Glowing skin is a sign of overall health so it is important to look for remedies help the skin without harming the body. While there is an abundance of synthetic products that promise to get rid of skin imperfections, going the natural route is best. Many over the counter creams have endocrine disrupting chemicals that slow down detoxification having a detrimental impact on the look of the skin. Also antibiotics often prescribed can kill off beneficial bacteria that keeps the immune system in balance which includes the skin.
When it comes to skin make sure to start with stress management and plenty of restful sleep. A Paleo diet is a great starting place because eating nutrient-rich foods without processed foods, including gluten and dairy, is beneficial for the skin. Get started on the Paleo diet with this awesome guide (order here).
5 Natural Remedies for Blemishes
Made from fossilized phytoplankton or microalgae, diatomaceous earth is an natural clay that is ideal for facial exfoliation, which helps remove dead skin cells. Food-grade diatomaceous earth can be added to your diet because its high silica content is necessary for healthy hair, teeth, nails, and skin. You can order some HERE.
Mix water or milk with a tablespoon of diatomaceous earth to create a thick paste that you can use to gently massage onto the face in small, circular movements. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes before removing with warm cloth in small, circular movements to encourage exfoliation.
Vitamins A, C, and E
Vitamins can be a natural remedy for blemishes from within. In addition to eating foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, you can also take supplements. Vitamin A boosts collagen production and reduces the redness of blemishes. A great source of vitamin A is liver from a pastured animal, grass fed butter and pastured egg yolks. Vitamin C, which is also known as ascorbic acid, is great for detoxification because it binds with and gets rid of free radicals. You can get high quality pastured eggs HERE.
It is best use a food based vitamins when supplementing such as acerola powder for Vitamin C (order here) in addition to fruits and vegetables. Vitamin E can be obtained from nuts and seeds, olive oil (this is my favorite HERE) and wild fish can promote gut health which can translate into healthy skin. You can get high quality wild caught fish through Vital Choice, check it out HERE.
Skin Boosting Foods:
Apart from being loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E, tomatoes are also rich in iron, potassium, and other nutrients necessary for maintaining healthy skin. The astringent properties of tomatoes are also great for reducing the size of large pores and curing acne. For best results, use tomatoes as a topical treatment and as part of your diet.
Skin and deseed a medium sized tomato and massage the pulp onto your skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
The starch found in potato juice is great for lightening dark spots and pimple scars. It can also be used to lighten dark underarms and dark under eye circles.
Cut a potato in half and rub it directly on your skin. You can also use potato juice, which can be extracted by grating and squeezing the liquid from a small potato. Leave the potato juice on your face for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. Do this daily until you are happy with the results. Also eating sweet potatoes is a good idea which are are high in antioxidants which help keep class from oxidizing.
With a high salicylic acid content, strawberries are ideal for reducing the appearance of blemishes as it opens clogged pores, neutralizes bacteria, and exfoliates dead skin cells. Strawberries are also packed with antioxidants and nutrients that help fight acne and maintain healthy-looking and clear skin. Vitamin C is high in strawberries which is great for supporting liver detox which will lead to clearer skin.
Other natural remedies that you can use to get rid of blemishes are Manuka honey, argan oil, rosehip oil, and coconut oil.
Manuka honey dissolves dead skin cells gently and provides nourishing and moisturizing benefits. (order here)
Rosehip oil contains a very high concentration of vitamin A, which is known to promote cell turnover that is ideal for damaged, aging, and dry skin. (order here)
Argan oil is high in vitamin E, which helps remove spots and marks on the skin while providing nourishment. (order here)
Coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer, coconut oil speeds up the skin’s healing process.It is helpful in lessening inflammation and its lauric acid content is useful in killing acne-causing bacteria. (order here)
Aloe vera is another mild option that can be used on skin as a toner. Or the juice can be consumed to heal the gut lining. When digestion and gut function is working well the skin will reflect that too because they are both vital detoxification organs. (order here)
Essential oils such as lavender, lemon and tea tree can be very supportive of healthy and supple skin Order the brand I use here. Use essential oils with coconut or jojoba carrier oil as a moisturizer before bed. You can order jojoba oil here and coconut oil here.
Achieving great-looking skin the natural way is not only good for your overall well-being it can also spare you the possible side effects of using commercial skin products. A great guide to helping your skin from the inside out is available here and start looking and feeling amazing.
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