Happy Monday Ya’ll!! One of the questions that I get asked the most when I do Instagram stories, is what my skincare routine looks like or what make-up I use. While I can’t say that I never do a filter, I mean, my #iwokeuplikethis is sometimes a little scary, I can say that ever since I started changing things up a bit, I have seen a dramatic improvement in my skin.
I honestly was never someone who really cared about my skin, and it’s mostly because I didn’t realize I NEEDED to care about my skin. So I never really had a routine, until NOW!!
Did you know our skin is the biggest organ in our body. So while we are all pretty health conscious about what we put on the inside of our body, I wanted to enlighten ya'll on how to take care of the outside of your body as well. It is just as important and extremely connected to what is going on internally.
You guys are going to get tired of me saying this, but hey, it takes hearing something what… 21 times before retaining it?! So here it is again… NUTRITION plays a major role in how your skin looks. There are so many hormones and chemicals in our day to day products and environment that it is causing inflammation in our body including on our face and skin. A few types of foods that can cause inflammation internally, along with breakouts are foods containing gluten and dairy. I personally try to avoid gluten and dairy as much as I can, but don’t get me wrong… I love a good parfait or even Texas Toast!! If you start to cut out or limit foods with gluten, dairy, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and eat real WHOLE foods like green leafy veggies, nut milks, organic and antibiotic free meets/foods, you will start to see a major transformation in your skin, waistline, and energy levels.
Another thing that I have done is try to clean up my beauty products, especially when it comes to what is going on my face. Anything that touches my face directly without a barrier is a lot cleaner than it used to be. One of my favorite more natural/organic brands that I have been using is Juice Beauty. I love their Green Apple line!! I use their masks (1 time a week – usually #selfcaresunday), Cleanser, daily serum, and eye cream.
I have also started to clean up my make-up products. Juice Beauty also has a make-up line that I plan on trying out in the near future, but for now I have been using Bare Minerals. After I have cleanse my face with my Juice Beauty cleanser, I usually put on Bare Minerals’ tinted moisturizer in the shade “wheat”. I also use their concealer, brightening wand, and BareSkin foundation. Again, anything that is directly on my face or around my eyes is a lot cleaner than say my blush or powders – eventually I will get there but hey, I’m human! You don’t have to do everything all at once… progress over perfection.
If you are wanting to clear up your skin naturally, I suggest starting with one thing at a time so that you can truly see what strategy worked!! Start with your diet and eliminating or limiting a few inflammation causing foods. Then, move to your beauty products and start to pay attention to the ingredients and what you are putting on your body as well as what you are putting in your body.