Paleo or not, many of us spend a lot of time focusing on eating well. We may avoid sugar, grains, alcohol, carbs, artificial flavourants and colourants, or all of the above, because we care for our bodies and want to nourish them with only the best foods. Can we say the same about what we put on our skin, though? If you're not into paleo skincare, maybe not. But why exclude things like wheat, dairy, irritants, toxins and chemicals from your diet, only to allow them into your body in the beauty products you use? Ideally, if it's not good enough to eat, you shouldn't be putting it on your skin.Paleo shmaleo
There are so many meal plans out there right now vying for top position in the health lifestyle stakes that you'd be forgiven for not remembering exactly what 'paleo' means. Don't worry. All you need to know is that, when it comes to skincare, 'paleo' means going as natural as you possibly can. If you're already a natural skincare fundi, you're probably following a paleo skincare plan without even realising it.
Your first line of defence
Culturally, skin defines much of our standard for beauty. Bright, youthful skin signals health and vitality. And, like every part of our bodies, skin responds to care and attention. Proper treatment can revitalise skin and slow the aging process, keeping skin healthier, longer,' says HuffPost blogger Deborah Burnes, author of Look Great, Live Green.
Your skin is your body's biggest organ and biologically is your body's first line of defence. From offering a protective barrier against the world, to removing waste, to protecting us from injury and producing vitamin D, our skin is vital to our survival not only physically, but emotionally, too. 'The next time you soak in a bathtub with chemical based products or slather on a chemical-laden lotion, think about that. Your skin has a great ability to absorb what you put on it,' says Burnes.
When it comes to paleo skincare, there's one simple rule: if it's good enough to eat, it's good enough to put on your skin. In an ideal world we'd moisturise with water ' from the inside ' exfoliate with the mild acids in yoghurt and moisturise with olive oil. Sticking to a completely natural, homemade, skincare routine can be time consuming and isn't always convenient, though. (Have you ever had a clogged drain because of the coffee grounds you've been using to exfoliate? I have!)
You want the products you buy to be good enough to eat. But it's not realistic, and not really recommended, to walk the aisles of your supermarket tasting moisturiser. The next best thing to raiding your pantry when you need to cleanse is choosing skincare brands made with pure, simple, ingredients. Choose organic wherever possible, and go for shorter ingredients lists. Less is more here.
GO YOUR OWN WAY
If you'd prefer to use homemade products, here are three easy ideas:
For dry, sensitive skin
In winter skin can easily be dried out by heating. This spritz cools, soothes, protects with antioxidants and moisturisers.
Make a cup of green tea and brew for 5 minutes. Take out the tea bag, pop in a spritzer, and refrigerate. Spritz on dry, sensitive, skin as needed.
Dry, flaky skin can improve after exfoliation. This oat-ey yoghurt scrub takes a minute to make. The oats exfoliate manually while the lactic acid is a natural gentle exfoliator.
Mix half a cup of yoghurt together with a quarter cup of oats. Apply to your face, neck, and d'collet'. Allow to dry and wash off ' in the shower. (Warning: this one is messy!)
To gently cleanse
Oil cleansing is a timelessly popular way to remove dirt and makeup. It's very simple and works for all skin types.
Soak a face cloth in hot water. Warm some oil (jojoba, olive, almond, or any other of your choice) in your hands before gently massaging it into your face. Then hold the warm face cloth against your face for a few minutes before using it to remove the oil with a little extra water, if necessary.
did you know?Your skin has an amazing ability to heal itself. It responds constantly to changes in your internal and external environment, but needs a little help along the way. The key is to encourage your skin's natural processes.On labels
Ingredients you can't pronounce
(unless they're the Latin names of plants, in which case seeing them is a good thing)
Very long lists of ingredients
Artificial fragrances (look for the word 'parfum')
Soaps (look out for 'sodium laureth/lauryl sulphate)
LOOK OUT FOR:
'Not tested on animals'
'Pure essential oils'
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