My Top Tips and Recommended Products For Glowing Skin

Skin is the body’s largest organ, so your skin can say a lot about your health and what’s going on inside your body. There are many reasons for unhealthy skin, but some of the most obvious are hormones, certain beauty or cleaning products with harmful ingredients, toxins in the environment, or toxins from poor diet or non-purified water. With so many ways for the body to absorb toxins, it’s critical to detox often and take measures to avoid these toxins as much as possible.

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Blemishes on the face can tell you what exactly may be going on inside the body. For a guide to face mapping, click here.

I’ve had a few requests recently regarding my beauty regimen, so I’m going to share with you a few tips for glowing skin, along with some of my most recommended beauty products.

I try to always start my mornings off with my daily green smoothie, and I try to eat organic as much as possible. If you cannot afford to eat organic all the time, check out this list for the produce that’s most important to buy organic. It’s called, “The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15,” aka, 12 foods recommended to buy organic and 15 foods that aren’t as necessary to buy organic.

Drinking lots of water is super important for your health and for beautiful skin, so stay hydrated throughout the day and drink warm water with lemon for an extra detox kick. Hydration and a healthy diet do a lot for your skin, but here are some products to enhance your skin’s glow:

Collagen Powder– To start my mornings off right, I drink my daily green smoothie, which contains lots of green, leafy vegetables, fruit, and purified water. I also like to add a tablespoon of collagen protein powder. I prefer collagen powder to other protein powders because collagen doesn’t have a taste and does wonders for the skin, among other benefits. I’ve noticed since I started ingesting collagen powder that my nails have been healthier and my skin looks younger (not to toot my own horn). Bone broth is another recommended way to get collagen.

Collagen Protein Powder

Collagen Protein- $39 on Dr. Axe

 

COOLA Sunscreen- Whether or not the sun is out, I wear sunscreen on my face every day to protect against skin cancer and early signs of aging. I recently picked up this organic, “antioxidant-infused” sunscreen, and I absolutely love it. It uses all natural ingredients like organic acai oil, omega-3,6,9, vitamins B, C, and E. When I wear it, it’s so light that I don’t feel like I’m wearing sunscreen. Although I don’t smell the rose essence as much as I’d like, this tinted version gives my face a nice, even color so that I don’t necessarily have to use a foundation or powder on top.

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Coola Sunscreen- $36 Amazon

Thayers Alcohol-Free Toner– I love this toner. Not only does it smell delicious like rose petals, but it also moisturizes as it tones and makes my face feel especially clean. I only recommend using it at night after washing your face, rather than in the morning, which may cause skin to get oily during the day. This product may be too much if you’re someone with oily skin.

Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera ~ 12 oz

Thayers Alcohol-Free Toner with Rose Petal, Aloe and Witch Hazel- $11 on Amazon 

Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum– Want to know why babies have such plump, dewy skin? Because when babies are born, they are born with high levels of hyaluronic acid, which naturally deplete over time (source: You Beauty). Although this product might sound harsh with the word “acid” in it, it’s quite the opposite. It’s very light on, but has deep hydrating effects. I use this serum in the morning after I’ve washed my face, and in the evenings after my toner.

Best-Selling Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Skin- 100% Pure-Highest Quality, Anti-Aging Serum-- Intense Hydration + Moisturizer, Non-greasy, Paraben Free, Vegan-Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum (Pro Formula)

Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum- $15 on Amazon

doTerra Fractionated Coconut Oil– Most coconut oils on the market work just fine for beauty purposes, but I prefer this liquid coconut oil right here. Coconut oil in liquid form is just easier to apply and spread, but I also like this particular brand because it doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. Coconut oil has at least 100 uses, but for beauty, I like to use it as a makeup remover or moisturizer. It takes makeup off easily, moisturizes the skin, and also helps your eyelashes grow! Check out what else you can do with coconut oil here.

doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil 3.8oz

doTerra Fractionated Coconut Oil- $13 on Amazon

FYI- I have not been paid to advertise any of these products. I only promote products I use and that I would recommend to a close friend or family member. I also have normal/dry skin, so these products may not have the exact same results for everyone.

 

Want to learn more about beautifying your skin naturally? Reach out here to speak with me, a certified health and wellness coach.

 

 

 

 

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

I’m all about moisturizers and soft skin, especially when the weather is this chilly.  The air and wind outside have stripped my hands of moisture and sometimes hydrating just isn’t enough to restore skin.  Store-bought lotions and potions are often expensive stews of chemicals, alcohols, solvents, and synthetic fragrances, which actually increase skin’s dryness.  Some products even contain carcinogens or trigger allergic reactions.

There are various recipes out there for homemade moisturizers and creams using limited ingredients.  Everyone has different skin and needs tailored products, but most natural moisturizers contain plant oils.  Some oils to look for are: shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil.  Products may additionally contain other plant compounds or essential oils, like rosemary oil or lavender oil, or essences, like rose water.  Ensure that products are “paraben-free,” or “phthalate-free.” A good rule of thumb when choosing products (or even with food) is to skip over products with any ingredients you cannot pronounce.  It’s just not natural.

Keep It Simple

Save money on fancy moisturizers and use the extra-virgin olive oil in your kitchen on skin after moisturizing.  Take several drops of olive oil and smooth on skin while skin is moist from cleansing.  What’s great about olive oil is that it’s rich in monounsaturated fats, which hydrates skin without leaving skin greasy.  Alternative oils are wheat germ oil (rich in Vitamin E), almond oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil.

Make a Gel

An alternative, easy, natural recipe is flaxseed and water.  Stir 1 teaspoon flaxseed into 1/2 cup cool water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the mixture becomes thick and gelatinous.  Cool and pour through a sieve to strain out the seeds.  Dab the strained gel onto skin and massage in. Keep refrigerated and this moisturizing concoction should last a few days.

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Sweeten Up Your Skin

Honey has long been enjoyed for its benefits on the skin.  In fact, honey is a potent antiseptic, helping to ward off bacteria that cause acne and other skin problems.  Honey also doubles as an anti-inflammatory, reducing redness and irritation, and it seals in moisture improving skin hydration and minimizing the appearance of fine lines.  To make a honey mask at home, pick up the following items from your local store:

-4 ounces plain yogurt

-2 teaspoons raw honey

-1/4 teaspoon olive oil or almond oil

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.  Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes.  Rinse.  Repeat one or two times per week.

-Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.

Author and integrative medicine expert

All-Natural Moisturizing Lotion Recipe

Different oils will suit different moisturizing needs.  Do some research, experiment and see which oils work best for you.  Here is a basic recipe:

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-2 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel

-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin

-1/2 teaspoon jojoba, grapeseed, apricot kernel, or avocado oil

-1 teaspoon pure beeswax

Combine aloe gel, glycerin, and oil in a bowl.  Melt the beeswax in the top of a double boiler.  Add the melted wax to the ingredients in the bowl, whisking rapidly until blended, then more slowly until the beeswax mixture thickens and cools, about five to seven minutes.  Transfer the lotion to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Keeps two to four weeks.

Shaving Cream

Save that vegetable glycerin from the moisturizing lotion recipe and use it for your homemade shaving cream.  Because shaving strips away the outermost layer of skin cells, sensitive “new” skin is exposed every time.  Many store-bought shaving creams contain petroleum-derived chemicals, including isopentane and additional compounds that are irritants, hormone disruptors, and potential carcinogens.  Use safer shaving creams and try the following homemade recipe:

-1 cup real witch hazel extract

-1/2 cup high-proof vodka, rum, or brandy

-1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin

-10 to 20 drops each peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils (thyme or rosemary essential oils also work)

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Shake well to blend.  To use, pat a little mixture onto freshly-shaven skin.  The lotion keeps indefinitely.

-Annie B. Bond

Better Basics for the Home

Have a homemade moisturizer recipe?  I’d love to hear it!  Please leave your ideas in the comment section below.