How to Keep Your Skin Flawless in Fall (Plus Good News + Promo Code!)

How to Keep Your Skin Flawless in Fall (Plus Good News + Promo Code!)

Hey every­one! I know it’s been a hot min­ute since I’ve post­ed on the blog. I don’t like to share this kind of stuff, though I fig­ured I should let you in on the fact that I have been han­dling some unex­pect­ed health stuff for a while and my focus has been on get­ting 100% bet­ter – I’m almost there! Late­ly I’ve been post­ing mini reviews, reg­i­mens, and tips on my Insta­gram (fol­low the stream of good­ness @epicbeautyguide) and now that it’s Fall, I thought this would be a per­fect time to share my tricks for keep­ing skin smooth, hydrat­ed, and blem­ish-free as it gets cold and dry. Use a Low pH Cleanser I bab­ble a lot about pH, but that’s only because it’s pret­ty much the key to keep­ing your skin from turn­ing into a dry, patchy mess of dust. Our skin is nat­u­ral­ly acidic, about 4.5 to 5.5 on the pH scale. This healthy acid­i­ty is how we keep bac­te­ria out and hydra­tion in, which pre­vents issues like acne or annoy­ing dry patch­es. Often a quick pH fix is all it takes to make a dra­mat­ic dif­fer­ence in the health of your skin. Avoid cleansers with a pH high­er than 6.5 – even then I per­son­al­ly prefer to use cleansers that have a pH of 4 to 5.5 at most. Some cleansers test this for you, oth­er times you may have to hunt down the pH online, or test it your­self to make sure what you’re using is good for your skin (more on that lat­er). My low pH cleanser favorites: illi Total Aging Care Cleans­ing Water NIOD San­skrit Saponins Cos­rx Low pH Good Morn­ing Gel Cleanser Su:m 37 Mir­a­cle Rose Cleans­ing Stick...
A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

Face and body oils are a cen­turies old beau­ty tra­di­tion. They are lux­u­ri­ous, antibac­te­ri­al, pro­tec­tive, and high­ly mois­tur­iz­ing. In the recent past, oil got a bad rap and oil-free prod­ucts reigned supre­me. How­ev­er, the oils that were caus­ing all the trou­ble were (and still are) syn­thet­ic or unwhole­some processed oils that can clog pores and unbal­ance the skin’s oil pro­duc­tion. Now that peo­ple are start­ing to come around on the sub­ject and learn the dif­fer­ence between good oils and bad oils, oil-based cleansers, mois­tur­iz­ers, and serums are mak­ing a huge come­back. The amount of face oils now on the mar­ket now is stag­ger­ing, but a lot of them are the typ­i­cal fluff in a pret­ty bot­tle. As usu­al, I am here to help you wade through the mish­mash and make a great choice for your skin. *** Download the PDF Face Oil Guide Here Download the JPG Face Oil Guide Here *** Why Face Oils are Perfect Our skin loves fat. LOVES it. Which makes sense, since our skin pro­duces its own fat (sebum) that acts to pro­tect our skin from out­side assailants (bac­te­ria, fungi, funky weath­er). Oils are pro­tec­tive and help main­tain the integri­ty of our skin’s acid mantle, which keeps out bad bac­te­ria and pre­vents blem­ish­es, dry­ness, and irri­ta­tion. Keep­ing the skin hydrat­ed and sup­ple also speeds up heal­ing, so if you have a break­out or a rash or der­mati­tis, a prop­er face oil will do won­ders. Dewy, plump skin is a result of hydra­tion, from both water and fat­ty acids. If you’ve ever made your own aro­mather­a­py treat­ments, you may have heard the term “car­ri­er oil.” That is because...
Puffy Face? Here’s How to Fix It

Puffy Face? Here’s How to Fix It

Did you wake up this morn­ing with some extra puff in your face? Nev­er fear! I have com­piled a few of my favorite tips to help you fix a puffy face quick, and of course, pre­vent it in the future. If you have a chron­ic puffy face, or tend to retain flu­id in oth­er parts of your body as well, see your physi­cian, since you will want to rule out any issues with blood pres­sure, hor­mone imbal­ance, or any kid­ney or liv­er issues. ELEVATE. Sleep with two pil­lows (or use a spe­cial pil­low – I use the con­toured pil­lows from Sleep Inno­va­tions) so your head is slight­ly high­er than the rest of your body. This dis­cour­ages flu­id from drain­ing into your face and just “hang­ing out” there. MODIFY WHAT YOU EAT. Sodi­um, alco­hol, and car­bo­hy­drates can all con­tribute to “puffy morn­ing face syn­drome” (ahem, yes, that’s the super sci­en­tific term). If you fre­quent­ly have a puffy face in the morn­ing, try this: for your last meal of the day, exper­i­ment with eat­ing nat­u­ral diuret­ics and/or potas­si­um-rich foods like cran­ber­ry, cel­ery, banana, cucum­ber, pars­ley, water­mel­on, or aspara­gus. Incor­po­rate them into your din­ner. Essen­tial­ly, we want to ensure we get an ade­quate intake of cal­ci­um, mag­ne­sium, and potas­si­um through our food to coun­ter­act the water-retain­ing traits of sodi­um. SUPPLEMENT. Appar­ent­ly, a tall glass of fil­tered water mixed with 1–3 tsp. of acero­la vit­a­m­in C pow­der (or a few acero­la vit­a­m­in C cap­sules) tak­en before bed can help pre­vent a puffy face in the morn­ing. I haven’t seen any stud­ies on this, it’s just a tip I have heard and use myself. And if noth­ing...
How to Get Rid of a Sudden Breakout

How to Get Rid of a Sudden Breakout

Whether it is one pim­ple or ten, this is my down-and-dirty sys­tem for elim­i­nat­ing a sud­den break­out caused by stress or a few bad eat­ing days. This lit­tle sys­tem ensures that red­ness and inflam­ma­tion cease with­in 12 hours, and any blem­ish­es are com­plete­ly gone with­in 24–72 hours. Your results might dif­fer (hope­ful­ly for the bet­ter!), but give it a go and exper­i­ment to see what works best for you! 1. Focus on good food. The key here is to remove any­thing that is going to slow heal­ing and cause fur­ther inflam­ma­tion and add the things that are going to speed heal­ing and stop inflam­ma­tion. This means I real­ly focus on exclud­ing all grains (espe­cial­ly wheat) and sug­ar, and instead focus on eat­ing super nutri­tious foods like oys­ters, berries, wild-caught fish, leafy greens, and easy home­made chick­en stock or beef stock (a.k.a. bone broth). I also chow down on my grandmother’s tra­di­tion­al chopped liv­er recipe (read: grass-fed/pastured organ­ic liv­er is extreme­ly nutri­tious and no, it is not filled with tox­ins) or I mix fine­ly ground liv­er into meat­balls or ham­burg­er pat­ties. improve finan­cial rank­ings slow­ly This influx of vit­a­mins and min­er­als does won­ders for quick­ly heal­ing and calm­ing the skin. Here is a recipe for “Mul­ti­vi­t­a­m­in Meat­balls” (a.k.a. liv­er meat­balls). Do a Google search for more recipes! Oh, and this should go with­out say­ing, but be sure to drink a lot of fil­tered water. You should be doing this any­way, but pay atten­tion to your water con­sump­tion to aid cir­cu­la­tion of nutri­ents and speed heal­ing. And please DO NOT drink unfil­tered tap water (there are too many chem­i­cals to count, and...
CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

All done! 21 days complete. I feel great. My skin looks stel­lar. I learned that this was not just about the smooth­ies and a restrict­ed diet. It became about remem­ber­ing to breathe, to slow down (which I always con­fused with lazi­ness), and to stop doing a mil­lion things at once. I relearned how to stop sac­ri­ficing the present moment for review­ing the lengthy to-do lists swirling in my head. I feel bal­anced, I feel calm, and my out­ward appear­ance is clear­ly reflect­ing that. I feel like I did a few years ago, before I had a bajil­lion projects. I feel like I had a major reboot. My final thoughts and post-cleanse plans In a word? A-frig­gin-maz­ing. This is the only cleanse I have real­ly been able to stick to because it is super easy and I noticed a BIG dif­fer­ence with­in a mat­ter of days. When some­thing is sim­ple and results-dri­ven, it acts to moti­vate you to keep going. That is exact­ly what I need­ed, and that is exact­ly what I got. It has been about sev­en days post-cleanse and I have con­tin­ued hav­ing a love­ly smooth­ie for break­fast and a hearty sal­ad with pas­tured organ­ic chick­en, wild-caught fish, or grass-fed organ­ic beef for lunch. Din­ner has been what­ev­er I feel like – I have had smooth­ies for some din­ners, and on oth­er nights it has been a full meal, like a burg­er pat­ty with a bunch of deli­cious top­pers or chick­en tikka from my favorite Indi­an restau­rant. We’ll see how things go, but for now, I do not want to ven­ture far off my EBG/Clean guide­li­nes. Ah yes, and...
Days 11–18: CLEAN Cleanse Program

Days 11–18: CLEAN Cleanse Program

I am near­ing the end of my clean cleanse (only 3 days left), and even though I’m lov­ing it, I am look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a bunch of nigiri for my first post-cleanse meal. More results My skin looks the same from last week. I feel ener­gized, my sleep is deep and refresh­ing, and I often wake up on my own with­out an alarm. Most impor­tant­ly to me, my cog­ni­tive skil­lz are return­ing to nor­mal. It was prob­a­bly a com­bi­na­tion of too much stress, con­stant com­put­er and iPhone use, and mul­ti­task­ing that has low­ered my atten­tion span and abil­i­ty to “be present.” I didn’t like feel­ing that way, and one of the results I am glad to be see­ing with this pro­gram is a return to nor­mal brain func­tion. I have been tak­ing it slow­er, enjoy­ing a half hour or so of sun­shine in the mid-morn­ings, and real­ly focus­ing on the task or con­ver­sa­tion at hand instead of think­ing of mul­ti­ple things at once. I’ve also been doing a free Chopra guid­ed medi­a­tion, which is just super relax­ing and an all-nat­u­ral mood boost­er. (FYI! For pic­tures and dai­ly updates, fol­low me on Insta­gram.) Post-cleanse plans For one thing, I will def­i­nite­ly con­tin­ue to have at least one shake per day for a meal. I did green smooth­ies (water, greens, and fruit blend­ed togeth­er) every day for sev­er­al years, but I would find myself hun­gry again short­ly after fin­ish­ing one because there was no fat or pro­tein to keep me sat­ed. That wasn’t real­ly a prob­lem because I would just have a “real” meal after­ward, but I prefer to just...