I’ve always had problematic skin… oily and prone to breakouts. It goes way back to high school. Breakouts and acne are one of the toughest things for me. When my face breaks out it affects my confidence level a lot. I just want to hide inside until it goes away!
When I was younger I tried everything to cure breakouts, from the lengthy chemical-filled Proactiv skin care line to doctor prescribed topical gels. None of it ever really worked.
What I have come to realize over the years is clear skin happens from the inside out.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It is responsible for eliminating many of the toxins we consume. It’s simple: what goes in, must come out. We either piss it out, shit it out, or sweat it out. Have you ever noticed different smells of your sweat? Pay attention. For example, after a night of wine drinking, my sweat has a very pungent odor (not as pleasant as that clean yummy sweat)! This is also true for eating certain foods. All you have to do is pay attention.
We’ve known for 14 years that a single meal of meat, dairy, and eggs triggers an inflammatory reaction inside the body within hours of consumption (NutritionFacts.org). Consuming animal products and dairy clogs up our intestines and is the hardest food for our bodies to digest and eliminate. If you want your skin to be full of life you need to reduce or eliminate lifeless foods (like dead animal products).
I am all for things in moderation, but if you have problem skin and consume dairy and meat frequently, this is the absolute first place to start. When I stopped eating dairy and meat a few years ago, replacing it with more fruits, veggies, and plant based protein sources (I still occasionally eat pizza and fish) my skin cleared up immediately. I noticed much less breakouts, especially during my cycle, and overall, a more radiant, clear complexion. I encourage you to experiment with eliminating dairy or meat products. It doesn’t have to be all at once, just try one thing at a time. Let it be a process and pay attention to how you feel.
Worried about getting enough protein? Here are 10 amazing plant based protein sources to add into your diet. Sorry people, but it’s a fact: a plant based diet contains much more water (since plants are mostly water) – and our skin needs water to be radiant and glowing! Clear skin is hydrated skin!
Lessening the Toxic Load
Start bringing more awareness to what you ingest and also use topically. This includes medications, supplements, beauty products, shampoo and other hair products. Most mainstream products are loaded with chemicals that actually dry out our skin in the long run (no wonder we keep going back for more). Educate yourself on all the ingredients in what you use and then decide if you want to continue use. For shampoo and conditioner, I switched to Shikai – super mild and very gentle! And here is the one and only delicious hair product I use (coconut and beach smelling, of course) by Herbivore Botanicals (amazing vegan and cruelty free products):
Simple Skin Care Routine
Do not pick! I know you’ve heard it a million times, but it really does make breakouts worse as it spreads bacteria around your face even more. Revamp your skin care regime with a simple routine. Stick to natural, organic and vegan products with the least amount of ingredients possible.
My current routine is this:
- Light rinse with Dr. Bronner’s soap (lavender and almond are my faves, but they are all divine)
- Homemade ACV face toner (recipe below) applied with cotton ball all over face
- Weleda Sensitive Skin Facial Lotion (incredible line of products, all vegan and cruelty free)
Homemade ACV Face Toner for Clear Skin
Three Simple Ingredients
3 tablespoons Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (a natural astringent that reduces appearance of pimples, age spots, acne scars)
10-12 drops Organic Lavender & Tea Tree Essential Oil (lavender and tea tree oil are known for their powerful disinfecting and anti-inflammatory properties)
3/4 cup WaterMix it all together. I keep mine in a glass on my bathroom counter. Swirl it around before dipping your cotton ball in.
I use the toner in the morning and sometimes in the evening when cleansing my skin.
I swear by this routine! I’ve been doing it for the past three months and my skin is healthier than ever.
All in all, this is really just a practice of awareness and trial and error. Start paying closer attention to your own habits, what you’re putting into your body and on your body. And start drinking more water!
Not only will having clear skin boost your confidence, but you’ll be feeling like a million bucks because you’re taking better care of your inner temple, and that is the most important thing of all.
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