Skincare tips for moms! With families on tight budgets and you moms busy taking care of everyone else, keeping your skin healthy is sometimes seen as a luxury you can’t afford. But there are ways and we are going to find out just what they are!
But there is another way to look at it.
Mom is the glue that keeps the family together. Most often, her needs are put after everyone else’s. But moms deserve to look and feel their best, don’t they?
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One of the quickest and most effective ways to feel your best is to improve skin health.
Think about it. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so it only makes sense that when it feels good, most of you feels good. And, your skin is what you present foremost to the world. When others notice that it looks good, you feel good. “You’re glowing!” or “Your skin is so soft!” is really nice to hear.
Skincare Tips For Moms
So, let’s take a look at some of the natural, organic, and affordable ways you can enrich your skin without making life difficult on your kin.
According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’ School of Medicine and Public Health, water is critical to skin health.
“The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body, your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best,” an article in the school’s UW Health journal states. “If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.”
What doesn’t require a study is that drinking water is also pretty darn cheap. Even if you aren’t a tap water connoisseur, bottled water isn’t very expensive when compared to something like a Starbucks coffee. Right? It’s important to remember, though, that tap water and even “purified” bottled water are not optimal sources of H2O. Instead, nutritionists are much higher on natural spring water, glacier water, and mineral water.
“Look at the label and if it says ‘purified’ or ‘distilled’, leave it on the shelf,” said Martin Riese in an episode of Down to Earth, a Netflix documentary that takes a look at solutions for common problems, like water issues.
“Water needs minerals. When you drink ‘pure’ water, the water will look for minerals in your body. You will actually lose minerals in your body by drinking water,” explained Riese, a wine sommelier in Los Angeles. (Yes, that’s a thing.)
In other words, too much water (at least purified or tap water) can be bad for you.
Something the University of Wisconsin-Madison also points out is that your other organs will absorb water first, your skin will absorb it last. To help offset this natural order of things, researchers there suggest using a hydrating moisturizer regularly, especially on days when you weren’t able to drink enough.
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Dry skin is old skin. So, many of us like to remove those skin cells by scrubbing them away. Who doesn’t love a good loofah?
It’s also easy to find products that call themselves exfoliates. But unfortunately, the market is flooded with skin products loaded with unhealthy chemicals that can cost a fortune. Skin care manufacturers are forced to add artificial flavors, dyes, chemicals, and preservatives to prolong shelf life of their products. And that means many of those products will cause irritation, inflammation, and allergic reactions for some users.
Thankfully, the negative effects of additives and preservative chemicals in store-bought scrubs can all be avoided. Take some time to learn about lesser-known DIY scrub recipes with the ingredients you often already have in your pantry or fridge. Strawberries, bananas, and cucumbers are common staples in these recipes. Oils like coconut, jojoba, and almond are also common ingredients that work as emulsifiers and moisturizers. And then there’s ingredients like basil, mint, sea salt and brown sugar that work as exfoliants and antibacterial agents.
Stress is nasty on the body, inside and out. It can lead to stroke and heart disease on the inside and it can lead to acne on the outside. That’s because your body, when under stress, produces a hormone called cortisol. It’s job is to make your glands produce oil. And oily skin is a precursor to acne and other skin conditions.
If prescription medicine from a psychiatrist isn’t your thing, or if you can’t afford regular therapy sessions at $150 a pop, or if yoga classes are too costly in your area, then consider doing some meditation. If your budget is really tight, you don’t even have to buy a meditation CD. Instead log onto YouTube and search for “meditation music.” Also consider a Google search for something like “Buddhist temples near me” and see if they have free classes for members of the community. These are typically a little more stringent in their execution of postures, but some folks need that to more effectively “let go.”
Something you ate?
If you had pimples as a teenager, chances are you heard a dermatologist say chocolate and potato chips doesn’t cause acne. They were right. Systemic acne is not caused by food, it’s caused by hormonal changes in the body. But pimples and acne are not one in the same. Oily foods do in fact produce more oil on the skin, which can lead to pimples and blackheads. So think about alternatives like a small chunk of dark chocolate rather than a whole milk chocolate bar. Or, choose baked chips or even popcorn before hitting the Doritos or Ruffles.
Know that there are healthy foods and ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions and conditions like eczema in some people. If you are getting strange skin reactions, especially if you are a healthy eater, look at your foods for an ingredient called balsam of Peru. It is used for its aromatic and anti-evaporation properties but also for its mild antiseptic, antifungal and anti-parasitic qualities. It’s most commonly used in perfumes and toiletries, food and beverage flavoring, and some medicines.
Also, make sure your food doesn’t contain nickel, especially if you have allergic reactions to jewelry. Examples of common, healthy foods that can have high levels of nickel include grains, beans, lentils, and peas.
So, do you have any DIY skincare that work well for you? We’d love to hear about. Tell us in the comments!