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Love the Skin You’re In: 4 Steps to Healthier Skin in 2014

It is not uncommon today, for many of us to fixate on the outward appearance of our skin. Buying and applying every lotion, potion and treatment to firm, color, tone, hydrate, plump, restore….the list goes on….the external appearance of our skin. Many times we can become more concerned with if our wrinkles are reduced than if the products we are using are actually healthful for our skin and body.

After all, did you know that your skin is your largest organ?

It is a living thing and thus as any living thing – it will flourish when treated with care.

Our skin is a unique organ in our body, as we have the ability to influence its health from the outside as well as the inside. From the products we use, to the foods and beverages we consume, our skin is impacted by the choices we make. It quite literally reflects the quality of how we treat it.

Today there are more products on the market than ever before. Each one claiming to improve skin health, decrease aging or cure everything in between. These products are working from the outside in, aiming to improve skins appearance from its most external and superficial layer.

But would you build a house from the roof down? 

No, you would start with its foundation.

The foods that we eat, the beverages we consume and the behaviors we have are the building blocks for our skins foundation.

Focusing on what we put into our body, or many times what we don’t put into our body, can significantly improve the health of our skin and body.

Once the foundation is built, choosing how we decorate becomes a bigger part of the conversation. Products and potions can help to boost skin health, polishing its surface or protecting it from the elements. But it is important to be mindful that our medicine or beauty cabinet can harbor some pretty intense chemicals. Just as we focus on what we put in our body, it is important to focus on what we put on our body.

When talking skin health there is a lot to consider. But just remember, Rome was not built in a day…nor was your skin. So take it one step at a time.

Here are 4 Steps to Healthier Skin in 2014:

Simple Ingredient Foods:

The best way to know what you are putting into your body is to eat foods that are made from simple ingredients. Quinoa, avocados, olive oil, sweet potatoes – choose foods that are the least processed for the most nutrients and glowing skin.

Clean Out your Pantry:

Packaged foods that expire in 2020 should send up a red flag. Can you pronounce everything on the ingredient label? Do those ingredients exist in nature? If not, toss it out!

Hydrate:

Moisturizer is not the only way to get soft, silky skin. Drink a minimum of 64 oz of water or other hydrating fluid a day to properly hydrate your beautiful skin! Not a water fan? Try spicing it up by adding Natural Flavor to your Water  or making Infused Water!

Medicine Cabinet Makeover:

I think we are all guilty of having products in our bathroom medicine cabinet that are wholly made of unidentifiable and unpronounceable ingredients. These products may also contain expiration dates well into the 2050’s! Now, our medicine cabinet does not have to become a second kitchen pantry, but we take some pretty significant steps towards it by eliminating these 9 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid.

Be Well!