Are you at the point with your skin blemishes that you just feel like giving up and saying “Nothing works”? Take a step back and consider that your skin did not evolve to deal with harsh soaps, twice daily washes, makeup clogging up pores. These things strip away the skin’s natural defenses. If you are at the point where you have no idea if you have dry or oily skin, you have tried so many acne treatments you want to cry or you are just feeling like giving your skin a break, the “Do-Nothing” method may work for you. 10 easy changes. Try it for 3-4 weeks. “Natural”, “Nothing” and “Free” don’t make anyone money, that’s why you’ll hardly hear of someone advocating this method.
1. Nothing works!
For your daily face regimen, simply do nothing. No makeup, no scrubs, no washes, nothing. Let your skin regulate itself by producing natural oils that protect the skin and keep it moisturized. Washing your face strips your skin of it’s natural defenses, leaving it dry and vulnerable, often leading to an overproduction of oil that causes acne breakouts. It is a vicious cycle. Go cold turkey and see what “nothing” can do for you! The day you start this method, use a mild scrub (see below) and steam the follow day to start the cleansing process.
2. Cold showers, short showers
Hot water strips away the natural oils in your skin, leaving it dry. If you can’t stand a cold shower, take a warm shower (not hot) and turn the shower handle to cold at the very end when you rinse your face. If there are very oily spots on your face, go ahead and gently rub them with your fingertips, but on most days just a cold rinse should be enough.
3. Never pop a zit!
That white puss that forms on a zit is your skin’s way of cleansing out the inflamed area. The puss is actually filled with white blood cells, and repairing components that clean and heal the infected pore. By “popping” it, you are stripping that natural healing method away and opening up a wound that will take longer to heal and may leave behind a pock mark. Once you get a pussy zit, leave it alone, let it works its magic and it will “pop” and go away on its own. The key is to avoid getting zits in the first place, but once you have a puss filled zit, best to leave it to repair the damage already done rather than causing more damage by popping it.
4. Wash your makeup brushes
If you do need to use makeup to occasionally cover embarrassing blemishes or just to add some color to your
eyes, be sure to wash your makeup brushes once a week with warm water and an all natural paraben-free shampoo
(the one you use for your own hair of course). Dirty makeup brushes harbor bacteria. Don’t let that build up or you will just be rubbing that grime all over your face! If you must use makeup, use a mineral makeup like Bare Minerals and apply as little as possible. For eyeliner and mascara use a natural, organic product like HoneybeeGardens.
5. Exfoliate Once a week
Sluffing off those dead skin cells is necessary at least once a week. You can buy a natural product with no parabens and a very fine granule like Hugo’s Sea Fennel Scrub. A cheaper and more natural alternative is to use organic coffee grounds from your morning brew. Coffee grounds not only exfoliate, but the caffeine helps tighten your pores giving you smooth skin. If you have dry skin, you can add a tablespoon of cold-pressed coconut oil to a handful of coffee grounds and use to exfoliate. If you struggle with acne, using a salt scrub can deter bacteria from creating zits. Find a great recipe here. If you have sensitive skin, or oily skin leave out the lemon and salt respectively. Sometimes, if I am in a hurry, I just grab a tablespoon of salt and bring it in the shower with me – does the job!
6. Massage the lift into your face
When you scrub your face once a week, give yourself a mini facial massage to increase circulation to your skin. Facial massages help reduce wrinkles by loosening the muscles of laugh lines and tension areas in your face.
7. Steaming for acne
A weekly steaming can help open your pore to flush out toxins. Use a small pot of water (add lavender, thyme or chamomile if desired). Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for a few minutes. Form a tent over your head by draping a towel over your head and lean your face over the steaming pot. Let the steam hit your face without getting too close (to avoid scalding yourself). Steam for 5 minutes, then immediately rinse your face with cool water to close your pores.
8. The Hair on Your Head
Since we spend about 8 hours a day with our faces on a pillow, it is important to consider what sleep situations may do to our skin. If you have long hair, put your hair up in a binder before hitting the sack to keep the oils and product in your hair off your pillow and off your face. Using a hairnet also works for those who have shorter hair or don’t like their hair tied up all night. It is also important to evaluate what is in your hair products, as these are the closest in proximity to your face and scalp. Check your shampoos, conditioners and hair products for parabens such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and known human carcinogens, such as triclosan. If you find any of these things in your product, throw them away and start fresh. A big factor in your skin’s health can be the laundry detergent you use. Bed linens and clothing rub on us all day. Buying a natural detergent
and staying away from dryer sheets can help clear up acne, yeast infections and skin irritations as well as keep harmful carcinogens out of your system.
Health food stores sell all natural cosmetic and beauty products that will be gentler on your hair and better for your overall health. Look for ingredient lists that are short and do not contain words you cannot pronounce or chemical names you have never heard of. Less is more in this case. Keep this healthy practice with all your cosmetics, cleaners and soaps and you will have less chance of coming in contact with harmful chemicals and carcinogens throughout your day. Our favorites are Hugo shampoos and conditioners and Dr. Bronner’s liquid hand and body soaps.
Healthy skin is tied in with healthy living. Eating fresh produce, meats and avoiding processed sugars, corn syrup and parabens goes hand in hand with regular exercise. Exercise aids in carrying nutrients to all cells in the body and carrying out toxins that build up in our cells. Our bodies are not built for sitting on the couch or at the computer all day.
10. Avoid sweets
Avoiding sweets and refined sugars is the best way to avoid zits and aging. Glycation is a process by which sugar bonds to a protein or lipid molecule without the controlling action of an enzyme contributing to the deterioration of collagen in your skin. Collagen is responsible for that young, tight skin look we all strive for. Not to mention, avoided sweets and eating healthy will make you feel better and look better!
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