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Get Clear, Radiant Skin with this Homemade Face Toner

Clear Skin Routine

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.

Sweat for Clear Skin


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 ( 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!

Clear Skin Food

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):

Sea Salt Hair Mist by Herbivore Clear Skin 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:

  1. Light rinse with Dr. Bronner’s soap (lavender and almond are my faves, but they are all divine)
  2. Homemade ACV face toner (recipe below) applied with cotton ball all over face
  3. Weleda Sensitive Skin Facial Lotion (incredible line of products, all vegan and cruelty free)

Clear Skin Routine for Sensitive Skin

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.

Clear Skin Face Toner

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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Much Love,



Fresh Roasted Corn & Black Bean Summer Salad

Fresh Roasted Corn & Black Bean Summer Salad

It’s amazing how practicing yoga makes me so much more aware of what I put in my body.

This is something I absolutely love about yoga. After I have a sweaty, challenging practice I don’t want to eat shit food. Healthy, mindful eating just seems to come so naturally.

Your body is your temple… Be mindful when you cook and when you eat. Put love into the food you cook. People can taste it. As you eat your food, think about and tell yourself how the food is nourishing your body. Energy and the power of our thoughts are incredible.

This delicious cold salad is vegan, high in protein & so easy to make!

It’s great by itself or as a side. My favorite way to eat it lately is on top a bed of greens topped with sliced avocado and honey mustard dressing drizzle… YUM! Make a big bowl and keep it in the fridge…

Fresh Roasted Corn & Black Bean Summer Salad


three ears of corn

1 can organic black beans

1 cup cooked red quinoa (1/2 cup uncooked) – protein, baby!

1/2 small red onion, chopped

1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

juice of 1-2 limes

pink himalayan salt, to taste


1) Preheat oven to 425F.

2) Cook the quinoa: put 1/2 cup uncooked red quinoa in a pot with 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil then simmer with lid on for 15 minutes. Cool in fridge.

3) Put whole ears of corn in oven with husk on. Keep an eye on them – rotate occasionally until they turn dark brown-blackish. Take them out, let them cool for a few minutes. Take off the husks and cut the corn off the cob. Chill corn in fridge for a bit.

4) Combine chilled quinoa & corn with all other ingredients, mix it up and enjoy!

5) Be grateful & always give thanks for the little things, which are huge things to some people… like a delicious meal.

6) Always EAT YOUR COLORS & drink lots of water to stay hydrated in the heat!


Lots of Love & Light!



Health + Wellness Recipes

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Cleanse

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Cleanse

MY FAVE. We all have parasites in our bodies – some are good, some are bad. This cleanse cleans out the bad ones and completely cleanses the liver & kidneys! Good to do it every six months or so…
EAT NORMALLY while doing this cleanse! It is not a starve-yourself-of-food cleanse! Just try to eat lots of fresh foods while cleansing (and always!) – fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish if you choose. You will notice that your appetite is naturally curbed by the amount of liquid you are drinking, anyways.

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