Body Skincare Routine in 5 Simple Steps

My philosophy of what to put on my skin is similar to my food philosophy, where natural is always best. I am not only going to talk about what I put on my skin but also about techniques I do to my skin to keep it healthy and radiant.

Our skin is one of our largest detoxification organs and it is important that the ingredients we apply allow it to breath, regenerate and glow naturally. Many commercial beauty products comes with questionable ingredients preventing the skin the breath and excrete, even if these products are labelled as “natural” or “made with natural ingredients”. It is important to read the labels in detail to know whether or not your skin care products will really do all good to your skin and health in general. Usually, the simpler it is, the better!

Using the right kind of products is important, yes, but at the end of the day the most important factor to make our skin look great on the outside is to treat our bodies right from the inside! Nourishing foods and other lifestyle factors greatly impact the health and look of our skin. Working towards balancing our lifestyles, by reducing stress and improving our sleep and diet should therefore be the first step of any beauty regimen. It is also good to realise that you really don’t need all these expensive chemically loaded beauty products the industry is trying to sell with the promise of an eternal youthful beauty. Simple steps and simple ingredients will do just as good, and even better, in enhancing the quality of a well nourished skin from the inside. Here I am going to share with you my skincare routine in 5 simple steps that have been working well for me.

 1. Dry Brush

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Dry skin brushing benefits are incredible, not only it makes your skin looks and feels healthier but it also helps your body detoxify, by unclogging your skin pores and activating your lymph system. Adding skin brushing to your daily routine will only take 3 minutes of your time and yield the most effective results in the long term. I wrote a dedicated article about dry skin brushing, explaining how it helps your body get rid of toxins and how it makes your skin look healthier. I also shared a few guidelines to help you dry brush effectively.

2. Exfoliate

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Exfoliation is really important to help your skin get rid of dry skin cells on the surface. As our skin ages, the natural exfoliation process will slow down, resulting in an accumulation of dry skin cells, clogging our pores. Using body scrubs and other exfoliants regularly will benefit your skin and create a smoother and healthier appearance. I exfoliate my skin once to twice a week and it is good enough. It is important not to over do exfoliation since it may damage our sensitive skin. Similar to skin brushing, I start with my feet and work my way up the body to move my lymph in that direction. Typically, I apply my scrubs or other exfoliant treatments in circular motion.

My picks: DIY Coffee-Vanilla Body Scrub, V&M NATURALS Romance in Bloom Scrub (Citrus)THE FARM Stimulating Body Polish Barako Coffee

3. Cleanse & Rinse

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I usually use cleansers that are all natural, gentle but effective. This step also include soaking in my tub with bath salts which is one of my weekly pleasure. I use warm water when showering or bathing instead of really hot and steaming water that should be avoided. Right as I am finishing, I rinse my body with cold water to wake my body up and activate my blood circulation.

My picks: YSABEL’S DAUGHTER Moringa Body Wash (Orange), CASA DE LORENZO Castile Soap (Lavender), DIY Bath Salt, V&M NATURALS Spa Milk Salts (Mango Mandarin)

4. Moisturise

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Moisturising your skin with the right natural products leaves the skin soft, smooth, radiant and amazing. On top, it feels great and really refreshing. Many factors can take the moisture out of our skin such as pollution, stressful lifestyle, cold weather and applying a moisturiser helps providing nourishment back, repair and protect our skin.

My picks: CBEAUTY Universal Beauty Oil (Chamomile),  V&M NATURALS Pure shea butter, Virgin Coconut Oil

 5. Massage

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My last and favourite step to a healthy and beautiful skin is to have my whole body massaged regularly. During a massage, the skin is rubbed with oil, the muscles are subjected to some pressure, the blood circulation is stimulated and your lymph is activated. The increased circulation  and lymphatic drainage brings more oxygen to your tissues which will revitalise. I noticed massages really helps in reducing the appearance of orange peel skin in the long run. I usually give my own oil to the therapist such that I am sure about the ingredients and the quality, and I encourage you to do the same.

My picks: BATH ORIGINS Aromatherapy massage oil (Eucalyptus and Jojoba), THE FARM Stimulating Elixir 

Note that all of the products I mentioned in this article are made locally with simple and natural ingredients. I am really grateful for all these amazing filipino companies bringing health and beauty together.

Are you willing to give it in try all naturally?.

Hi, I am Ady! Wife to my filipino love and mum to my eurasian baby bear. Loving the outdoor, travelling and everything natural & healthy!

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