This is the second post in our two-part series: How to achieve clear, glowing and beautiful skin (without harsh chemicals or a prescription). If this is your first time here or you missed Part I, we highly recommend reading that first. Click here to read. (Also, welcome to our blog!) Now onto Part II...
How to achieve clear, glowing and beautiful skin (without harsh chemicals or a prescription)
Part II: Everything Else
3. Dial down the stress.
Stress happens to everyone, and since it’s sometimes unavoidable (a lot of stress is actually self-imposed and therefore, avoidable), the best thing to do is learn to manage it. MUCH easier said than done, but the ability to manage stress and the ability to control your reaction to stressful situations is absolutely critical to clear skin. A combination of sunshine, saltwater, fresh air, conscious breathing, yoga, meditation, exercise, sufficient sleep, and surrounding ourselves with amazing people seems to work for us, but like we mentioned with the food, you have to find what works for you.
And we highly encourage doing this [see below], which also helps us, immensely.
4. Take inventory.
As previously mentioned, skin conditions (acne included) are symptoms or indicators that something else is going on in the body. Therefore, it’s incredibly important to address the root cause of the acne in order to really heal it, which is sometimes caused by something outside of the body. We highly recommend taking a good look at your WHOLE life: i.e., your relationships, work-life, self-care, home environment, finances, etc., to pinpoint anything that might be causing stress or anxiety and thereby contributing to your skin troubles. (Because without awareness, there is nothing you can change.)
5. Heal your hormones.
This is a HUGE topic and could be a whole blog post within itself so we’ll stick with the basics. As a starting point, we recommend reading this article and implementing the suggestions listed.
In addition to avoiding xenoestrogens, increasing your intake of plant-based saturated fat sources, and showing your liver some love, all of which is outlined in the article mentioned above (click here if you missed it), we also recommend taking a good quality vitamin D3 supplement like Garden of Life’s Vitamin Code Raw D3 if you’re not out in the sun for at least 10 minutes per day.
Vitamin D is actually a hormone and therefore incredibly important to hormone health. Vitamin D deficiency could be contributing to your skin troubles and unfortunately, most of us are vitamin D deficient.
This is nothing new, but in order to reap the benefits of water and proper hydration (which includes clear skin), you actually have to drink it — lots of it. Aim for at least 8 glasses per day. (More if you’re active or ambitious.)
7. Simplify your beauty routine. (Because more is not always better.)
The essentials: a good quality face wash (Erika’s pick: Nourish Organic’s Moisturizing Face Cleanser, Jess’ pick: DeVita’s Aloe Vera Moisture Cleanser), a good quality toner (pure rosewater is our favorite), and a good quality oil (we swear by argan and rosehip).
Although it seems counter-intuitive, facial oils are a total skin saver. Even those of us with combination or oily complexions (i.e. us!), can use them without adverse reactions.
The important thing about oils is choosing the right one for you. If you’re suffering from, or are prone-to acne, ONLY use oils containing high amounts of linoleic acid like rosehip oil on your face. (Save coconut oil which is higher in oleic acid, for everywhere else.)
Since switching our facial oil to a combination of argan and pure rosehip oil (both of which contain high amounts of linoleic acid), we’ve noticed major improvements — softer skin, less breakouts, and perfectly glowly complexions.
8. Don’t touch.
Although it will be difficult, do your very best not to touch your face. At the first sign of a pimple, DON’T try to pop it. Instead, run (yes, RUN), to the freezer and grab an ice cube. Lightly press the ice over the distressed area. Do this for a few minutes, remove, let the area warm, and do it again. Repeat 4-5 times. We learned this simple trick from our mom but recently found out it’s also backed by Cara Delevingne’s esthetician. Again simple, but it works.
Your body is brilliant, and beautiful, and even though it may not seem like it right now, your skin is your biggest ally. Treat it as such and your system will normalize. It might take some time to adjust, but we promise it will happen and you will feel like you again (effortlessly glowy and all).
And these changes, they’re huge. We know that. So don’t feel like you have to implement them all at once. It’s progress, not perfection.
Now we want to hear from you! What else do you want to know about skin health? Leave a comment below and we’ll write about it! If you’re struggling with, or have struggled with acne in the past, let us know what worked, and what didn’t, by sharing a comment in the space provided below. We love hearing from you! Also, let us know if you try any of our tips!
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You’re a natural, beauty.
And we absolutely adore you,
Erika & Jess
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