How to Easily Start Your Holistic Skin Care Routine
Last updated: October 2020
Develop a skin care routine that considers your wellness holistically. Skin care doesn’t start with products on your face. Using these four whole-body steps, you can develop a holistic skin care routine that improves your physical, emotional, social, and financial health and wellness.
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What Is Holistic Skin Care
Holistic skin care is considering the health and presentation of your skin in light of your overall wellness.
If you’re familiar with the wellness model, you’ll know that our health doesn’t just include our bodies, but also our minds, relationships, and wallets, among other things.
Your health is not just dependent on your exercise routine or diet, although these are important aspects.
If you are exercising regularly and eating well but you are stressed out of your mind, you are still likely to gain weight, have heart problems, and be irritable. Even though diet and exercise help with these symptoms, the stress (a mental, not physical concern) can affect the physical outcome.
In the same way, the health of your skin is dependent on many variables of wellness. It’s not just dependent on the products you use or don’t use, how frequently you clean your face, or the strength of your products. Holistic skin care actually starts WAY before anything you would generally consider part of your skin care routine.
To have your best skin, you must create a holistic skin care routine. Without a holistic attempt, you will not be able to have the best skin possible.
Develop Your Holistic Skin Care Routine
To have your best skin, you need to create a routine that addresses multiple areas of health. While improving just one of these areas will be beneficial, if you want the best skin possible, try to add more than one or all of these tips to your holistic skin care routine!
1. Drink Water
Drinking water is SO important.
Our bodies are literally made of mostly water. Chemically, without water our bodies cannot function. When you are dehydrated, you body uses the scarcity of water that it has to perform necessary life functions. Let me tell you – your skin is not one of those!
Necessary life functions include breathing, heart functioning, and brain functioning
Even though your skin needs water, if you don’t have enough in your body, your skin won’t get it because your body does a good job at prioritizing.
To give your skin the water that it needs, make sure that you are drinking enough water throughout the day!
Personally, I find that if I have a straw in my glass, it’s easier for me to drink water.
These are my favorite re-usable straws, but I’ve also had success with these stainless steel straws too!
If you want to increase your water intake to improve your skin health, try using a straw and change your habits.
2. Get Good Sleep
Once again, your body needs certain things to function appropriately. One of these bodily necessities is sleep.
Today’s culture is a sleep deprived society. We stay up late, constantly use screens, and reward overexertion and exhaustion.
This is not okay.
While not everyone needs a full eight to nine hours per night to feel rested, it is important to get consistent and uninterrupted sleep throughout the night. Without good sleep, your brain will have trouble functioning and will not be able to signal to your body appropriately.
With poor sleep habits, you might have puffy skin or dull skin or bags under your eyes, and you certainly won’t have your best skin possible.
Related: Sleep Hygiene: Secrets for the Best Sleep of Your Life
Take time to figure out how much sleep your body truly needs, and then take steps to change your evening or morning routines to meet your body’s needs.
3. Eat Healthy Foods
Just like your body needs water and it needs sleep, it also needs specific nutrients.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) promotes a diet of carbohydrates, sugars, and processed food. This is not the way to live your best life!
Your body needs the nutrients that a balanced diet can give. You need proteins. You have to have vegetables. Fruits are necessary for your body to function properly.
If you don’t get enough of certain nutrients found in typically-considered “healthy” foods, your body will not be able to function appropriately.
You will feel sluggish or irritable and your skin will not look good. Why? Because your body does not have what it needs and it is going to attempt to conserve resources.
Another thing to consider is food intolerances or allergies. If you have acne, rosacea, or other similar skin concerns, go talk with your allergist, nutritionist, or holistic care provider about testing. Allergies and intolerances to certain foods, even if typically considered “healthy” can show up on your skin.
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4. Use Natural Products
Alrighty, guys. Now that we’ve given our bodies what they need, we can finally talk about skin care products.
It is SO important that you consider what ingredients are in your skin care products for holistic skin care. Not only do the products that you put on your skin affect your skin, but because your body is one big system, these product also affect the rest of your body.
Skin care products that are applied and immediately washed off are less of a concern than those that are left on the skin for extended periods of time.
While I am not going to give you a list of categorically good or bad ingredients, I am going to tell you to look into your skin care product ingredients because IT DOES MATTER.
Today, you can find many products out there that both a. have a natural origin and b. actually work well.
One of my favorite brands for skin care products with natural ingredients is Burt’s Bees. Their mascara is my favorite, and it has a pleasant natural scent when applying. One thing I hated about my old mascara is that even if I washed it off before bed, it would still leave a residue that made my eyes puffy in the morning. Burt’s Bees Mascara does not do this!
When you use products that have ingredients that are better for your body, your body will be able to function better. Similar to avoiding too many processed sugars, if you avoid harming ingredients, your body AND your skin will thank you for it.
Holistic Skin Care for Wellness
The main point I’m trying to make is if you treat your body well, your skin will look and feel much better than if you ignore your body’s needs and attempt pretty skin from the outside-in. When we focus on beauty from the inside-out, we not only improve our skin care, but also other aspects of our wellness. Using these tips in your holistic skin care routine can improve beauty and health.
Without a holistic mindset for skin care, your skin will always be lacking. Set holistic skin care goals to nourish your body and your skin today!
Let me know what your favorite holistic skin care tips are and what you like to do on a daily basis to help your skin and body thrive!
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6 Replies to “How to Easily Start Your Holistic Skin Care Routine in 4 Steps”
I always practice the first 3 pointers you give for the natural skin care it’s a work in progress for me although I really appreciate natural, chemical-free and no animal testing products!
Absolutely! Often times the things worth doing in life aren’t going to improve overnight. Stick with it and keep seeking out holistic ways to improve your health! I’m confident you’ll see good results.
Great post! I need to work on my sleep and using more natural products!
Thanks, Sandhya. Health is a journey!
These are great tips! I do feel like my skin isn’t at its best at the moment, I think mine is due to not sleeping very well so hopefully I can sort that out. I try to drink lots of water throughout the day as well, it’s usually in the evenings when I’ve stopped working that I forget to drink much water! Thank you for sharing these!
Ah! Yes, I have a tendency toward that as well. It’s so easy to remember when the water bottle is right next to you at work!