Thursday, September 22, 2011

Skin Care - Getting That Dewy Glow

Soft, moisture rich skin is just beautiful. Dewy skin has become the latest style in the beauty industry which is great because it is a very natural and healthy look as opposed to the caked on make up look of years past. I do not follow trends, but this is one I can actually get behind!

Skin is a living organ and needs to be cleansed and exfoliated before it even has the potential for looking beautiful.  Our faces can accumulate dirt and dead skin cells so very quickly and without exfoliating at least once a week (2-3 times is better) the complexion takes on a dull, dingy, dry appearance. Not pretty!  :)

So to get the skin looking it's best, start by cleaning it naturally.  For a good natural cleanser/exfoliate mix together 1 Tablespoon of citrus juice (orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit) and 1 Tablespoon baking soda. 

The citrus has alpha hydroxy acids that clean the pores and exfoliate and brighten the skin.  Baking soda is mildly acidic and the tiny grains are great at sloughing away dead skin cells.  This mask will tingle on sensitive areas like around the nose and lips. It will also begin to dry and crack when you talk.  Be patient. Wait about 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

To get a dewy, healthy glow mix 1 teaspoon raw honey with 1 teaspoon aloe vera juice and spread evenly all over the face (and neck if you're in the bathtub).  Wait 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. 

Raw honey locks in moisture, and fights bacteria that causes breakouts. Aloe Vera is a natural humectant that delivers vital moisture deeply through all layers of skin.  This combination will deliver beautiful, clear, glowing skin. 

If you don't have these ingredients on hand, then virgin coconut oil works wonders, too. Especially if you have dry skin or live in a dry climate as I do.  Just smooth some pure coconut oil over your freshly cleaned face and you'll be amazed at how it is absorbed so quickly. I have noticed absolutely no "oily" residues. It makes my skin noticably soft and my husband loves it.  Coconut oil is also antibacterial so it reduces breakouts while delivering vital moisture. Win-win! :)

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