Beautiful Skin

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I have said it before and I will say it again, I am vain.  What ever, nobody is perfect.  I grew up surrounded by chauvinism and beauty queens.  I grew up uncomfortable in my skin and longing for the day I would wear a crown that would prove my worth to the world.  I studied the pages of beauty magazines and did my best to mimic what I saw.  In the end I was always disappointed in myself.  I could never achieve the golden standard for beauty or the ultimate seal of approval.  It was exhausting.  Now I know it was ridiculous.  Now I know I am a beauty queen in my own right.  What did I tell you yesterday, with age hopefully comes wisdom :).  Ladies let’s not pass on this ridiculous idea of beauty to our children and the never-ending supply of products that come with it.  Let’s teach our children that beauty really comes from within.  Beauty roots itself from our strength, kindness and confidence.  And for those who are a little vain, like me, know that you don’t need any expensive beauty product to look healthy and glowing.

 

I am very careful about the things I put in my body and my skin is no exception.  Our skin is our first line of defense and we should treat it with respect and kindness :).  Harsh, questionable and toxic chemicals do not belong in your body.  There is no reason to have them in your beauty products.  There are so many  natural and nourishing alternatives to pricey department store potions.  Frankly I don’t see why we should support the cosmetic industry with it’s half truths and shady products and practices.  Everyday I see beautiful women fall victim to the “beauty industry” and it breaks my heart.  Ladies we are smart, powerful and beautiful!   Anyho… Yesterday I talked about my healthy skin eating habits.  Today I would like to share with you my topical skin care go-to’s.

 

In my beauty cabinet

In my beauty cabinet

 

1. Coconut Oil.  My husband makes fun of me because he says I think I can heal anything with a little coconut oil.  While that is not 100% accurate I do love coconut oil.  I eat it, I use it in my teeth, my hair and my skin.  Coconut oil has moisturizing, anti-bacterial and nourishing properties.  I use it as a skin moisturizer and for washing my face.  As a nightly face wash I rub a small amount on my face, massage it and let it sit for a couple of minutes.  Then I use a cloth with warm water and place it on my face to open up my pores.  The coconut oil absorbs impurities.  I repeat the cloth over my face about three times and then I wipe the remaining oil of.  And no pimples ladies, in case you are wondering.  Here are some other great ideas.

 

2. Rose water.  I use rose-water as a toner.  It has astringent properties.  You can use it on its own or mix with a little witch hazel to create a refreshing and gentle yet powerful tonic.  You can also mix rosewater with distilled water and a little glycerine for a rejuvenating mist.

 

3.  Clay.  Twice a week I make an all natural mud mask to deeply clean my pores.  I use Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.  I mix half a spoonful of clay with one spoonful of rosewater or green tea.  I apply with a brush, and leave on for 10 minutes.  Then I rinse with a cloth gently.

 

4.  Soft brush.  I use a facial brush (like this one ) on a daily basis to gently exfoliate my skin. It’s a good way to start the day for a little skin pick me up.

 

5.  Konjac Sponce.  This one I use for washing my face daily.  It gently exfoliates and removes dirt without having to use a face cleanser.

 

6. Almond oil.  I love almond oil as an all over skin moisturizer.

 

7.  Vitamin C serum.  As an alternative to expensive skin serums I use vitamin C.  Vitamin C serum is rich in antioxidants and is easily absorbed by your skin, and no nasty chemicals.

 

8. 100% Pure Cosmetics.  This is my go-to brand for  make-up.   “Pure products are truly 100% pure: no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins”.  Im sold, and I like their products, they smell and feel delicious on my skin.

 

9.  My guilty pleasure.  About a year ago my amazing mother in law gave me a skin moisturizer from a local company called Mac’s Smack.  With only 10 (all natural and readable) ingredients, it was love at first sight.  I LOVE  Your Best Skin moisturizer.  It is a little pricey at $28 but, like I said,  a guilty pleasure.  Besides my mother in law took notice of how much I liked it and has kept me stocked.  I know, I know I am one lucky lady.

 

Aside from these wonderful products I like to experiment with natural face masks etc.  You could try yogurt and lemon, muddled cucumber and avocado or raw sugar and coconut oil.  There are so many possibilities for beautiful, healthy skin the sky is the limit.  For wonderful recipes you can check my favorite skin care book ( I should get paid for this lol)  Holistic Beauty from the Inside Out by  Julie Gabriel.  You can always consult the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep site for ratings on your beauty products, they even have an app.

Beauty does come from within.   But for beautiful, healthy skin I say dish the hormone disrupting, bank breaking beauty products and welcome nature into your beauty cabinet.

 

 

 

Nourish your skin

I recently turned 38, good times.  One of the benefits of growing up is that we hopefully get wiser.  Every year I get a little more pro-age is only a number and make a commitment to take better care of myself.  After all I’m the only me I got :).  This year I decided to take better care of my skin.

I know the best way to care for my skin is to nourish it, from the inside.  Everything I eat or drink has a direct impact on my skins health.  As usual, I have adopted my “take charge” motto and the healthy skin regime is in effect :).  Today I would like to share with you some of my top rules for feeding my skin.  I am not going to talk about topical solutions today.  The following tips are for feeding your skin from the inside.  Keep in mind everybody’s regimen will be different, you have to find what is best for you.

 

1.  Avoid added sugars, if possible eliminate them from your diet.  Yes our body runs on glucose, but our body transforms proteins, carbohydrates and fats into glucose as needed.  Added sugars have no nutritional value, but they do act as anti-nutrients.  They stress our liver and pancreas and act as toxins.  They cause inflammation, disrupt our hormones and stress our system.

 

2.  Drink plenty of water.  How much?  That depends on your unique make and needs.  You can start with six 10 oz glasses a day.  I function best at about 8 glasses a day.  I drink most of them by 5 pm, and don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to go use the rest-room.  I like to start my day with a glass of warm water with lemon, it stimulates digestion and gives me a boost of antioxidant vitamin C.

 

3. Eat lots and various vegetables. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants.  Fruits are also wonderful just eat more vegetables than fruit, because fruits can contain lots of fructose.  I am not saying eating fruits is bad, not at all, just eat more vegetables than fruit on a regular basis.  How many? at least 6 to 7 servings a day and fruit juice, tomato sauce or fried potatoes don’t count!

 

4.  Don’t be scared of saturated fats.  Saturated fats are important for a number of reasons, one being healthy skin.  Fats like those found in coconut oil(with great anti-microbial properties) and healthy animal products are nourishing.  I am not suggesting you eat a stick of butter a day, but including some saturated fats to our diet is greatly beneficial.  I know this goes against the fat-free campaign but I can say with confidence this campaign is boloney.

 

5. Increase dietary collagen.  While there are plenty of foods that support collagen production I like to include foods that have collagen in them.  My main collagen source is gelatin. I costume it through bone broths and a high quality gelatin.  Bone broths are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and collagen.  I have them on a regular basis.  For supplementing I use Great Lakes Gelatin, I use about a spoonful a day mixed in with my tea, warm lemon water or probiotic drink.  I highly discourage anybody from  fruit flavored gelatin products loaded with sugars, artificial colorings and chemicals, even if they are organic.  Jell-O treats do not count!

 

6. Include anti-inflammatory Omega 3’s in your diet.  You can eat fatty fish, like salmon (wild caught), on a weekly basis.  You can also supplement with flax-seed or high quality fish oils.  I take fermented cod liver oil every day and have seen my hair, skin and nails improve significantly.  I use Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

 

7.  A little evening primrose oil.  Ok, so this one I use because I was suffering from itchy skin.  Evening primrose oil is rich in Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) an essential fatty acid that can work as an anti-inflammatory.  It is sometimes used to treat eczema.

 

8. Probiotics.  In order to have beautiful skin you must have a healthy gut.  A healthy gut will handle well detoxification so your skin has less detoxing to worry about. The best sources of probiotics are fermented or cultured foods.  I like to make my own sauerkraut, sour dough bread and kefir water.  You can also get them from a high quality supplement.  I use Dr. Mercola’s  probiotic packs.

My skin supplements :)

My skin supplements 🙂

 

There’s lots of great information out there to help you make the choices that are right for you.  I love the book Holistic Beauty from the Inside Out .  As always I encourage you to do your research and experiment.  Have fun and eat yourself beautiful!