5 Natural Ways to improve skin condition
From alleviating symptoms of eczema to improving the actual skin structure, here are natural ways to improve your skin condition.
Eat skin-healthy foods
First and foremost, it is important to keep in mind that whatever you put on your skin only goes skin deep. This means that you need to address issues at a deep, cellular level, and that starts with your diet. A better complexion begins with a healthy diet. If you want to improve your skin from the inside out, here’s what you should eat:
- Mangoes contain compounds with antioxidant properties and protect natural collagen.
- Tomatoes use a pigment called lycopene to protect against UV damage.
- Olive oil decreases the risk of severe facial photoaging (wrinkles, dark spots, and discoloration.)
- Cocoa flavanols (found in dark chocolate) improve the structure, roughness, scaling, and function of the skin.
- Green tea contains polyphenols compounds that rejuvenate dying skin cells and can promote healing.
- Kale is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin that protect your skin against light-induced skin damage.
- Omega 4 prevents dryness and skin scaling.
Protect your natural moisture
Once again, moisturizers can only be absorbed so far into your skin. While the products you use may soothe the top layer of skin cells, it is important to keep the lower cells hydrated as well and seal in moisture. Moisturizers, creams, gels, and lotions contain humectants that work to attract moisture, occlusive agents that retain moisture, and emollients that smooth the spaces between skin cells.
The way you do certain things during your skincare routine could be draining moisture from your skin and aggravating your existing skin condition. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends general best practices to prevent dry, red, and flaky skin. This involves avoiding excessive washing and using warm water instead of hot water, which can strip away the oily layer of the skin. Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser and avoid using abrasive soaps or tools. Then, when you’re done washing your face, pat your skin gently with a towel and trap in moisture immediately after washing.
You can also minimize irritation by opting for ointments or creams instead of lotions. If you do experience itchiness or irritation, use cold compresses and moisturizers to soothe your skin. Also pay attention to your clothes – use hypoallergenic laundry detergent and avoid wearing coarse clothes that irritate your skin.
Explore the organic skincare range
Mother nature provides an entire range of natural skin care products that help a variety of skin conditions. Among these are tea tree, aloe vera, honey, and coconut oil. According to a recent study, products containing 5% tea tree oil are effective at treating mild to moderate acne. Those treated were also five times more likely to see a reduction in acne. Aloe, on the other hand, can also assist with acne, as well as hydrate skin and soothe skin irritations like rashes, sensitive skin, and eczema.
If you suffer from psoriasis and eczema, using honey to wash those areas can help to lock in moisture. Additionally, it also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will cleanse and soothe your skin. Coconut oil is beneficial for a number of conditions and is a great option to treat eczema. However, while it is very effective in soothing dry skin, it may also cause blocked pores when used on the face.
Practice relaxation techniques
Stress is of the nature that your body may be under stress without you actually feeling stressed. This is why you’ll often see a pimple pop up before an important event like a job interview or fancy party. Whether it’s an acne breakout or eczema flare-up, your skin will let you know if you’re stressed. Stress also plays a role in developing inflammation, so it is crucial to learn to manage it.
While this is easier said than done, there are methods that you can use to manage stress, such as the Mayo Clinic’s recommendation of the four A’s. In addition to that, there are also relaxation techniques that may help, such as meditation, deep breathing, music therapy, hypnosis, tai chi, or yoga.
While natural solutions can be very hit-and-miss for skin conditions, that was changed once CBD entered the skincare field. Hemp contains many different natural components, including CBD, CBG, CBN, and CBC. It’s important to note that, unlike THC which is present in very low volumes, CBD does not cause psychoactive effects (it doesn’t make you feel high). CBD is regarded as an all-encompassing solution because it effectively works for all skin types and conditions.
It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate symptoms like dryness, irritation, and redness that are associated with dermatologic conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Beyond its anti-inflammatory uses, CBD can also reduce oil production, provide moisture, and relieve pain and itching. Furthermore, it is also a strong antioxidant, meaning it can repair skin from free radicals and help smooth wrinkles and reduce breakouts.
Acne and cold sores
Oral drops applied directly to spot-treat the area
10 – 15 drops mixed into your everyday cosmetics
Psoriasis and eczema
10 – 15 drops mixed into coconut oil
*Tip: The abovementioned tips only work when combined with protection against sun exposure. Use a reef-safe sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or stay in the shade between 10AM and 2PM.