Growing up with a very naturally focused mother has had its influence on me. She almost never used plastic. I was the kid with the paper bag lunch. My chocolate chip cookies had sunflower seeds and nuts in them. She also never used Teflon… she stuck with cast iron pans. She left her hair grey, never died it. She always looked so beautifully natural… and still does. She didn’t believe in unnecessary surgery so when I was 12 and doctors told me I had to get my adenoids and tonsils removed, she took me to a naturopath and they put me on a special diet with no dairy, sugar or wheat for a year… pretty difficult for a 12 year old. But it worked.
So, my mother passed her passion for natural foods, skincare and remedies to me. And also the understanding that our health comes from within, with how we treat ourselves, our bodies, our hearts, our skin. Getting to the root of things instead of just masking them. When you have a headache, do you simply take a pain-killer? Or do you work on the reasons why and what you can do so it won’t happen again?
We need to treat our skin holistically as well.
- Instead of waiting until your lips crack and then patching them up with a moisturizing lip balm, make lip balm part of your routine, so they don’t get dry.
- Drink more water
- Use natural olive oil soap, either bar or liquid. My favourite is bar soap but a good natural olive oil liquid soap can also be wonderful for your skin. If you start looking after your skin by washing with well-made, natural soap, you will probably find that you won’t need as much moisturizing cream.
- Eat less processed food and more fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Use a natural moisturizing facial serum at night before bed and you will also find your face won’t need as much moisturizing cream.
- Get enough rest and sleep.
- Get regular exercise! A special cream or scrub may help cellulite for example, but nothing probably works as well as regular exercise, improving circulation and good diet.