It was about 3 years ago that I started to really become aware of the poor lifestyle I led health wise. It is the time that I look at in my life as being the start of my health journey. I was kind of healthy before that (see my blog “How I Faked Being Healthy”)
One thing I have noticed change on me considerably in that time is the texture and healthiness of my skin. A few years ago when I would run my hand over the skin on my face it felt rough and had quite large and deep pores. I would also get lots of blackheads around my nose and on my chin.
Now, my skin is smooth, it is extremely rare that I get blemishes, I can’t remember the last time I had a black head and I fell like I actually look younger. The above photo on the left is of me over 10 years ago. The one on the right is of me less than 6 months ago.
I was disappointed that I didn’t have the foresight to take proper ‘before and after’ photos. I just didn’t know that such a big change was possible or likely. Now I really understand that it is what goes into your body that affects the way it looks on the outside.
So do you want to know how to get healthier looking skin for yourself? Below are my top 5 tips to get truly radiant, healthy skin.
Nourish your skin from the inside out
This is all about eating raw, fresh, clean foods that have all of the vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and enzymes needed to nourish your skin cells. For me, I get this nourishment from drinking cold pressed juice daily (1 x 500ml juice contains over 1kg of nutrients and micro fibers from fruits and vegetables). I also regularly cleanse with cold pressed juices so that my bodies natural process of cellular cleansing and liver regeneration are activated. My cleanses range anywhere from 1 day to 28 days depending on what is going on for me at the time. If you want to learn more about cleansing, try reading my “Beginners Guide to Juice Cleansing” article or my “Why Cleanse” article. Alternatively, you can register on my website for my free e-Book “The What, Why & How of Cleansing”
Oils are your skins friend
It has been a long time since I purchased anything from the cosmetics aisle in the grocery store or pharmacy. My skin cleansing routine consists of Guasha Wash (a paste of bicarb soda and triple distilled vodka applied all over a wet body and rinsed off), a homemade Orange peel skin scrub (I will put the recipe below), and coconut oil. The oils that I use in the skin scrub include bee’s wax, sweet almond oil, coconut oil and shea butter. All of these oils are packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins that dissolve the ‘bad’ oils clogging your pores. The oils do not make my skin oily; in fact, my skin is much more balanced now that I use so much oil on it.
Also, oils are great to for dissolving makeup from your face without drying your skin out like harsh chemical based makeup removers do.
Let it be…
Have you ever heard of the saying “Less is more”? Well when it comes to skin health, this is definitely true. The skin has an amazing ability to regenerate itself and heal itself. All it needs is water, sleep, sunlight and nutrients. A once daily cleanse routine (generally in the shower) using an all natural cleanser followed by a small amount of coconut oil rubbed in all over your body is HEAPS!! If you use lots of makeup, I would suggest using coconut oil and a warm cloth to remove most before showering then using Guasha wash and a good oily skin scrub, followed by a small amount of coconut oil rubbed onto your clean dry skin.
If you can’t eat it don’t put it on your skin.
For this one I use the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time I only use completely edible products on my skin. In fact, I love the taste of my Orange peel skin scrub (don’t worry, I will put the recipe below). The other 20% of the time is when I am going to a special event and I use makeup. There are companies out there producing ‘edible’ makeup, (not that you would actually want to eat it!) however, because I so rarely use makeup and because I cleanse so regularly, I do use some regular chemical based makeup. I believe the key is moderation for all things.
Sun and Smiles
Did you know that smiling can boost your mood, make you more attractive and make you healthier? A smile is like magic for your whole body. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be happy to smile, even forcing it will cause positive reactions in your body.
Smiling also exercises the muscles in your face and anyone who has ever been to the gym knows what exercise does for muscles. So if you are worried about getting droopy eyelids and a saggy turkey neck, prevent it with face exercises and plenty of smiles.
I know that the sun is normally associated with skin damage however; it is absolutely essential for skin health. The point above about not putting things on your skin you cannot eat includes sunscreen. Sunscreen is full of toxic chemicals that are both carcinogenic and they block the skins ability to absorb vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin required by your body to survive. The sun also helps to prevent and treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne.
Keeping out of the sun in the heat of the day or for long periods of time is just common sense. Short exposures in the early morning and late afternoon are best for reaping the rewards of the sun without burning.
So, to get beautiful, blemish free, radiant skin, follow these simple tips. If you do though, remember to take a good picture now so you have something to compare with!
Here is the Face Scrub Recipe I promised
20g Bees wax
50g Coconut oil
50g Shea butter
35g Aloe Vera Gel
120g Sweet Almond Oil
250g Fine Celtic Sea Salt
20g Bicarbonate Soda
Put a heat proof bowl over a pot of boiling water. Melt the Bee’s wax, coconut oil and shea butter. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp.
Get fresh Aloe Vera gel from your garden or find a friend who grows it (or go to a nursery and buy a pot so you always have it at home), cut one leaf off and slice open. Scrape gel out of inside of leaf and discard leaf. Use a fork to mash out any lumps and then stir gel into oils. Add remaining ingredients except salt. Add salt last stiring slowly as adding and stop when at a good ‘paste’ consistency.
Spoon paste into bottles. Put one in the shower for you to use immediately.