Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? We often forget that because its not an internal organ. While the skin protects the body, it also is a window to your internal system. If something is out of balance internally, high stress for example, your skin usually shows it. I remember a few years ago I had a huge HUGE stress event and the next morning my entire neck was broken out. It was horrible especially for someone who RARELY gets pimples or break outs anymore. Ugghhh stress really sucks, am I right? lol (Grab my Free E-book to get help on stress) and check my other blog on stress here
I often get a lot of questions about skin issues and I always let folks know that we need to look at the root of the issue. Its not just a simple, do this and that will happen. Stress, Hormones, Food Intolerance, etc can play a huge role in the way your skin looks. In my case, I feel like just using topical creams or salves is just covering up the symptoms and that can make things actually get worse!! So looking at the root along with offering symptom relief is a great place to start and finding a professional to help you can save you TONS of time, money on things that don’t work, and shorten the time to healing.
So back to the skin…. because the skin acts as a barrier between your organs and the outside world, it can take a beating. So in this post I want to talk more about ways we can help get in the ‘right’ skin.
Here are some foundational protocols to get you started:
Food: There are many natural steps you can take to help keep your skin vibrant, healthy and nourished both from the inside and the outside. One of the best things you can do is eat fresh whole or as I call ‘real’ foods. Real foods have more phytonutrients which is needed for overall health of every organ, including the skin. Processed foods, junky foods and lots of sweets, really play havoc on your skin and your health in general, so getting more fresh foods is really a must. I teach the Traffic Light Eating system because it is EASY and helps people be more successful. If you need help with this GO HERE
Hydration – If you do not drink enough water, your skin will show it. Water is important for all organs, even those we can’t see. Stay hydrated by drinking clean water. (avoid the gallon a day water challenge that is TOO much water and dangerous). I avoid tap water and opt for filtered or spring water. and I also drink herbal teas and nourishing herbal infusions.
Doulton makes a great sink attachment to get cleaner water in your body. (www.needs.com) is a great resource or getting a Berkey water filter as well. Even using a shower filter is great because chlorine is harsh on the skin.
Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3 Fatty Acids- Fish, fish oil, flax seed and many nuts are all full of Omega 3s. These essential fatty acids are important for skin health. If you can not eat 3 servings of CLEAN coldwater fish per week, consider supplementing with HIGH Quality fish oil !! Makes sure it is tested, clean and without mercury.
Skin Brushing: Skin brushing is something I have been doing for years and it is great for your lymphatic system, circulation system and can help exfoliate the skin as well. I love it! Getting a non synthetic skin brush and brushing upwards towards the heart and then hopping in a warm shower feels awesome!
Non-toxic skin care products– Many skin care products, meant to keep skin healthy, actually damage the skin with drying agents and chemicals. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, there is a high likelihood that it is a chemical. Women’s skin care products are often the worse for our skin, because of all the chemicals, not to mention the animal testing as well. As an herbalist, I make all of my own skin care products (no I don’t sell all of it, lol) But one item I do sell is my advanced face serum that everyone loves to help nourish their skin! (Please note if you do make you own be mindful preservatives are not always a bad thing, because bacteria can develop– so do be smart about that part :D) That said, be just as picky as what you put on your face as you do about what you put in your body! 😀
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