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Get Your Skin Together

by Deborah Spalla

1) Start with a morning ritual that helps alkaline the body.

To counter-balance acidity, drink a warm glass of lemon water and a Probiotic capsule each morning on an empty stomach. If you want to take it deeper, add a shot glass of apple cider vinegar. This helps the body to alkaline itself.

Want to go even deeper? Add a fresh vegetable juice, preferably on the green side, with kale, parsley, spinach, wheat-grass, romaine and celery. (To make it a little more palatable, I like to add beet, apple and carrot.)

In addition to promoting an alkaline body, the antioxidants and fiber in these vegetables help the body’s elimination process. What does not come out through our “poop” and “pee” will come out of our skin. Our skin is THE largest organ of detoxification. Therefore, it’s the place where any problems will show up quickly.

If you’re breaking out in the forehead area, which is representative of the liver and kidneys, this situation is critical.

2) Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Add a little lemon and you will keep your metabolism charged up, burn more fat, as well as continue creating a alkaline environment.

3) Scrub your skin.

This is one of the most important steps in a skin care ritual that I am forever amazed so many leave out. A manual exfoliation with a granular scrub (no nut kernels please, they scratch the skin, which leads to possible infection) is crucial to release the dead cells from the surface and allow the incredible nutrients in our skincare products to actually penetrate.

Otherwise, when adding cremes or serums to a face that has not been scrubbed, you are making “muck,” and nothing is penetrating. Then we wonder why we feel dry.

4) Wash your face after a workout.

It is crucial to remove the sweat from your face within 15 minutes after working out. Don’t wait to get home to shower! That only allows the sweat, or oil, to solidify in your pores.

I compare it to fat in the frying pan after frying bacon: you know how fat congeals after the excess bacon grease has cooled down in a pan? That’s what happens in your pores, and if this situation occurs several times a week after your workouts, it continues to solidify until the p.acnes bacteria in the bottom of the pore begins to fester and create a pimple.

Either splash very warm water on your face immediately after, or use a pad with salicylic acid or tea tree oil. This will remove the “sweat” and clean enough until you can do a better cleansing once home.

5) Ok, we have a date! Finally! And…a pimple. 

Run — do not walk — to the freezer and grab an ice cube. Bacteria hates cold. Place the ice cube (do not push) lightly over the area. Do so until it hurts, then remove, and let the area warm, and do it again. Repeat 4-5 times. This will reduce the swelling, kill the bacteria, and save you from being a cyclops on your first date. No one believes me until they have their first success, then they always thank me for that tip.

6) Keep your diet clean.

Stay away from processed food and keep your diet rich in antioxidant fruits and veggies. Eat salads with lots of nuts for Omegas which hydrate the skin, as well as clean protein like organic chicken and salmon. If you’re vegan, eat lentils, chick peas, and almonds.

If you’re breaking out around your ears, neck, or even the more-hormonal area (the triangle from the corners of your nose to either side of your chin) you may be having elimination issues, and if not cleansed, it will only worsen. I am a poop-a holic, so this is an area I can never place enough importance on. A clean colon is a clean complexion, guaranteed, and a clean diet helps.

7) If your skin is dry, you are lacking water, not oil.

Try a mist first — either lavender or rose  — and then add your sunscreen or lotion on top.

8) Sugar is a drug.

I’m a sugar addict, so I know this first hand. As people age, proteins in the body can become damaged through the introduction of AGEs (advanced glycation end product) — one of the key factors in aging of the skin.

The more sugar you eat, whether processed or natural, the more AGEs are produced. When the body is overwhelmed with AGEs, collagen becomes compromised. Effects of the glycation process at the cellular level of the skin’s structure may result in wrinkling, loss of elasticity, stiffness, accelerated aging and compromised barrier function.

Not only does it cause “intrinsic aging” (aging within the body from internal sources) but the environment of our “gut” wreaks havoc from the candida produced from all this sugar.

What’s Candida? An overabundance of yeast caused from sugar intake. Candida shows up as bloating, sluggishness, rashes, acne, and in worse cases, thrush in our mouths and vaginal areas.

Of course…this pertains to alcohol as well, which turns to sugar in the body. That includes wine. Sorry.

9) Sleep!

There is nothing like a good eight hours of sleep. It’s what gives you “The Glow.” Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep every night, and remember that naps are always a good thing.

10) Finally, keep your stress to a minimum.

Meditate! Try it for a week and see if you see a difference in your appearance.

 

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