Who doesn’t want tips for flawless skin? With the right treatment from the inside out as well as the outside in, incredible skin is achievable for everyone no matter what issue you may be struggling with.
As a Holistic Esthetician, I address the root cause of my client’s skin issues and provide a customized protocol to completely transform not only their skin but their entire body.
The following guidelines are the most powerful ways I have found healthy, flawless skin.
Tips for Flawless Skin
1 . Diet:
You cannot have glowing, healthy skin without balanced hormones. Most skin issues have to do with imbalanced hormones (too much estrogen and testosterone) and/or gut issues. Adjusting your diet is the number one step you need to take to see changes in your skin.
Healthy hormones and a healthy gut = healthy, glowing skin.
The goal is to eat foods that are anti-inflammatory, gut supportive, and hormone balancing while avoiding foods that harm the gut/microbiome and cause inflammation and toxicity in the body.
The following foods are the main culprits to skin issues and aging skin:
Avoid: Dairy, sugar, refined grains, vegetable oils.
Eat: You must give your body the building blocks it needs to produce hormones correctly. Make sure you have healthy fats, proteins, and vegetables at every meal to ensure it has all of the nutrients it needs to produce the correct ratio of hormones as well as detox excess hormones. You also should consume gut supportive foods to ensure a healthy microflora and gut function.
- Healthy fats: avocado, avocado oil, coconut, coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, fish oil, wild-caught fish, sprouted nuts and seeds.
- Protein: Complete proteins- plant or organic animal products.
- Vegetables: All types of vegetables and leafy greens. Especially cruciferous veggies which detox excess estrogen from the body.
- Probiotic food and drink: Coconut water kefir, sauerkraut, beet kvass, kimchee
Three Skin Superfoods to Add:
- Bone broth: Bone broth is all the rage these days, and for a good reason. It is full of healing essential amino acids, minerals, collagen, and gelatin that support every function of the skin. It has been shown to reduce wrinkles, even skin complexion, as well as support healthy hair and nails. Bone broth is a true beauty food.
- Cod Liver Oil: Cod liver oil is full of essential fatty acids A and D which are critical to skin support. Vitamin A is a powerful vitamin that transforms the skin- especially acne. The vitamin A found in CLO is easily an active form and easily absorbed and used by the body versus vitamin A from plant sources that have a hard time being converted into an active form.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a master spice with healing benefits to the entire body, especially the skin. Turmeric improves circulation to all organs in the body and is one of the most anti-inflammatory substances you can easily take. Turmeric is wonderful for acne, eczema, or even for those wanting to keep a youthful glow. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12676044
- Probiotic liquid: My favorite probiotic liquid is coconut water kefir. This elixir contains minerals and specific probiotic strains that are especially healing to the entire body. Coco kefir is especially beneficial for acne and uneven skin tone. It can be found at most heath food stores.
Looking to reduce wrinkles and have that natural glow? This is truly my number one secret weapon. Creams and lotions are wonderful, but very few things will bring visible results faster than increasing your water intake. Although drinking more water is a common suggestion, few people actually implement this wonder cure for flawless skin! Drinking at least 1/2 your weight in body ounces of water each day (preferably more) will plump up your skin, significantly decrees wrinkles, provide a youthful glow, and clear acne. Seriously. Try it.
Drink the glowing skin elixir every morning: 20oz water (spring water or filtered) with ocean minerals and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar.
However, drinking more water does not mean your cells are hydrated. It less about the amount of water and more about the type and how well your body is working to absorb that hydration into your cells. I recommend consuming fresh spring water as often as possible while also consume ocean minerals each day.
Check out my post on Cellular Hydration to learn how to truly hydrate your body + skin.
3. Blood flow/circulation/lymphatic drainage:
Beautiful skin means consistent blood flow to the face. Being sedentary is not only terrible for your entire body, but especially your skin. If you want your face to have more of a glowing, awake, and plump look- get more blood flow to your face.
The two best ways to do this are:
Massage: Massaging the face is an excellent way to improve circulation and blood flow as well drain the lymphatic system which decreases puffiness and wrinkles. The easiest way to do this is to massage your face as you put your products on.
A few techniques to try:
- Bonus points if you google “facial lymphatic massage” to really understand the meridians in the face and how to flush out waste and access fluids.
- Gua Sha: A technique used to release toxins and chi stagnation and stimulates new blood flow to generate metabolic cell repair and healing. You can do this yourself at home! Although it feels wonderful if you can have someone do it to you.
- Jade Rolling: You can purchase a jade roller and use this first thing in the morning to stimulate cellular renewing and decrease swelling and puffiness that often accompanies the morning hours.
Exercise: Exercise brings oxygen, blood, and nutrients to every cell and organ in the body.
- In my article, How to change your body without exercise, I explain the importance of regular movement throughout the day. Not just a 20-60 minute workout 1 time or a couple of times a week. Sitting for long periods of time not only will cause stagnation in all organs and cells of your body, but it will show up physically on the appearance of your skin.
To keep youthful and soft skin, exfoliation is key. However, most people overdo it with the scrubs, tools, and chemicals. Keep in mind that the skin is delicate and needs to be treated with care to prevent dry, dull, and uneven skin with broken capillaries and redness. Find a gentle exfoliation that rubs dead skin away and brings new skin cells forward followed by a bentonite clay mask for a bright and even skin tone.
5. Spot Treatment / Speciality Treatments
Let’s face it, there are times when you wake up with an unwanted visitor. To quickly relieve an acne breakout, place a piece of ice or cold spoon on the spot. This will decrease the redness and inflammation. Next, apply a clay mask. This will draw out impurities and begin the healing process. Then apply tea tree oil and let sit overnight.
Although many Estheticians make a good portion of their money through selling skincare, I don’t. Because the truth is, what changes your skin the most is internal factors + specialty treatments you do. You can have a quite simple and inexpensive skincare routine and spend your money on good food, water, and fancy treatments.
A few of my favorites are:
- Peels – there are many different kinds that range in intensity
The 30-day healthy skin challenge:
- Avoid refined grains, dairy, and processed sugar
- Have vegetables, protein, and healthy fat at each meal
- Move your body every day (even just a brisk walk or 100 jumping jacks)
- Massage your face every time you put lotion on (important for the lymphatic flow which will impact skin tone and wrinkles)
- Drink the glowing skin elixir every morning: 20oz water with ocean minerals and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar.
- Drink 1/2 your body weight (or more) in ounces of water each day with ocean minerals
- Exfoliate 3 times a week
- Drink bone broth as many days of the week as possible
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