EAT HEALTHY WHOLESOME FOODS
Sometimes people forget how important diet is to maintain healthy looking skin. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies (or should I say 'on' our bodies) and you know what they say, 'we are what we eat'. When we have a lot of toxins in our body (such as the consumption of animal products, chemicals and air pollution) that our liver and kidneys can sometimes become 'overloaded' and therefore use our skin as another means to excrete toxins from our body. This is why sometimes you can notice a few breakouts here and there after eating certain foods. I always had great skin growing up, until I reached my teen years. My skin broke out in whiteheads, blackheads and became extremely oily. So, I went on the contraception pill. After learning about the dangers of being on the pill for so long, I decided to cease taking it. Not long after stopping it, my skin broke out like crazy! It was like I was 14 again! It's like after 11 years my own body struggled to balance it's hormones (as well as my diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which led to my skin breaking out - badly! Luckily for me, the day I stopped the pill, was the day I adopted a plant based vegan diet. I truly believe that by eating natural foods such as vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds and starches that are enriched with so many vitamins and minerals along with supplements for extra help, my body was able to detox and recover. My skin now glows with life because of the living foods I am eating that are healing me from the inside out.
WATER, WATER, WATER!
Water is the key to life! As humans, we are made up of up to 50-65% water and it is such an important element to aid everyday functions of the body, without it - we would die! Having a hydrated body, means hydrated and plump looking skin. I recommend drinking around 2-3 litres of water per day. Coming from only drinking 1 litre a day to around 3 litres a day, I noticed some significant changes in the appearance of my skin on not only my face but my body, too. I realised I didn't need to moisturise every day and that I was suffering from a dry mouth or headaches. To see whether you are well hydrated, check the colour of your urine. If it is yellow you need to drink more! If it is clear, you're all set!
MOVE YOUR BODY
Go on, get out there and pump your lymphatic system. When you exercise, you are pumping all that stagnant blood through your body and getting all the fresh oxygen through your cells which aids in the removal of waste products, including free radicals from working cells. It also aids the lymphatic system to clear itself of toxins as it is not a 'self-moving' system. It relies on our movement for it to manoeuvre its work. It doesn't have to be much, just sweat at least once per day for 30 minutes! Minimum 4 times per week. Even if its a light walk. But to reap the full benefits, really get your heart pumping and your limbs moving. Go on, get out there and pump your lymphatic system.
START A SKINCARE ROUTINE USING NATURAL PRODUCTS
When it comes to skin care products, I like to keep it nice and simple. I used to waste hundreds of dollars paying for expensive skin care products that were packed full of toxins and chemicals and not to mention they were tested on animals. Now I use a very basic, natural and vegan skin care called Sukin. It is vegan, cruelty free, natural and organic! All I do is wash my face morning and night with their Foaming Facial Cleanser, pat dry and then apply their simple Facial Moisturiser in the morning and the Rose Hip Oil or cream at night. It doesn't irritate my skin, it's paraben free, has a nice subtle scent to it and it is also won't cost you an arm and a leg to buy it.
Last, but NOT Least - EXFOLIATE!
I had never thought of exfoliating until I found my little secret - a manual exfoliating brush. I underestimated the importance of exfoliating until I did my research and found that by exfoliating your skin you are removing dead skin cells that remain 'stuck' to your skin which clog the pores and have trouble shedding. It's easy for our body's skin to shed as we are always moving, touching things, wearing clothes etc, but our face tends to miss out on that action and cleansing alone doesn't help enough. By exfoliating you are removing these dead cells which clears the pores and reduces blackheads and whiteheads, improves the texture of your skin, reduces the size of large pores and better absorption for moisturisers and serums. I exfoliate twice a week using the 'Spin for Perfect Skin' exfoliating brush from Vanity Planet.
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Love and light,
Mary Christine x