The secret to getting flawless skin is to start from the inside to support your body's ability to heal itself from the cellular level up.
The skin is the largest detoxification organ in your body, so any kind of inflammation, mineral deficiency, hormonal imbalances, toxic buildup, food intolerances, dehydration, stress, (the list goes on) ends up showing up on your face in the form of blemishes, fine lines, uneven tone and wrinkles!
There's really no avoiding it.
When I first started having issues with my skin, I wasted a lot of time experimenting with different products and medication.
The changes didn't happen until I focused on what I was eating and how I was living.
Here are the four most important factors that made the biggest difference in my life and can have the same effect on yours:
EATING YOUR WAY TO GLOWING SKIN
Your skin needs enough of the right nutrients to stay clear, supple, firm and bright—especially minerals like zinc, B vitamins, selenium, magnesium, healthy fats, protein and vitamins A, C and E.
When I started eating the foods for my body, I noticed the difference in my skin within the first 10 days. My skin was smoother, softer and so much brighter. My pores got smaller, the dry patches were gone, and my skin tone was finally even.
Eating real, whole foods is one of the most important things you can do for your skin.
It's far better, more effective and cheaper than buying expensive skin care products that only cover up the root issue and do half the job.
LOVE AND SUPPORT YOUR GUT
The health of your gut microbiome affects the health of your skin in a huge way.
The gut is where your body absorbs all the nutrients from the foods you eat, as well as the place where toxins are eliminated.
If it's not functioning properly, it really doesn't matter if you're eating all the healthy, right foods. Your body won't be able to utilize the important nutrients, which are critical for transforming your skin from the inside out.
Optimizing your digestion and cultivating good microbes with probiotics are crucial to repairing your gut-skin axis.
BALANCE YOUR HORMONES
Excess hormones in your body can wreak havoc on your skin—your body needs the right building blocks to produce them correctly, as well as a healthy gut microbiome to help regulate them.
You can't have healthy, glowing skin without balanced hormones. When you see changes to your skin, it's a combination of two health issues - a damaged or depleted gut microbiome and a deficiency in key micronutrients for healthy skin.
Again, it goes back to eating the right foods to help support the healthy production of hormones—specifically clean proteins, hormone-balancing healthy fats and antioxidant-rich veggies.
Stress is another thing that plays a huge role in the health of your skin.
Too much stress creates excess cortisol, the stress hormone, which creates an imbalance in your hormones.
When you have any type of hormonal imbalance, whether it's triggered by stress, lack of sleep or eating the wrong foods for your body—it will manifest on your face.
I had to find the right stress management methods to help me manage my anxiety—for me, deep breathing, morning meditation and body movement all helped tremendously.
Start with one area and don't get overwhelmed! Let me know which one resonated with you the most in the comments. Can't wait to hear.