First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read this informational document. It’s my mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the skin of the world.
Within this document, you will find easy-to-follow tips and strategies to make your body and skin feel younger, more vibrant, and healthier than ever before.
What you won’t find are crazy theories and fads or a recommendation to take an oatmeal bath lasting 32 hours. Nothing but real and truthful guidance that will have you looking and feeling younger.
1. Understand the power of plant ingredients.
Natural plant-based ingredients are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that our body easily understands and knows how to use to repair itself. Our bodies are incredible repairing machines especially when we feed it good ingredients or use topical products that are infused with healthy nutrients.
Warning – “Natural” isn’t a term that’s government or safety board regulated, so “natural” ingredients don’t always mean they are good for you. For example, uranium is a naturally occurring element, but you wouldn’t see me putting it on my skin!!
Here are a few examples of the power of plants for your skin health.
Cranberries contain antioxidants that help to fight inflammation making them a great ingredient to help with acne.
Mango butter contains skin-healthy vitamins such as Vitamin E and C that help protect the skin from environmental stressors, like sunlight, and pollution. These stressors can lead to premature aging which we don’t want :). Adding mango butter to your skin health regime can help to keep your skin looking younger and healthier.
The essential oil that is produced from juniper berries has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries and they contain 87 different compounds that are very high in antioxidants, making juniper essential oil a very helpful skin health ingredient.
2. Knowing what’s really in the skincare products that you bought at the mall – i.e., products that contain “safe synthetic ingredients”.
We just learned that our bodies know how to use plant-based ingredients and that we are designed to eat fruits, veggies, berries, nuts, and natural foods. The compounds, flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are otherwise known as phytonutrients that are found in these whole foods heal and protect our bodies.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of your current skin care products? You’ll be amazed at how many “safe synthetics” are in them. Check your labels.
“Safe synthetic” ingredients such as SLS, sodium lauryl sulfate, and many others have been manipulated chemically. Our bodies may not know how to use these types of ingredients as readily as a natural plant ingredient.
There is a lot of controversy on whether “safe synthetic” ingredients are good to use. However, companies still put them in their products.
Why roll the dice? Our bodies know, like, and understand how to use plants.
3. Healthy skin starts within!
Take a look at the skincare products you use right now, how many of those are topical? Meaning you are simply impacting the surface of your skin.
As healthy skin always starts within. We can help support our skin health by using natural topical skincare products, but the biggest “bang for our buck” is to start by feeding our bodies with the good stuff.
Here are just 3 fruits and veggies and how they help with your skin health.
Apples – We’ve all heard, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, why not “an apple a day to keep the wrinkles away”?
Toxins, chemicals, even exercise cause free radical damage to your skin. Free radicals are molecules that break down collagen and elastin fibers in your skin which cause fine lines and wrinkles.
Wait, there’s good news! We can’t outrun Mother Nature, but we can help her by eating lots of antioxidants or phytonutrients. Apples contain Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant for skin health.
Pumpkin – When you’re carving up your pumpkin this year make a pumpkin smoothie for healthier-looking skin. Pumpkins contain vitamin C and beta-carotene which helps to improve skin texture. Niacin, riboflavin, B6, and folate are vitamins and minerals that are found in pumpkin which help treat acne.
Sweet potato – This is one fall veggie you’ll want to add to your diet Vitamin A deficiency can led to dry skin. Sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene that can turn into vitamin A in the body. Eating sweet potatoes can help you moisturize your skin from the inside out!!
4. Laugh More!
Wow, who knew that laughing can actually help you have younger-looking skin. A good belly laugh makes us instantly feel better, but how can this really help you to look younger?
a. When you laugh, endorphins and oxytocin or happy hormones are released helping to boost your collagen levels. Collagen helps to maintain skin elasticity and wrinkles. So, what are you waiting for, get laughing?
b. Laughing also improves blood circulation to your skin helping to nourish your skin cells for a more radiant look.
A few points to ponder:
- A good belly laugh is like jogging on the inside.
- Have you ever seen a miserable person with really good skin?
- Do you know someone who’s past their forties and the only thing that shows their age is laugh
5. Make a switch to healthier foods for healthier-looking skin.
Vital organs such as the kidneys and liver are designed to clean our blood of toxins. When we eat too many processed foods these organs can get overworked and may not be able to clean the blood as effectively. This is when you start to see acne, dull skin, and even premature wrinkles.
Everything in moderation is fine, but a continued diet of processed foods, fatty meats, alcohol, fast foods, etc. can take a toll on your skin health.
Tip number 1:
Did you know that eating an apple in the morning will make you more alert? So, if you need that eye-opener, reach for an apple instead of the kettle.
Just a few steps can get you in the right direction to healthier-looking skin. You’ll decrease the workload on your cleansing organs and in turn, they won’t have to work as hard to clean toxins from your blood. You’ll a difference in your skin’s appearance.
Tip number 2:
Look at the ingredient list of what you are eating. If you don’t recognize the ingredients you might want to put them back on the shelf.
If there are 3 or more ingredients you can’t pronounce then it’s probably not good for your skin health and overall health.
6. Exercise! Something we love to hate (but want to love 😊).
So how does exercising really help our skin look younger?
- Exercise increases blood flow nourishing skin cells to keep them healthy by sending more oxygen and carrying away toxins and waste.
- Want to reduce puffy eyes? Then get exercising! Puffy eyes are caused by a buildup of toxins as a result of a sluggish lymphatic system. The lymph system flushes toxins and other waste away. Unlike the heart, which has a pumping mechanism, the lymph system relies on activity to make it work effectively. Adding some exercise to your daily routine helps your lymph system and reduces puffy eyes. Pretty cool eh!
- When we sweat, our pores open, and release built-up waste and toxins creating clearer-looking skin.
- The trick to exercising is finding something you enjoy doing, whether it be walking, cycling, swimming, weightlifting, etc. Once you start exercising, not only will you have better-looking skin, but you’ll feel better too because it releases endorphins or the happy hormone.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, current research shows that it takes 66 days to form a new habit. Once you get in the habit, you’ll crave exercise for the feeling you get from those happy hormones.
7. Go to sleep for healthier-looking skin! Did you know your skin’s blood flow increases when you sleep?
This was a new skin health tip for me too! 😊. All day our skin has been protecting us from environmental stressors, pollution, sunlight, and more. But when you go to sleep your body regenerates and heals.
Activities, such as sleeping, which increases blood circulation can be some of the best collagen-boosting activities we do for our skin health.
Fresh, oxygenated, and nutrient-rich blood gets delivered throughout our body resulting in more radiant, healthy skin.
Just another reason to try and get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
- A few tips to help you get your beauty sleep:
- A dark cool environment tends to provide the best sleep.
- Avoid screen time 45 minutes before bed.
- Cotton or bamboo sheets are cooler than the polyester blends.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know your skin and the Skin RnR philosophy.