4 Simple Steps to Help Clear and Maintain Healthy Skin

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We would all love to have clear, flawless skin, right? But we can never seem to get rid of those annoying wrinkles or those pesky red spots. Just when you get rid of one two more pop up somewhere else. Usually we rush for some treatment we see on a commercial (those people have perfect skin so it must work, right?). But the chemicals in those treatments make our problem worse.

Here are 4 natural tips to try and minimize acne and other other problems and help maintain clear and healthy skin.

  1. Stress

Stress causes hormone imbalances which results in many skin problems, such as acne, eczema, hives and psoriasis. Stress hormones increase oil production, which can lead to clogged pores and whiteheads.

Take time each day to relax. Take a walk in nature, soak in a tub, listen to music or read a book. Whatever make you calm down and leave your cares behind you for a while.

  1. Eat the Right Foods

A portion of the body’s toxic waste is eliminated through sweating. If the body has more toxins than the kidneys and liver can get rid of effectively, the skin takes over and the toxins escape through the skin. This can disrupt the skin’s health integrity and cause skin disorders.

It may be cliche to read “you are what you eat.” Actually, you are what you digest. What you put into your body that isn’t used well can come out through your skin in the forms of hives, acne and eczema and many other skin disorders. Avoid processed foods, artificial flavors and high amounts of sugar. Be sure and drink plenty of distilled water and consume foods rich in vitamin E, Biotin and antioxidants, such as berries, almonds and salmon.

  1. Avoid Chemicals

Using harsh chemicals and dyes can irritate skin follicles and clog pores. This increases acne and many chemicals can also dry out the skin and cause redness.

  1. Essential Oils

Essential Oils are a great way to clear and rejuvenate the skin. Most essential oils are gentle on the skin and they get to the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptom. Essential oils have the power to kill the bad bacteria in your skin. Lavender oil also is great for protecting the skin from irritation and soothing stress.

*Not every essential oil used by one person may be the one that is right for you. I recommend testing each one to see what works for you.  Bring me your oils and let me teach you muscle testing to discover what oils work for you.

References:
draxe.com
naturallysavvy.com
acne-skin-care-expert.com

The Truth About Detoxes

With all of the publicity detoxes have been getting lately, alternative health has kind of snuck its way into the spotlight. Deep down, I think everyone knows that the way in which our society operates now is not normal or natural. You can see the black clouds billowing out of semi trucks that are hauling boxes of food so stuffed full of preservatives that it could last beyond the stinkin’ apocalypse. Knowing what you ingest, it is natural to want to clear your body of this gunk. So, you might do the cayenne-lemon water detox, drink juice for three weeks, sweat it out in saunas, and all of the toxins just flow out of your body.

Or do they?

I’ll tell you this: I believe that detoxes work. But, the catch is, they work when and ONLY when your body will allow it.

Your body does a pretty good job of cleaning out toxins all on its own, but sometimes it needs help. To prepare your body for a detox diet, you must clear the pathways so the toxins can exit. Make sure the basics are nourished first. By this, I mean you must be eating healthily, drinking enough water, and have good levels of nutrients. Your hypothalamus must be firing properly. Get things moving, clearing out and hydrated, and THEN go for a detox.

I’m sure you have heard of someone that got very sick while attempting a detox diet. I would assert that it’s because they hadn’t nurtured their basic bodily needs before demanding the cells to let go of toxins. The toxins couldn’t get out of the body, so they caused illness.

If you want to attempt a detox, here is what you should do:

Discuss your plans with your favorite natural health practitioner. Together we can create a protocol to prepare your body for detoxification.

Tell me in the comment section about your detox experiences–good and bad!