How to Get Gorgeous Skin

by Courtney on August 2, 2012

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You don’t need a bunch of products to make your skin glow. Advertising would like you to think all you need is the perfect combo of their 5, 10, or 500 products to have flawless skin. So flawless in fact, that yours will match the airbrushed quality of their models’ skin!

Sarcasm aside, really – you don’t need much, and skin health isn’t only about what you put ON your skin. It’s mostly about the health and terrain of your body and how that reflects in your skin, from the inside out.

You can have skin so gorgeous that you don’t need makeup or any kind of products at all. Nature designed all our parts (skin included) to naturally be healthy and beautiful.

Here are some tips that everyone, no matter who you are, can implement to have youthful, smooth, evenly-toned, gorgeous skin:

What You’re Putting in your Body

This is the number one factor, folks. By far. I recommend a completely plant based diet with tons of fresh vegetables. Eat fresh greens every day, whether that is in the form of fresh green juice, green smoothies, green soups or salads, eat at least 1 lb of greens in each day, if you can. Also, focus on minimal sugar. Too much sugar can make you break out. Toss the white sugars and any kind of refined sugars. Emphasize stevia and use fruit to sweeten. Truly raw honey, coconut nectar and maple syrup are higher glycemic but better than white sugar; use them sparingly. Consider a gluten-free diet as gluten can contribute to skin imbalances for many people. Also experiment eliminating other common allergens, such as soy (though organic, fermented may be fine), dairy, and corn. Lastly, make sure you’re taking in probiotics in the form of homemade fermented foods, such as saurkraut, kim chee, fermented coconut kefir yogurt and fermented coconut kefir water.

H20

Drink the best water you can find. I recommend at least 3 liters per day for any person, and upwards of even 6 liters for tall, big guys.

Beauty Sleep

The body rebuilds between 10am and 2am, with the hours of 10-12 being particularly important. Getting to sleep early and allowing for a full night’s rest, most if not all of the time, is crucial for skin health.

Other Practices

  • Regular Juice Cleansing – fasting is the ultimate anti-ager. When paired with colon cleansing, it’s the fountain of youth for your skin.
  • Liver/Gallbladder Flushes – the liver and gallbladder health also affects the skin radiance.
  • MSM – MSM is a form of sulfur which occurs naturally in nature. It helps to build the skin, hair and nails.
  • Beauty Foods – examples of these are aloe vera, watercress, and macadamia nuts.
  • Meditation, yoga, and other relaxation activities – studies have confirmed that regular meditation can correlate to better skin, partially due its supporting of youthing mechanisms in the body.
  • Spirulina – My skin has definitely improved by eating spirulina. Chlorella can have similar benefits. I eat 1-3 tablespoons per day (note – my body tends to need more protein)
  • Dry Skin Brushing -dry skin brushing stimulates circulation, moves the lymphatic system, and sloughs off old, dead skin layers.
  • Don’t use soap – this ends up wiping out positive bacteria on your skin and can actually make your skin worse. Try out not using a cleanser other than water for a few weeks. Personally, I use only water to cleanse and coconut oil to moisturize.
  • Infrared Sauna – sweating out toxicity is a great way to detoxify, which always leads to younger looking skin, but also, it allows for the skin to shed off its outer dead layers more easily. Best thing ever? Skin brush while you’re in the sauna, and/or afterwards.
  • Simple stuff – Don’t touch your face. Never sleep with makeup on.
  • Laughing – do it often, every day, multiple times per day :)

There are a lot of factors that contribute to alleviation of skin imbalances and the creation of beautiful skin, and some will always be individual. For example, some people may need to look into whether they have hormone imbalances, specific deficiencies, etc.

Do you have any other tried-and-true skin health tricks? Share ‘em with me!

Courtney

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Dee August 3, 2012 at 12:10 am

this is a god send, thank you :)

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Sarah E August 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

This is a wonderful intro to how the world might get skin as gorgeous as yours! You truly have radiant and flawless skin…such a beauty inside and out! Xoxo

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Jillian August 6, 2012 at 1:00 am

Excellent article, Court!

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Evergreen September 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Courtney:

Excellent list–I’ve benefited from those I’ve tried. I also regularly use herbal teas and I am taking schizandra. What is schizandra?

In this health-is-wealth and powerful book “The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs” Ron Teeguarden shares with us an ancient tool to realign us with the “primary energies of life.” Specifically “Schizandra generates vitality and radiant beauty when used regularly for sometime….If used for one hundred days successively, Schizandra is said to purify the blood, sharpen the mind, improve memory, rejuvenate the Kidney energy…and cause the skin to become radiantly beautiful. ” Furthermore, his website elaborates: ” People who start taking Schizandra regularly all change for the better. Their skin virtually glows and becomes clear and fine after several months.”

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Allison November 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

This is such sound advice! Thank you!

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Courtney November 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Thank you so much! I do use a tiny amount – I mean like the size of a pencil eraser dollop of Dr Bronners only to remove eye makeup, which I only wear about once a week. Otherwise, no soap for me! Great question! In regards to water, of course it’s always best if you can use filtered water; some people just use the water from their shower to wash their face because they have a shower filter. But if you have tap, you have tap.

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Carol DeLauro July 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

Hi Courtney,
I recommend using Jojoba Oil as a make-up remover. It’s water soluable and relatively inexpensive. A little go a long way! It is also good to use on the scalp and hair for 20 minutes before shampooing!

May I also suggest a minor edit for your article?
Beauty Sleep
The body rebuilds between *10am and 2am , with the hours of 10-12 being particularly important. Getting to sleep early and allowing for a full night’s rest, most if not all of the time, is crucial for skin health. (*This should be 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM)

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Tanya July 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Do you have any tips specifically to restore elasticity to skin…especially the neck?

Since going plant based I see a marked improvement in my skin. Most blackheads are gone and my face is a lot less oily.

Thanks.

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