Glowing Skin after the Holidays Part: II

If you haven’t seen part 1 check it out it here 🙂

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So we all know that beauty comes from within. But seriously, it does.

How your skin appears on the outside is a good (but not always true) reflection of what’s happening on the inside.

The truth is no one food will fix our skin. My best friend eats McDonald’s probably three times a week and her skin is like porcelain!

So mother nature: What gives?

It not necessarily the food we’re eating, its what’s our body does with it and how it reacts. Now, now. I am no dermatologist by any means but I have spent relentless time researching and I think I have found some viable answers.

Here are my top 5 internal remedies to help balance out your skin after the holidays!

1. Forehead

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Breaking out on your forehead? Ease down on the alcohol and dairy for sure. Inflammation in this area often means there are some issues going on in the liver and/or stomach. Since whenever I do breakout it’s typically on my forehead, I like to take a liver supplement, I love the one by New Roots. Milk Thistle is a herb of the daisy family and it beneficial not only for liver health (thus promoting skin health) it is also great for lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol levels and decreasing high blood sugar levels. Another fun fact: The liver is strongest from 1-3 am, so lights out early!

2. Probiotics

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My apologies for the slightly grotesque photo (Yay science!). When our bodies are under stress, anxiety our microbial colonies shift, for the worse. By taking oral probiotic supplements or by eating probiotics in your diet, you can theoretically restore a healthy environment in your gut and keep the skin from getting inflamed! Flat stomach and glowing skin? its a two for one deal! Hold up though: where’s the proof? This gut-skin connection isn’t a new idea: In 1961, a case report found that of 300 acne patients given a probiotic, 80% had clinical improvement. But the notion has captured a lot more attention lately. Recent studies conducted in Russia and Italy found that probiotics help acne patients heal better and faster. And one small 2010 study published in the journal Nutrition found that acne patients who consumed a Lactobacillus-fermented beverage for 12 weeks produced less sebum and had fewer breakouts.

3. Horror-mones 

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Such a derogatory word. However, unbalanced hormones can play a big part in the appearance of your skin. Take a blood test to check your levels and if they are imbalanced chances are this is why your face is breaking out. A common area is where hormonal acne is found is along the jawline and chin. Foods to avoid would definitely be soy, dairy and flax seed. For a natural supplement try a herb like Dong Quai root to balance them out.

4. Pearl Powder

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Pearls are not only beautiful when worn as jewelry, they have endless benefits for skin health! One way to use pearl powder is topically mixed with glycerin, another way is to supplement with 100% pure pearl powder capsules. Pearl powder contains an antioxidant that boosts the efficacy of superoxide dismutase, one of the strongest antioxidant enzymes in the body. It is also rich in amino acids and minerals. It has been used for centuries and I question myself as to why I haven’t used it sooner!

5. Spice and everything nice!

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Turmeric is an antioxidant powerhouse. This little spice can improve liver and digestive health thus reducing acne. It has many antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which can reduce inflammation in the skin. Try adding a pinch in your smoothie (you won’t taste it, I promise!) or in a recipe like my vegan Mac n’ “Cheese”! A little goes a long way.

Breakout-free…naturally!

Never EVER resort to something like the pill or Accutane. Your skin needs time to heal and the proper nourishment, these so called “medicines” will only harm your body in the long run. Steer clear to stay clear!

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