In this revealing article, Sabina Della-Peruta, reveals her natural beauty secrets for having and keeping a smooth skin. Read on to find out her top natural skincare tips, nutrition, fitness and positive mindset secrets for a dewy glow.
I’m 3 months away from turning 29 and my biggest fear is and has always been aging. Not something I’ve ever shied from being vocal about, I’ll admit I find myself occasionally venting on the subject. And here I am taking vulnerability and transparency to the next level- I’ve secretly cried about it. It sounds hysterical on paper, it really does. But the thought of time passing on with no rewind button (no matter where I look to find it) has always had a way of following me.It’s this multifaceted fear. I’m afraid of becoming someone else, someone my current self wouldn’t appreciate. I’m afraid of losing the vibrant and youthful nature that is the essence of my being. Because with age comes maturity and the responsibility to uphold yourself in a certain matter. I’m constantly checking myself, even asking- “Is this newfound maturity beginning to define me? Or is there still a young girl left inside me?” The truth is, I never want to lose her. No matter how well composed I act on the outside; I want to always keep that part of me- because that’s the version of me I love most.
Then comes the fear of losing my vigor, my body not being able to do the things I ask of it. I’ve seen it too many times. You become limited on what you can and cannot consume as it affects you instantly. Nutritional intolerances, physical setbacks, frail bones, decreased energy… there’s simply no running wild in the middle of the street without turning heads. How many wrinkles will my hands eventually bear? Where on my face will those wrinkles permanently find a home? When will dark strands of hair become gray? How will my voice sound? Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s something to embrace. There’s a certain beauty that comes with age. But I’m just not there- I haven’t come to terms with it. I should be grateful I’m still alive, my mother would say. And she’s absolutely right.
Luckily, there’s a bright side to all of this. I’ve now decided that my years on this earth do not define me. Rather I choose the years I reflect and feel. It may even be considered an unusual lifestyle I’ve chosen to pursue. I’m not necessarily pursuing longevity, I’m pursuing the appearance of it. Choose organic skincare. Eat right. Exercise. Allow your skin to deceive. Because when I’m constantly told I look 8 years younger than my age- what better compliment can I receive? And wouldn’t you like to receive the same? Well, that’s just if you can. Just by simply following the lifestyle tips I’m about to provide, you’ll never consider Botox again. All you need is a breath of fresh air.
We women rarely put our natural beauty on display. So when I finally had the confidence to do it, I wanted to help other women feel the same. For 10 years I was a slave to makeup and I honestly thought I’d never be free. But I’ve somehow managed to abandon unused makeup I anticipated myself relying on. Sure every once in awhile I’ll have a night out with a little glamour on the eyes and lips. But no amount of makeup can replace that fresh dewy glow I wake up to in the morning. That, and knowing I can easily crawl out of bed and be ready within 15 minutes… priceless. So below are my skincare essentials to revive and boost collagen production. The best part is, they’re all natural ingredients and applicable for all skin types.
Raw honey - choose organic, unfiltered, and solid honey. Manuka honey - choose UMF 10 or higher. What’s so amazing about honey is that it’s overflowing with powerful nutrients such as antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and B-complex vitamins. Some of which (amino acids) build collagen and increase moisture while guarding your skin from UV rays and pollutants. Amino acid Glutamine in particular, assists your skin with restoring damaged cells. And if that doesn’t convince you, the aging process is also slowed down by honey’s ability to establish the correct pH balance, promoting tissue healing and regeneration- all while cleansing your skin. Although Manuka honey is more expensive, it can contain up to 4 times more of these properties than raw honey. Simply use a generous teaspoon to apply to your face as you would any cleanser (so long as you’re not wearing any makeup). For better results, use as a face mask by applying on damp skin at a minimum of 3 times per week for 45 minutes.
By adding a natural toner into your routine, you’re providing your skin with another layer of hydration to seal in moisture and soak up other ingredients. And in order to keep your skin youthful, it is imperative you keep it moist, as dry skin is prone to wrinkles. Plus- a toner is also able to revitalize, protect, and soothe your skin. And because of its vitamin A, C and caffeic acid properties, the cucumber in this mix will fade scars, pigmentation, freckles, and cellulite. While the pink Himalayan sea salt provides 84 beneficial minerals and antioxidants, together with cucumber, they retain moisture and fight wrinkles. For those of you with oily and acne prone skin, you’re in even better luck as these two also reduce clogged pores and oil.
To make it - infuse 3oz of filtered water with a few pieces of chopped cucumber. After 12 hours remove the cucumber and add a teaspoon of pink Himalayan sea salt. Mix up into a 6oz spray bottle and keep refrigerated. Replenish after 7 days.
You never want to use a moisturizer that strips your skin from its natural ability to moisturize. Rather, you want something that assists your skin in doing this while providing actual nourishment. Argan Oil is not only the perfect contender for this but it’s also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, linoleic acids, and omega fatty acids. With regular use, it can reduce acne, wrinkles, and age spots- all while restoring elasticity and regenerating skin cells. What I love about this oil is that unlike many other oils, it’s non-comedogenic and doesn’t leave your skin with an oily residue. Instead, it quickly absorbs into your skin while providing incredible hydration. I can’t promise you won’t become addicted because it will leave you with a gorgeous glow. Use 2 pumps and massage onto your face, even around the delicate eye area, until it has been soaked in.
Now, no skincare routine of mine would be complete without a Dermaroller. Entirely inexpensive, it is touted for preventing and even reversing wrinkles. The concept is simple really- it works by creating tiny punctures into your skin, thereby causing an “injury” that requires response. That response is simply the stimulation of new collagen production. Derma rolling not only increases the cell turnover rate of your skin, but it also increases absorption of any skincare product up to 10 times. Therefore, it is recommended that you follow a session with the application of vitamin C and E oils to further speed up and heal this process.
I recommend using a 0.5 mm Dermaroller as it is the least abrasive while still boosting collagen production. A 0.25 mm is only able to further enhance the absorption of products and anything above a 0.5mm is better suited for expert use. Use this treatment only once every 4-6 weeks.
First, let me state 3 obsessions I live by (2 of them you already know): Honey, Argan Oil, and… Matcha. Without these, I’d probably be sporting dark under eye circles and looking 3 years over my age instead of 8 years under. With that said, I also have 3 items I keep away from to avoid premature aging. These include table salt, sugar and gluten; sugar being the absolute worst. So if you’re really concerned about those fine lines, I highly suggest staying away from it as much as possible. Plus, we all know refined sugar does the body no good. And with that said, I want to give you 4 staples I make sure to incorporate into my diet for glowing, radiant, and wrinkle-free skin. Because no matter how effective your topical skincare products are, beauty comes from within. After all, as we age our bodies produce less collagen, the main structural protein that provides firmness and elasticity to our skin. So by sticking to these suggestions, you’ll be doing your body a huge favor.
Rich in collagen, this is one of the few foods that actually contains it. As stated, collagen is the primary building block for skin elasticity. Therefore, actually consuming it will increase absorption more than any collagen boosting product you put on your face. Bone broth is also rich in other nutrients, such as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are molecules found in the dermis layer of your skin. They’re responsible for filling in the space between collagen and elastin, keeping your skin smooth and plump. So, if you regularly consume this nutrient-dense liquid, you won’t be spending major bucks at the dermatologist for facial fillers. Simply heat up a cup of homemade or organic store bought bone broth and sip early in the morning to further increase absorption.
“A cup of matcha a day keeps the wrinkles away”, said the doctor. With a high dose of antioxidants, matcha contains a powerful one known as EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate). Most widely regarded for preventing cancer, EGCG minimizes the oxidative damage done to our cells, which is one of the underlying causes of premature aging. Plus- it stimulates elastin production while preventing sun damage, age spots, dry skin, and wrinkles. Matcha even goes as far as detoxifying our system through the chlorophyll it contains, further providing our skin with a clear and glowing appearance. I suggest having an 8oz cup of matcha a day before noon hits for an energy boost.
A rarity, this fruit provides us with 11 types of essential amino acids our bodies are unable to make. And, they’re a perfect snack containing a high dose of antioxidants, which ward off free radicals (premature aging enemy #1). In fact, their ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) score is through the roof at 25,000. This means free radicals will not stand a chance against these powerful tiny gems. Plus- a serving of 10-30g a day contains zinc, iron, selenium, phosphorus, riboflavin, and vitamin C. Vitamin C in particular firms, tightens, and reduces age spots in the skin. It also doesn’t hurt that they contain a significant amount of beta-carotene, further assisting your skin with glowing from the inside out. I like to make a trail mix of goji berries, coconut chips, and almonds to eat as a quick snack throughout the day. Pop them into your oatmeal or sugar-free cereal with almond milk for a satisfying breakfast addition.
The best soldiers you can recruit to fight inflammation, they protect skin cells from sun damage by helping the body defend itself against UV rays. These soldiers go as far as strengthening cell membranes, enabling them to preserve other parts of the cells against free radical enemies. It’s even been noted that unprotected skin won’t burn as easily in those who up their Omega-3 dosage. And while it’s no secret that stress, pollution, and/or a bad diet can revive inflammation, enough inflammation will cause collagen production to take a hit. So by eating foods packed with omega-3s, the structure of your skin (which includes collagen) will be supported through these storms. That- and by supporting your skin’s barrier, irritants are kept out while moisture is sealed in. Increase your Omega 3s intake through avocados, fish, flaxseed and chia seeds.
Fitness is an absolute necessity for smooth skin. And, it’s one of the few things you can do to reverse signs of aging (because it also reverses oxidative stress), no matter how late in the game your start. Plus- as a virtually free solution, it only costs you your time.
In itself is effective at reducing stress - a setback for youthful skin. It facilitates blood flow and the delivery of nutrients to our skin, repairing damage while improving elasticity. And because collagen production decreases as we age, our skin becomes more dependent on these nutrients. As you know, your skin repairs itself most while you sleep- which, exercise also helps you to do. That- and believe it or not, cardio can also assist with reducing cellulite. So while getting yourself to hit the gym is the hardest part, there's actually plenty of cardio you can do at home while minimizing shock absorbency (were you about to worry about sagging skin? because there’s no need).
Promotes proper circulation- the means by which blood is able to flow throughout your body and deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin. With poor circulation, you’re looking at a number of problems. Some of which are improper detoxification, dark spots, under-eye circles, a blotchy complexion, and a negative impact towards cell renewal and collagen. Not the best look for you gal. Just a few of the best positions for glowing skin are Ustrasana, Bhujangasana, and Bharadvaja’s twist. With these, you will supply oxygen and blood flow to your skin, while improving digestion.
The most convenient way to give your face a lift. With the same concept of yoga, you are better able to massage oxygen and blood flow to your skin. Just by practicing a few of these a day, you’ll be able to keep your skin tight and firm- free of charge. I recommend doing a forehead/brow smoother, lip pull, and the “V” for a younger looking skin. The “V” is my personal favorite as puffy eyelids and dark under-eye circles are a common problem within many women. Simply make a V shape with your index and middle finger by pressing your middle fingers at the inner corner of your eyebrows, and the index fingers at the outer corners. Apply pressure and look upward while raising your lower lids. Squint against the pressure of your fingers, repeating 10 times. Finish by squeezing eyes tightly for a few seconds. You can practice these in the shower, bathroom, or while working away at a desk all day.
When I look at myself in the mirror and find a younger girl staring back at me, the fear of aging becomes less intimidating. It’s in the back of my mind as I continue to create memories that become just that- an action passing away with time. So when I’ve finally hit my mid-thirties, I’d like to look back at this time and be proud for preserving myself and the women around me. I’d like to know that there are other women pursuing this lifestyle. Because a number does not define you, you define yourself.
Written by Sabina Della-Peruta
Sabina Della-Peruta received a Bachelor’s degree in Screenwriting at Chapman University 2010. Later, she shifted her writing towards an up and coming blog focused on natural beauty and how to achieve it. Her blog, Simply Dewy takes you through an inviting and feminine lifestyle revolved around DIY skincare, nutrition, and fitness. Simply Dewy was created over the summer of 2017 after Sabina realized she wanted to help more women feel confident and sexy in their own skin. Although she lives in Southern California, her blog has received the attention of many women throughout the globe. She hopes to continue inspiring more and more women to promote their beauty, as she has done so herself. She is always available for contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or via private message if you prefer: Simply Dewy's Instagram.
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September 15, 2018
You’ve shared some really helpful tips! Can’t wait to try them! Hope you to hear more from you
January 11, 2018
I like the article, is very useful.
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