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...

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...

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....

$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...

8 Steps to Flawless Skin

I love fashion and all the theatrics that come with it during Fashion Week, and I was inspired to write this post after seeing the flawless, airbrushed look of the models on the runway. I believe this is the first time I’m mentioning makeup, but I get a lot of requests for natural makeup and concealing imperfections, so I figured I should write a post about the 8 steps to flawless skin. Here are my 8 steps to get you looking gorgeous in the morning (if you’re a guy, feel free to skip the makeup part, even though it’s not weird if you want to use concealer). 1. Streeeeetch. Stretching, yoga, and short cardio circuit training are an excellent way to keep your skin glowing. The reason why is because circulation is super important to keeping our skin nourished, healthy, and vibrant. Do a few minutes stretching or yoga right after waking up to get the blood moving in your whole body. It feels great, it’s good for your skin, and it energizes you for the day. 2. Eat well and hydrate. Diet plays a huge role in how healthy your body and skin will be. Choose organic produce over conventional produce as much as possible to avoid ingesting pesticides that will burden your liver and potentially cause hormone imbalances. Choose organic and/or grass-fed meats, and organic dairy (or cut out cow dairy altogether). It’s a huge topic, and I suggest reading my other articles or my guide book for exact details on good food options and what foods to eat/avoid for flawless skin. In the morning, drink a...