i’ve had acne. bad acne. i’ve had oily skin. i’ve had dry skin. i’ve had acne scars. i’ve tried so many different creams, pills, lotions & potions to give me flawless skin. and guess what? nothing worked as well as giving those chemicals the bird, saving my money, and investing in my skin’s natural health.
instead of constantly trying to “fix” my skin and getting in vicious cycles with it and different products, i dropped everything and restored my skin to its natural balance. it’s been a long time coming, but when you consider i got acne and overall bad skin in the 7th grade and didn’t kick it till college… well, taking a couple months for my skin to change wasn’t a big deal.
skin flaws are imbalances somewhere, with something, IN your body. slathering your skin with chemicals will superficially “fix” your skin, but it will not address the real problem.
i am not a dermatologist or doctor. but, cross my heart, these are the all-natural ways i have finally gotten the skin i’ve always wanted! and it can only get better 🙂
the line up:
water– (general skin health) i cannot stress enough how important it is to drink enough water every day. about 3/4 of americans are chronically dehydrated. The Institute of Medicine determined an average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate needs roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of it a day, and women need 2.2 liters (about 9 cups). the “8×8” water rule is a great guideline, as long as you’re including other fluids as well. i personally started drinking more water combined with everything else, and definitely noticed a change in my skin. and my body, for that matter.
argan oil– (for perfect skin. seriously.) this stuff is liquid gold! MAGIC. i use this for the oil cleansing method and woooooweeee, YOU SHOULD TOO. my skin is always so soft! and now i only break out when i don’t wash my face….so it’s my fault lol. argan oil has kept my skin from breaking out, drastically improved my complexion, and reduced my acne scars. check out more on argan oil here, and the oil cleansing method here.
evening primrose oil– (acne and redness) this supplement, when taken in 1000mg doses 2-3 times a day, is anti-inflammatory and reduces redness. i took it and it’s wonderful. as soon as my skin cleared, i stopped taking it. i just didn’t need to anymore. (oh, and if you’re a female, it works wonders for pms!)
zinc– (acne) i found out my acne was partially caused by a zinc deficiency. i took a half a zinc pill supplement in the morning AFTER breakfast (otherwise i’d get violently nauseous) every day. i swear by this stuff. it really helped clear up my skin, combined with evening primrose oil. do NOT take more than what the bottle says. you can get zinc poisoning and a whole slew of unpleasant side effects. i only needed to take half! as soon as my skin cleared, i stopped taking it. i also started eating wayyy healthier. just please, please be careful to not get too much zinc! watch how much you’re consuming in your foods before you decide to supplement!
fish oil– (general skin health, acne, wrinkles) this supplement has two great fatty acids, EPA & DHA. EPA is very, very beneficial to the skin. it regulates oil production to boost hydration and prevent acne, and delays the skin’s aging process to help prevent wrinkles. EPA is also both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent, and can protect against sun damage and help repair it. look for fish oil pills that contain at least 180 milligrams of EPA and 120 milligrams of DHA. i have a kind that you take twice a day, but i’ve found once a day AFTER a meal is plenty for me. anymore than that and i get oily.
probiotics– (various skin problems) poor intestinal health can make skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and acne worse. by internally balancing your flora, these can get better!
plain, organic yogurt– (dry skin, acne, wrinkles, etc) when you apply this directly to your face, it helps moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn and reduce discoloration. make sure you get the plain, organic kind. you do NOT want any extra sugar or additives on your face!
baking soda– (exfoliate) mix a small amount of baking soda with a few drops of water in the palm of your hand. put the good on your face and rub in circles for a minute. rinse with cold water and pat dry/air dry. your skin will be baby’s butt soft, perfectly exfoliated, and glowing. i do this once a week.
raw, organic honey-(blemishes) you can put a dab of this on top of a blemish, place a bandaid on top, and sleep like that overnight. the honey has antibacterial properties that kill the bacteria, keep it sterile, and speeds up healing.
raw, organic apple cider vinegar (with the ‘mother’)– (blemishes, dry skin, oily skin) when this is diluted with water (1:4) and applied with a cotton ball, it balances the ph of your skin and keeps it in perfect balance, as well as heals breakouts and prevents new breakouts. it’s pretty awesome.
coconut oil– (under eye cream, wrinkles) only use this under your eyes and on your eyelids/eyelashes. it will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and also will the the best under eye cream money can buy. just don’t put it all over your face because it can clog up your pores and lead to some pretty bad breakouts.
– make sure you don’t have any nutritional deficiencies. your skin could be telling you something by breaking out! fixing it with chemicals isn’t actually helping. you NEED to be healthy from the inside out! not the outside in.
– stay away from all the sugar. sugar raises insulin levels, which promotes the production of testosterone in women, and inflammation in general, and causes acne
– this sounds unbelievable, but milk and other dairy consumption is closely linked with acne (and many other skin and health problems) in part because of the hormones (including growth hormone) in dairy and because of the saturated fats. look into alternatives like almond milk, and cut down on cheeses.
– RELAX. stress can trigger skin problems. take time each day for yourself to unwind and relax.
do your research, talk to your doctors, and kick the chemicals to the curb! your skin will thank you! 🙂