By Mylinh Nguyen, R.TCMP, R.Ac
Over the past decade there has been a major shift in our approach to overall health and wellness, with more people turning to holistic practices every day. People are looking for natural solutions to maintain good health and vitality. This has led to a surge in demand for services related to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, naturopathic medicine, nutritional counseling and infrared sauna therapy.
One of the main health concerns that is top of the list these days is skin health. In recent years, people have been demanding higher quality, safe products to both consume and apply to their skin. Many are no longer accepting chemical-laden products that are known to injure the body and cause hormonal dysregulation with regular use. This explains why we have seen a big market shift to natural and organic products.
After taking into consideration healthy diet and lifestyle habits, there are many natural substances that can be used on your skin. Below is a list of simple moisturizers that have been shown to help maintain a healthy complexion.
This oil contains high amounts of lauric acid, which offers collagen-supporting compounds. Its antimicrobial and anti-bacterial qualities make it an excellent moisturizer to use in any anti-aging regimen. When looking at different brands, be sure to choose one that comes in a glass container, to avoid applying chemicals that have leached out of plastic, to your skin.
This butter has vitamins A and F (also known as linoleic acid), both of which have compounds that prevent skin from drying and cracking. You will see this as a base in many natural skincare products.
Over the years, aloe has become a strong preference for many manufacturers of skincare products because it is capable of refreshing the skin without leaving it looking oily.
This is actually a big one for those with oily skin. Apart from being a perfect moisturizer that keeps your pores open, olive oil is a great exfoliator, helping get rid of dead skin cells and brightening up your complexion.
Honey is a well-known humectant, and it achieves this quality by drawing moisture from the air into the skin, keeping it hydrated. It penetrates the inner layers of skin, ensuring a deep hydration of your tissues. Honey can be used as a mask or rubbed onto the face in a circular motion to help lighten the skin, reduce inflammation and aid with tissue healing and regeneration.
When purchasing a product with multiple ingredients, be sure to avoid hormone disruptors like phthalates, BPA, and BCPs. If you are looking for healthy skin care options and need a bit more direction, you will want to seek out the advice of a qualified holistic practitioner. Feel free to reach out to our clinic for more information on this topic.