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Getting Great Skin NATURALLY!

Why is skin SO important?  Well when you think about it – our skin has a lot to do with the first impression we make on people – it is a visible indicator of our health and vitality.  In a world full of instagram filters and photoshop wouldn’t you rather feel good about the REAL thing?

So here’s the deal…

  • 40-50 million American’s battle acne 
  • 85% of the US population experiences acne at some point in their life

with so many of us struggling with our skin it is hard to deny that there is something in the American lifestyle that is causing so many of us to be plagued with inflamed skin – and knowing that other’s are struggling should help you see you are NOT alone in this battle.

image is from: https://www.eyeflorida.com/rejuverx-medspa/acne-treatments/

SO WHERE DO WE START?

DIET:

what’s going on on the inside of our body is just as important as what we put on the outside when it comes to our skin’s health.  To think diet has nothing to do with the health of our skin is crazy – OF COURSE we have to eat GOOD food to have a happy, healthy body.

FOR BETTER SKIN EAT LESS OF THIS:

  • Gluten and Sugar: Diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates are one of the primary causes of acne.  When you consume these foods you are causing your body to have a surge of  insulin, leading your body to over-produce testosterone which in turn causes your body to produce more oil.
  • Dairy: the growth hormones in milk are good for baby cows but are not good for you; dairy causes a spike in insulin causing even MORE growth hormones to be produced in turn causing you to break out.  Dairy causes your skin to produce extra oil meaning more clogged pores.  Dairy causes dead cells to glue together inside your pores causing even more clogged pores, meaning more acne. NO DAIRY = LESS ACNE.

FOR BETTER SKIN EAT MORE OF THIS:

Foods high in:

  • Vitamin E: helps skin retain it’s moisture, helps protect it from sun damage
  • Vitamin C: important to help body produce more collagen
  • Vitamin A: important for cell regeneration
  • Lycopene & Beta Carotene: protects against free radicals and harmful UV rays
  • omega 3 fatty acids: important for skin hydration and proper circulation.  Too little can result in eczema and psoriasis

Best foods for good skin:

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Superfoods and Tonics for Great Skin:

  • maca root: balances hormones , great for chin acne
  • tumeric: anti-inflammatory.  Try making some golden milk
  • tocos: (rice bran solubles)  fat-soluble natural vitamin E that is widely recognized as being exceptional for connective tissue and skin.
  • he shou wu:tonify and nourish the blood, hair, skin, nervous system, sexual center, shen (Spirit), and Jing (primary essence/life force) may help reduce cholesterol
  • collagen: helps you skin, hair and nails repair quicker and grow faster

A Daily Recipe For Your Skin:

image from: http://shubies.com/smoothie-success/

Glowing Skin Smoothie: 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 heaping handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp flax or hemp oil
  • superfoods of your choice (right now I am doing tocos, maca root, and a few other randoms)

Directions: 

  1. to help yourself stay consistent put all your ingredients except the frozen stuff in your blender the night before – store in the fridge.
  2. morning of add your frozen goodies and blend until smooth.

Night Cap

image from teavana.com

Skin Tea

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

  1. steep your tea in boiling hot water for 5 – 10 min
  2. remove tea bag and add your collagen and he shou wu, mix well
  3. enjoy!

 

Balance Your PH

a balanced PH means less inflammation which in turn equals less acne.  Balance your PH each morning by drinking a splash of apple cider vinegar in 1 glass of filtered water.

 

 

 

 

 

Take a Daily Probiotic and Digestive Enzymes 

Support your gut flora by taking a daily probiotic supplement. These “good bacteria” live in our digestive tract and help keep our pH levels in a place allowing our bodies to absorb skin-benefiting nutrients and also help with the removal of wastes. You can also get these good probiotics in raw sauerkraut and kombucha.

Supplementing with digestive enzymes is beneficial for the absorption of all the nutrients necessary for beautiful skin. By helping to promote efficient digestion, digestive enzymes help the body renew damaged cells while also decrease constipation – a key for glowing skin. Look for plant-based enzymes to avoid contaminants from non-organic animal-based enzymes.

 

What To Do On The Outside

Keep it Clean

Face Wash: make sure that you are only washing your face twice a day, more often than that you may start washing away too much of your skin’s naturals oils causing your body to over produce it’s own. Use a good face wash that isn’t filled with a large amount of harmful chemicals.  Right now I am switching back and forth between Nerd Skincare’s face wash and Kiehl’s. (PSST also make sure you are NOT working out with makeup on, you are bound to clog your pores and worsen the problem)

Toner: in most cases your current face wash is probably not doing the job at getting ALL the makeup and dirt off your face.  Ensure that your skin is squeaky clean by following your face wash with a toner.  I currently use Kiehl’s but apple cider vinegar diluted with water is a great make at home toner.

Face Lotion: making sure your face stays moisturized is KEY to preventing acne.  If you don’t replace the oils you just washed off your face your body is going to overproduce the stuff causing you to break out.  Right now I am using Nerd Skincare’s moisturizer in the morning and at night I am using Shea Butter.

Benefits of Shea Butter

  • Balances Skin pH
  • Contains a unique profile of minerals, proteins, & essential fatty acids.
  • Opens cells to draw moisture in, retain the hydration & allows skin to BREATHE

Use of Shea butter may reduce fine wrinkles & assist in healing conditions such as: sun damage, blemishes, psoriasis,  eczema,  acne, severe skin dryness, chapping, scrapes, burns, skin allergies, fungal infections & more.

Spot Treatment: Tea Tree Oil is a great spot treatment for pimples due to it’s anti-bacterial properties.

Micro-NeedlingMicro needling has to be part of your regular routine to really work.  Making your body think there is damage, so it makes new collagen and skin cells.  While my face is red just after, it looks great in the morning.  I put on my shea butter before I roll and I make sure to sterilize my roller every time with alcohol.

Hope this helped you figure out how you can NATURALLY heal your acne, just take things one step at a time and know that you are BEAUTIFUL even if you do have some pesky pimples!


4 Comments »

  1. Wow, thank you so much for this! I honestly get so lost with all the skin care stuff, but I love how this article is formatted to be simple & clear! Thank you once again for freely helping others out, it is such a blessing.

    Comment by Ezrie — April 25, 2017 @ 3:56 am

  2. What micro needling tool do you use?

    Comment by Maggie — April 26, 2017 @ 3:34 am

  3. Incredibly informative. Very comprehensive.

    Comment by Megan — August 31, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

  4. Wow…what a transformation. Not only your skin, but even your eyes are brighter and glowing. I’ve always heard removing bad foods and eating clean will allow your natural eye color to come through and really pop! Keep up the clean lifestyle!

    Comment by Kari — November 9, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

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