How I Keep My Skin Clear Part III — Sleep, Movement, & Skin Care

How I Keep My Skin Clear Part III — Sleep, Movement, & Skin Care

This is the final install­ment from How I Keep My Skin Clear. If you haven’t seen the overview, check it out here. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2. There’s a Reason They Call it Beauty Sleep. I love my sleep, and being well rest­ed is one of the most impor­tant things in keep­ing my skin look­ing great. I am not 100% well rest­ed every sin­gle night, but the vast major­i­ty of the time, I get a great night’s sleep. It makes a huge dif­fer­ence to stress, skin tone, mus­cle tone, hydra­tion, and under-eye cir­cles. Sci­en­tists are real­iz­ing it’s not so much about how many hours you get, but when you you get them, as well as the qual­ity of those hours (for exam­ple, if you have sleep apnea you will not get qual­ity sleep). I get to sleep around 10 or 11 pm almost every night, though I occa­sion­al­ly lapse into my night owl habits and hit the sack at 2 or 3 am after a lengthy WoW raid. But here’s the kick­er: the lat­er I go to sleep, the less rest­ed I feel the next day, even though I get the same num­ber of hours as my usu­al ear­lier sleep times. My dietary habits help me enjoy qual­i­ty sleep every night, as well as my ade­quate vit­a­m­in D intake through sup­ple­men­ta­tion (3,000 IU Vit­a­m­in D3 every day, per my doctor’s orders), food (mush­rooms — the legal kind, eggs, salmon, and occa­sion­al­ly goat milk prod­ucts), and sun­shine. I also sleep with black­out cur­tains on my win­dows to pre­vent any light from leak­ing through. Light tells the brain to...
How I Keep My Skin Clear Part II — Food

How I Keep My Skin Clear Part II — Food

This is Part 2 from How I Keep My Skin Clear. If you haven’t seen the overview, check it out here. Click here to read Part 1. I Eat Well. Really, Really Well. Study­ing nutri­tion, biol­o­gy, bio­chem­istry, phys­i­ol­o­gy, and neu­ro­science is a major pas­sion of mine. My idea of enter­tain­ment is read­ing med­ical jour­nals and attend­ing my uni­ver­si­ty labs. (I know, nerd alert.) I have been apply­ing what I know to my own body for over 7 years now, and not only have I amassed a wealth of knowl­edge from the lit­er­a­ture, but also on an anec­do­tal lev­el, both from myself and from my beau­ti­ful, inquis­i­tive read­ers (you). You can step into the Epic Beau­ty Guide time machine and read past posts that men­tion my for­ays into veg­e­tar­i­an­ism, veg­an­ism, raw food, Tim Ferriss’s slow carb, and every­where in between. I love exper­i­ment­ing and I nev­er do any­thing half-ass. Raw food you say? 100%. Right now. Let’s do it. I dis­cov­er a lot along the way, and the process always leads me back to cen­ter, back where the san­i­ty and prac­ti­cal­i­ty hang out. What I have learned in the­se 7+ years of research and per­son­al exper­i­men­ta­tion, is that there are a set of food guide­li­nes that I MUST fol­low in order to be and look my best. This is not to say that I am fixed in a speci­fic “diet” (read: not “diet” in the weight loss sense of the word). I make adjust­ments and play with vari­ables as part of an ongo­ing process called life, and it has become sec­ond nature. Most impor­tant­ly, I unwa­ver­ing­ly hold true this one belief: a...
How I Keep My Skin Clear Part I — Low Stress

How I Keep My Skin Clear Part I — Low Stress

This is Part 1 from How I Keep My Skin Clear. If you haven’t seen the overview, check it out here. It will give you a taste of what’s to come. I Keep My Stress Low This. Is. Key. It can­not be empha­sized enough. I used to think diet was #1, but you know what? You could have your diet total­ly nailed, but if you are con­stant­ly sub­ject­ing your body to stress (i.e. always run­ning late, to do list pil­ing up, too much exer­cise, too lit­tle sleep, prob­lem­at­ic envi­ron­ment, etc.) then you will not reap the ben­e­fits of that good diet and you will be in a self-per­pet­u­at­ing bad skin cycle. Thus, keep­ing stress low is #1. I am not going to go into the mech­a­nisms by which stress com­plete­ly screws up your body because the goal of this post is not to stress you out. If you’re any­thing like me, think­ing about the con­se­quences of stress can add to stress, which cer­tain­ly does not help in the slight­est. Here are a few ways I take care of stress so that I can enjoy clear skin. (There are more stress solu­tions in “The Book”…and here, my friends, is where I walk the line of dump­ing all sorts of infor­ma­tion on you for free, while also pre­vent­ing every­one who bought the book from feel­ing fleeced). Read on! Quick Note: the­se tips will be espe­cial­ly use­ful if you are prone to hor­mon­al acne (the blem­ish­es and cysts that tend to pop up on the jaw­line and chin). 1. I triv­i­al­ize. I have heard some peo­ple give stress a nick­name: “mon­key mind.” That sounds play­ful...
How I Keep My Skin Clear – Basic Overview

How I Keep My Skin Clear – Basic Overview

This might be pret­ty obvi­ous from the cap­tion of this post, but I’m going to let you in on all my per­son­al secrets for hav­ing clear, healthy skin. (It’s not like I haven’t been telling you my “secrets” for the past 3 years or so any­way…) I have been receiv­ing more and more requests for all the nit­ty grit­ty details: my per­son­al diet, an updat­ed skin care rou­tine, what I take for sup­ple­ments, yad­da yad­da. While my per­son­al diet and skin care may not suit you, I will still share it because it may be help­ful. Just remem­ber to try things your­self and go with what works best for you. So with­out fur­ther ado, I give you my entire rou­tine. (This is an arti­cle series, and this is just the overview.) 1. I Keep Stress Lowww. Stress is gnarly. Pret­ty plain and sim­ple. I won’t go into the details, because if you’re any­thing like me, you will start to stress out about stress. I have recent­ly real­ized that for my body, keep­ing my stress super low is even more impor­tant than what I eat. I could be eat­ing my usu­al awe­some diet but let my stress get out of con­trol and I will get a break­out. I total­ly sound like a 4-year-old here, but I get crazy excit­ed about ran­dom crap, and my body mis­reads this as stress and acts accord­ing­ly. It’s ridicu­lous, but it has taught me how to avoid infor­ma­tion over­load and know­ing when enough is enough. More details in Part I here. 2. I Eat Well. I eat a lot of good, qual­i­ty fats to keep my skin...

15 Natural Beauty Tips for Clear Skin & Healthy Complexion

I had a few requests to talk about some of my favorite beau­ty tips, so I put togeth­er a lit­tle video. You can watch here: {MY FAVORITE 15 NATURAL BEAUTY TIPS} For Clear Skin, and a Glowing, Healthy Complexion To light­en dark spots and acne marks, dab on fresh squeezed lemon juice, or apply organ­ic grass-fed yogurt to your entire face and neck (leave on for 10 min­utes) to light­en and bright­en your skin Pre­vent and elim­i­nate black­heads, dry skin, and give your skin a dewy look just by drink­ing at least 2 liters (1/2 gal­lon) of fil­tered water per day — sounds like a lot, but it will do the trick! Speak­ing of water, fil­ter your show­er and sink water (my favorite is Envi­ron­men­tal Water Sys­tems) so you’re not dump­ing chlo­rine and chem­i­cals on your skin and hair — you’ll end up with soft skin and health­ier hair, and if you have asth­ma and allergies, it may help with that too Use a lotion mask night­ly (or in the morn­ing before apply­ing make­up), for a beau­ti­ful­ly mois­tur­ized and glow­ing com­plex­ion (for more info on lotion masks, I high­ly rec­om­mend read­ing The Japan­ese Skin­care Rev­o­lu­tion) Pim­ple Emer­gen­cy! To heal a pim­ple quick­ly, apply 100% tea tree oil with a cot­ton swab direct­ly onto the pim­ple every few hours, and apply vit­a­m­in E oil on the spot at night, about 1 hour before bed­time Give your­self a glow, shrink pores, give your skin an antiox­i­dant burst, and even out skin tone with some cham­pag­ne and a cot­ton ball Puffy face? Drink dan­de­lion tea and try a 3-min­ute Tanaka face mas­sage to get the lym­ph mov­ing...