SKIN: WHY YOUR SKIN HEALS, AND SOME OF MY SIMPLEST TIPS FOR WINTER SKIN
One of my favourite topics on this planet as it embodies so much of our internal workings, I’ve also had quite the personal journey with my own. We can’t deny that it’s an extension of ourselves, personality, confidence, feelings of worth, and Self. It might hard to truly understand the deeper effects of skins psychological aspects if one has never gone through a wicked skin journey, but even if you haven’t, having nice skin, graceful aging, radiating, allowing our inner self to reflect our outer nature is something we all desire. If you don’t, that’s okay to, I’m simply speaking about my own experience, that of my clients, friends, and what I’ve seen around me.
A few notes before we dig a little deeper //
1) I suffered from severe acne + scarring 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, hormones, thyroid, 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. It plagued me for years, and as it intensified the less I wanted to see others, the more I hid behind hats, I felt so self-conscious going anywhere without make-up, and honestly just felt unlike myself. Especially when I was eating so, so, so healthy, taking supplements, juicing, etc…and my skin still wasn’t healing ( this is why everyone skin journey is So unique, and why deeper healing is often required - as healing skin requires a deep look into mind, body, and soul - it encompasses this trifecta). It further takes time, patience, letting go of expectations, and a wildly deep compassion and love for yourself
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 kidneys, glands, and can’t just expect it to work for Us, without giving back to it (internal + external). I’m of the camp that less is more, and I only practice natural healing, so those are going to be the Foundation for my personal practices, but further what a advise my clients with - the fact that skin, just like the body, is a self-healing mechanism. As we support the body as a holistic whole, we also heal the skin. It’s NOT a quick fix, it truly isn’t.
It's the one organ that's thrust forward in the spotlight of every single moment, of every single day, whether it likes it or not. People will always see our “outer self” before they see our inner Self, so we want to look nice! Simple as that, if someone denies that, I don’t know if they are being 100% honest with themselves (my own personal opinion - even my Husband can’t deny he wants nice skin, and has shifted his regime to being all natural, and although it’s simple he still feeds his skin). Further it’s our protecter from the elements, our saviour as it keeps all of inner workings safe, and a window into what's going on inside of our bodies. It will always speak, whether we like it or not!
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. All of the above can help, be fun, allow us to experiment, and aid to nourish are epidermal layers, but it won’t sink deep enough into the derma (collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid), and hypodermis (subcutaneous tissues) where “aging” takes place
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 most likely 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%.
Unless you've struggled with skin issues in the past 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 (dull, lack lustre, premature wrinkling, grey, dry, redness, prolonged redness / scarring after breakouts) etc… these actually aren’t normal as our skin is innately and biologically meant to be smooth, hydrated, clear). We think it’s normal, or we’ve learned to just cope and normalize our skin conditions ( “ I’ve had bad skin as a child”, “ My parent’s had terrible skin”, “ My skin is just “X” )…this is our skin talking to us, it’s letting us know that we’re missing key nutrients, we’ve been exposed to too many toxins / pollution, what we’re using for our skin isn’t working, we internal systems are imbalanced, we’re fighting some deeper viral loads, our liver isn’t functioning properly, and the list goes on. Remember our skin is a deeper reflection and window into our cellular nature.
We don’t have to accept anything as “normal” if it’s not serving us.
I will forever and always believe that our skin, and body are self-healing systems, but we do have to support, guide, nurture, and nourish it as well as we often live out of balance (stress, lack of sleep, fear, pollution, toxic products, pesticides in our food, mold, hormonal imbalance, etc…) so it’s a two way street.
This is the Foundation of my healing practice, I’m NOT the healer (no one outside your body & Self), you are - your body is. I’m the guide, support, advisor into the energetics of what your body needs to aid itself in it’s own natural healing job.
While you nurture your soul + mental body. Remember, it takes healing the body, mind, and soul for the deepest and most sustainable of healings. 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 (inner + outer) to heal my skin!
People also don't want to hear that it takes time to heal, often years. This was my own personal experience, but because my body was going through an intense amount of healing, imbalances, viral + bacterial infections it was more intense! Deeper skin healing can also take place in 3-6 months. Because the skin turns-over ~ every 30 days (less as we age!) which is why I always like to allow at least 3 complete skin turnovers for my clients to really assess the skins natural healing process. If there are deeper body + mind trauma / imbalances going on, 6 months is a wonderful space and time of deeper healing to takes place.
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. Everything is teaching us a deeper lesson behind the “symptom, diesease, thing, imabalance, diagnosis…etc” Those are simply words, experiences, pains that are being used to upgrade us to our next level.
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. 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 it’s a good idea to check in with our body and see what it needs to carry us through these energetic, yet physical shifts.
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, body, life, Self, and start taking action to be in our Best Self, skin, body, mind, and , from the inside out. This is my goal for all of you, and it takes action, and work, but I promise it will be worth it all. It always is. We often don’t know how great we can feel, because we’ve never been there, and it seems out of reach. But it’s available to you, it’s available to all of us.
THE SIMPLEST OF WINTER SKIN HEALING TO FIGHT THE ELEMENTS //
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 do fruits and vegetables. It's imperative for all the cells in your body as we’re 70% water and need to conduct electrical impulses, but our skin needs a lot of it, to reap the outer benefits
It's now time to switch from light moisturizers, to more oils. I know people can be so fearful of oils, 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 (derma + hypodermis). Oils and serums are required to penetrate deep into the epidermis (outside skin) 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, think 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 and elastin in your skin breaks down and your hyaluronic acid diminishes (babies + kids have heaps of HA), 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.
No surprise here, I adore my greens. 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 on a very deep cellular level. Something we can’t deny or escape, no matter what we tell ourselves. We also tend to slide on our green intake come Winter as they aren't as bountiful, but it's so important to keep up the greens intake. Look to more cruciferous veggies, green smoothies, bitter greens, and deep / dark greens that provide such a rich source of iron, vitamins, minerals, proteins, omega's, amino acids, essentially your life lines.
FOCUS ON YOUR MIND IN HEALING //
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...). If we have a deep rooted belief that we were just born with “bad skin” or that our skin is different and doesn’t heal, no matter what you do it will be hard to shift your skins internal + external state. Trauma (experienced in youth or adulthood) can great impact our skins state today. Where attention goes is where energy flows, so it’s vitally important that it’s the right thought processes that we’re thinking, and therefore sending out as thoughts turn into emotions, which release specific neurotransmitters, which alter every organ in our bodies, but especially our endocrine glands.
Ultimately, Skin is extremely beautiful, complex and individualized, as none of us have the same genetic make-up, life, lifestyle, habits, mind, thought processes, trauma, 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.
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