by Dr. Edward Group

natural-skin-careThere’s no question that a natural and organic approach makes sense when it comes to choosing your food. The same can be said for other products you put on your body. Specifically, skin care. Think about all of the products you may use on a daily basis that may come in contact with your skin. Clothes, moisturizers, cleansers, fragrances, city treated water during showering, deodorant, the list goes on. Remember, it’s not only what you eat that matters, but also what you put on your skin. Natural skin care is one of the best choices you can make for your health.

Protecting your Skin

Parfait Visage® is a natural, ultra-premium skin care product blending antioxidants, natural moisturizers, and exotic botanicals to help skin look its best.As the largest organ of the body, your skin not only absorbs lots of nutrients, but it can also take in a number of toxins each day. Since your skin acts as your body’s barrier against those toxins, it’s so important to be aware of just what you’re using! If you’re putting dangerous ingredients on your skin, you can bet those are getting into your body—exactly where they don’t belong. For example, many traditional skin care products can contain endocrine-disrupting phthalates or parabens. [1] While these poisons can cause reproductive issues, they’re also linked to increased cancer risk, and studies also suggest the more products you use, the higher toxic concentrations can get in your body. [2] And, because cosmetics are notorious for having these toxic ingredients, I suggest avoiding makeup completely. But if you must use it, why not look for natural or organic makeup instead? Using natural and organic products and periodic body cleansing are a strong fundamental foundation to keep you safe and healthy.

Benefits of Natural Ingredients

Many of us can use up to 10 skin care products each day; that could be 10 products full of toxic chemicals! Going organic with your skin care routine will help your skin and body steer clear of those toxins—and there are other perks! A recent study suggests using natural ingredients for skin care can help treat hyperpigmentation and inflammation, while another comments on how it can help with photoaging (skin damage caused by the sun’s rays over our lifetimes). [3][4]

What’s Behind Skin Care Products

The process of developing and putting a skin care product on the market can be shrouded in mystery, and sometimes regulations fall short. Believe it or not, the FDA doesn’t need to approve what ingredients are added to personal care products or cosmetics and can only request, not order, that a company pull a skin care product, regardless of what’s in it. [5][6]But it doesn’t have to be this way; we believe a great company should stand behind a natural product, and believe in what it can do—that products can help you maintain a clean body and live a healthy lifestyle. Here’s what you can count on when you buy from our natural skin care line:

Alternately, one of the easiest ways to promote healthy skin is to make skin care products yourself from inexpensive, natural ingredients — more on that shortly.

The Ultimate Organic Skin Care Routine

An organic skincare routine is one of the best things you can do to promote the appearance of your skin, and it offers other perks as well. A recent study suggests that using natural ingredients on your skin can address hyperpigmentation and irritation, while another found that it can help reduce skin damage caused by the sun.[56]

Step 1: Cleanse

Because the natural oils in your skin help keep your skin supple and moisturized, look for a natural cleanser that removes impurities, but doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. There are many soaps on the market, but organic virgin coconut oil makes a great skin cleanser all on its own.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Exfoliating promotes a radiant appearance and you likely already have the ingredients around your home to make an excellent scrub. Combine olive oil with natural sea salt. Olive oil is a great moisturizer that won’t clog pores and the salt provides enough abrasive action to buff away dead skin cells. You can also add a little lemon juice — the ascorbic acid kills bacteria. Constant scrubbing can be irritating, but once or twice a week can work wonders.

Step 3: Tone

A toner can help clear oily skin and unclog pores; it’s a great addition to your beauty regimen. For an effective, natural toner, mix four parts distilled water and 1 part apple cider vinegar in a bottle. Apply with a cotton pad or with a spray bottle. Test it on a small section of your face before full application.

Step 4: Moisturize

Organic virgin coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer that not only improves the appearance of your skin but it also promotes elasticity. Cucumber is another option; the silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue and an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and folic acid.[3] Combine smashed cucumber with organic yogurt and apply as a mask for 15 minutes.

All the Time: Complete Nutrition

There’s so much emphasis on skin care products that it’s easy to forget that healthy skin comes from the inside. Complete nutrition is essential for supporting the health and appearance of your skin. Seek foods with plenty of antioxidantsomega-3 fatty acidsbiotin, and vitamins ACE, and K. Vitamin A, C, E, and K all support skin tissue growth, regeneration, and encourage smooth-looking skin. Antioxidants help protect skin against damage from free radicals. Even biotin, also known as vitamin B7, supports healthy skin, hair, and nails.

You are what you eat, and the food you put in your body affects how your skin looks and feels. Healthy, whole, organic food will help you look healthy and whole. Unhealthy, unnatural, low-nutrition food will produce a much different result. Avoid processed foods and refined sugar.

The ideal way to get the nutrients you need for a radiant complexion is by following a healthy, balanced diet based on fruits and vegetables like berries, grapefruit, kale, spinach, and peppers. This is a reliable way to obtain the nutrition and antioxidants you need. Nutrition from whole, organic food is always best but if you take nutritional supplements to fill the gaps in your diet, be sure they’re organic, plant-sourced, and from a trusted, reputable brand.

Finally, as important as it is to get the right daily nutrients, your lifestyle also matters. Don’t smoke, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and stay well-hydrated. Some sun exposure is important and necessary for vitamin D production and other benefits, but too much can break down elastin and collagen, causing your skin to age. Know when it’s time to put on protective clothing or get in the shade.

Natural Skin Care Is Best

We created two natural skin care products that are completely natural and organic. Parfait Visage® is a moisturizing face cream that’s absolutely luxurious. Aquaspirit® is a soothing face mist that tones and cools. Completely, natural and organic, they’re an amazing combination for soft, healthy, beautiful-looking skin.

Remember that having radiant-looking skin is an ongoing process, not a destination. Depending on your starting point, it may take days or months to really see the full results of implementing an organic skin care routine and a healthy lifestyle. Stay focused and give it a chance to work.

Have you made the switch to an all-natural skin care routine? What results have you experienced? Share your thoughts with the community in the comments below.

References (6)
  1. Brody, JG, et al. Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products. Environmental Health Perspectives. 120 (7).
  2. Braun, J. et al. Personal care product use and urinary phthalate metabolite and paraben concentrations during pregnancy among women from a fertility clinic. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 24.
  3. Fowler, J.F. et al. Innovations in natural ingredients and their use in skin care. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 9 (6 Suppl.).
  4. Bowe, W. P. & Pugliese, S. Cosmetic benefits of natural ingredients. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 13 (9).
  5. U.S. Food & Drug Administration.FDA Recall Policy for Cosmetics.
  6. U.S. Food & Drug Administration.FDA Authority Over Cosmetics.

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