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...

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...

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. The­se...