Diving into SKINCARE

Hello, and happy Monday y'all. As promised, I will be talking all things ~s k i n c a r e~

First things first, I need to address that we are all ~different~ and each have different needs, including our skincare. Some people are born with effortlessly beautiful skin, and others have to put in work to maintain a blemish-free face. I can empathize with those who were not born with naturally clear skin. For years I struggled with acne, and it was something that created deep insecurity for me until it was finally cleared. I will be talking about what works for me, and principles that (generally) ring true.

Repeat after me: “good skin starts from within.” My skin health is a pretty accurate representation of how I’m treating my body at any given moment. While I do not suffer from massive breakouts, I may get a blemish once in a while, and based on where it is, I know which area of my inner health I need to address.

In general the five things to consider when you’re addressing your skin health are:

1. Diet

2. Water

3. Sleep

4. Stress

5. Hygiene

Before you reach for the next expensive serum, think about what you are putting into your body, and how you are treating it… Are you getting enough sleep? Are you practicing self care? Are you nourishing it?

Methods that I swear by

"HYDRATE OR DIEDRATE" aka DRINK LOTS OF WATER. I personally drink anywhere between 3-6 L per day. Yes, you’ll have to pee all day, but hydration is vital.

Sweating = glowing aka REGULAR EXERCISE: Increases blood flow, which carries oxygen and nutrients to our cells throughout the body. Think about it, skin is our biggest organ.

Eat to glow. A BALANCED DIET consisting of whole unadulterated foods, and limiting the processed foods and refined sugars which have been linked to all kinds of skin problems, especially acne.

Don't skip out on the SPF. Make sure to wear a MINERAL BASED SPF

Beauty sleep. Prioritize your SLEEP. I aim for an average of 8 hours/night to rebalance my body. Cell turnover occurs, our bodies experience increased blood flow, lower levels of cortisol are produced, and our bodies are rehydrated.

DE-STRESSING. When stress shifts from being acute to chronic, cortisol is constantly being produced by the adrenals, flooding our system. This results in hormonal imbalances. Make it a ritual to practice stillness, do breathing exercise, meditate, take 5 minutes to just bring yourself back down from the stress of life.

“Meditation is a vital way to purify and quiet the mind, thus rejuvenating the body.” Deepak Chopra

Eat more foods rich in ANTIOXIDANTS & POLYPHENOLS which can help gut bacteria and are packed with antioxidants which fight cell damage.

As Sherry Rodgers would say, “The road to health is paved with good intestines!” sooo... EAT MORE PREBIOTICS & PROBIOTICS: they maintain our gut health which is proven to be directly linked to our skin health.

Let your face breathe. Let's make a promise to each other and to ourselves that we will NEVER EVER GO TO BED WITH MAKEUP ON. Always wash your face right after working out. Do NOT workout wearing make up. Your skin will thank you.

Eating raw foods. Why? Raw foods have more enzymes than their cooked counterparts. They lighten the load on our livers--the head honcho in the detoxification our bodies. They have high water content, and they are rich in fiber (hello again PREBIOTICS).

CELERY JUICE: I have talked about this before… look to the Medical Medium for more on why this juice has such incredible healing properties. Hint hint... it starts with mineral salts and something called COUMARIN (which is contained in a multitude of other veggies).

Products I swear by:

1. Everything Glossier, especially their serums, milk jelly cleanser, and solution (if you’re acne prone), and both of their face masks

2. Heritage Store's Rosewater & Glycerin facial spray & Rosewater & Apple cider vinegar toner

3. Caudalie's vinoperfect radiance serum

4. Kiehl’s midnight recover concentrate & rare earth deep pore cleanser and face mask

Our Skin as a Map