How to Improve Skin Naturally

Improve Skin Natually

Did you know…..

That our skin is a reflection of our health and wellbeing? It’s true, Our face is a map of our internal organs and how they are doing.  This post will share with you what our skin is trying to tell us about our health and how you can improve skin naturally.

What is your skin trying to tell you?

Our face is a mirror of our health. For example, our nose represents our heart, our cheeks our lungs, the lines running down from the nose to the lips represents the colon and the chin is the reproductive system. Chinese and Ayurvedic traditional medicine has been studying this type of diagnosis for thousands of years and believe that the health and wellbeing, emotional tendencies and longevity are all revealed in our face. One of the core beliefs in Chinese medicine is that “the part contains the whole”. This means that every line and spot, scar, wrinkle or blemish means something. They do not appear on your face at random; rather the location they appear corresponds to an energy meridian that connects your face and body with your internal organs.

How Gut Health Correlates to Our Skin

Many people are unaware of the fact that skin conditions are a result of poor gut health. Leaky gut is when the intestines begin to deteriorate and become permeable leaking toxins into the system. This is typically caused by poor diet and chronic use of antibiotics or other pharmaceuticals. Poor gut flora causes many digestive problems such as constipation, IBS, frequent diarrhea, candida, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis just to name a few. Recent Epidemiological evidence shows an association between gut problems and skin disorders. A common theme in those suffering with digestive is acne and inflammation in the body. It is possible to clear acne naturally and other skin conditions with these natural tips.

How to Improve Skin Naturally

Diet

Eating organic, local and seasonal foods is important to provide our bodies with the most nutrients. Stay away from processed foods and artificial preservatives, sugars and artificial sugars. Incorporating  Fermented foods into the diet is essential for getting natural probiotics restoring gut health and helping the body to absorb vitamins and minerals. There are also many recipes available online such as this Heal your gut smoothie! There are many types of diet such as paleo and GAPS Diet (that is also safe for kids) that can help to heal the body and provide vital nutrients and minerals.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure to drink lots of fresh filtered water daily. You can squeeze some organic lemon in their too to detoxify the liver. Reduce Alcohol intake Drink water to keep your skin hydrated. Alcoholic beverages and drinks that contain caffeine cause dehydration so it is best to avoid them as much as possible. Avoid taking hot baths or showers because hot water can also dry out your skin.

Bone Broth

Bone broth is also called stock. It’s not the same as you get at the store in a can or a box. It is homemade from animal bones, typically chicken and beef, but can be any animal. It’s high in gelatin and minerals and enzymes needed by the body in order to function properly. It is great at helping to fill in the gaps of the intestines to make them less permeable. As an alternate option you can also take powdered Gelatin that is also beneficial for the body especially the skin, joints and bones. This is the one that is use and I love it because it has no flavor and I add it to tea, yogurt, or water kefir and can get a good amount into my family daily since they are not big fans of drinking straight bone broth. It is cold water soluble so it completely dissolves in cold and hot substances.

Eliminate Chemicals and Toxins

Obviously it is impossible to eliminate every toxins encountered and the stress of trying to is worse on the body. Instead taking small steps to reduce exposure by eliminated products that can be harmful to our skin. Many commercial and store bought beauty products (even high end ones!) contain chemicals that can deteriorate and destroy our skin while leeching toxins in through our biggest organ, the skin. Oil cleansing is a great way to balance skin and how I have been washing my face daily for over a year now. I love it and my skin is softer and better than ever before. Essential Oils such as Frankincense, Melaleuca Alternafolia, Lavender and Sandalwood can also support healthy skin either applying topically or as easy DIY products such as antioxidant facial serum, homemade lotion or skin brightening facial maskClick Here to learn where to get Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

With natural efforts it is possible to improve skin health and eliminate painful, uncomfortable skin conditions. Taking time to detox and heal your body is necessary. An elimination detox is helpful because it can determine trigger foods that may be causing allergic reactions, such as skin issues. My friend Kristen over at MIX Wellness Solutions has a Real Food Detox that helped me determine that I have sensitivities to gluten and dairy. I would recommend this program to detoxify and determine foods that can be causing reactions. It’s the perfect first step in healing the body.

 

Have you tried to improve your skin naturally? I would love for you to share your stories!

 

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The Oil Cleansing Method for Healthy Vibrant Skin

Oil Cleansing

For the past couple of years I have been trying to eliminate as many toxins as I can. As women, we come into contact with so many daily between makeup and personal body products. I have done away with commercial products such as face and body wash, moisturizer, wrinkle creams and body lotion. I get many people are curious about my routine and I love sharing my secrets for how to live healthier, so why not write a post on my face care regimen! Here you go!

If you are on the crunchy scene Oil Cleansing is most likely something you have at least heard of. For anyone else, or newbie crunchy mamas, Oil Cleansing might need some explaining.

What is Oil Cleansing?

Oil cleansing is a method of washing the face using a high grade oil such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil or jojoba seed oil (always organic if possible) as an alternative to face cleanser. It’s a great way to reduce toxins because by using a healthy oil, it’s the only ingredient! Many people are weary of the oil cleansing method because we have be taught that oil on our face is bad and is the source of skin problems. Because of this people focus on stripping the oil away which causes our skin to try to overcompensate by making more oil. This vicious cycle results in years of bad skin and frustration. Oil cleansing solves that because oil dissolves oil. The oil cleansing method works to balance our skin instead of stripping it of necessary oils.

Benefits of Oil Cleansing

  • Protects skin naturally
  • Cost effective
  • Contains no toxic chemicals
  • Balances and Nourishes skin
  • Great for all skin types
It can take a couple of weeks for your skin to adjust and balance out during when you first start oil cleansing. You may be tempted to ditch the oil and go back to your conventional face wash, but if you stick it out your skin will thank you by being more balanced and radiant.

 

How to do Oil Cleansing

It can be as detailed or as easy as you want it to be. Put some oil in your palm, and rub all over your face. Massage the oil all over, paying particular attention to all of your problem areas. Oil is great for removing make-up and dirt. Next get a washcloth wet with very warm (not hot) water and wring out. Lay warm damp towel over face for about 30-60 seconds to open up pores and wipe off oil. When you are done you should not need to apply moisturizer as this method is an all in one!

As I work to earn my oily badge in my quest for full fledged Crunchy Momness (And yes, we have badges!) I have been learning more and more about the amazing benefits of therapeutic grade essential oils including, and not limited to, promoting vibrant skin. Lately I’ve been taking my oil cleaning routine to the next level by adding a drop or two of essential oils. Here is a list of essential oils that are a great addition to your skincare and/or oil cleansing routine. Click here to learn where to buy therapeutic grade essential oils.

Taking it to the next level

  • Frankincense: Smoothes lines and wrinkles, balances oily skin, soothes blemishes and irritations.
  • Geranium: Promotes a healthy glow, giving skin a radiant and youthful appearance.
  • Helichrysum: Restorative properties to mature skin, effective sunscreen.
  • Jasmine: Helps to moisturize dry, dehydrated or mature skin.
  • Lavender: Good for all skin types, calms and soothes skin.
  • Lemon: Astringent, skin toner, helps to clear blemishes, brightens pale, dull complexion.
  • Melaleuca: Effective in fighting skin eruptions with no side-effects, oil controlling agent.
  • Sandalwood: Nourishes dry, dehydrated and mature skin, smoothes and softens lines and wrinkles, clears acne.

Have you tried Oil Cleansing yet? If so, how do you like it?

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