5 Simple Steps for Naturally Smoother and Softer Skin - Koils by Nature
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While the condition of our skin is dependent on several factors like genetics, hormones, diet and habit, we do have some natural skin hacks for healthier looking skin.

Achieving healthy glowing skin can be achieved by a few simple adjustments to our daily routine and habits. In this article we’ll explore some simple ways we can improve the condition of our skin for a radiant complexion all year long. And guess what! The steps you take for healthier skin, will usually spill over to improved hair, nails and your overall health. Let’s get started!


Drink more water and less caffeine

This might just be one of the easiest and quickest ways to achieve a glowing complexion. Usually when we are dehydrated, our skin will be one of the first messengers to let us know to drink up. Have you ever noticed how after a long flight your eyes may look more wrinkled and aged? It’s not like you’ve aged 5 years on one 6-hour flight, your body’s just signaling for you to start hydrating. 


This also happens when we drink coffee in excess. Caffeine is mildly diuretic, which is why we have to go to the bathroom much more, and much more aggressively as compared to when we drink a glass of orange juice or a peppermint tea. When we drink more water, preferably water we filter ourselves, then your body will have adequate water flowing through its system and will not need to sacrifice the moisture from your skin and hair.


If the idea of drinking a lot of water, well, bores you, we recommend adding lemon juice, mint leaves or cucumbers for added flavor. Try keeping a reusable water canister in your car, by your desk and in your bag as a reminder to drink more of the good stuff. Your body will love you for it, and so will your complexion!


Avoid Harsh Soaps, Scrubs and excess washing

You want to keep a balanced skin microbiome, which is what’s responsible for keeping your skin hydrated and smooth. When selecting the right face wash for your skin type, make sure not to use one that is too aggressive and strips your skin of the healthy oils and bacteria your skin needs to protect itself. You can also find a skin cleanser that aims at boosting skin microbiomes, for even skin tones and well balanced skin. 


Washing your skin twice a day with soaps and face cleanser might be too often (even though many companies tend to promote it.) When you frequently strip the healthy oils from the face, the skin ends up producing even more oil than it needs to catch up with what it's lost. Instead of washing your face every day, twice a day with a cleanser, try washing your face with lukewarm water to break down any excess grease without stripping what your skin needs to stay healthy and clean. 


Moisturize with natural oils and natural moisturizers

It’s especially important to moisturize your face during the colder drier seasons. What type of face moisturizer you use will depend on your skin type and texture. Pure aloe vera is one of our favorite go-to moisturizers because it is gentle and soothing. Plus it’s great for all skin types and wont leave your skin feeling greasy and oily. For the rest of your body, you can opt for a natural moisturizer. Moisturize after showering to seal in all the hydrating essential oils for smoother, softer skin all around. 


Treat yourself to an all natural home-made face mask

There are so many natural ingredients in your very pantry, at this very moment, which can work wonders on your skin. 


Some of our favorite home ingredients for a smoother, glowing complexion include:

    1. Organic Raw Honey- raw honey when massaged onto the face and left on for 10 minutes can even skin tone and soften skin. Rinse and repeat two times per week. We recommend raw honey because it has natural sugar crystals that exfoliate the skin, while soothing skin flare ups. And we recommend organic honey, because, well, no need to rub pesticides into your skin when you can avoid it right?
  • Organic Cocoa Mask- Applying cacao directly to the skin can enhance your skin tone, the skin’s elasticity and can be used for preventative measures against future damage. Cacao is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and flavanols, great to keep the skin looking young and healthy. Try a mask with 2 tablespoons of cacao powder, 1 tablespoon of organic oat yogurt and 2 teaspoons of honey. Mix the ingredients together and apply to skin for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. 
  • Papaya- Okay granted, not everyone has a regular stash of papaya in their house, but this does give you a great excuse to pick one up the next time you pass this exotic fruit in the supermarket. You can apply mashed papaya to your face after rinsing with warm water and let sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse. Papaya contains vitamin A and papain enzyme, which aids in clearing away dead skin cells and rejuvenates skin.

  • Pay Close Attention to Your Diet

    There are many foods, ingredients and recipes out there that will make you glow from the inside out. Then there are those ingredients which cause your skin to flare up or break out. Sometimes the red flares, or breakouts can be due to allergies we either overlook or don't want to confront. Your skin is one of the few ways to understand what is going on in the body. 

    Foods rich in antioxidants are great for your skin and circulation. Berries, dark chocolate, leafy greens, organic yogurts are some great examples. Try eating cooling foods for a week if you experience flare ups often. 


    Processed foods, sugars, spicy foods and very often, dairy, can cause us to break out, sometimes within minutes. If your skin is breaking out, or flaring up, it’s your body’s way of telling you something. Something like, “there’s an ingredient in here I don’t need.” Maybe it’s time to reassess your diet and decide what ingredients are working for you and which ingredients are, well, working against you. Your whole body may benefit from the shift and adjustment. 

    While the condition of our skin is dependent on several factors like genetics, hormones, diet and habit, we do have some natural skin hacks for healthier looking skin.

    Achieving healthy glowing skin can be achieved by a few simple adjustments to our daily routine and habits. In this article we’ll explore some simple ways we can improve the condition of our skin for a radiant complexion all year long. And guess what! The steps you take for healthier skin, will usually spill over to improved hair, nails and your overall health. Let’s get started!


    Drink more water and less caffeine

    This might just be one of the easiest and quickest ways to achieve a glowing complexion. Usually when we are dehydrated, our skin will be one of the first messengers to let us know to drink up. Have you ever noticed how after a long flight your eyes may look more wrinkled and aged? It’s not like you’ve aged 5 years on one 6-hour flight, your body’s just signaling for you to start hydrating. 


    This also happens when we drink coffee in excess. Caffeine is mildly diuretic, which is why we have to go to the bathroom much more, and much more aggressively as compared to when we drink a glass of orange juice or a peppermint tea. When we drink more water, preferably water we filter ourselves, then your body will have adequate water flowing through its system and will not need to sacrifice the moisture from your skin and hair.


    If the idea of drinking a lot of water, well, bores you, we recommend adding lemon juice, mint leaves or cucumbers for added flavor. Try keeping a reusable water canister in your car, by your desk and in your bag as a reminder to drink more of the good stuff. Your body will love you for it, and so will your complexion!


    Avoid Harsh Soaps, Scrubs and excess washing

    You want to keep a balanced skin microbiome, which is what’s responsible for keeping your skin hydrated and smooth. When selecting the right face wash for your skin type, make sure not to use one that is too aggressive and strips your skin of the healthy oils and bacteria your skin needs to protect itself. You can also find a skin cleanser that aims at boosting skin microbiomes, for even skin tones and well balanced skin. 


    Washing your skin twice a day with soaps and face cleanser might be too often (even though many companies tend to promote it.) When you frequently strip the healthy oils from the face, the skin ends up producing even more oil than it needs to catch up with what it's lost. Instead of washing your face every day, twice a day with a cleanser, try washing your face with lukewarm water to break down any excess grease without stripping what your skin needs to stay healthy and clean. 


    Moisturize with natural oils and natural moisturizers

    It’s especially important to moisturize your face during the colder drier seasons. What type of face moisturizer you use will depend on your skin type and texture. Pure aloe vera is one of our favorite go-to moisturizers because it is gentle and soothing. Plus it’s great for all skin types and wont leave your skin feeling greasy and oily. For the rest of your body, you can opt for a natural moisturizer. Moisturize after showering to seal in all the hydrating essential oils for smoother, softer skin all around. 


    Treat yourself to an all natural home-made face mask

    There are so many natural ingredients in your very pantry, at this very moment, which can work wonders on your skin. 


    Some of our favorite home ingredients for a smoother, glowing complexion include:

      1. Organic Raw Honey- raw honey when massaged onto the face and left on for 10 minutes can even skin tone and soften skin. Rinse and repeat two times per week. We recommend raw honey because it has natural sugar crystals that exfoliate the skin, while soothing skin flare ups. And we recommend organic honey, because, well, no need to rub pesticides into your skin when you can avoid it right?
  • Organic Cocoa Mask- Applying cacao directly to the skin can enhance your skin tone, the skin’s elasticity and can be used for preventative measures against future damage. Cacao is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and flavanols, great to keep the skin looking young and healthy. Try a mask with 2 tablespoons of cacao powder, 1 tablespoon of organic oat yogurt and 2 teaspoons of honey. Mix the ingredients together and apply to skin for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. 
  • Papaya- Okay granted, not everyone has a regular stash of papaya in their house, but this does give you a great excuse to pick one up the next time you pass this exotic fruit in the supermarket. You can apply mashed papaya to your face after rinsing with warm water and let sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse. Papaya contains vitamin A and papain enzyme, which aids in clearing away dead skin cells and rejuvenates skin.

  • Pay Close Attention to Your Diet

    There are many foods, ingredients and recipes out there that will make you glow from the inside out. Then there are those ingredients which cause your skin to flare up or break out. Sometimes the red flares, or breakouts can be due to allergies we either overlook or don't want to confront. Your skin is one of the few ways to understand what is going on in the body. 

    Foods rich in antioxidants are great for your skin and circulation. Berries, dark chocolate, leafy greens, organic yogurts are some great examples. Try eating cooling foods for a week if you experience flare ups often. 


    Processed foods, sugars, spicy foods and very often, dairy, can cause us to break out, sometimes within minutes. If your skin is breaking out, or flaring up, it’s your body’s way of telling you something. Something like, “there’s an ingredient in here I don’t need.” Maybe it’s time to reassess your diet and decide what ingredients are working for you and which ingredients are, well, working against you. Your whole body may benefit from the shift and adjustment. 

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