We juice, we eat our greens, we go to yoga to ‘detox’, we exercise religiously, we drink our gallon of water a day– then we put chemical-laden products on our skin. These chemicals seep into our bodies, just as if we’ve ingested them like an afternoon snack.
This is for you if you suffer from eye bags, acne, rashes, severe body odor, or any other skin ailments…
start from the inside:
Most times, an irregularity on the skin (rash, skin ailment, acne), is a symptom of an irregularity on the inside. Topical creams, especially steroidal medicines, can ‘fix’ the external SYMPTOM temporarily, but it’s just like unplugging a fire alarm. The noise has stopped, but the fire is still raging 😉
A powerful place to start with internal healing is… food! Specifically, regular and comfortable digestion. Here are a couple simple ways to aid your body through efficient digestion:
- Start the day, ALWAYS, with 10 deep breaths and a glass of water with 1/2 of a lemon. Your intestines are dehydrated, soothe them with the most essential cell-food, oxygen and water. This will jumpstart your metabolism, ensuring it’s ready to go when you eat your first meal.
- Keep meals simple, especially the first ones of the day. Liquids and fruits digest the fastest, so you wouldn’t want to eat them after having engorged yourself on a big, fatty, meaty meal. The fruit would get stuck behind your slowly digesting meal in your intestines and start to ferment, causing bloat and discomfort. Instead, start with gentle, light meals each morning. A low-sugar smoothie or juice is best had as your first meal, or at least 3 hours after a solid meal. For other meals throughout the day, try to stick to only two food groups at a time. Raw vegetables don’t count, they can mix with anything and not interrupt digestion, so eat loads of those!
- Support your gut flora with pre- and probiotics. Your gut holds 70%+ of your immune system. It’s also in constant communication with your hormones, which dictate how you feel (and how great your skin looks!). Needless to say, we need to have a special reverence for our gut bacteria. We’ve all heard of probiotics and take them daily (right?), but how about those prebiotics? Essentially, prebiotics are plant-based fiber that live in the large intestine and make the probiotic’s job possible. A great source of this plant fiber is banana.
- Take a quality multivitamin. It’s a dang shame, but our fruits and vegetables aren’t as nutrient-dense anymore due to the over-farming of our soil. When the soil is depleted, our produce is deleted, and you guessed it, we’re depleted. A multi-vitamin is a great, safe start to consciously hitting your nutrient goals if you’re not able to strategically cook/prepare every meal. Vitamin C is a magic vitamin, as is Vitamin D throughout the winter. (Suffer from cold sores? High doses of Vitamin C boost the immune system, not allowing the cold sore to grow or further develop. Check it out!)
- Back to water– drink a gallon a day. Just. Do. It.
Work your way out:
OK, now we can chat about topical options. There has been a push in the last decade to strive for stricter regulations and standards for our products, but the United States is still far behind Europe. There are many, many plant-based options, check out janegee, Arbonne and Beauty Counter for full lines of comprehensive products.
I’m not a skin expert, but I am a holistic nutritionist and always on the hunt for new, affordable ways to feel health and aligned with my nutritional philosophies. Below is my personal regime..
- Facial Cleanser: I have a 3oz bottle of Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser, and I’ve barely made a dent in it. You need the smallest dollop to get the job done.
- Retinol & Eye Cream: I discovered Amara Organics last year while perusing Amazon. The reviews seemed too good to be true, but I tried it anyway. IT’S NOT TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, this stuff is magic. Within 2 days of using the Retinol Serum and the Eye Cream, my face is back to it’s vivacious, sparkling self. Again, they last for up to 3 months, you only need to use the tiniest bit. (Note: bags under the eyes can be greatly improved with water intake. Just saying.)
- Weleda Skin Food: I originally purchased my Skin Food as a thick, overnight moisturizer. Every time I use it, though, I feel like I’ve just had a facial– so it has quickly snuck its way into my morning routine too. In fact, today I opted for this moisturizer over makeup! This cream is THICK, give it a moment to soak in. Not only will you smell absolutely darling, your skin will look (and feel) fresh and vibrant.
- Deodorant: The pits! Our poor armpits were designed to be centers for detoxification (sweat), yet we clog them up with antiperspirants (which don’t allow us to sweat). It’s a double whammy, we stop a detoxification process by laying on more toxins. Finding a natural deodorant that works for you and your pheromones can be a part-time job, but I encourage you to try my three favorites: Primal Pit Paste, Schmidt’s, and Humble. If you’re not fully ready to switch over yet, try using natural deodorants while you exercise– or try not wearing any at all when working out outside.
If you have any questions, please always feel free to reach out to me at Tory@Juicery.com!