Top 5 Steps to Healing your Skin Before the Party Season Starts + My Skincare Routine
Let's find that glow!
The holiday season is just about to start and I’m sure your calendar is filling up with Thanksgiving plans, trips to meet Santa, holiday office parties, ugly Christmas sweater festivities, and your annual (and outfit coordinated) family Christmas shoot. But when you have acne, smiling at the camera or accidentally reuniting with your ex at a friend’s Christmas party seems way more dramatic because you’ll be wondering if your makeup has stayed put throughout the night.
Achieving a clear complexion can seem like a daunting process. There are so many products and solution on the market designed to treat acne topically and I’m sure you’ve tried most of them. But we rarely learn that our acne is mainly caused by what’s going on internally.
There are several factors that influence our skin’s health like what we eat, our exercise routine, and how we process emotions like stress (yes, our emotions can impact our skin). Once I learned this, it was way easier to treat my acne since I knew what I should/shouldn’t do.
Like, anytime I ate a lot of gluten (mostly bread) over several days, I would breakout between my eyebrows.
If I drank alcohol more than usual and ate dinner late, my acne would flare up on my forehead.
When I would get my period, my jawbone would breakout (this still happens but waaay less).
Understanding my skin’s triggers empowered me change my lifestyle because I could see the benefits right on my face. The better I ate and took care of my body, the better my skin looked!
After adopting a plant-based diet and following my top 5 tips listed below, I have rid myself of my painful acne. And, I know they can help you do the same! Use these tips and get ready for the holiday season so you can stand in front of the camera with complete confidence.
1. Heal the Gut
Recent studies show that our digestive tract plays a much bigger role in our health besides just digesting and absorbing the nutrients from our food. There are trillions of bacteria living in our gut that influence everything from weight loss and inflammation to sleep and our mood. Our gut’s mini-ecosystem talks directly to our brain and has a say in how we deal with stress, depression, and anxiety!
By taking a good quality probiotic (I take this one) and regularly eating fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, plant-based yoghurt, miso, kombucha), you’ll begin feeding the good bacteria in your gut. These guys will help you stay healthy and help your skin. Plus, they will help you stay regular, which was also one of my biggest health issues! Two birds, one stone. 💃🏻
The following tips will also help you improve your gut health.
2. Add the rainbow to your plate
When we eat fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colors, we get more nutrients, minerals, and vitamins into our system. The darker the color, the higher concentration of these substances to help boost our body’s ability to improve collagen production (helps keep a youthful complexion), remove toxins from our system, and feed our cells with powerful phytonutrients to make us feel and look healthy.
Try adding spinach, kale, dandelion tea (great for detoxifying the liver), broccoli, yellow/green/red peppers, purple cabbage, tomatoes (can help fight sun damage since it has a high concentration of the antioxidant lycopene), and avocados (health fat) to your meals and see how your skin improves.
3. More water in the morning
Increasing your water intake is the quickest and easiest way to flush out your system. It keeps your skin hydrated, which will decrease the look of wrinkles and improve a dull complexion. I have also found that my cravings for sugary treats has decreased significantly after drinking more water.
Water can be super boring so I add lemon, lime, mint leaves, or cucumber to make me feel like I am drinking fancy spa water. Drinking warm lemon water in the morning will also help your system start up after a night's rest and get your digestion going (a great tip that help my constipation).
If you are like me and forget to drink water during the day, I suggest setting alarms on your phone to remind you to hydrate yo’ self!
4. Herbal power
Have you heard of maca before? Well this stuff is pure magic! Originally from Peru, this root has been used for centuries as a powerful source of energy, strength, improving fertility/libido, and balancing hormones. As women, our hormones are easily unbalanced and, if this happens, we are more likely to breakout. By using herbs like maca, you can help your body balance out your hormones to improve your skin's health.
I have been taking Maca for several months now I have seen a huge improvement, especially with my breakouts surrounding my jawbone (this location is connected to hormone imbalance). I take one of these a day and it’s been a huge help at regulating my hormones. As a bonus, it has also been helping significantly reduce my PMS symptoms and boosting my energy!
4. Move your booty
We all know that exercise is highly beneficial to keep our bodies and minds health but it can also help your skin. Exercise helps remove toxins from your body via your sweat glands (detoxes your lymphatic system), increases your happy hormones (dopamine, estrogen and serotonin), while decreases stress (cortisol) and anxiety. Stress increases inflammation, which can make your skin appear puffy, cause breakouts, and reduce the blood flow to you complexion. So go move your body in a way that you enjoy! Go for a nice evening walk, practice yoga (at home or in a studio), take a new spin class, or dance around your living room. Your skin will thank you.
When picking your skincare products, I suggest finding companies that values the use of natural and plant-based ingredients, such as essential oils, vitamins, and botanicals. You want the cleanest and highest-quality ingredients to help your skin heal and glow! You will find the products I have been using and loving below (this is not a sponsored post and I truly swear by these products).
A couple of months ago, a found a skincare company that I love because the are completely natural, environmentally friendly, and cruelty-free! And, if I wasn’t in love with them enough, their products are waaaaay less expensive than products I have used in the past. Check out Derma E and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Moisturizer: Derma E Hydrating Night Cream (night)
I hope these tips help you on your journey to clearer skin! Just remember that it's a process but by doing something small everyday will get you to your goals before you know it. Clear skin is in your future!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!
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