NATURAL BEAUTY: BREAKING DOWN THE BASICS TO FOUNDATIONAL RADIATING SKIN
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From reading my posts I'm sure you guys all know that I adore / love natural beauty, and its corresponding products. The greener, more natural, shorter the ingredient list the better. This wasn't an overnight switch for me, as before I got sick, I still used conventional, drugstore products, EHM I'm talking about you Cetaphil, which I held on to tightly for over a decade. It was hard to loosen my grip, but the deeper I delved into the bodies inner workings, and how everything is connected, things shifted for me in major ways.
As I learned more about the toxic load on my body, and most notably our largest organ: the skin, I slowly started to make the switch over to organic, natural, green beauty products. We sometimes forget how porous our skin actually is, and that everything we put on top of our skin (deodorant, moisturizer, body wash, face wash, make-up serums, oils, etc...) inevitably goes into our blood and lymph fluids, and any corresponding toxins must be excreted by the liver and kidneys (they are already working overtime with food, hormone disposal, and alcohol / prescription meds) which therefore creates a toxic overload and burden, not only on our liver, but our entire body. Not to scare you, truly, but I think it's good to know that the average woman uses over 168 toxic chemicals a day, if / when using conventional products. Which is a lot. This is when we start to look into how these toxins are disrupting our hormones, which is definitely a much larger issue and topic at hand. Long story short, I'm no purist in anyways, but I'm happy to say that most products fall under the category of 90-100% botanical, natural, green and organic. This isn't always the case, as I do use sunscreen, and sometimes my serums aren't 100% natural, but I always, always, always use the most natural of products I can get my hands on.
Today though I don't want to talk about the products that I put onto my skin, which are part of the equation, but the habits and things you can do every single day to help keep your skin glowing, radiating and clear (with my hormones, thyroid, Lyme disease) this was a huge uphill battle for me. I experienced cystic acne, countless flare ups, and scarring which thank goodness did not stick around due to these tips, lots and lots of tender love and care from whole foods + natural products, experimentation, and cutting things out of my diet. I know that it is grossly simplifying my skins healing journey ( it took a good 4-5 years to truly heal), but it wasn't just one thing that helped me heal my skin, it was A LOT of trial & error, working with my inner organs, balancing hormones, healing my mind, and finding my unique skin protocol which is got me to where I am today, and is how I'm able to now help others achieve their dream skin, and ultimately their most radiant self from the inside out. (I NEVER WORK ON JUST THE OUTER, WE HAVE TO START WITHIN TO ACHIEVE DESIRE OUTWARD RESULTS). I always bold + emphasis that, as often we search for endless amounts of products + supplements to take in the hopes of curing out skin ailments, but we bypass the deeper work of preventing the source of the breakouts, so we can balance hormones, blood, and get you in the optimal radiating zone.
There are things we can all do every day to keep our skin, which is a living + breathing organ happier, which are highly simplistic and don't cost a lot of money, IF anything at times! We don't always have to throw money at a problem, often time some of the answers lie within, and in the simplicity of it all.
SIMPLE STEPS FOR BETTER SKIN //
1) Wash your bedding + pillow cases often - Once a week for sure, twice if you can! The bacteria that builds up from unwashed hair, daily grime, natural oils from the hair and face can wreak havoc on our skin. It's a good practice to get into, and who doesn't love freshly washed sheets. One of my simple pleasures!
2) Avoiding long, hot daily showers - When we are exposed to hot water for a long period of time, our skin will dry out, and any skin condition you have (eczema, psoriasis, acne, breakouts) will be exacerbated to the max. Hot water, and especially hard shower water is extremely harsh and stripping on our epidermis. Never put your whole direct face in the head of a hot shower! Especially if you suffer from dry skin, rosacea, and inflammation.
Be mindful of how often, and how long your showers are. Turn down the heat, and replace your shower head that has a filter in it!
3) Ladies, clean your makeup brushes often - I don't use or own brushes as my makeup comes in a pot, which my fingers are used for application. But I know many people who use brushes! Even after one application, oils and bacteria can build. Wash them with Dr. Bronners soap at least once-twice a week.
4) Hands off - This one is a hard one for some! We become so unconscious of what we're doing with our hands sometimes, that our dirty hands get all over our face. Resting, leaning, and chatting on our phones are major culprits for breakouts. Be mindful of how often you're touching your face throughout the day, especially if you're brown to breakouts, inflammation and oiliness.
5) Don't pick - I knoooooow this is a hard one for many, especially those of us who deal with flare-ups (white heads). It's extremely tempting to pick, squeeze and pop our pimples, and I have to admit I'm guilty of this, but have learned many a lesson.
At the end of the day it will only make it worse, I promise. It's much, much easier to cover a pimple, than it is a scab/scar. Trust me on this! It's something that I've had to heal along with my skin, as I use to be a bad picker, and popper, hard to put eloquently, but it's so true. I've read that putting lavender oil + a bandaid on top of pimples works wonders. What I find helps is not looking in the mirror pre or post wash, oil application. To be honest, I usually do this in the dark! Silly I know, but it prevents me from looking at my skin and examining it. When I do this, they always, always go away on their own.
6) Relax your face - Squinting, frowning, raised eye brows, scowling, all of these create pronounced and deep wrinkles. Remember when your parents used to say, if you keep doing that face, it will stay they way? They were 100% Right! You can see in people who squint lots or furrow there brows, pronounced lines stay. I used to furrow when I was deep in thoughts, and stopped the habit about 6 years ago, and became very mindful about it.
This goes back to complete and overall mindfulness of your body and mind. Just as you're aware of your thoughts, be aware of your body - posture, hands, face, etc...Don't be fanatical about it, because that's not cool either, but just relax and fall into a more peaceful resting state.
7) Be mindful of your sodium intake - After I decreased my salt intake, I still use Himalayan Salt, I noticed a huge difference in my skin - more glow, not as puffy, clearer eyes, less pronounced circles under my eyes. Salt creates fluid retention, which in turn creates puffy eyes, and a bloated face. Actually after I decreased my salt intake, people thought I had lost weight, it was simply the elimination of added salt.
Using a million products, and ones that cost $$$$, will never truly give us the benefits that they promise. It's all about creating, healthy habits in our overall health which include: lots of pure water, green smoothies and juices, hydrating fruits and veggies, lots of healthy fats, making sure we're getting our full range of B vitamins, adequate amount of protein, vitamin D, sweating, moving our bodies, sunshine, nature, mindful practices and using clean, simple and natural products that work for your skin type.
We also can't look to what others are doing, as we all have a unique DNA code when it comes to our epidermis, which is why sometimes when you try to use something that you saw online, or a product your BFF swears by, and it elicits the opposite desired result, that you have to reign it in and figure out what works best for you. There are definitely certain + specific vitamins, and minerals that work for setting a foundational skin care regime, but again it begins with turning inwards and figuring out what's best for your unique + beautiful skin DNA.
If you're looking to delve deeper into your body, mind and soul (especially when it comes to skin), while using nutrition, food as medicine, advisory into your true innate self, and to take your healing to the next level, 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, so you can radiate from the inside out.
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.