Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share with you some of my personal secrets to getting super soft skin. You should see results in as little as 1 or 2 weeks (it may be 4–6 weeks for some).
Medical Note: As with anything involving a change in diet, supplementation, or exercise, please consult with your doctor prior to making any changes to your routine, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or allergies.
1. Go easy on the wash. Most body washes strip the beneficial oils from your skin and result in dry, flaky skin and sometimes contribute to body acne. Try a natural body wash (I have two different ones from 100% Pure that smell fantastic — one is the Vanilla Bean Hydrating and another is the Foaming Gel in Peach) that does not contain any sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or any harsh cleaning surfactants. You may also be someone who benefits from not using a body wash at all, except on your armpits and down-below-bits, or when you’re filthy from rolling in the mud.
2. Banish chlorine. This is key to having naturally soft, moisturized skin. Chlorine binds with the proteins in our hair and skin and cause dryness, breakage, and rough texture. This is a known fact, and it’s important to filter chlorine out of your drinking, showering, and bathing water. Your best bet is a USA-made, quality whole home water filtration system from a brand like Environmental Water Systems (if you can afford it, the EWS Spectrum model is the best, highly-rated one on the market – I put mine on a credit card and pay it monthly), or if your budget is super tight right now, get a quality shower filter that will remove 80–90% of the chlorine (most shower filters only remove about 50%, and none can remove 100% because there is not enough contact time with the filter). I always recommend EWS because they have been around for over 24 years, have an excellent track record of quality and customer service, and they make everything in the United States using medical-grade, natural media and recyclable housings. Can’t beat that!
3. Eat the proper fats. When you eat fats that promote the production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (these are hormone-like lipids), then you are effectively preventing acne, reducing redness and inflammation, and improving the texture of your skin. Acne, inflammation, skin texture and thickness, skin oiliness…all are effected by hormones, so if you promote the optimum hormone balance, you will get the results you want. Eating the “right” fats is one of the keys to accomplishing this. Our ratio of Omega 3 to 6 should be 1:1 or 1:2.
How do you get to this ratio? Simple: cut out ALL fried food, hydrogenated oils, cooking oils (except the ones I will list after this), and most trans fats (some trans fats, like CLA, are produced naturally and are good for you and your weight management). Enjoy a healthy diet of predominantly fresh veggies, fruits, and grass-fed or wild meats and wild-caught seafood. It is important to get grass-fed and wild meats/seafood because the omega 3 content is high and the animals’ diet is a natural one, so you in turn get more nutrients and CLA (a healthy trans fat that promotes weight management and weight loss in those who need to lose fat). Grass-fed fermented dairy like yogurt, kefir, and cultured butter may be fine in limited quantities for some, and do provide healthy fats. In other people, dairy (even if it’s fermented) may contribute to acne on the face or body. Everyone is different, so see what works best for you. Remember to avoid cooked and fried oils as much as you can, as their lipid structure has been radically changed and you are literally consuming rancid oils that throw off your fatty acid ratio and contribute to an inflammatory, hormonally imbalanced state in your body.
Safe cooking oils include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and macadamia nut oil, since all three have decent omega 3:6 ratios and high heat tolerance so they do not break down and wreak havoc in your body when you cook with them.
4. Take fish oil. Another way to get to that optimum ratio is to consume fish oil, either in capsules or as liquid. Personally, I take 6,000–9,000 mg. of fish oil per day, since that is where I start to notice a huge difference in how I look and feel. You can use this fish oil calculator to determine how much fish oil you may need. I have found several fish oils with the best ratio of EPA to DHA, and I take them every day: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, Carlson Labs Cod Liver Oil in Lemon Flavor, and Barlean’s Omega Swirl in Mango Peach (this stuff is DELICIOUS and a little addicting haha).
During a normal day, I’ll take 1 Tbsp. of Barlean’s Omega Swirl in the morning with my breakfast, then I take 6 capsules of the Nordic Naturals daily (2 capsules with 3 meals)., and then maybe 1 Tbsp. at night with dinner (or 2 tsps. Carlson’s, which I put in some water with fresh squeezed lemon). It may seem like a lot, but sometimes you need to really load up for the first 8–12 weeks, and then taper off from there.
5. Sulfur up! Ever heard of methylsulfonylmethane? It’s a sulfur compound more commonly known as MSM that exists in small quantities in certain foods, and helps to improve the function of joints, as well as improve the look and feel of the hair, skin, and nails. While I am not aware of any clinical trials involving MSM’s effects on the hair, skin, and nails, there is unofficial evidence from those who personally use the supplement. Many people who take MSM will comment on the positive effects it has on their appearance. I have been taking MSM in varying quantities since 2008. For the past year, I have settled on 2,000 mg. per day – I take a 1,000 mg. capsule with two meals that contain vitamin C (this aids in absorption), such as a snack of fruits or a lunch with lots of broccoli (which also contains sulfur compounds). It has made a noticeable difference in the smoothness of my skin, and my hair grows much faster (it used to be about 1/2″-3/4″ per month, now it’s about 1″-1 1/2″).
The brand I take is Paradise Herbs MSM 1,000 mg., and they source their MSM from OptiMSM, which has excellent manufacturing practices. Definitely get capsules, since the powder tastes awful.
6. Exfoliate every so often. It helps to use a nice scrub every few days to remove any dead skin cells that are hanging on and improve the texture of your skin immediately. I prefer to use salt scrubs over sugar scrubs because sugar scrubs tend to irritate my skin, whereas the salt dissolves and provides a finer, non-irritating scrub. My favorite is Trillium Organics Body Polish (I love the lavender geranium, but they have several varieties with different essential oils).
That’s it! This is what I personally do and recommend for getting super smooth, buttery soft skin. If you have any other tips, definitely feel free to leave a comment! Hope you enjoyed. 🙂