by Nikki Hunter and Raina Lutz RHN
Healthy skin requires healthy care products and beauty rituals as well as respecting that our skin health is in complete synergy with our body’s overall heath.
Nikki & Raina’s top 10 tools to discover healthy skin holistically:
1. Cleanse your skin EVERY NIGHT.
Removing the pollution, makeup and grime from your skin allows it to repair and replenish from a hard day of protecting you from disease, pollution, UV and harmful bacteria. Taking the time to wash with toxin-free cleansing oils will gently break up any make up or sunscreen and neutralize free radicals for a deep clean. Rinse well with warm water.
2. Get a great nights’ sleep.
One study found that regularly experiencing poor sleep increases signs of aging, diminished skin barrier function and lower satisfaction with appearance. “Beauty Sleep” is a real thing, getting eight hours of solid sleep every night becomes crucial not only for how you feel but how you look.
3. Get help to dump sugar & processed foods.
Among its many other problems, excess sugar stresses out our liver and digestive system, contributing deeply to issues on our skin including a natural process that’s known as glycation, in which the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products. The effect? Once damaged, our springy and resilient collagen and elastin become dry and brittle, leading to loss of density and firmness. A variety of different nutrients play a role in healthy skin, so add in lots of healthy whole foods as you work to remove sugar.
4. Eat AND apply antioxidants daily!
Eat the rainbow! Bright colored foods like fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants. An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to chain reactions that may damage our cells. Antioxidants such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C) stop these chain reactions. The term “antioxidant” is mainly used in our discussions for the natural chemicals found in foods and body tissue which are said to have beneficial health effects. Applying products that contain antioxidants like photo stable vitamin C, prickly pear or resveratrol can neutralize the chemical reaction before it takes places.
5. Eliminate food sensitivities& balance your gut.
Allergies and sensitivities have become such a big problem. Our imbalanced guts are creating many new issues and allergies for people, and those with gut issues tend to have many sensitivities. Food sensitivities can trigger or exacerbate skin conditions. Studies have shown that dairy can contribute to acne. Work with nutritionist or local naturopath so you can strengthen your gut and begin balancing your bodies’ overreaction to foods that should not trigger it. Your gut influences healthy skin far more than you might realize. Researchers are finding that probiotics impact gut microbiota to influence various conditions including inflammation & skin conditions like acne. If you suspect leaky gut or have other gut imbalances, we recommend working with a practitioner like a Holistic Nutritionist or a naturopath to pinpoint & balance these problems and of course having 2 oz. daily of Experience Kombucha will begin improving your guts’ health.
6. Eat an omega 3-rich diet.
Dry, itchy, scaling, or flaking skin can potentially suggest a fatty acid deficiency, one thing we look at when clients present with these symptoms. Eat omega-3 rich foods like wild-caught fish and flaxseed regularly, and also supplement with a high-potency fatty acid formula to support your skin.
7. Exercise regularly.
You knew this one was coming, right? When our body temperature rises like when you exercise, skin blood flow transfers heat from the core of the body to the skin. Sweating helps move and excrete toxins from your body, and saunas or steam baths are another smart option that help release the toxins through your skin. Get the toxins off your skin after the sauna or steam. Use a warm shower with a toxin-free cleansing product.
8. Calm your Anxiety.
Since our body pulses out stress hormones even when we think of things that aren’t going to physically harm us (like an unpaid bill or dirty laundry) long term stress ends up showing on our face. Studies show emotional stress can reveal or even exacerbate a number of skin disorders. It’s easy to say “Find something that helps you to de-stress and do it regularly” but most of us need help finding that thing, what it looks like. Work with a practitioner to find the root cause of your stress so you can begin moving away from it, or join Scott and Raina for their Calming Anxiety workshops at the shop.
9. Choose toxin-free, natural skincare and ethical products:
Take time to learn what is in a product by reading the ingredients. It’s easy to get caught up in the promises of fast results and misleading marketing of what’s not in it. Beauty and personal care products are commonly loaded with known irritants, toxins, perfumes, endocrine disruptors and parabens. You know we have a safe space for you to shop because Nikki has done all the research and homework for you.
10. Find professionals you trust.
The health and beauty industry has started a huge shift as its leaders are discovering the incredible crossover of their knowledge. Lean on the experts you trust and their local wellness community to help you find safe spaces to learn, shop and discover how to approach your beauty from a place of love and self-care.
Beauty truly requires a deeply holistic approach. Combining clean, mindful products, healthy food, digestion, personal beauty rituals and positive personal dialogue are key to developing your own special sauce when it comes to discovering your beauty. The more we learn, understand and respect that our skin health is in complete synergy with our body’s overall heath, the faster + easier it is for us to implement real tools to discover profoundly healthy skin. While we can’t promise that this will happen over night, we can promise an empowering journey.