Keeping my skin soft and shiny all throughout the year is quite a challenge. The weather in Australia is intermittent – one day it’s extremely hot and dry, the next it’s superbly cold. Add to that, there seems to be a wide selection of products saturating the Australian market, promising this and that kind of result, only to find out they have made your skin worse than its original condition. Fortunately, though, I have the perseverance to research for effective products and treatments. Now, I am sharing here what has worked for me. It may just work for you, too!
Go loco with coco
I am obsessed with coconut oil. Filled with vitamins K and E, coconut is scientifically proven to help keep the skin healthy. This oil even aids in fighting acne-causing bacteria that thrive in your face. For your daily routine, rub an ample amount of coco oil onto your face and neck in an outward circular motion. Its antifungal, antibacterial, and moisturizing properties keep your skin clean and soft. As a caution, though, if your skin is rather oily, you may want to use coco oil in moderation.
Drink up to freshen up
I am an advocate of heavy drinking of water. Doing so flushes out the toxins in the body, improves blood circulation, aids in digestion, and keeps the skin hydrated. Water also helps in the absorption of nutrients and excretion of waste materials, preventing toxin buildup. Remember that the skin is the largest organ of the body. In addition, it is also the organ that receives one third of the blood circulated throughout the system. While it is the last organ to receive the distributed nutrients, the skin is the first to manifest signs of any imbalance, deficiency, or abnormality in the system. I wanted a more natural approach to maintaining a healthy skin, thus I usually down 2 liters a day, which is ideal. If I get extra active, I drink up to 3 liters.
Dry brush to improve circulation
I have heard several models perform dry brushing and they all attest to its effectiveness. This is the reason why I myself bought a soft bristled brush to start dry brushing before taking a bath every day. Dry brushing is known to shed off the dead skin cells, improve vascular blood circulation, and enhance lymphatic drainage. It is one great way of detoxifying the body. Furthermore, dry brushing improves the muscle tone, cleans out clogged pores, and evens out the body fat distribution. I spare at least 5 to 10 minutes a day for this routine and I always brush in an upward motion, or towards the direction of the heart as I have read in books.
Indulge yourself, indulge in facials
Natural remedies are great. They can easily be done at home and deliver good results in the long run. Yet, I am not against beauty salon treatments. In fact, I indulge in monthly visits to my favourite beauty salon in Doncaster VIC for my laser treatments and hand and feet pampering. As my body ages, I experience several changes in my physical appearance, such as the increase of sun spots and wrinkles. It is for this reason that I like coming back to the salon to get my Cutera HR Excel for my hair removal and Laser Genesis which corrects pigmentation, open pores, wrinkles, age spots, scars, and so many other skin problems. These results cannot be easily treated by mere kitchen recipes, and so I invest in these effective treatments. The great thing about the new technologies in cosmetics is that they require less downtime and are painless. They also target more than one beauty problem in one sitting which is ideal for busy women like me.
Get happy with body treats
Many women focus on the face alone when they get treatments, yet they may have other problem areas which require immediate attention. Dark knees and elbows, for instance, should be evened out. Sagging arms should likewise be firmed up, other than the jowls. There are available body treatments at a typical beauty salon these days and this makes booking simpler on my part. I do exercise and sometimes I go to a body salon to enjoy a nice, relaxing massage. Relaxation and massage both reduce stress. I do know that stress worsens acne because the cells that produce the oil also possess receptors for stress hormones. It is common knowledge that having an oily skin leads to pimple growth as it easily combines with bacteria and dead skin, thereby clogging the pores. So, I really take time to de-stress my body.
Beauty care should be holistic. Your mind, body, and spirit should be in unity to not only achieve good skin and firmer body, but also exude a positive energy. Thus, the last beauty treatment anyone should avail of is meditation. I do meditate twice a day – after waking up and before going to bed. If you’re curious about the results of my routine, then you may try it to know for yourself the wonder it brings to my skin.