By: Monique Danae, HNC | October 9, 2020
I love talking about skin care! Most people would start by telling you what skin care products they use, the skin care routine they use, how to get rid of acne, and the importance of sunscreen. I am not most people. 🙂
Listen, Our skin is the LARGEST organ in our body …and one of the easiest ways to monitor and improve our overall health. Our skin is the only organ that consistently reflects our internal health, while transmitting the effects of the external environment to our internal organs. You see…Skin health is more than getting rid of acne and using face masks. The holistic tips that you find below, also have positive effects on your internal organ systems.That means that neglecting your internal organs (heart, liver, lungs, digestive system, immune system, etc), will have a negative effect on the appearance, quality and health of your skin.
I also want to encourage you to use chemical-free, plant-based skin care products, because those products that are full of chemicals are affecting more than your skin. I know they are financially affordable, but can your body afford the effects?
Follow me on Instagram @Moda.Wellness to learn more about my skincare routine, the plant-based products that I recommend, and the nutrients that I am careful not to neglect.
- Stay Hydrated. Here I go talking about drinking water again…but you NEED water. It helps your body to eliminate toxins and helps you to be free from dry, wrinkling and irritate skin.
- Detox. I don’t mean the constant cycle of unhealthy eating, followed by a “juice cleanse”. Considering supporting your liver and your kidneys, by incorporating detoxifying herbs and foods more regularly. I love drinking dandelion tea.
- Avoid foods that you are sensitive to or allergic to. If you aren’t sure which foods those are, start a food journal and make an appointment with a nutrition professional to help you identify which foods are promoting chronic inflammation, rashes, and acne.
- Manage Stress.
- Support your immune system and incorporate anti-inflammatory habits.
- Your skin absorbs everything that you apply and your whole body is affected. Minimize or eliminate the chemicals and alcohols that you use on your skin. Including “cleansers”, face masks, makeup and lotion. I recommend using plant-based face products, witch hazel, rose water, natural body butters, oils, and natural soaps.
“Healthy Skin is a Reflection of Overall Wellness”Howard Murad, MD
Herbs & Oils
- Calendula: as a salve or infused oil, it can soothe irritation and promote healing
- Lavender, St. John’s Wort and Gotu Kola helps to support wound healing and promote lively skin. Also, helpful are licorice, yarrow, and marshmallow (the herb, not the white fluffy sugary thing).
- Peppermint is helpful for itching skin. Remember to dilute peppermint oil with a safer, carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.
Foods & Fluids
- Eat healthy fats and Omega-3s! Whoever told you that fats are the enemy…lied to you. Healthy fats, like avocado, actually do your body a lot of good. They help your skin to stay moisturized and appear full of life. You can also eat nuts, seeds, and (wild-caught) fish.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin A, C, and D. These vitamins work to help heal your body tissues, promote skin cell growth and regeneration, and alleviate the symptoms of skin diseases. Eat plenty of leafy greens, mushrooms, citrus, berries, bell peppers, and tomatoes.
- Since your skin is made of protein, be sure to consume a variety of proteins/amino acids via dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, oats, lentils, beans and whole grains.
- Silica supports collagen and other properties of your skin and can be found in whole grains, flax seeds, oats, corn, nettle and oat straw.
- Go for a walk, run or hike. Our bodies love to get vitamin D from the sun. Just 15 minutes can give you all the vitamin D you need.
Please don’t be afraid to reach out to one of the following professionals if you have persistent concerns and individual questions regarding this topic: Aesthetian, Primary Care Physician, Registered Dietitian, Licensed Health Care Professional, etc.