I feel like it has been way too long since I have las posted! I have been traveling a lot, and spending time on a few other projects, but I am here with some nifty information. I don’t know about you- but my skin seems to freak out in the summer. I’m not sure if it’s all of the traveling or the weather, but my skin takes a complete 180. Normally, I have combination skin that tends to lean toward the dry side. I get my fair share of breakouts, but they are manageable.
However, in the summer it’s a constant struggle to keep my skin from completely falling apart. I struggle with oil, texture, tough breakouts, and tone. It’s so frustrating because I get my rouine down, and then have to start from scratch. Well, I am happy to report that I planned in advance this year, and have not had these issues at all this summer! Yay! So, I want to share my tips and tricks with you guys.
- Get your digestion on track
I have always struggled with keeping my gut healthy and balanced. (It’s one of the main reasons I went plant-based.) If you find that you are constantly bloating, cramping, not going to the bathroom regularly/going too often, feeling tired all of the time, having issues with skin, and feeling foggy- you might need to get that gut of yours balanced. Taking probiotics, eating foods high in good bacteria, and cutting out caffeine for a couple weeks can help.
- Cut out sugar, alcohol, and oils as much as possible
Sugar: You want cut out the refined sugar. Keep the natural stuff : ]
Alcohol: Drinking 1-2 x a week is plenty. If you do drink consider having wine, or white tequila. White tequila does not digest in your system as sugar, which helps prevent breakouts or weight gain.
Oils: Ok so there are a lot of benefits to certain oils, like, coconut oil. Just be sure to use oils that can stand high heat so that they hold their composition when cooking. When an oil breaks down in heat, you receive only the calories and fat, not the benefits. Also, avoid hydrogenated and super processed oils, like canola oil.
- Eat the rainbow
Red: red foods contain lycopene, which can reverse the effects of UV rays.
Orange: orange foods contain the pigment beta carotene, which can improve heart health and aids in color pigmentation.
Purple: purple foods can fight against photo aging!
- The more color on your plate the better!
Drink all the water! If you struggle with your water intake-try infusing it with your favorite fruits and herbs. My personal favorite is lemon, cucumber, and mint. You can also eat foods with a high water content like, watermelon, cucumber, and melon.
- Work on collagen
Once you turn 25 your body stops naturally producing collagen. For those that don’t know collagen aids in elasticity, and overall skin, hair, and nail health. This is also where the refined sugar comes into play. When you consume too much refined sugar it breaks down the elastin in your skin- making it look dull and will eventually form wrinkles. You can take collagen powder, or tablets to help, or you can consume foods that repair elasticity naturally. Blueberries and dates are perfect. I use collagen powder, and add it to my smoothies or coffee.
- Consume acne fighting foods
Maca: balances your hormones, which leads to healthier skin.
Spirulina: is actually acne fighting. I like to put it in smoothies, salad dressings, and in superfood balls. You can also make a spirulina mask to combat acne directly. Just mix some spirulina and coconut oil up and apply it to your face for 10-20 min and watch the pimples disappear.
Nuts: Brazil nuts, walnuts, and peanuts are where it’s at guys.
- Decrease stress
As we age, our body stops being able to fight of cortisol naturally. What exactly does this mean for our skin? Well, when we get stressed or anxious cortisol rises in our body, which aids in the fight or flight response, but it also increases adrenaline, which decreases the amount of oxygen in the body. A lack of oxygen will allow toxins to build up and can cause cellulite. So I not only have been doing things that decrease my stress, but I have been doing things that increase the flow of oxygen to the body. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and running are all great.
Get 7-8 hours a night. This helps keep skin looking bright and healthy.
Everyone is different, but in general you want a gentle cleanser, a scrub, a toner (I rotate between a rose toner and a pore minimizing toner), spf, an oil cleanser, and moisturizer. Also, applying a mask 1-2 nights a week will help target the areas of improvement.
It’s important to reset your liver every so often. When the liver is overworked and less able to eliminate toxic waste products, it often shows up in the skin in the form of breakouts and rashes. A slow liver is most likely due to high fat, alcohol, and too much sugar. To reset, drink warm water with lemon when you wake up, eat fresh veggies, include garlic and tumeric in your cooking, and take a break from alcohol and caffeine.
I hope these ten tips help you in some way! They have definitely saved my skin this year!
All the best,