Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Organic All the Way as a New Year’s Resolution

New year is here and so we are enthusiastic about turning a fresh page in our lives. We decide to turn things around this time and so we make tons of resolutions: from being kinder and more present when it comes to our loved ones to taking better care of ourselves by losing weight, drinking less, eating more mindfully, and in general - committing to a healthier lifestyle.

But what about your skincare? Many people forget to detox their beauty routines as they are completely used to conventional products on the market. These formulas might ensure instant results but are packed with harmful chemicals. Checking the product’s label should be one of your new year’s resolutions as well as developing a more holistic approach to beauty and health.

Beware of harmful chemicals 
When people decide to start the detox process, they usually focus on cleaning their diets. But what about the ingredients your body consumes from the outside? Your skin is your largest organ and it soaks everything in. This is why you should take precautionary measures when choosing your products: from body lotions and shower gels to moisturisers and face creams - you need to check the label. 

Avoid parabens (they are linked to breast cancer), artificial fragrances and synthetic colours (might be cancerous, cause allergies, skin irritation, or even lung problems), and especially Sodium lauryl sulphates (might cause respiratory and kidney dysfunction).

Look for ingredients your skin needs 
As we grow older, the fibres of collagen get weaker and so you need to incorporate ingredients that will defer the aging process. From early twenties, you need to start using products with retinol. This magical ingredient can be found in all natural formulas (e.g. carrots and honey) and it provides you with radiant skin. Check out toxin-free formulas such as the organic products by dr Hauschka: they are committed to manufacturing 100% organic products right from the very start - while harvesting the ingredients in their own non-chemical gardens.

Try products that provide you with optimal care: for example, vanilla and honey face mask will make your skin deeply hydrated and you can even leave it overnight. Late twenties are the time when you should really focus on formulas with vitamin C and high-quality exfoliators. In thirties (and years to come), you should focus on formulas packed with antioxidants and vitamin E, such as camellia oil or pomegranate. Coffee beans help your skin revitalise.

Eat your way to healthy skin 
While you might have switched to a healthier diet, you can make the most of it by eating certain foods to complement your external skincare. For an additional dose of vitamin C, turn to kiwi, broccoli, oranges, or sweet potatoes. These will support the production of collagen and rejuvenate your skin.

Selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin C will ensure your skin stays dewy: turn to fish, tomatoes, and eggs. Healthy fats (e.g. found in avocados) can help you battle free radicals. In order to keep your hormones in balance, eat more phytoestrogens: turn to whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and soya. Omega-3 fats have anti-inflammatory prospects and linseeds and walnuts make the greatest sources of it.

Make smarter choices and detox 
Your skin reveals your lifestyle habits: from the amount of sleep you get, to your nutrition. You have certainly noticed that one night of bad sleep leaves its mark on your skin: dark circles or puffy eyes can be a nightmare. However, if you commit to a holistic approach - your skin will reward you with a glowing look. Try increasing your water intake and embrace the benefits of green tea. Drinking enough fluids ensures all the toxins are flushed from your body.

Avoid sugary drinks (sodas or soft drinks) and stick with all-natural beverages that provide your body great hydration: it is the key to preventing dry and ashy-looking skin.

Going all organic means being more mindful about the internal and external care of your body. Remember these things the next time you go grocery shopping, or hunting for beauty products: committing to a healthier regime is definitely a new year’s resolution worth making.

Author BIO: 

Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about yoga, organic skincare and healthy food choices. Sophia writes mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a style editor at High Style Life, but over the years she wrote pieces for many other beauty and lifestyle blogs and magazines. 

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