Vancouverites are shedding their winter coats and scarves for the spring season and this is the perfect time to take a closer look at your skin.
Here are my top ten favorites for creating beautiful skin:
1. Feed skin from the inside out. Good nutrition from whole foods that cover the color spectrum will give our bodies and skin the minerals and nutrients needed for a healthy, bright and luminous complexion. Spring and summer are the best time to bring back the smoothie/juicing practice. In the spirit of being kind and not controlling towards myself, I have my smoothie five out of seven days which provide all the micro-nutrients my skin needs (with some cheat days included).
2. Pretty basic but, water is an essential component to good skin and energy. Purified water will assist our liver and kidneys -the body’s waste filters- to clean out the imbalance of devitalized food. If you consider yourself to have inflammation in the body (or skin) and/or are a big meat eater, filtered water will help flush it out. I have been using the “Big Berkey” water filter, that I purchased from Your Water Matters.
3. Exercise. Yes, I said it, exercise will allow for better skin by strengthening your blood vessels and capillaries to give you a better, brighter complexion.
4. Topical mask for red undertones: 1 Teaspoon of matcha tea mixed with 1 Teaspoon toning water (no alcohol) plus a drop of manuka honey. Apply and leave on 10 to 15 minutes before washing off. I do this treatment once a week.
5. Topical mask for hormonal or acne prone skin: 1 Teaspoon Bentonite clay mixed with 1 Teaspoon toning water (no alcohol) I leave this on 10 minutes before washing it off. This will draw out the impurities and balance your skin.
6. Exfoliation. Once you reach 30 years old, your cellular turnover slows. Exfoliation encourages the process of shedding dead cells. Once you see the beautiful complexion underneath you may be tempted to exfoliate more, don’t do it. Keep your exfoliation routine to once, maybe twice a week max to keep your skin barrier healthy. Like with most products, I use them once and then move on. I typically choose organic, right now I’m using BUFF by Wildcraft.
7. Retinol serum. This is a Vitamin A derivative that is recognized for speeding cellular turnover and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. I am still relatively new to this product (Alumier Retinol Resurfacing Serum 0.25) and have added it gradually to my skin routine once or twice a week, in an effort to prevent too much peeling.
8. Topical serum and creams. Our skin is the largest organ we have and I want to treat it right! Therefore, I typically choose organic products. Currently, I use Biossance, Squalene + Vitamin C Rose Oil. Just three drops into your palm and pressed into your skin will leave you dewy and bright.
9. Gua Sha facial massage. Whoever it was that first came up with facial massage, they are brilliant and I am eternally thankful! This facial massage technique uses a gua sha crystal to eradicate stress from the face, depuff eyebags, cool hot skin and interrupt wrinkle formation. To find crystals and massage demonstration check out www.honestbeautytalks.org
10. Acupuncture and HydroGlow facial. An acupuncture facial is effective for keeping your face lifted and fresh looking. The Hydroglow is the perfect pre-event facial for bright, hydrated skin. In an effort to keep my face care routine as natural as possible, these are my regular indulgences.
Do you have a natural skin care product or practice that you could not go without? Please share, I would love to hear from you.
Sarah McGuire, Registered Acupuncturist, injection therapist, organic food and skincare lover.