Why do we care what we use on our skin? Did you know that what we put ON our skin…we put IN our bodies?! Our pores aren't a one way street meant just for sweat; they absorb what you apply as well. Every time you slather lotion, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, and other products just pretend you are sprinkling that product directly into your bloodstream! Take care about what you put on your skin!
Want to see how your beauty products stack up? Try switching out one beauty product. Lotion? Soap? Something! It is still a slow process for me, so don't sweat it! You can see how your current products stack up and look for less toxic alternatives by using the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. We even created a handy PDF for you to help you clean up YOUR beauty cabinet!
There are several ways to help support your healthy skin.
Drink a lot of water. Most people are chronically dehydrated. They say to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day. And if you drink caffeinated beverages and alcohol, you should be drinking even more. A dehydrated body leads to dehydrated skin.
Healthy fats keep your skin moisturized from the inside out. When I start getting dry spots, I look at my fat intake. Increase the amounts of healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter and ghee!
Skincare starts in the gut. Often times, problems with skin stem from improper digestion. Help maintain a healthy gut by ditch the Standard American Diet (SAD), increase water, healthy fats, fruits/vegetables and other whole foods. Adding probiotics and fermented foods and bone broth can do a lot to heal you from the inside out. Gut issues show themselves in many ways, one of those being the skin.
I like to take numerous supplements to help support my entire body, including my skin. I take a probiotic daily. I vary the brand but like Young Living's Life 5 as well as some other great brands. NingXia Red is a wolfberry and citrus essential oil puree from Young Living. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants. Longevity is a wonderful supplement that can be taken daily to strengthen the body’s systems to prevent the damaging effects of aging, diet, and the environment.*
What Are Essential Oils
For me, I know that nature has provided us with everything we need to survive and to thrive on earth. The plants used for essential oils have been around longer than we have and humans have been using nature’s abundance in many ways, from the obvious uses like food and even shelter to the less known including distillation into essential oils for various, powerful applications. For me, these are truly some of God’s greatest gifts.
Essential oils are the highly concentrated, aromatic essences of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, resins and flowers. Essential oils are greaseless and not like the other ‘oils’ you have in your home like olive oil or coconut oil for example.
Essential oils are the plant’s natural defense and protective mechanisms. They work the same in our bodies as they do in nature. They penetrate our cell membranes and disperse into our blood and tissues. 1 drop contains countless molecules that affect the body at the cellular level. Their purpose is to smell amazing and many also help support all of our body systems by keeping our bodies clean and our system functioning as it should.
Young Living Essential oils can be a great addition to the skin care routine! We only use Young Living Essential Oils because they are the only company that offers a Seed to Seal guarantee. I know these oils are pure!
Best Essential Oils for skin
These are some of my favorite essential oils for skin care. There are plenty more to choose from but this offers a nice starting point for you!
You can add these oils to a simple serum to help beautify your skin. 2 ounces of your favorite carrier oil (I like jojoba, argan and rosehip oils) with about 30 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) can make a wonderful healing skin moisturizer! You can also add them to a homemade toner or other skin care product.
I have a recipe for an aging skin serum and puffy eye serum but I change up the essential oils each time I make them!
*may cause sun sensitivity
What are your favorite essential oils to use on your skin?