Kick off 2015 out with a bang by getting your skin regimen off to a winning start. The best secret as we all know to beautiful skin starts from the inside out. I was never aware what an impact your diet makes on your skin. Did you know your face is pretty much a map of what’s going on internally?
Dark under eye circles or puffiness may mean you have adrenal exhaustion. Too much stress, too much caffeine or not enough sleep can cause this.
Breakouts around the chin and jaw area are usually hormonal. Now you know why when your friend visits you once a month you tend to break out around your mouth. So annoying.
Laugh lines that are deep are related to your lungs and liver. These could be a result of smoking or very shallow chest breathing meaning there is not enough oxygen to get into your lungs. It could even mean that your colon is backed up.
Lines above your lips can indicate blockage in the digestive track relating specifically to the stomach and small intestine which can be a result of extra acid in your stomach.
Patchy skin or lines above the cheek bone may be associated with heart issues. Maybe you’re eating too much cholesterol or too many animal fats.
Deep lines on your forehead can be from congestion and a blocked colon or gallbladder. Contributors for this can be a lot of dairy and processed foods.
Crows feet could mean that your adrenals are exhausted and your body is acidly imbalanced.
Now that you know what’s causing your skin concerns the best way to get on the right rack this year is by giving yourself the gift of a beauty detox.
At the most simple level, detoxing your skin boils down to three major yet simple guidelines.
1. Steer clear of dairy. As delicious as dairy is I hate to say it but it’s not your friend. Sad but true.
2. Eat more veggies and less animal products.
This includes artichokes, arugula, beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, chives, cilantro, endive, green beans, kale, leeks, mushrooms, okra, parsley, peppers, radishes, scallions, shallots, spinach, sprouts, sweet potatoes, turnips, watercress and wheatgrass. Try to eat organic when possible.
*Green veggies are super dense in nutrients and are full of lots and lots of minerals and amino acids making them the key beauty foods because they regenerate your skin cells.
*Eat more raw veggies than cooked veggies to keep as many vitamins and nutrients in tact as possible.
For a while I was living under a rock and I didn’t quite understand the difference between making a smoothie and juicing. A little embarrassing I know but I hadn’t really gotten into it. You probably already know this but just incase let me break it down for you. Then we will get to two of my favorite recipes to get your skin looking radiant and gorgeous.
Straight from wiki here is the definition of juicing: There are many methods of juicing, from squeezing fruit by hand to wide-scale extraction with industrial equipment. Juicing is generally the preferred method of consuming large amounts of produce quickly and is often completed with a household appliance called a juicer, which may be as simple as a cone upon which fruit is mashed or as sophisticated as a variable-speed, motor-driven device. It may also refer to the act of extracting and then drinking juice or those who extract the juice. Juicing is different from buying juice in the supermarket because it is focuses on fresh pressed fruits and vegetables.
Of course on every corner now days it seems a juice store is popping up so if you don’t have the time to juice, problem solved. Here is one of my favorite magic skin recipes.
4 cups chopped spinach
1 cup chopped celery
1 small apple
1 small lemon (make sure to cut the peel off first)
1 tablespoon chopped parsley (great for whitening and evening out your complexion)
A few slices of ginger to give it an extra kick or if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold.
*Run through the juicer and enjoy! Do this a few days a week for a month and I promise you will see brighter more even and luminous skin!
Now back to smoothies. Word for word here is the proper definition thanks to wiki. A smoothie (alternatively spelled Smoothi, smoothee or smoothy, the name comes from the smooth property of the emulsion) is a blended and sometimessweetened beverage made from fresh fruit (fruit smoothie), vegetables and in special cases can contain chocolate or peanut butter. In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients.
What I personally love about smoothies is that they are super easy and quick and you can get really creative with ingredients. A lot of times I won’t think two ingredients will mesh well and then I am super surprised when they turn out delicious. You can even add protein powder to your smoothie and drink before or after a workout to build muscle too. Or you can make one solely for energy or solely for beauty… The options are limitless.
One of my favorite recipes for beautiful skin is:
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup water
2 cups romaine lettuce
3 cups spinach
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
*Blend together with ice if you like your smoothies cold and enjoy a beautiful and healthy new year in the new year.