By Sitara Hewitt
Love the SKIN YOU’RE IN…. Naturally.
I noticed after becoming a mom my ‘me’ time got a lot more scarce as did regular sleep! It took a bit of a toll on my skin so I started to look for quick, easy but very effective ways to moisturize and revitalize it.
In addition when I have a big event to go to or a photo shoot or need to look good onset, I prioritize a little extra sleep and make sure that I exfoliate and moisturize more deeply.
With the insulated days of winter coming to a close you’ll want to polish off and get ready to show off more of that beautiful organ that covers every inch of you…your skin. I like to turn to simple, natural treatments for my skin since it absorbs so much and now that I treat my insides to healthy foods. I’ve noticed my skin responds much better to simple treatments than fancy creams, as it seems to recognize the ingredients and assimilate them better.
So here are a few tips to get skin glowing and smooth on body and face.
- Exfoliate: The key to soft, radiant skin is to get rid of the dull, dead layer on top! I like physical scrubs better than chemical peel type exfoliants. Regular use is important since our skin regenerates every month or so.
My home recipe:
3 tbsp. sea salt
2 tbsp. Baking soda
2 tbsp. coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil
Scrub your body down when moist then rinse off. Use this on your body.
For Face: I use the same principle but skip the sea salt as it’s more coarse – the baking soda alone does a nice job of exfoliating and is so clarifying as well. This technique removes the dead skin in one g and you will simply glow afterwards! And people will ask how your skin is so soft.
- Purify and Clear
For the mask I rely on my girlfriend Lina Hanson, green beauty expert and Founder of Lina Hanson Global Beauty.
Here’s what she came up with just for me and my wonderful readers:
Simple DIY Mask
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1/2 tablespoon rose water or distilled water
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Directions: Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to the skin fingers. *Add a splash of hot kettle water if honey isn’t dissolving. Leave on skin for 20 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water.
Note: Raw honey is rich in antioxidants, deeply cleanses and detoxifies the skin. Cacao clears out the toxins while rejuvenating the skin and lemon juice with clear and brighten the face.
I love a pure rosewater splash. Its scent is uplifting and classic and it softens and tones skin gently. Think of your skin becoming like a rose-petal, moist but smooth and soft.
If you have any spots or problem areas try dipping a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar – it clears out impurities and bacteria while balancing the PH of your skin and healing it. For a more gentle clarifying toner use some witch hazel solution. Its astringent properties clear up skin quickly and simply.
This is my favorite part because there are so many options!
BODY: I use coconut oil everywhere. Preferably virgin unrefined, as it doesn’t smell rancid and is just so light. I smooth it on after a bath and let it soak in for a few minutes before dressing. Very decadent ritual! Sweet almond oil is another favorite of mine and you can add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender, rose or clary sage. You’ll create a cosmetic so pure it’s worthy of a Goddess, which, of course, you are. The essential oils act as aromatherapy, calming or uplifting you naturally.
FACE: This depends on your skin type. In the dry season my skin likes coconut oil. When it’s more humid I use something lighter like Top Nutritionals Moringa seed oil -which is feathery yet moisturizing and calming. Rose hip seed oil is lovely as is calendula oil if you have eczema or skin irritations. Lina Hanson makes a delicious serum using essential oils called “Global Serum” that I favor also. I’ve definitely noticed that my skin looks younger when I go for natural oils as opposed to complicated and chemical-ly cosmetics.
Remember to drink plenty of water, stay away from refined sugar and flour and too much alcohol and get plenty of sleep. Kisses to your beautiful skin!
Send your questions about living well to Sitara Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet her anytime at @sitarahewitt. You can check out more tips on her website at: livingwellwithSitara.com
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