Do you want healthy, clear skin?
Who doesn’t?! And, it’s not just about how we look, it’s also about how we feel. The skin is a reflection of what’s going on in the body. In other words, a healthy, clear complexion is a result of a healthy, clean body. Dr. Brandith Irwin, a skin expert and board certified dermatologist, once said, “aside from when someone has sun damage, which makes it harder to see the underlying health of the skin, I can look at someone and tell if their nutrition is optimal or not.”
People often forget that the skin is an organ; in fact, it’s the largest organ in the body. It serves to protects us from the external environment, and rids our body of internal impurities. In this way, the skin can give us great insight into what is going on inside our gut. If the body is dehydrated, the skin will be dry, and may even crack or itch. If we don’t consume enough of the proper nutrients, our skin becomes lackluster and dull. A balanced diet needs to include ample hydration and nutrition.
To change your skin appearance from the inside out, follow these 5 tips:
Simply put, drink. more. water. Water is incredibly nourishing for the skin. As important for your body as the foods you eat, water helps keep the body’s fluids in balance. Drinking plenty of water every day will keep your body in peak condition. And, since your skin reflects your overall health, when your body is functioning at optimum levels, your skin glows.
You may have heard it before but wondered why you should avoid drinking coffee. Coffee dehydrates the body and skin. It has also been proven to cause premature wrinkling. The coffee elevates cortisol levels, which affects the skin by decreasing collagen and elastin production. If you must have a cup of coffee in the morning, make sure you drink a glass of water first. This will ensure your body gets the proper hydration it needs.
Dr. Irwin recommends sticking to foods low on the glycemic scale. She notes the worst foods for your skin are white sugar, white flour, anything with trans-fats, processed foods, sugary drinks, soft drinks, deep-fried foods, baked goods, pizza and simple carbs. If you are on Pinterest, check out our Healthy Foods board for fresh and delicious meal ideas.
Avoid Exposure to Chemicals
Another factor in maintaining healthy skin is to avoid contact with chemicals and toxins. Consider the chemicals you put on your skin every day. For most of us it’s too many. In addition to everyday pollution, there are chemicals in many popular face washes, soaps, and cleaning products.
Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can pollute your skin over time. The pollutants interfere with the body’s normal functions, deterring it from performing at its best. In response, the natural reaction is to eliminate these toxins from the body in a variety of ways. In many cases, to avoid being “polluted” the body rejects chemicals and foreign invaders by ushering them out the fastest way it knows how – through the skin. These impurities may present as rashes and pimples.
To reduce your exposure to chemicals, use all natural products whenever possible. Our blog post, 5 Household Uses for Clay, offers all natural solutions to cleaning grease spots, deodorizing your home, polishing faucets; as well as a recipe for homemade laundry detergent. Instead of over-the-counter face masks full of unpronounceable ingredients, try a calcium bentonite clay mask. Check out our YouTube channel for instructions on making your own clay mask.
Detox with Calcium Bentonite Clay
Clear, healthy skin breakouts can also be achieved via regular cleanses or detoxes and digestive support to flush out impurities. Calcium bentonite clay is an all-natural, safe detoxifying agent that has been used by many cultures for thousands of years.
The clay can be used both internally and externally. To activate the clay’s aDsorptive and absorptive properties, it must be hydrated. When hydrated, the negatively charged clay molecules attract positively charged toxins. Then, the toxins are eliminated fonce the clay passes through the body.
A common way to use the clay internally for detox is to drink it. Mix 1 part clay to 8 parts filtered water or juice, shake well, and enjoy! Clay can also be added to shakes and smoothies. Many cultures have even been known to bake clay into their breads and other staple foods. Clay ingestion has been specifically noted for its use on the gastrointestinal tract. Maladies including constipation and inflammation are common, and can easily be remedied by ingesting the hydrated clay. But remember that not all clays are created equally and not all are intended to be taken internally. Always ask the supplier about this and be sure to follow their recommendation.
To detox using clay externally, create a clay detox bath, healing clay compress, poultice, or soothing clay mask. The drawing power of Earth’s Natural’s calcium bentonite green clay naturally pulls heavy metals and other positively charged toxins out through the pores of the skin in a safe and gentle manner. The high mineral content and revitalizing properties of the clay also make it an amazing cosmetic tool which leave the skin looking and feeling amazing.
Take control of your skin by following these five easy steps, including detoxing regularly with calcium bentonite clay. Detoxing your body will help it perform at its best, keeping you happy and healthy. A soothing clay mask or clay detox bath can help your body combat the everyday pollutants. Why wait for your next breakout? Get started today!