NATURAL BEAUTY: WINTER SKIN - HOW TO STAY GLOWY

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SKIN

Skin, one of my favourite topics on this planet. 

Why? 

1) I suffered from severe acne for years, and years, and years (People still don't believe me) but it's because I've done a lot of healing, with regards to my lyme disease, and my skin. It's something I work on deeply in my practice with clients, as I know how troubling it can be for the body & mind - skin issues affect us on a very deep and complicated psychological level. It's not ego, it's truth. We only want to put our best selves forward, and when acne calls, it can strip us of all confidence and worthiness 

2) It's our largest organ, and we often take it for granted. I believe it's something we have to nourish, and feed just like our brain, liver and kidneys

It's the one organ that's thrust forward in the spotlight every single moment, of every single day, whether it likes it or not. It's our protection, our saviour, and a window into what's going on inside of our bodies.

Our skin, will forever be an inside job. No amount of products, miracle creams, drugs, procedures will do what you want, unless it's fed + nourished from the inside out. 

When our bodies are trying to communicate with us (i.e more hydration, less sugar, imbalance of hormones, stress, lack of sleep, systemic inflammation, etc...) this will all show up on our skin, whether we like it or not. Just one night of incomplete and restless skin can drop back our skins hydration levels down 30%. I know it's very easy to forget about our skin, as we take it for granted, because it's attached to us, it's always there, and it does what it's supposed to do.

Right? Not really... Let's dig in.

Unless you've struggled with skin issues in the past (RAISE BOTH HANDS!) you most likely don't really give it a second thought. It keeps your insides safe, and that's about it. You aren't connected to what it's trying to communicate to you, or why it might not be looking so great. But if you've struggled in the past, or currently with your skin, you know exactly what I'm talking about. You think about it from the moment you wake up, until you go to sleep, and even disrupting your precious sleep. I know it did for me, as I tried everything to heal my skin!

People also don't want to hear that it takes time to heal, often time years, like it did for me. Patience in every aspect of life will only help us appreciate, love and dig deeper in our true authentic selves. If everything came easy, we wouldn't value it, grow or learn a lesson. So as much as my skin pained me for years, I took massive action to heal it, while tackling my lyme disease for a full holistic healing package that took a very long time, but looking back now I wouldn't change it for a second. It's brought me to where I am today, and I'm now able to help others on their skin + health journey, as it's truly never just about the skin, which is why I never talk about product recommendations to clients until we're at least a few sessions / weeks / months deep into our protocol and time together. For they only serve about 20% of the healing process when it comes to skin, the other 80% is an inside job. So while I could go on forever, and ever about skin, and its healing, I'm going to address our skin transitioning into this new season, as each season we must check in with our body and see what it needs to carry us through these energetic, yet physical shifts. 

So as we approach this new season, and days begin to get shorter, darker, drier essentially our skins nemesis, it's super important to take note of what the skin needs, what it doesn't need, and ultimately taking stock of where you are with your skin right now. Are you happy with it? Is it causing you some problems? Do you wish for better skin? What do you want to achieve? Are you truly taking care of it? Let's all go inward and access what our own individual needs are, so we can stop wanting / thinking / pinning over someones skin, and start taking action to be in our best selves + skin, from the inside out. This is my goal for all of you. 

MY WINTER GLOW TIPS:

HYDRATION: You will continue to hear me shout this from the roof tops but drinking pure water during the winter is even more important than the summer! It's when our skin needs it the most, yet we tend to drink less of it. A few things you can do is make sure you're drinking room temperature water, as cold water can shock the digestion a little too much, or simply opt for warm lemon water, which is my ultimate winter drink. Green + herbal teas count, so hydrate up! It's imperative for all the cells in your body, but your skin needs a lot of it, to reap the outer benefits 

OILS: It's now time to switch from light moisturizers, to more oils. I know people can be so fearful of oils, I know I was for the longest time, but when I actually started to introduce them into my regime (slowly + the right ones), my skin absolutely adored them and it showed. You never want to dry the skin out, ever. When it's starting to show visible signs of dryness, the deeper layers are extremely parched. Oils and serums are required to penetrate deep into the epidermis layers. A LOT of store bought creams and moisturizers simple sit on top of your skin, and do nothing, seriously. Further when you dry your skin out, your skin actually produces more oil / sebum to counter balance the dryness, and therefore you can still have acne with dry skin. Oily skin also loves oil (I have extremely oily skin), as like attracts like! Bottom line, don't fear the oil. It's simply about finding the right ones for your lifestyle, skin type and goals. 

BONE BROTH + COLLAGEN: Going back to the skin being an inside job. Both of these heavy hitters help on a much deeper level. Collagen is essentially the structure that holds your skin together, skin of it like a netting of sorts. When we age, it's actually the "collagen netting" that's becoming looser and looser, thus it starts to show skin's aging - hello wrinkles and sagging. Another thing to note about chemicals / botox (Again zero judgement) this is just a truth. 

The real reason that Botox is not an effective treatment for wrinkles is because wrinkles aren’t caused by muscle contractions. Wrinkles occur when the collagen in your skin breaks down, the only stuff which gives your skin its elasticity. As we lose collagen, the skin becomes thinner and creases (aka wrinkles) form. So, if you really want to get rid of wrinkles permanently, you’ve got to increase your collagen levels. Botox simply paralyzes, it doesn't rebuild, and regenerate the collagen which is the only thing that will help when it comes to aging skin. You can apply collagen creams to your face to get rid of wrinkles, but the skin is inferior at absorbing it. Hence both of these products. They are often prescribed in my clients skin protocol's depending on their needs, and goals. Again, everything in individualized as we all have different skin. A oil that you use and love, could be detrimental to your best friends skin. 

GREENS: No surprise here, I'm a greens monster! But when we look at greens, we must seen them in a different light. Essentially the fact that they are liquid sunshine (i.e via photosynthesis) means that they provide very deep, enzymatic, and mineral rich vital nutrients to all of our organs, and cells in our bodies, especially our skin. I know you've heard this a million times, but you are what you eat. We also tend to slide on our green intake come summer, as they aren't as bountiful, but it's so important to keep up the greens intake. Look to more cruciferous veggies, and deep / dark greens that provide such a rich source of iron, vitamins, minerals, proteins, omega's, amino acids, essentially your life lines. 

MIND: Healing of the skin isn't just a dietary, product, habit, supplement driven job. A lot of it has to do with mindset, self- worth and blocks. I know it sounds crazy, but I was doing soooooooo many of the 'right' things when it came to healing my skin, but it wasn't getting better. My confidence was so low, my hormones were non-existent, and my microbiome was out of whack! I had to do a lot of mind + body healing, as if I didn't believe I was worthy of having my best skin, I wouldn't. Mindset, stress, self-worth, affect our physical body more than we even know. It can wreak havoc on all of our organs, especially our skin. Internal inflammation (stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, unhappiness) = External inflammation (acne, rash, cystic pimples, eczema, flare ups, redness, rosacea, etc...). 

Skin is very beautiful, complex and individualized, as none of us have the same genetic make-up, therefore skin! The beauty industry also preys on your insecurities when it comes to your skin, self image, and cultivating inner beauty. I can tell you from my own personal experience of healing my skin, and that of clients, it will always, always, always start within. 

Here is to a winter of radiating your own personal unique beauty, from the inside out. 

If you're looking to delve deeper into your skin, and ultimately the holistic health of your body + mind, I would love to be there for you, and look forward to connecting over a session. I know this time can be very difficult to navigate, and I would be so honoured to be here for you. Ultimately we work with your bodies innate healing tools, and you're guided to a optimal state of existence, in body and mind. 

If you're uncertain what I'm about, you can see my book here! It's a intro into who I am, my healing journey, and how I practice. 

If you're in Toronto, I would love to see you here on the 14th!