How to Heal Your Skin & Naturally Glow

Written by mindbodygreen

In today’s article I share with you more of my top tips for how to get rid of painful, unwanted skin conditions and get the beautiful skin you dream of.

Now on to today’s tips...

If you put it on the outside you are still “eating” it on the inside.

If you are going to be buying tons of fresh organic produce and the highest quality foods, why would you then want to go and smear a bottle full of chemicals on to your skin externally?

What you put on your skin will be directly absorbed into your bloodstream and affect your health and symptoms dramatically so it doesn’t make sense. It’s also very common that chemical based products will only irritate your skin further.

It can take time to try new products and establish new beauty or therapeutic regimes, so it may take you longer than it does to change your diet. That’s ok, but this is the easiest way to do it: get back to what’s extremely simple. Simply use some coconut oil or olive oil as a moisturiser, lip balm and eye cream. My hands down favourite skin care for quality and purity is this line. They also smell and feel incredibly indulgent.

It doesn’t stop at moisturiser. What are you washing with in the shower? Is it full of hard to pronounce ingredients and soaping agents? How about your make up?

You can do your research as to what brands and products work best for you. Talk to someone knowledgeable at your local health food store, or jump online to research what’s out there. Websites like the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a great resource. Type in the cosmetics brand and it will give you a hazard rating of the product and its ingredients. Fran has some great suggestions for beauty products on this website too.

Sunshine, sea water and fresh air or “air baths”

Sunshine is healing in so many ways, and this is certainly true for the skin. This might seem contradictory to what you’ve heard about skin damage and cancer from the sun. To an extent this is correct. It’s never a good idea to spend excessive amounts of time in the harsh midday Summer sun. Like all things in life, too much of a good thing can still be too much and that is when damage can occur.

Yet exposing our skin directly to sunlight is one of the most alkalising things we can do for our health. Plus, if you suffer from fungal skin conditions, sunlight can help to kill off the bacterial infection. The key is to spend small amounts of time in the sunshine when it is not at its harshest. For example, 15 minutes in the sunshine early morning every day is a wonderful healing tool.

Tied in with sunshine is the toxic sun creams most people use. If you are slathering those on your skin, you are much more likely to suffer everything from clogged pores to skin eruptions and irritations. Aim to use a pure zinc oxide natural sun cream for those times you need sun protection. Even better, wear loose long clothing that covers your skin. You can still enjoy the mental and emotional therapeutic benefits of the warm sun with a sarong around your shoulders.

Sea and ocean water is extremely healing to skin conditions also. I always find my skin is at its best when I am taking frequent dips in the ocean. If you have irritated skin or rashes it can be painful though! Not only is the sea alkalising, the salt is also healing and purifying to the skin.

Just getting your bare skin into fresh outdoor air is helpful for skin conditions. If you can expose as much of your bare skin as possible in fresh air, you will really be giving your skin a chance to breathe. We spend the vast majority of our time in tight, suffocating fabrics and in temperature controlled homes and offices which can suffocate the skin. If you can find a private place for a bit of nude (or semi-nude) fresh air bathing every week, your skin will thank you....maybe even your neighbour ;).

Cleanse the colon

If you have a skin condition it means your body is struggling with the toxic load in your body. Your colon is very likely overloaded and acidic toxic waste is therefore leaking out through your skin – the elimination organ second only to the bowel.

The colon becomes overloaded when you consume too much acidic food and drink and it can’t eliminate naturally what you are putting in. Even if you are consuming a very clean diet, the colon can still struggle to remove all the acidic waste being magnetised out by the alkaline foods you are eating. It will then pour out through the skin.

Try not to get pissed at your skin. It is in fact doing you a major service by trying to desperately push out the excess toxicity and waste in your body, rather than having it lodge in your vital organs where it could make you sick with something far worse than a rash or acne.

If you have more than the odd skin symptom popping up, get yourself a home enema kit or get a colonic from a knowledgeable colon hydrotherapist as soon as possible. It might seem scary if you haven’t tried it before, but it really isn’t as daunting or awful as it might sound, and the benefits speak for themselves.

Pick one action from these tips and do it! Then add another. Your skin will thank you for it.

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