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...

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...

WIN My Favorite Scrub & Eye Cream – Plus, Vapour Giveaway Winner

Hey everyone! I have two items of “business” today. The first is… Win My Favorite Scrub & Eye Cream Unlike past giveaways, this is more of a contest instead of a random draw. One winner will receive all of these incredible handmade Ayurvedic skincare products from Ria at Skin Apothke**: Ubtan Face Scrub (see my review here) Flower Power Lotus Firming Serum Vitamin C Rejuvenating Eye Balm (see my review here) Amla Hair Oil Gorgeous Hair Revitalizing Mask **Visit the Skin Apothke shop and get 10% off your purchase! Enter code WITHLOVE10 at checkout. {HOW TO ENTER} Leave a comment here with one beauty tip or recipe that you love and swear by for your skin or hair. My favorite will be chosen as the winner. For this contest, the winner must have a United States shipping address. The contest closes December 30th, 2010. ………………… And the winner of the Vapour Elixir Lip Glosses is… Janeypotter, who was randomly selected out of all the YouTube and blog comments, and also was the first to comment (and leave a pretty epic poem). Congratulations Janey! Thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments, I read every one of them and appreciate you guys so much. ~Steph ...

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....