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...

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 as...

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...

12 Must-Have Products of 2010

I have come across some incred­i­ble nat­u­ral skin care prod­ucts this year, and I want­ed to share my must-haves with you. 1. 100% Pure Organ­ic Laven­der Hon­ey Facial Cleans­ing Foam, $18.50. This is my go-to face wash, and the only face wash I’ve used con­sis­tent­ly for almost a year. I love foam­ing wash­es, and foams are great for dry skin as well, par­tic­u­lar­ly if you are sen­si­tive and prone to clogged pores (cream cleansers tend to con­tain wax­es that can eas­i­ly clog pores). 100% Pure has a wide vari­ety of foam­ing wash­es for all skin types, so if the laven­der hon­ey wash isn’t for you, try one of their oth­er face wash­es. A bot­tle lasts me about 2–3 months. 2. Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $15. My favorite scrub of all time. I’ve used dozens of scrubs and exfo­lia­tors over the years, and none have treat­ed my sen­si­tive skin the way it always want­ed to be treat­ed. You mix a lit­tle of the scrub with your choice of either water, organ­ic milk, or organ­ic plain yogurt and gen­tly mas­sage in cir­cu­lar motions for a min­ute or two. It effec­tive­ly pre­vents black­heads and leaves your skin soft­er, radi­ant, and pol­ished with­out feel­ing dry and irri­tat­ed. Though the price went up a few dol­lars, this scrub is so well worth it. This will always be a sta­ple in my med­i­cine cab­i­net. 3. Arcona Tri­ad Pads, $23. I have been using the­se pads for ton­ing, remov­ing the last rem­nants of my Ubtan scrub, and as a face wash if I’m trav­el­ing and don’t want to use chlo­ri­nat­ed water to wash my sen­si­tive skin. The­se...

$110 Giveaway + 15% Off Vapour Organic Beauty Products

Hey every­one! You guys know I did a review of Vapour before (and a give­away) and they are one of my favorite beau­ty brands with amaz­ing beau­ty prod­ucts. They recent­ly just sent me all 5 shades of their new Elixir Plump­ing Lip Gloss to give away to one of you. 🙂 All you have to do is leave a com­ment on the video or this blog post (some­thing more cre­ative than “enter me” is always appre­ci­at­ed haha). {DISCOUNT DETAILS} Any­who, Vapour is also offer­ing an exclu­sive dis­count to Epic Beau­ty Guide subscribers/readers only: 15% off your first pur­chase of Elixir Plump­ing Gloss,  Clar­i­ty or  Soft Focus Atmos­phere, & Soft Focus Stra­tus. The coupon code is fall­epic and it is good to use until Octo­ber 31, 2010. They just came out with new eye­lin­ers, new liq­uid foun­da­tion, new liq­uid Stra­tus skin per­fec­tor, and cheek/lip stains too, which I’m going to buy and try (I love lip stains). For more details, the video is below: FTC: Nope, I wasn’t paid to do the video nor do a review. I was sent free pro­duct to do this give­away as a thank you to you guys. All opin­ions are my own and hon­est, as...