Winter has arrived! During this lovely season that brings us great joy, we tend to easily feel under-the-weather. And though we bundle up for the cold, our faces are left exposed, telling the story of our internal and external struggle to glow. So, how can we ensure that this winter we glow? It's simple! Instead of caking on pore-clogging makeup to create an artificial radiance, bring out the natural glow in you! Here is how:
We have to always consider the Internal first--Eat well and stay hydrated. I don't mean eat salad all winter long. I mean eat a well balanced meal--nourish your blood, organs- including your brain, and muscles with carbohydrates and essential fatty acids! Limit your hot coffees and hot cocoas and remember the simple wonders of water and herbal teas! Ginger tea is excellent for the cold because it keeps you warm and ensures proper circulation--we need the blood flowing to all our extremities!
Externally, as expressed through your face--Don't neglect your face! The cold brittle weather slows down our sebaceous (oil producing) glands, which result in dull complexions and dryness. We tend to then mask our face with foundation and blush to recreate that healthy look we so desire, resulting in clogged pores and suffocating skin. Then, one of two things happen: either a) you forget how grimy your face is because the cold weather makes you always feel fresh when, in reality, you are piling on layers of dead skin cells, which exacerbates the dull complexion, or b) you are aware of that thick makeup and scrub your skin until it's squeaky clean, removing all of the little natural oil that's there. Give your face a rest and it feed it yogurt and honey 2-3 times a week! Yogurt is loaded with lactic acid--an alpha hydroxy acid-- which is a chemical exfoliant that is able to break down protein bonds of dead skin cells. By gently peeling off the dead layers, it reveals the newer, healthier and flush cells beneath, while improving skin tone and soothing away fine wrinkles. Honey is commonly known as a humectant (holds in moisture). But that's not all there is to honey! Raw honey, and only raw honey, contains propolis and pollen that stimulate the growth or new skin cells. Honey is also an antioxidant and an antibacterial! Add a bit of almond meal as it creates a bit of resistance to help remove the mask. It also gives you texture to massage your skin, stimulating circulation, and it nourishes the epidermis with Vitamin E.
Recipe--for all skin types2 tbls of organic yogurt (preferably pasture-fed)
2 tsps of raw organic honey
1 tsp organic almond meal
=> Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Splash your face with warm water, pat dry and apply mask. Let sit 10-20 minutes. Rinse with cool or warm water
Note: For those with very sensitive skin, omit almond meal and add a few drops of chamomile tea or chamomile essential oil. If you want texture, you can add slightly cooked or soaked oats. For those with acne, add a few organic strawberries (you'll probably have to use frozen ones, which is fine) or few drops of lemon juice.
Proceed by applying a gentle toner (skin type permitting or you can check out our organic floral mist ). Finish with a thin layer of Apricot & Yang Ylang Body Oil--it is gentle enough to use on your face and it is rich in Vitamin A, B & E, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids (linoleic and alpha-linolenic)! In the upcoming months I will release my signature face elixir!
It's all in nature!
Thank you for visiting our website and blog. Through this medium, I hope to teach, enlighten, and inspire you about Mother Nature's wonders so that you can discover the true value healthy living. I want to foster a love for Nature so that we, as a collective, can take a stance to protecting our Earth as we indulge in the beautifying remedies Nature has in store for us!