Secrets to Buttery Soft Skin

Secrets to Buttery Soft Skin

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. 🙂
~Steph  x

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