or lime juice into your water. It gives it a much more pleasant taste! Citrus fruits not only make your water taste better, it also a good source of vitamin C, improves skin quality, freshens breathe, and aids in digestion!

4. Dilute Your Drinks

If you can’t resist the urge and have to drink juice or a sugary beverage, water it down a bit by adding water to your drink! Try going for a half water, half juice ratio so you can still taste the sweetness but can also have the dose of water that your body needs.

5. Track Your Water Intake

If you have a hard time drinking water, try using an app to remind you when to drink your recommended cups of H2O!

Apple Daily Water App

Droid Daily Water App

I hope these tips help you get more water intake! Good luck with your water journey!

Sources:

How To Drink More Water

Ways To Hydrate Without Drinking Water

12 Tips To Keep Skin Soft And Glowing! 

It’s beginning to get colder sooner than later this Fall! This cold weather and dry air results in dry skin which we all are not a fan of! Here are some tips on how to keep skin soft and glowing during the cold months!

1. Wash In Lukewarm Water

Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.


2. Moisturize Immediately Afterwards

Applying moisture to damp skin after showering/bathing helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle of mositurizer near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.

3. Choose Moisturizer Carefully

Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Try an oil-based rather than a water-based moisturizer. It’ll help your skin retain moisture in the winter. 

4. Protect

Wearing gloves and scarves is very helpful to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.


5. Humidify

Heating systems can dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

6. Drink

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like hot chocolate and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.


7. Overnight Moisturize

Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.

8. Exfoliate

Moisture can’t penetrate the skin if dead skin cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.

9. Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens and Irritants

Particularly if you have eczema dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin.

10. Hydrate From The Inside Out

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseeds to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.

11. Change Your Cleanser

Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.

12. Use DIY Masks

Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.