In the modern world, when we think ‘complexion’ we immediately think of the face and the quality of our facial skin.
Originally, the definition of ‘complexion’ meant ‘bodily constitution.’ When people referred to one’s complexion they were talking about the whole picture of health a person presented and this included not just physical health but one’s temperament and character, too.
Eventually, around the fifteenth century, the understanding of complexion had evolved and medieval people began to focus on how the appearance of the skin and the color of the face could indicate the state of a person’s health as well as temperament. They began evaluating one’s character by first looking at the complexion.
The root of the word ‘complexion’– ‘complex’–indicates that something is consisting of many and different parts. For sure, when we take into account all that we now know today about health, vital energy and the body-mind-spirit connection, there are an awful lot of components involved in the overall health and vitality of a person all of which radiates outward through the skin.
The skin, our complexion, is a first and primary indicator of our state of health. And it demonstrates that our inner health directly correlates and is largely responsible for a glowing complexion.
Since our skin is the largest assimilating and eliminating organ of the body we need to be vigilant about not just what we put into but onto our bodies. The epidermis is very sensitive and delicate and it reacts very quickly to its environment.
We all know about the importance of drinking lots of water and cleansing our skin properly so we won’t elaborate too much in this post on the obvious to achieve beautiful complexion, however here are 9 tips you might have either forgotten or might not have thought of that will be fun to perform and bring you great complexion results:
❶ Eat lots of high water content fresh fruits and vegetables; your body will drink in this form of distilled pure water and it will show through in your skin.
❷ Reduce your exposure to toxic environments where chemicals, smoke and radiation are prevalent. In today’s world, we can never truly remove ourselves from such environments unless we go live on a deserted tropical island somewhere so just be mindful about your surroundings and do your best.
❸ Get a moderate amount of sunlight; it has a beneficial effect on certain skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema and fungal infections and helps us get ever so essential vitamin D.
❹ Sweat out toxins; don’t be afraid to sweat–it’s so good for you; use a sauna or a steam room periodically if you can.
❺ Exfoliate gently; it will assist with the rejuvenation of your skin.
- Learn how to make and use homemade edible masks and pastes.
- Check out PHYTO5®’s natural energetic colored clays and skincare products containing algae.
- Use a washcloth or a Japanese loofa while cleansing.
❻ Treat your skin to natural living substances full of vital energy:
- essential oils
- extracts; rose water and rice water, for example, are wonderful cleansing rinses.
❼ Acupuncture and/or facial massages are an excellent way to keep your circulation flowing for a great complexion.
❽ Energetic drainages are the best kept secret in beautiful complexion. Learn more here.
❾ Light therapy (also known as chromotherapy) using not just light but colored lights is an incredible, gentle, non-invasive skincare treatment that aligns with the energetic aspect of your skin. Check out PHYTO5® light therapy technologies.
“In order to maintain naturally glowing skin throughout life, we need to understand the factors that encourage–and inhibit– the flow of energy through the body. We must begin to determine how the choices we make every day affect the life that moves through us. The easiest way to see how energy affect us, and to see results of our efforts, comes from something over which we have control, our food. Our food is what creates the blood and body fluids that nourish and create everything that makes us… us. If our food choices are fresh and vital, the energy that they conduct to our cells via our blood will be reflected in a fresh, vital, glowing appearance, beginning with flawless, lush skin.”
— Pirello, Christina. Glow: A Prescription for Radiant Health and Beauty. New York: HP, 2001. Print.