Healthy, glowing skin has an even tone, smooth texture, and feels supple. The healthiest-looking skin seems to glow from within. If you’ve been searching for a natural glow in the aisles of your local skin care department, a beauty consultant may have recommended an extensive collection of toners, serums, masks, and chemical exfoliators to hydrate, nourish, and resurface your skin.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars trying the latest and greatest skincare products, hoping to find the perfect solution for your current skin concerns. More often than not, our current round of products doesn’t deliver on promises advertised, and we likely feel compelled to invest in something new.
Here at BOTA ™, we’ve faced the same issues. After years of trying new chemical-based products, we’ve found simple changes to our daily routine might be all we need to achieve a healthy, resilient, glowing complexion. If you’re less than happy with the appearance of your skin and spending too much money on products that don’t deliver, we recommend trying a more natural approach.
The Basics of Healthy Skin
Your skin is a complex organ comprised of numerous tissue types that combine and function as a single structure. As newly formed skin cells work their way from the depths of your skin to the surface, they flatten and build a barrier that protects your body.
The skin you see today is a reflection of numerous internal and external factors, including your everyday lifestyle choices. Since your body is continuously creating new skin cells and replacing damaged cells, it will only take about 30 days to reap the benefits of the following recommendations we provide to achieve naturally glowing skin.
Selecting Foods to Nourish Skin from Within
While skin can absorb some nutrients from skincare products, healthy skin begins with healthy food choices. A diet based on plenty of lean protein, fresh produce, whole grains, and healthy fats will do more for your skin than anything else. Since no single nutrient can create a natural glow on its own, consider the benefits of including a variety of the following:
Whether you prefer your leafy greens in a salad or smoothie, increasing your intake of kale, spinach, and Swiss chard delivers ample amounts of vitamins A, C, and calcium to your skin. The zeaxanthin and lutein content can enhance moisture retention and protect skin from environmental damage.1
Selenium is an antioxidant shown to protect skin cells from skin cell mutation. Including whole grain oats, brown rice, cottage cheese, and sunflower seeds in your diet will supply the selenium your skin needs.2
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 is a heart-healthy fat that has a considerable impact on skin health. Research suggests that omega-3’s have anti-inflammatory properties that calm inflammation, a function beneficial for inflammatory skin conditions like acne. Salmon, hemp seeds, shrimp, walnuts, and plant oils are all excellent sources of omega-3s.3
Since nutrient variety is essential for healthy skin, to further boost the skincare benefits of your diet, consider the colors of the fruits and vegetables you select. A daily mix of purple, orange, yellow, red, and green fruits and vegetables will ensure your skin has the vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients it needs for optimal health.
Protecting Skin Moisture Naturally
The moisture in your skin forms a protective barrier that helps prevent skin irritation and infection. When moisture levels are depleted, skin starts to look dry, rough, flaky, or rashy. To optimize your skin’s moisture content, consider the following recommendations:
Drink More Fluids
If you are not taking in enough fluids to compensate for fluids lost during the day, your body will pull water from your skin. Since many people struggle to drink half their body weight in fluid ounces of water each day, it’s helpful to know that herbal teas and other beverages also count toward your hydration goals.
Cold winter air and indoor heating can rob your skin of moisture. A dry environment can also irritate your throat and sinuses, which increases your risk of catching a cold or the flu. If you decide to run a humidifier, aim for 40 percent humidity for optimal skin benefits.
The skin has a natural lipid barrier that protects moisture levels. Showering, bathing, or washing your face in water that is too hot will strip this protective barrier. Reducing water temperature will help your skin retain moisture. To achieve the most benefit from your products, apply moisturizer or skin-friendly oil right after you step out of the shower. Applying moisturizers to dry skin may not be as effective.
Getting Your Beauty Sleep
Sleep is essential for nearly every function in your body, but most of us get considerably less than we need. If you’re not getting enough sleep, the effects of sleep deprivation will affect your skin in more ways than you might realize. Just a few of the ways sleep debt could affect your skin include:
If you’ve been staying up later more often than you care to admit, one of the first places you may see the effects is under your eyes. Dark circles are caused by the enlargement of blood vessels near your skin’s surface. So, if your skin looks pale with inadequate rest, the contrast in color will make undereye circles look more pronounced.
Eye Bags and Puffiness
While you sleep, your body is hard at work, distributing fluids all around the body. If you’re waking up with pouches under your eyes or lost definition in your face, it’s possible that your body may not have enough time to achieve fluid balance, meaning the delicate skin beneath your eyes did not have enough time to tighten while sleeping.5
Premature Skin Aging
If you have a habit of not getting enough rest, you will likely notice a loss of elasticity, an increase of fine lines, and uneven pigmentation. Researchers currently believe increased cortisol production resulting from sleep deprivation interferes with collagen synthesis, which keeps your skin firm.6
After a night or two of little sleep, you may also notice that your eyes droop, your skin feels drier, or blemishes erupt. If you have difficulty falling asleep, you might find it helpful to limit caffeine consumption and adopt a consistent sleep routine. Improving sleep habits can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your skin.
Selecting Natural Skin Care Products
Many of us have realized that the answer to our most pressing skin concerns can’t be found at the bottom of a jar full of chemicals. Many of the ingredients used by the health and beauty industry can strip your skin of its protective barrier, clog your pores, and interfere with the life cycle of healthy skin cells. Instead of relying on chemicals that could be harming your skin, consider some of the many benefits of selecting plant-based skincare:
Reduced Chemical Exposure
Most of the chemicals in conventional skincare products have never been evaluated for safety. In addition to harming the environment, many of these untested chemicals can absorb into your skin, accumulating in your body over time. Some are of these chemicals are known carcinogens, while others are proven hormone disrupters. Switching to plant-based skincare routine reduces your exposure.7
Many people find that synthetic skincare products irritate their skin, but don’t make the connection until they stop using them. Quite often, skin irritation is caused by the synthetic components used in fragrances. Other possible skin irritants include mineral oils that can clog pores and silicone that can cause dryness.
A Simplified Routine
You don’t need a 20-step skincare routine to achieve a healthy glow. Using too many products can irritate your skin, destroy your skin’s natural protective barrier, and cause premature aging. Once you go natural, you will likely find that you can achieve better results with fewer products, putting far less stress on your skin.
As awareness of the many potential hazards of using synthetic skincare products increases, more people than ever before are searching for natural solutions for their skincare needs. With an improved understanding of how plant-based botanicals can nourish, protect, and replenish the skin, there has been an increase in consumer demand for a natural skincare routine and products that are infused with the therapeutic potential of hemp-derived CBD.
Combining the Benefits of Plant-Based Skin Care with CBD
Research shows that CBD interacts with numerous receptors throughout your body to keep essential processes working harmoniously, including the processes that influence the health and appearance of your skin.
The key to a positive experience with CBD skincare is the purity and potency of the products you select. Our commitment to product quality is just one of the many reasons people who are looking for a plant-based skincare line trust BOTA™ Skin Care. At BOTA™, we’ve combined the therapeutic potential of hemp-derived CBD with plant oils and natural botanicals selected for their verifiable skincare benefits. Plus, all BOTA™ products are gluten-free, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly. All BOTA™ products are third-party tested, and US Hemp Authority™ certified.
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- Healthline. (2018 January 16) 20 Foods Rich in Selenium.
- National Institute of Health. (2019 July 11) Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
- Food Revolution Network. (2017 December 08) Eating the Rainbow: Why Eating a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables is Important for Optimal Health.
- NBC News. M Holohan. (2012 December 19. Why Being Tired Makes Us Look Ugly.
- HuffPost. S Emling. (2013 July 24) Sleep Deprivation Linked to Aging Study Suggests.
- Livestrong. Com. K Eisenbraun. (2020) Dangers of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.