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5 Rituals for Beautiful Skin

5 Rituals for Beautiful Skin

Skin care doesn’t need to be a complex chore: It can be simple, natural and basic. Find out how to make your skin radiant, healthy, and beautiful with these mostly-free, couldn’t be simpler tried-and-true techniques.

1. Cleansing Routine: A beauty must! Cleanse your skin twice daily (only once if your skin is dry) using a mild, natural, inexpensive cleanser designed for your skin type. Add a couple of drops essential oil of rose, spearmint, or orange to your cleanser to boost its cleaning effect and aromatic quality. Cleansing your skin is especially important before going to bed, because your body excretes toxins through your skin as you sleep. If facial pores are clogged with makeup and dirt, breakouts can occur. If you perspire a lot in your line of work or exercise heavily, then rinse off and massage your body with a coarse cloth or loofah before retiring to remove salt and dead-skin buildup. Your skin needs to breathe while you sleep!

2. Exercise: Try to exercise outside, to help oxygenate your cells with fresh air and facilitate waste removal through your skin. Exercises such as walking, biking, in-line skating, and weight lifting improve cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance, which translates into increased energy and a rosy complexion. If you live in a city, try to find a green space—a park or a greenway—in which to exercise. If city streets, with their attendant pollution, are your only outdoor option, exercising in a gym may be a better alternative.

3. Sleep, Blissful Sleep: I don’t care what else you do to your skin, if you are sleep deprived your skin will look sallow, dull, tired, and saggy; with your puffy eyes, you will resemble a frog prince or princess. And of course, your energy level will be less than desirable. Sleep: It’s the best-kept skin care secret there is!

4. Sunlight: Ten to 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to sunlight several times a week is essential to the health of your bones and skin. It helps your body absorb calcium, due to the skin’s ability to convert the sun’s rays into vitamin D. Sun exposure helps heal eczema, psoriasis, and acne, and energizes your body. Plus those warm rays just make you feel good all over. If your dermatologist advises you to avoid the sun entirely, other sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, fish liver oil, vitamin-D-supplemented soy or cow’s milk, organ meats, salmon, sardines, and herring.

5. Water: What goes in must go out, and water helps move everything along. Impurities not disposed of in a timely manner via the internal organs of elimination (such as the kidneys, liver, lungs, and large intestine) will find an alternate exit, namely your skin, sometimes referred to as the “third kidney.” Pimples and rashes may develop as your body tries to unload its wastes through your skin. Eight to 12, 8-ounce glasses of pure water a day combined with a fibrous diet will help cleanse your body of toxins and keep your colon functioning as it should. Water also keeps your skin hydrated and moisturized, so drink up!

Read more: Beauty, Skin Care

Adapted from “50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Atephanie Tourles. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from "50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself" by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 1999).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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1:12PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Great advice :)

1:15PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Thank you

7:26AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Thanks for the info.

6:23PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

thnx

1:37PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

I have been looking for months for products and tips to get my skin looking young and clean, and I found some cool products at www.howtogetniceskin.com There were so many products that I have never seen before, the most coolest product I saw was the Red MD Anti-Aging light found at http://howtogetniceskin.com/reviews/red-md-anti-aging-light-therapy.html looks futuristic and it has very good reviews. Check out the cool tips they have on the site.

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4:46PM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

Looking for the best anti-aging product in town? Introducing Refresh SP, a light feeling cleanser that gently cleanses, restores and exfoliates for a more younger-looking and beautiful you. Try it now!

5:57AM PST on Feb 7, 2010

I did them all except for: exercising... Hehe... I'm too lazzy to do it...

3:24AM PDT on Oct 22, 2009

I like to read about ghow to make the skin beauty a lot because i will know how to take care of myself in the right way. You know what ? I just found some website is also nice about how to take care your skin and everything about beauty. You can check it here www.amazing-beauty.com

2:21AM PST on Feb 18, 2009

hi i want 2 b fair and beautiful now i am wheat colour,any balance food or anything u can suggest,plz help me

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