Skin Care Series: Part 2 /// Working From the Inside Out
3 Natural Skin Care Rituals to See Real Results
After my skin broke out on my 29th birthday, I spent a lot of time researching all I could on adult acne. The more I read, the more annoyed I got from reading the same old shit over and over again. “Get a lot of sleep, drink a lot of water and wash your makeup brushes.” ….like, DUH obviously.
I needed to know the deeper cause. I sat in meditation on this, I reflected in my journal on the emotions that were coming up for me, and on how my body was feeling.
I felt hot, I saw fire during my meditations, and I just kept getting the feeling of heat within my body. Which looking back now, was probably a sign of inflammation. My first response was to eat and drink TONS of cooling things. I ate about 4 whole cucumbers in 2 days, and drank 3 litres of lemon water each day. This helped big time, initially but I needed something substantial.
The more I researched cystic acne the more I discovered the link between hormones, gut health and anti-inflammatory foods to help heal my skin from the inside out.
Hormone balancing is not easy, but it can be done!
It is a pretty complicated system, so for simplicity’s sake, lets just say this hormonal system in your body depends on beneficial fats and cholesterol in order to function properly.
So, a lack in dietary fats and cholesterol can throw your endocrine system out of whack and you wont have the proper building blocks to create and balance your hormones.
Your gut health is far more important that I ever knew. If you heal your gut, you can heal almost every ailment you could possibly think of. Oh woowwwww I love how the human body works! <<nerd alert>>
So, here are some simple steps that you can take in order to balance your hormones, heal your gut, and start to LOVE your skin again.
1) EAT ALL THE FAT– well, just stick to the healthy fats.
Our body needs to be in balance of Omega 6: Omega 3 fats. In general, we are consuming too much omega 6’s in our diet (from polyunsaturated vegetable oils like canola that is in almost everything these days) and not enough Omega 3’s and saturated fats.
In order to balance this out, I ate 1 avocado a day, ate wild salmon 2 days a week, amped up my olive oil intake and added chia and flax seeds to everything I ate.
2) Make Sure Your Supplement Game Is Strong
I added magnesium, cod liver oil, coconut oil, and turmeric to my daily supplement routine.
Here are some of the benefits of these supplements
Magnesium: Now a days, it is pretty safe to say we are all deficient in this mineral. Our poor soil qualities, and stress levels are to blame! Our cells dump magnesium every time we encounter stress throughout the day. It regulates cortisol, supports thyroid function, helps produce estrogen and progesterone, helps you sleep, anddddd is anti-aging. Magnesium everyday, please and thank you!
Cod Liver Oil: very nutrient dense, and anti-inflammatory. Helps to heal skin wounds, helps to treat depression, healthier ovarian function,
Coconut oil: antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti fungal properties. Helps your immune system fight off infections.
Tumeric: The Curcumin in Tumeric is the power behind this herb. It kills bad gut bacteria and helps good bacteria flourish (which is key to healthy skin) it’s proven to have far more potent and therapeutic healing properties than many pharmaceutical drugs. It is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and best absorbed along side of black pepper, healthy fats, or boiled in water for 10 minutes.
3) Gut Health: Having a leaky gut and bad gut flora are a recipe for disaster. And by disaster, I mean inflammation, fatigue, depression, skin disorders, autoimmunity, and the list goes on. So, here are some tips on repairing your gut
(me getting in extra fermented foods)
Eat plenty of fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, kim-chi, and sauerkraut.
Take a high quality Pro-Biotic, daily
Avoid Gluten: whatever our bodies view as an allergen, the response is inflammation. Not many people are actually seriously allergic to gluten, but a lot of people have some level of irritation with it. The presence of gluten activates our immune system, and can trigger inflammation. So, avoid it whenever you can!
Drink Bone broth regularly. Bone broth is very nutrient dense, and rich in minerals that support the immune system. It has tons of collagen (which is amazing for your hair, skin and nails but it also heals your gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation.
Essential Oils – and of course, if you know me, you know that I love to use essential oils for almost everything in life haha. So, I love to use doTerras Zengest. I rub it on my stomach in the evenings before bed, or add 1 drop in my water if I’ve eaten something that I shouldn’t have eaten. Peppermint and lavender are also very healing for the gut.
>side note<< just one drop of peppermint essential oil is the equilivant to 27 cups of peppermint tea!!
>>> I’d love to hear from you! What do you do for balancing hormones and gut health? Comment below, or email me privately, I always love to chat!