Health + Nutrition

6 Tips for Naturally Looking Beautiful, Inside and Out

health and beautyTo get the healthy glow, bright eyes, smooth skin and captivating smile you’ve always wanted, the secret lies within — yourself that is.

Your mother might have told you growing up that real beauty comes from within and not by slathering on expensive creams or makeup.

Properly nourish and care for your body to get the “side effects” of healthier skin, shiny hair and strong nails, along with a glowing smile that shows off your inner beauty.

1. Stay Hydrated

Drinking pure water helps flush toxins from your system while helping your cells function more efficiently.  Water is one of the most basic and fundamental elements necessary to human survival. Most of us in the United States are fortunate enough not to go a day without it.

Here is a tip to help train yourself to drink more water if you have trouble disciplining yourself to drink adequate amounts of water. Add a sweet-tasting, immune-enhancing vitamin C powder to your water. It is refreshing, buffered to protect your tummy and naturally sweetened with a little organic stevia and xylitol. It is sure to turn that next 8 ounces of water into a sweet but healthy orange treat.

2. Eat Fresh, Whole Organic Foods

Processed foods contain preservatives, artificial colors and flavors and many other additives that are not good for your body. To really give your body a boost both inside and out, cut back on processed food and focus on whole, natural foods instead.

Adding more raw foods to your diet is also a popular way to give your body a healthy glow, as eating raw foods is said to increase energy while boosting mood, slowing aging and fighting chronic diseases.

3. Manage Your Stress

Anyone who’s been through an extremely stressful event knows how it seems to show up all over your body, such as in dark circles under your eyes, dull skin and new wrinkles. Managing your stress is key to retaining a youthful face and body and if you need a calming agent to help you deal with stress and anxiety.

4. Exercise Regularly

Exercise tones muscles and helps promote blood flow — necessary for healthy skin and body. It will also help you relieve stress and improve your circulation and overall health.

5. Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep refreshes your body and helps to restore the energy that you’ve used up during the day. Sleep is also the time when your body is able to do repair work, when muscle tissue is rebuilt and restored and growth hormone is secreted (this is important for kids but also for rebuilding tissue in adults).

6. Cleanse Your Face Gently Each Morning and Evening, and Apply a Mask Once a Week

Lather up your face with a gentle, non-toxic soap. Rinsing and lightly rubbing dry will improve your circulation and exfoliate your skin, adding to your healthy glow.

Next, apply a natural moisturizer. As you age your skin loses its ability to retain moisture, so a natural facial moisturizer is very important. Because 89 percent of ingredients in typical personal care products have never been tested for safety, use an all-natural moisturizer with no artificial or chemical ingredients. Once a week, or as needed, also use an all-natural clay mask. Clay is a popular ingredient in today’s facial masks because it works in two ways. First, as the clay dries it draws out toxins and other impurities from your skin. At the same time, the minerals in the clay are absorbed by your skin.  The result is that debris is pulled out, pores and hair follicles are cleared, skin is exfoliated and it’s left looking truly refreshed and with a younger, healthy glow.

Treat yourself monthly to a spa facial treatment which soothes your inner stress level and improves your skin’s complexion.

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