3 Simple Diet Changes That Help Eliminate Acne

Hey everyone! I get a lot of questions relating to diet: “is dairy okay?” or “can I eat tofu?” or “what do you eat?” While I will be posting my personal nutrition and exercise routine soon, I thought it would be beneficial to talk about some simple dietary changes in the meantime. Here are 3 simple diet changes you can make right away that will improve your skin and help eliminate acne. Stick with it! It may take up to 4 weeks to start seeing results, though most people will experience clearing up, reduced redness, and/or a cessation of new blemishes within 7-10 days. {DIET CHANGE #1} Reduce (or eliminate) grains from your diet. This is just one simple thing, but it’s a big change for many people. Why reduce/eliminate them? In short, grains spike your insulin response whether they are whole grain or not. Grains are high in starch (so are potatoes, by the way) and that means the body converts that starch into sugar. The more processed the starch (flour, bread, breadcrumbs, pastries, bagels, muffins, etc.), the more quickly your body converts it to sugar, resulting in a surge of insulin. Spiking your insulin results in a few things: inflammation, which can cause everything from acne to eczema to fibromyalgia and other inflammatory conditions, and decreased insulin sensitivity, which results in weight gain, fatigue, and pre-diabetes or diabetes. Essentially, insulin is the primary hormone (cortisol is another one) that tells our bodies to hold onto fat and the more insulin we have, the more fat we are going to store, which then leads to weight-related health issues...

Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Hey everyone! I get a lot of questions related to under eye issues like puffiness and dark circles, so I thought I would address the puffy issue since I have already covered dark circles. Here are some of the causes of under eye puffiness and how to treat them…Epic Beauty style. 😉 First, know that there are two types of puffiness. One is essentially water (fluid) – they are quite squishy and tend to fade or flatten out on their own as the day goes on. The other type are actually fatty deposits – they are hard and do not fade or flatten, and are usually a result of not treating under eye puffiness early on. Unfortunately, the fatty type is harder to get rid of and there are only two solutions I know of: 1. face massage such as Tanaka, done daily and consistently to help remove fat from the area, and 2. cosmetic surgery. Of course, I recommend you try massage first. Wait at least 2-3 months to see any change, though the time varies from person to person. If you have the watery type, keep reading. {Common Causes of Puffy Eyes & Under Eye Bags} Lack of sleep or quality sleep Excessive sodium intake or sugar intake Stress and resulting adrenal fatigue Over consumption of alcohol and/or caffeine Hormonal changes or imbalance Changes in weather or temperature Sinus problems or allergies Water retention Medication side effects Like all things in our lives, the above causes are interconnected. For instance, if you are stressed, your adrenals become less efficient, which can lead to hormonal imbalance, which can...

I Need Your Help Picking a Winner!

Hey everyone! I’ve got so many updates and new things for you guys…I’ll be posting a lot of stuff soon, so look out for it. I have been going through all the tips you have posted and I am so impressed. I love all of them, and as a result I am having such a problem picking the winning tip. I would love to have your help in selecting the winner. I have selected my 12 favorites and posted them below. I tried to pick the tips that were the simplest and easiest to do (and I also liked the ones I never heard of before). Everyone’s tips were amazing, so please don’t be offended if I didn’t select your tip. You can vote by reading the tips below and then voting on the poll by selecting the person’s name. The poll is closed. {VOTE RESULTS} I understand that some people were not happy about the voting and think I should pick the winner. All 12 contestants could have won – that’s why I selected them, that’s why I had trouble choosing my favorite, and that’s why I thought I would create a poll – for fun. So I’m not going to let this become some dramatic situation with cheating accusations and crap, because that doesn’t fly with me.  I have deleted all comments related to the cheating babble and I don’t want to see anyone making any more comments about this. It’s done, it’s all good, let’s worry about stuff that’s more important, shall we? Below are the results. Congratulations to Brynne (please send me your mailing address)....

I Heart Daily Beauty Interview

Hey everyone! Exciting news: I was featured in today’s I Heart Daily newsletter. 🙂 If you haven’t subscribed to them yet, definitely do so! I’ve been subscribed to them for over a year and they find the coolest stuff. Here is a little excerpt from their newsletter/website: Beauty Blogger: Stephanie of Epic Beauty Guide 11-03-10: Stephanie Elizabeth is the blogger/vlogger behind Epic Beauty Guide. She offers complete and informative advice on how to keep our skin healthy and happy by using natural products. In addition to her site and YouTube channel, she also has a book, The Real Guide To Flawless Skin. “I started to get a lot of requests for a book on how to get rid of acne,” says Stephanie. “My goal was to make it very clear and uncomplicated, and a lot of the advice could be used to treat eczema as well since they are both inflammatory conditions.” This lady knows what she’s talking about (her skin is glowing!). Read on for some stellar beauty advice and tips! I Heart Daliy: What motivated you to start your beauty blog? READ MORE… I hope you enjoy the article. :)) ~Steph ...
My Acne Cure Book is Ready – WIN a Copy! [Closed]

My Acne Cure Book is Ready – WIN a Copy! [Closed]

I finally finished the acne cure book that I’ve been working on! My original plan was just to write this blog and include a bunch of info on here, but I was getting a lot of requests to write a book, so to all of you who asked, here ya go! Before I make it available, I wanted to ask for your input to see if there’s any last minute topics I need to address in the book. At the end of the post, find out how you can win a copy of my new book. 🙂 The REAL Guide to Flawless, Acne-Free Skin (Only 4 Weeks to a Clear Complexion That Stays Clear) contains 6 Chapters (and a Resource guide) jam-packed with information, all in an easy-to-understand format so it’s not overwhelming. Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of getting rid of acne and achieving flawless skin: Diet, Exercise, Skin Care, Mind, Healing Acne Scars, and Troubleshooting for Difficult Cases. I give you a lot of guidelines, but I also tell you exactly what you can do — so you can either pick and choose, or follow an exact protocol, depending on your preference. I go into major detail on each subject, more than I could ever do in one of my articles, but I will always update the acne book content on this website when new research and new products come to light. Foods to eat and foods to avoid Sample meal plan to get you started Detailed skincare and natural makeup recommendations My individual skin care, diet, and exercise routine Foods and supplements for glowing...