Your skin is clear and glowing, was this always the case or has a more mindful lifestyle improved it? Do you have any tips for clearing up skin issues and maintaining healthy skin?Lou, UK
Thank you for your question and for the lovely compliment! Before this lifestyle, I grew up with eczema and I suffered from deep cystic acne (painful lesions under the skin) around my chin area, especially around my menstrual cycle. Once one lesion would get under control, another one would appear. I had so much scarring from it, but I am so happy to say that all of the scarring has cleared away with diet change and I haven’t had that cystic acne or eczema in almost 5 years! Our bodies are constantly expressing and communicating to us. If we are experiencing symptoms, this is a way that the body is helping us to pay attention.
My personal facial skin care routine is very simple. In the morning and at night, I wash my face with cool water and pat dry. I use a vitamin C serum and then once that dries, I moisturise my face with raw, unrefined shea butter which is incredible! I just rub a little bit of it in the palm of my hand to warm it up and gently apply it to my face and neck. Shea butter has done absolute wonders for my skin! As I mentioned earlier, I suffered from eczema and shea butter has been excellent for keeping away dry skin. It helps to reduce inflammation and protect the skin with its fatty acids and vitamins. It also provides anti ageing properties, restores elasticity, boosts collagen and helps with scarring and stretch marks.
Another thing I do is exfoliate every other day. This is huge! Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and helps to regenerate new ones. This keeps your skin staying healthy and glowing. If you are currently dealing with acne, after you wash your face, try using ACV as a toner before the serum and shea butter. The ACV can help kill bacteria and fight infections. When removing make up, all I use is coconut oil with an organic cotton pad. It works amazingly as a cleanser. I then wash my face with cool water, remove any excess coconut oil with the pad and do the skin care routine I mentioned above. If you live in a humid environment, you may not have to moisture as frequently.
My tips for clearing up and maintaining healthy skin are as follow:
● Be aware of your triggers and pay attention when you notice differences in your skin. Ask yourself a few questions, such as: Am I eating something different? Do I notice my skin reacting when I eat certain foods? How am I feeling in general? What situations am I dealing with right now? Am I feeling stressed in my life? Am I in a new environment? Am I eating foods that help boost my immune system? By asking yourself questions, you can get a better understanding of your body and how it functions.
● Be mindful of touching your face and try to make sure you are cleaning your most used items like your cell phone, computer and tablet regularly. You’d be surprised how often we touch our face throughout the day and most people nowadays are using their electronic devices more than ever. We bring our cell phones, in particular, to public transportation, grocery stores, sporting events, you name it! Every time we touch one of our devices and then touch our face, we have the potential to put unwanted bacteria on our skin. Try to start recognising when you do this, so that you can start creating healthier patterns.
● Change your pillow cases frequently as they can easily collect dead skin cells and bacteria.
● Stress management and positive thinking. When we are stressed, our bodies release hormones that can cause inflammation, oily skin and breakouts. Keeping our stress levels under control is extremely beneficial when trying to achieve clear skin. We also need to stay positive and be kind to ourselves. Avoid calling yourself harmful names based on the way your skin looks or your appearance in general. Beauty comes from the inside out and the more you love yourself, the more your cells will reflect your inner glow.
● Try to stay away from salt, dairy, oils, alcohol, gluten, refined sugar and processed food. Salt causes water retention, puffiness and can irritate your pores. Dairy is full of hormones that can trigger skin conditions, inflammation and clog pores. Consuming oils can also clog your pores, leading to acne. Alcohol will dehydrate your skin and as well as refined sugar, cause inflammation that can break down collagen leading to wrinkles. Gluten can also cause inflammation resulting in skin issues such as acne and eczema. This goes for processed foods as well. They are filled with chemicals, excitotoxins, additives, artificial or natural flavorings and preservatives. It’s best to avoid all of these not only for clear skin but for your overall health in general.
● Be conscious of what you are putting on your skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body so everything we use topically will be absorbed into our bloodstream and transported into our cells. Make sure you are using healthy, non toxic ingredients. You can simply read the label of your skin care and body care products and check the ingredients. There is a great website called www.ewg.org where you can search ingredients that you are unsure about and it will describe their health concerns. This ranges from allergies to cancer to even reproductive toxicity.
● Be aware of the products you use in your household. This goes for cleaning products, soaps, laundry and dishwasher detergents. Try to go as organic as possible and avoid items with fragrances unless they are made from wholesome essential oils. You can try looking for products that say, “food grade” on them as well. Also, be mindful of the materials that touch your skin such as clothes and sheets. Look for organic cotton, bamboo or hemp. If you spend eight hours of your day sleeping in your bed, you want to make sure your skin is touching healthy materials and you aren’t breathing in harmful chemicals from washing them in toxic detergent.
Now let’s get to what we put into our body!
● Adding papaya into your diet can be life changing! Papaya is an absolute miracle fruit. It is extremely healing for the body, particularly for the digestive system. Your gut health plays a huge role in your skin so it’s important to eat foods that will feed your microbiome in a way that promotes good bacteria to flourish and repair the gut. In doing so, you can decrease inflammation, strengthen the immune system and heal your skin.
● Stay hydrated with juicy, high water content and fibrous foods like melons, grapes, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, berries, leafy greens, papaya, pineapple, citrus, mango, kiwi and pears.
● Try juicing. Juice to me is like getting an injection of powerful vitamins and minerals into the body. Lemon juice is excellent to add to your drinks, great for the gut! I’ve found carrot juice works wonders for my skin so give it a try! I have a skin cleansing juice recipe and glow juice recipe on my website.
● Try to make sure you are getting an adequate amount of pure, clean water. If you drinking juice, smoothies or are eating lots of hydrating fruits, take that into consideration for your water intake.
I hope you find these tips helpful and please know that no one’s skin is perfect 100% of the time. Even people with the most perfect diets and lifestyles can experience blemishes here and there. A lot of factors like the ones I mentioned above need to be taken into consideration. It is totally normal! The most important thing is to not stress over your skin because it will make it worse. It’s okay to have imperfections. Send loving energy to your cells and live your life to the fullest! If you suspect that something is a serious issue and nothing is working, you can always see a professional dermatologist for peace of mind.
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