The global beauty industry advertises an immense amount of different anti-aging creams and serums to convince us to buy expensive products to look younger.
But we don’t need to spend a fortune to feel and look good.
Some of the most effective skincare rituals and products are free. It’s the sparkle in our eyes and how we take care of our skin from the inside. Natural products often will work better to vitalize and moisture your skin than expensive beauty products from retail stores.
This week we are sharing with you 3 simple low-cost ways to take care of your skin and well-being.
1. Choose what’s good for your skin
Who hasn’t heard “You are what you eat”?
Our eating habits play a big role in not only the way we feel but also in the way we look.
To boost your immune system and promote radiant skin, make sure you eat enough vitamin C. Vitamin C is a super antioxidant that is needed to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin.
The best way to get your vitamins and nutrients is through a healthy diet, as the vitamins and minerals found in food sources are easier to absorb. The best sources for vitamin C are kiwi fruits, strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, sweet potatoes, broccoli, oranges, papaya, and guava.
Another powerful antioxidant is selenium that can be found in Brazil nuts, fish, tomatoes, broccoli, eggs, and shellfish. Selenium is essential to your immune system and a diet that is rich in selenium can help to protect against skin cancer, sun damage, and age spots.
2. Use what’s in the kitchen for your skincare
No need to spend money on expensive face masks when they can be made with natural ingredients from your kitchen or your garden. Natural remedies and oils are pure, and a much better choice compared to the over-the-counter products that not only contain active moisturizing products but a ton of different preservatives.
Use olive oil as a natural cleanser and moisturizer for your skin.
Olive oil has many significant benefits. It’s rich in vitamins A, D, E, and has antioxidant properties. Use it as a cleanser because olive oil won’t strip your skin’s natural oils, but it will clean your skin.
You can add a half of mashed avocado to 1 teaspoon of olive oil (for very dry skin you can also add 1 tablespoon of honey) and then use it as a face mask. Avocado is full of healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants; therefore, it works wonders for dry skin. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off. Your skin will feel vibrant and moisturized.
Bananas contain nutrients such as potassium, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, and traces of Vitamin A, which may help with your skin health. Because bananas are rich in antioxidants which help to fight free radicals in the body, a banana face mask will help your skin glow. Antioxidants that could be found in bananas might help to boost your skin’s natural ability to prevent sun damage.
Just mash a banana and massage your face with the puree. Leave it on from 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse everything off with lukewarm water.
3. Improve your circulation with massages
When there’s too much tension in our body, we all know that massage is a great way to release that tension as well as increase blood flow. But why we don’t use that for our face?
Thankfully in recent years more and more skincare experts recommend facial massage as it helps to increase blood flow, reduce puffiness, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, relaxes muscle tension, and aids in lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic drainage moves toxins out of cells and reduces swelling. It’s a great natural alternative to Botox.
Incorporate a face massage in your morning or nighttime (or both) skincare routine. Make sure you cleanse your face as your skin should be clean before you get to the massage part. Choose a good facial oil that is suitable for your skin type or use moisturizer if you don’t like using oils.
And finally – wash your hands properly!
Try massaging your face either with your fingers or use specialized tools like a crystal roller, jade roller, or Gua Sha.
The suggested minimum for the best results is three to five minutes, at least three times a week.
Start the massage with your forehead somewhere between your eyebrows and make semi-circular moves up, towards the hairline, and then sideways towards your temples. For every part of the face repeat the movement five times.
Then place your fingers or roller next to the nose bridge and move them above and below your eyes toward your temples following an oval path. Remember to do the massage from the midline of your face moving outwards.
After the nose place your fingers or roller on your cheeks near the nose bridge and swipe gently across your cheeks toward the ears moving a little bit upwards at the end.
Then massage your chin by moving along the jawline from the chin toward your ears and finish off with the neck. Place your fingers or roller under the chin and gently move down toward the collarbone.
After you’ve done the massage place both of your palms on your face and gently press while taking a few deep breaths in. Smile for yourself in the mirror. You’re beautiful!
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