Main Priority: Natural Skin Care Tips
Throughout the years as an Esthetician, I have found that nothing changes your skin faster or more effective than treating it from the inside out first. I love lotions and serums as much as the next girl, but when my clients are looking for dramatic changes, I start with what they are putting in their body each day.
If you remember two things from this whole post, remember this:
Doing whatever you can to take the best care of your gut and hormones is the ROOT of healthy, beautiful skin. This means managing your emotional and mental states, eating nutrient dense foods and avoiding triggers that cause inflammation.
Diet for Healthy Skin
Water: Water is the #1 tool that will visibly change the way your skin looks. I always used to tell my clients, especially those concerned about wrinkles, to drink at least half their body water in ounces of water a day and watch their skin transform. Drinking plenty of water will not only nourish your cells, it will also increase your energy and promote detoxification. Try a 30 water challenge- it really works, and it’s free!
Healthy fat: Healthy hormones = healthy skin. Hormones need an adequate fat intake to function properly. Not only does fat increase brain function and promote hormonal harmony, they also nourish the cells from the inside out for soft skin and shiny hair. Fats like avocado, coconut oil, brain octane oil, olive oil, avocado oil, etc. Check out this fat burning cookies recipe or coconut milk latte recipe
Veggies and fermented foods: So simple, yet so underused. Having a diet that is abundant vegetables and fermented foods provides the body with the minerals, enzymes, and probiotics it needs to promote detoxification, hormonal balance = glowing skin.
Bone Broth: Bone broth is an incredible beauty food. It is full of bioavailable amino acids and minerals that provide the building blocks for collagen production and cellular rejuvenation. If you don’t want to make bone broth, I like using this protein powder as it contains 1 cup of broth per scoop and you can make delicious smoothies with it!
Supplements for Glowing Skin
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the only proven nutrients to increase progesterone (most women are deficient). Vitamin C also supports the adrenal glands and regulates cortisol. This is important because stress will age you and give you skin issues more than anything else. I swear by taking vitamin C each day for the literally glowing skin.
Collagen: Collagen contains 18 amino acids, many of which are “essential”, meaning they must be acquired as part of our diet. These proteins are the building blocks for your skin and neurotransmitters! Collagen also helps heal the gut lining. When your body can effectively break down and absorb the food you’re eating, you reduce the amount of inflammation in the gut and entire body. Not to mention it helps reduce cellulite and wrinkles and helps build lean muscle.
This therapeutic collagen is amazing because it contains different types of collagen from different sources rather than just one like all others.
Minerals: Could minerals be the missing link to feeling your best, hormonal balance, energy, anti-aging, and mental health? I believe so. Minerals basically charge up your cells and make you feel alive. They will help your cells rejuvenate and bring energy throughout the body.
Practices for Glowing Skin
Oil pulling: You may be thinking what does swishing around oil in the mouth have to do with skin. . . well, everything. Oil pulling does so many wonderful things including whole body detoxification. Problems like acne and other skin issues occur because the body is overloaded with toxins. If you help it detoxify, the skin will clear up.
Dry brushing: Dry brushing is yet another amazing tool with more benefits other than promoting healthy skin, although it does a fantastic job at that! On a physical level, dry brushing can reduce cellulite and promote tight glowing skin. It does this by stimulating the lymphatic system (the garbage disposal system of the body) and increasing circulation to problem areas. Not to mention it makes your skin so smooth and even!
Exfoliate: Exfoliating is needed to remove dead skin cells that accumulate each day and allow new rejuvenated skin to come forward. Dull and uneven skin can be resolved by proper exfoliation. You don’t want to go overboard though because too much exfoliating can cause uneven and red skin with broken capillaries. I like to use a soft bamboo wash cloth
My Natural Skin Care Regime
- Wash face or just splash face with cool water
- Tone – usually with my DIY apple cider vinegar toner
- Apply SPF Moisturizer
- Remove Make-Up with cloth
- I like using the makeup eraser to remove makeup, just wet and wipe, no other products necessary!
- Wash Face
- Dr. Bronner’s Baby Cleanser
- Juice Beauty Cleanser
- Tone or Serum
- Moisturize – for a while now I have only used oils and essential oils to moisturize, even in the winter.
Oil for Glowing Skin
Oils: Many people believe putting oil on their skin will cause them to break out, but that is just not the case. Like dissolves like. Meaning, putting oil on your face actually cleanses your oily pores. Not only do oils cleanse well, they are also amazing moisturizers. We Americans are lotion lovers. But in Europe and other parts of the world, oil is actually the more popular option for hydrating dry skin. Using oils is a wonderful way to help nourish, replenish, and plump skin cells.
It is also fascinating to see how your skin changes with your menstrual cycle phases