Top 7 Changes I Made To Dramatically Transform My Skin

Fostering healthier skin requires some damn hard work and dedication. Especially if you have a chronic skin condition like cystic acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc. Although, the end result is worth the work!


Healing yourself and seeing the results is the most freeing feeling.


A year ago, I had cystic acne all over my face. This was nothing new - I've struggled with acne on & off for years (since I was 16 ... I'm now 28). Although, this time felt different. Nothing I tried was working, and I tried EVERY. THING. It seemed like every morning I woke up there were new inflamed, painful cysts on my cheeks and jawline. I knew it was hormonal, or maybe my gut?


I attempted to battle against it with one non-toxic skin care product after another. Nothing worked.


I then started to address my nutrition, particularly my gut health, and all hell broke loose. I thought eating sauerkraut was good for your gut?


I was unable to poop (yes, this is important if you want clear skin!) for days, I had more acne, and my stress levels were at an all-time high. Little did I know this was the beginning of recovery (because it honestly felt like I took a huge step backwards).


Even though I felt worse than ever, I continued to the fight for clearer skin and a healthier body. I'm glad I did, because I feel the healthiest I ever have, and my skin is finally in a happy place.


These are the top 7 changes I made to my daily routine that transformed my skin:

1. Nutrition

2. Stress-management

3. Products/Treatments

4. Exercise

5. Hydration

6. Gua Sha

7. Hormone Balance


Let's dive in!


1. NUTRITION

- It's allllll about what you're putting into that body of yours


Glowy-Dewy-Radiant-Skin-Food:

  • Omega 3's (salmon, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts)

  • Turmeric (anti-inflammatory)

  • Ginger

  • Leafy greens (red lettuce, romaine, arugula, parsley, cilantro)

  • Chlorella

  • Celery juice

  • Avocado

  • Cruciferous veggies (broccoli, kale, bok choy, brussel sprouts)

  • Berries (low in sugar, high in antioxidants)

  • Probiotic rich foods (Sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha)

  • Seed-cycling (Pumpkin + Flaxseed during days 1-14 of cycle; Sesame + Sunflower seeds during days 15-28 of cycle)


Foods that aren't so skin friendly:

  • Alcohol

  • Caffeine (I still drink it - just limited quantities)

  • Smoked/cured meat

  • Dairy

  • Gluten

Example of skin-friendly meals:

Breakfast - Avocado toast on sprouted sourdough (only gluten I eat)

Lunch - Green smoothie with greens and chlorella, together with a salad

Dinner - Baked salmon with grilled or stir-fry bok choy


Incorporating and eliminating these foods is what has worked for me. Everyone is different! Gluten and dairy really do a number on my stomach and skin, but they might be okay for you.



2. STRESS-MANAGEMENT

- "Stress kills." I remember seeing this on the front cover of a brain health magazine and I've never forgotten this phrase.

- It's so important to regulate your cortisol levels! Cortisol is produced by your adrenal glands when you are experiencing a stressful event. Your body usually does a good job of regulation on its own. However, when too much is produced (like when you are chronically stressed) it can result in acne, weight gain, and missed periods.


Story time: I remember when I was still living with my parents and I was standing in the middle of the kitchen when my mom said "Are you okay?! Do you hear yourself sighing all day??" I had NO idea. At the time, I was going through my clinical rotations and I was stressed to the max. However, I had no idea it was that bad because I was so out-of-tune with myself and completely unaware.


Ways to lower your stress levels:

  • Meditate: Make this a priority. Meditation and mindfulness haven't gained increased traction in the past few years because it sounds cool. It can literally save and transform your life. Not to mention, give you a peace of mind. Listen to your breath and just be still with yourself. Notice what comes up and let. it. go.

  • Exercise: Release those endorphins! - more on this below.

  • Do something you enjoy every day

  • Self-care: Unwind with an epsom salt bath, read your favorite book, or listen to your favorite song + dance.

  • Express gratitude


3. PRODUCTS/TREATMENTS

- I wish I kept a list of how many products I've tried

- I've switched over to a completely non-toxic skin-care regimen

- Current product line up (been using these for 6+ months):

Morning:

  • Wash my face with warm water

  • Tea tree oil + water mixture with cotton pad

  • Hydrate with Cocokind Rosewater hydrosol

  • Marie Veronique Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid serum

  • Marie Veronique

  • Cocokind Chiaseed Facial Oil

Evening:

  • Oil cleanse with ayurvedic sesame seed oil OR Province + Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser/Makeup Remover

  • Exfoliate with Cocokind Sea Moss Exfoliator

  • Hydrate with Cocokind Rosewater hydrosol

  • Marie Veronique Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid serum

  • Marie Veronique Barrier Restore serum

  • Cocokind Chiaseed Facial Oil

  • Marie Veronique Rejuvinating Night Oil (for added moisture)

- Sunscreen: Suntegrity is my favorite. I also like Badger

- Microneedling = acne scar lifesaver

- Non-toxic facials at Studio Britta in NYC (I've splurged to go here a few of times and each time my face was rejoicing)

- At-home face masks: Cocokind chlorella + manuka honey


- The Detox Market, Credo Beauty, and Follain are great retailers for non-toxic skin care products.

- Also, if you want to do some research on the products you're currently using or want to buy and you want to see how non-toxic they really are ... check out the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database where it rates cosmetics based on their ingredients. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/



4. EXERCISE

- SWEAT!

- Your skin is your largest organ - It's one of the most efficient ways to get rid of toxins and waste

- I like to shoot for 5-6 days of exercise a week. 3 of those days being a sweat-provoking session (power yoga is my jam), and 2-3 days of weights, HIIT or running, etc. (I sweat during these activities too, but not as much compared to power yoga)



5. HYDRATION

- Chances are, you're dehydrated

- I like to aim for 96oz of water a day (3 - 32oz hydroflasks)



6. HORMONE BALANCE

- A lot of the things above will help with balancing your hormones, however, there's so much more that I've done to heal myself. Would you like a blog post on this? LMK!



7. GUA SHA

- I love doing this at least 3x a week on my face before bed to work on increased elasticity and drainage of the lymphatic system

- Head to @brittabeauty on Instagram for more info and tutorials!



Overall: Stay persistent! Even if things get worse before they get better (which is common when you completely overhaul your daily routine). It will get better!


#skincare #nontoxic #healfromwithin #holistichealth #holistichealing



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