Get Smooth, Youthful Skin With These 8 Plant-based Ingredients
Did you know that skin is the largest organ in the human body? It’s true! It’s an external organ and one that’s often neglected by people. If you take good care of your skin, you’ll be rewarded with youthful, healthy-looking skin that feels great.
At Nature Queen, we believe that skincare should be easy. That’s why we’ve added an Herbal Anti-aging Body Lotion to our herbal products line that, when added to your skincare routine, will give you wonderful results. It includes everything that you love about the Nature Queen beauty brand: it is completely natural, made with essential oils and herbal extracts that have beneficial effects on skin.
So, let’s talk youthful skin – why it’s important, and how you can get youthful skin naturally.
Why having healthy, youthful skin is important
Alright, what exactly do we mean by healthy, youthful skin? And how does yours compare? Youthful skin is soft, supple, firm, and plump. Don’t let the word plump fool you – it has nothing to do with your body weight! Plump simply refers to how much collagen your skin has that allows it to be pliable and elastic, as opposed to loose, wrinkling, and sagging.
Healthy skin is also clear, blemish-free, and it isn’t dry and flaky.
The term ‘youthful’ is sometimes used as a synonym to ‘beautiful’, but youthful skin is important not just because it makes you look attractive, but also for various health reasons.
- It reflects your health
Your skin is a great indicator of your overall health. For example, regular exposure to smoke causes dull, greyish skin. And red skin may be an indication of high blood pressure, emotional distress, or allergies. Your skin can also provide warning signs of diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and conditions as severe as lung cancer.
- It heals easily
One of the indicators of healthy skin is that it heals fast. If you have a scratch or cut, it should scab over and heal within days (or weeks, at most). Injuries that take a long time to heal are inconvenient and painful and require a lot of fussing over – ointments, bandages, and the sort. It’s worth taking the time caring for your skin. It’ll be able to repair itself quicker, making your life easier.
- It needs less upkeep
No matter how simple your skincare regimen may seem, it will still a lot easier if your skin’s naturally healthy. If you’ve always had good skin and you use our tips below to keep it up, you’ll have to do less maintenance in the long-term, with better results.
- It helps your self-esteem
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and self-esteem is a big part of it. Having good skin raises your self-esteem. All animals – not just humans - take pride in their appearance. It’s normal (and healthy) to feel good about how you look. With good self-esteem, you’re better equipped to have a cheery outlook towards life, ready to tackle daily challenges as they come.
Of course, we can’t completely gloss over the fact that youthful skin looks attractive – which is an enormous benefit as well. It affects our mental health and social life!
Nature Queen’s Herbal Anti-aging Body Lotion
Nature Queen’s new herbal anti-aging body lotion isn’t just good for your skin – it’s a treat for your senses. It smells delightful, makes your skin feel smooth and soft, and gives it a fresh look. The ingredients are all-natural, with our unique blends of fresh herbs from Southeast Asia, and wonderful essential oils that make the blend smell amazing.
Combined with our other products, our Herbal Anti-aging Body Lotion can rejuvenate your skin and make it look and feel like never before. Just apply it gently onto the skin after a shower, and watch your skin transform.
Coconut oil – Coconut oil is widely used in beauty products and antiseptic creams because it can reduce inflammation, moisturize skin cells, protect it from the sun’s UV rays, and provide Vitamin E. It also smells nice and summery, and every single part of the tree can be used.
Avocado oil – Extracted from the pulp of the delicious fruit, avocado oil contains Vitamin E and various other minerals and proteins that help nourish and moisturize your skin. It also expedites the healing process by promoting collagen production, so if you suffer skin breakage, sunburn, etc., your skin will repair itself faster.
Jojoba oil – This odorless liquid has healing and anti-inflammatory properties, and it also helps moisturize your skin. It’s often helpful for people suffering from acne. It may help reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars by lightening dark patches of skin.
Cetearyl alcohol – The two main ingredients in cetearyl alcohol are derived from coconut and palm oil. This combination of naturally derived fatty alcohols used frequently in creams and lotions for its ability to soften skin and to soothe and heal dry skin.
Lemongrass leaf oil – The lemony herb gives us lemongrass oil, which keeps your skin bright. It also balances your oil levels, hence reducing chances of acne, and its astringent properties keep your pores contracted, giving your skin a more youthful appearance.
Clove basil – The plant is native to Africa, southern Asia, Mexico, West Indies, and Polynesia. The leaves of this herb have a strong clove aroma, and the plant contains eugenol, which has antiseptic effects.
Patchouli oil – Well-known for its lovely scent, patchouli oil slows the process of aging by tightening and toning your skin. If you have wrinkles, stretch marks and other blemishes, patchouli oil is the answer to your prayers!
Lecithin – Lecithin is a type of fat found in soybeans and egg yolks, and it’s used in skincare products for its ability to hydrate the skin and make it feel smoother. Hydrated skin feels plump and firm and has fewer wrinkles.
Recommendations for Keeping Your Skin Youthful
Our best self-care tip is to take a long bath with our Herbal Body Wash, apply our anti-aging body lotion, and then make yourself a nice cup of cocoa. You’ll feel immensely better, as the aromatherapy, the soak and the chocolate have their effect.
Of course, the simplest, easiest way to keep your skin youthful would be to drink from the fountain of youth – if only we could find it! But jokes aside, while you can buy lotions and creams to improve your skin, there are other ways you can help your skin. Most of these are habits that you need to develop and sustain in the long-term. Like we said earlier, the skin is indicative of your overall health, so it’s important that you take good care of it. Here are some ways to do it:
- Drink plenty of water
We all know that staying hydrated is good for your skin. Drinking a couple glasses of water everyday helps not just your skin but your overall health, so we’ve kept this at the top of our list.
- Avoid smoke
Routine exposure to smoke causes dull, pallid skin regardless of your age, and it can also cause skin to develop wrinkles prematurely. This is bad news for smokers or anyone who is around smoke regularly.
- Eat healthy
Take care of your body, and it’ll take care of your skin for you. Eat a balanced diet, take your vitamins, and avoid eating fried or junk food (which can also cause pimples and acne, by the way). Certain foods, such as anything high in sodium or sugar, black tea, coffee and alcohol, can cause dry skin. So moderate your intake of these items, and if you’ve been suffering from dry skin, try cutting back a bit.
- Have a good skincare routine
While this topic is broad and important enough to warrant a whole separate article, we’ll keep this tip simple. Remember to cleanse, tone, and moisturize! Try to do your skincare routine in the early morning or before bedtime, as it’ll then become an integral part of your day. And just a quick note on skincare products – avoid changing your products up often. And if you try a new product, make sure they it overly strong or abrasive with detergents and chemical irritants.
- Drink green tea
Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which have an anti-aging effect and can reverse sun damage. Catechin, an antioxidant present in green tea, can keep wrinkles at bay for longer. Drink it twice daily for six months, and you’ll see the results. However, if you don’t fancy drinking it, you can also apply it to affected areas to get the same benefits!
- Get enough sleep
Getting your beauty sleep is quite important if you want to avoid having tired-looking skin and under-eye bags. Your skin repairs itself during sleep due to increased blood flow and collagen production. So, if you have any injuries, UV ray damage, wrinkles or sun spots, healing will happen little by little while you’re sleeping. Get your 7-9 hours per night – it could be more or less for some people, with long sleepers needing as much as 12 hours of sleep every day!
- Avoid over-tanning
Tanned skin looks gorgeous, but the sun ages your skin over time. Protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet radiations, and you could look up to 20 years younger, according to studies. Now, we aren’t suggesting you avoid sunlight altogether. We know how great the sun feels on your skin, and exposing your skin to the sunlight is the only way to get Vitamin D naturally. So, instead, monitor how much time you spend in the sun. 15 minutes of sun daily is enough for your vitamin needs.
Stay tuned for more blogs on skincare routines, hair and brow health, and your immune system.