When it comes to skin care, most of us are open to trying almost anything to get that bright, healthy looking complexion we’ve always strived for – and it may seem as though the options are almost limitless to someone who is unaware or inexperienced with the ways of the skin care and beauty industry.
However, if you’ve spent anytime online searching for the latest beauty trends or simply ask a beauty technician for some advice – you’ll immediately be presented with a list of options to choose from, some sounding stranger than others.
You may even walk away feeling a bit unnerved as some of the practices used to attain and maintain a healthy complexion may seem a little bizarre or even scary in some cases. Some people go to great lengths to ensure that they fight off the signs of aging or try to reverse the effects thereof.
This may include costly, dangerous and not to mention painful plastic surgery (which is the preferred method of the rich and famous) and can include everything from going under the knife to getting a variety of different injections in the areas that you believe need to be treated. However, a lot of us aren’t comfortable with the idea of plastic surgery or wouldn’t be prepared to spend the large sums of money that plastic surgery tends to cost.
The other options largely include using a variety of different creams, lotions and beauty potions to try and nourish and repair the skin from within. While this may sound a lot safer and more cost-effective than plastic surgery, the truth is that most of the anti-aging creams available on the market are still very expensive and don’t always work – or rather, don’t give you the kind of results that you’d expect from something that costs as much as most of the good quality brands do.
Some people even consider using laser treatments to try and remove wrinkles, acne or scars and while this may be effective, the truth of the matter is that it’s a risky process as not everyone’s skin can handle the effects of a laser and simply typing ‘Laser Treatment’s Gone Wrong’ into Youtube will give you stone cold proof of some of the permanent horrors that people have suffered due to laser treatment mishaps.
My question? Why waste your time with these risky forms of treatment that could not only worsen the quality of your skin (or simply not work), but will also cost you a great deal of money over the course of your life.
I would recommend taking a step back and looking at the problem through a more holistic lens. What do I mean by this? Well, it’s important to note first and foremost, that skin care and preventing the signs of aging is a process that takes time and will not happen overnight (and if someone tells that they can give you these kinds of results, they’re probably lying).
So to make your search a little easier, we’ve given you three of the best relatively more natural ways of treating your skin that are holistic and grounded in factual, scientific knowledge.
By using these in conjunction with a healthy diet, a regular skin care routine and cutting out any unhealthy habits (drinking, smoking etc.) you can help your skin to heal naturally and even improve the quality of your skin whilst reducing the appearance of the signs of aging. So keep reading!
The Benefits Of The Derma Roller (or is it Dermaroller?) Dermarolling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a relatively new skin care technique or method that arose around the turn of the 20th century when a German dermatologist (Ernst Kromayer) discovered that by using dental burrs of various sizes mounted on mechanical, motor-driven flexible cord powered equipment, he could treat scars, birthmarks and hyper-pigmentation.
In the 50s, the work of two dermatologists based in America helped to reignite the interest in the idea of dermarolling and this lead to a development in the technique that brought it closer to what we know it as today. However, it was only really during the 90s when the work of a variety of different dermatologists lead to the development of the derma roller as we know it today – at least in principle.
They noted how well their patients skin seemed to react after a treatment and that they could use the derma rolling technique to treat a variety of different skin ailments ranging from acne, scars and even burns to reducing the signs of aging such as wrinkles, puffy skin and increase the skin’s ability to absorb moisture and skin care products (thus making them more effective) and even boosting the natural skin tone.
But how exactly does a derma roller work? In truth, it’s a really simple process – although it may sound a little unnerving it’s highly effective. The derma roller works by literally rolling tiny needles over the surface of the skin which causes minor wounds to form. These wounds are not severe enough to cause any serious negative effects to your skin (provided you use a clean tool and disinfect the area of skin that you treat). This causes your body to release collagen to the affected area and it’s this collagen that ultimately allows your skin to heal.
Collagen is essentially a protein that occurs naturally in our body and is responsible for healthy bone, hair and skin development and healing among others. Most of us have heard of skin care creams that contain collagen as an added ingredient, but the truth is that your body (granted that you eat a healthy, balanced diet) usually has enough of this stuff already.
It’s really just a matter of getting it to go where it’s needed, and dermarolling helps to concentrate collagen into the specific area where it’s needed and also enables any skin care products you may be using to become more effective as they can directly get to subcutaneous layers of the skin and treat the affected skin area directly from the source.
The Benefits Of Oil Pulling It may be hard for us to imagine a world where brushing your teeth on a daily basis isn’t common place but the truth of the matter is that brushing is a relatively new innovation in terms of taking care of our teeth. For centuries before the advent of the toothbrush, people used a technique known as oil pulling to help relieve toothache, bad breath and kill off bacteria that generally leads to infection.
Oil pulling is a pretty straightforward process and can be done without too much hassle. The name describes the process quite well and is rather self-explanatory. In order to utilise the healing properties of the oil pulling technique, simply gargle with a teaspoon of castor oil or vegetable oil and add two or three drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or lemon balm essential oil to the mixture. Simply gargle for a minimum of 20 minutes – which may seem like a long time, but it’s easy to do over the course of your morning routine and then rinse your mouth with water.
By doing this daily, you can prevent the buildup of bacteria in your mouth and ultimately eliminate the occurrence of disease and infection which may lead to far more serious dental and health issues – not to mention saving you a great deal of money on costly and painful dental procedures in the long run. It may seem like a strange way to treat your teeth, but it’s not too dissimilar from using mouthwash – except that it’s more natural and offers a slightly wider variety of health benefits.
DIY Shampoo Far too many people are discouraged with the idea of DIY work and I don’t blame them! It’s a challenge and takes both time and effort to accomplish – yet anyone who’s ever been successful at a DIY project will know how rewarding the feeling can be. Thankfully though, there are varying degrees of difficulty when it comes to DIY projects and DIY shampoo is one of the easiest you can try.
However, besides being a simple and easy project to master, DIY shampoo can do wonders for your hair and help to repair dry, damaged follicles whilst rejuvenating and moisturising an itchy or flaky scalp i.e. treating both the cause and symptoms of dandruff. But what’s the big difference between DIY shampoo and your conventional store bought shampoo?
Besides giving you the freedom to get as creative you’d like to with the recipe, DIY shampoo is also a lot healthier for your hair than conventional shampoo largely because it does not contain as many of the dangerous chemicals that conventional shampoos tend to contain. These include parabens, sulfates, alcohol-based fragrances, colorants and a variety of other chemical additives that ultimately strip your hair of their natural oils and proteins and can damage your hair over time. By avoiding these, not only will you allow your damaged hair to heal more naturally, but you can actively promote a healthier head of hair and save a tonne of cash at the same time.
So this is definitely one of the easiest, safest and most affordable beauty techniques that you can use for the rest of your life and reap the benefits of a healthier head of hair as well as having more money in your pocket at the end of each month – which you can use on other DIY-friendly projects!
Conclusion Achieving a healthy complexion and head of hair is easier for some than others, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t all still use some kind of beauty, skin or hair care technique over the course of our life. While it may be true that some are more effective than others, safer or even a little stranger – the truth is that finding a beauty technique that doesn’t cost a fortune and is safe yet effective, is probably going to seem a little unorthodox at first glance (rolling needles over your face?).
However, approaching these methods with an open mind and doing your research before trying anything could really help you achieve the results you’re going for without having to break the bank or put yourself in a serious amount of pain or discomfort.
I hope that this article has shown you that looking beautiful doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg and that you can achieve amazing results with products made in the comfort of your own home – what more could you ask for?