Healthy skin is amazing
Healthy skin helps to protect against the elements with its waterproofing abilities, helps to keep the body warm, and has the potential to prevent toxins from entering the body.
Not to mention, having glowing skin can make a person look years younger. However, with everything that skin does for us, can any of us honestly say that we love our skin in return?
Firstly, in order to care for our skin properly it’s a good idea to know more about skin.
Skin is made up of three layers.
- The lower layer, known as the Hypodermis, helps to keep the body warm. This layer also stores water and nutrients.
- The middle layer is called the Dermis, and is filled with elastic connective tissues. Simply put, this layer is responsible for the stretchiness of the skin.
- The top layer is the skin that you can see, called the Epidermis. This outer layer of your skin helps to protect your body from chemicals and bacteria.
1. Skin contains up to 3 million sweat glands which help to regulate our temperature.
2. The average adult is covered with around 2 square metres of skin.
Now let’s look at the reasons for dull and sad skin.
Work it out!
If exercise is not on your radar then your skin will eventually suffer as your tissues will not receive enough of the nutrients, via the blood, that it needs, such as oxygen and iron.
However, this is easily fixed with just a little exercise! Small amounts of exercise each day will get the blood pumping again. However, if you do exercise each day but you suffer from bad circulation, you may want to try some Ginkgo biloba tablets to help improve your circulation.
Five to ten minutes of exercise each day can help to get the blood flowing again and naturally bring back a healthy complexion.
We all know that tobacco damages organs but it also worsens circulation and depletes the body of vitamin C. Each cigarette depletes the body of vitamin C, which leads to dull skin and a greater chance of wrinkles.
Bad circulation will drain away any rosy, youthful complexion due to the lack of nutrients reaching the tissues. The skin also needs vitamin C to maintain smoothness and firmness, helping to achieve a bright, dewy glow.
To help boost and maintain your vitamin C levels, you should try to eat more antioxidant foods which contain vitamin C, such as bell peppers, papayas, citrus fruits, and dark leafy greens.
Hydration makes for happy skin. If your diet consists of fizzy juice, coffee or alcohol then this will cause your skin to look dull. Drinking at least three pints of water a day will clear up blemishes and leave a dewier look and feel to your skin.
If you are finding yourself getting stressed out then this will take its toll on your skin’s brightness.
This is because adrenaline is released during times of stress, causing the blood to be drained away from the smaller blood vessels in your skin and rush to the major organs, leaving you looking pale.
The greatest favour you can give your skin is incorporating a proper skin care regime into your daily routine.
To help bring back your skin’s natural glow, it first needs moisture. Moisturise before you go to bed to aid your skin’s repair work. The best types of moisturisers are the ones which use natural ingredients to ensure optimum results.
One cream which uses natural ingredients and helps to bring back brightness in the skin is A.Vogel Comfrey Cream.
Our comfrey is sourced from our organic farm in Roggwil, Switzerland and is processed onsite within hours of harvesting. This ensures the freshest ingredients are put into A.Vogel Comfrey Cream so it can revive your skin and help in the process of bringing back your natural, youthful glow.
Your kitchen can be your secret weapon when it comes to banishing dull skin.
Natural homemade remedies are inexpensive, safe to use, will help to reduce the appearance of dull skin and give your skin a natural, dewy glow.
Here are my top 5 homemade beauty tips which you can find in your fridge to help combat your skin’s dull days.
1. Garlic: Garlic is actually considered one of the world’s oldest remedies. Remains of garlic have been found in caves inhabited over 10,000 years ago.
This hero herb helps to improve your circulation which is great for a rosy bright complexion and also helps detoxify your body which will banish your blemishes. Garlic helps to defeat dull skin as it has anti-fungal and skin smoothing benefits. It is also known to increase the skin’s and body’s antioxidant levels and even improve circulation.
Create your own garlic face scrub to help combat spots and brighten skin tone.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Tbsp brown sugar
- Tsp olive oil
- A bowl/ container
Crush the garlic and put it into your bowl or container. Add the brown sugar and olive oil. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are combined.
Before you start scrubbing your face you can lightly dampen your face to make it easier to spread the scrub.
With clean hands, take a small amount of the scrub and dot along the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Gently massage into the skin until your entire face is covered in a layer of your home made scrub.
Rinse off and lightly pat your face dry with a clean towel. Now enjoy your shiny bright skin.
Option: If you suffer from acne or are prone to skin breakouts, you may wish to add some tea tree oil to the scrub, as tea tree oil has great antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
2. Honey: For those who can use bee products, honey has lots of antibacterial properties which help to banish blemishes. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it helps to moisturise and draw water to the skin.
Make your own honey facemask to help bring back the moisture and glow to your skin.
What you’ll need:
- 5 tbsp of honey
- ¼ cup of lukewarm water
- ½ avocado
- 1 egg white
Spoon the honey into a container and mix with the lukewarm water. Peel and core the avocado and blend in a food processor, then add the avocado pulp and egg white to your container.
Mix all of the ingredients and apply to your face once the mixture is cool. Leave your honey facemask on for 10 minutes and then wash off.
Alternatively, you can directly apply just the honey to your face as it will be just as moisturising. However, I just prefer to add the water to dilute the sticky consistency. The egg whites are added for extra brightening and the avocado is added due to its high levels of antioxidants. As avocado is full of vitamin E, this will help to banish dull skin.
3. Natural yogurt mask: You can use natural yoghurt as a cleansing face pack which has a lot of moisturising goodness, helping to bring back your skin’s natural brightness.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup natural Greek yoghurt
- Handful of fresh green grapes
- 3 drops tea tree oil
- 1 herbal tea bag
Cut open a tea bag; choose your favourite kind of herbal tea. Combine all the ingredients in a container and massage onto the skin. Leave for 10-15 minutes then rinse off. The grapes and tea tree will help to cleanse and clear the skin of bacteria. The tea will help with exfoliation and the natural Greek yoghurt will help to moisturise, leaving a youthful, dewy complexion.
4. Blackcurrant: Blackcurrants contain vitamin C, four times more so than oranges. They are also antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C helps to cement your skin cells making it more difficult for wrinkles to deepen and leaving better looking, healthier skin.
What you’ll need:
- Handful of blackcurrants
- 200g Papaya
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tbsp of oats
- Food processor
Scoop out the papaya flesh and add the blackcurrants to a food processor and blend. Pour the pulp into a container, add the water and oats, and mix until you have a slightly runny consistency. Apply to your face, making sure to thoroughly massage into all areas of the face, then rinse off after two minutes.
5. Parsley: A good way to brighten the skin is to have a deep steam clean.
Stick the kettle on, pour some hot water into a bowl and then add some nice chopped herbs. I like to use parsley and peppermint.
Put a towel over your head and lean over the steamy goodness for a few minutes; this will help to cleanse your pores and leave a beautiful, bright complexion.
Now, go get your glow back!