Since creating the R Devine Skin Care line, the biggest compliment that I receive from people is how healthy my skin is. While I’d like to give full credit to my R Devine Skin Care products, there’s a lot more to glowing skin than just the topical skin care products that I use.
Because healthy skin does involve both an internal and external approach, I thought it would be a good idea share some secrets with you, so that you can have glowing skin, as well.
10 Ways to Make Your Skin Glow
Hydrated skin looks so much healthier, even-toned and supple. Did you know that it’s a myth that you can simply hydrate your skin externally? It’s true. You can temporarily hydrate your skin from the outside, but your skin cells do not fully absorb water in order to get hydration.
Think about it… if your skin absorbed water, you’d blow up like a balloon every time it rained or each time you showered. The only way to truly hydrate your skin is by drinking (filtered) water internally. Water helps to clear toxins from the body, and helps transport essential nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells.
If you’re not a big fan of drinking water, try adding fruit or vegetables to it, like lemon, berries or cucumber. Herbal tea (decaffeined) is another great way to get hydrated, and you also reap the benefits of the wonderful nutritional properties of these additions.
Take your Probiotics
Skin conditions stem from an overburdened liver. And an overburdened liver can negatively impact your gut health, which also can wreak havoc on the skin.
Over the last several years, since processed food has become more widely available, I have noticed a large increase in the amount of rosacea and adult acne cases that I see. Putting unnatural, synthetically processed foods into your body can feed the bad bacteria and create abnormal cells in the body. In order to stay healthy, our bodies need to be fed natural ingredients that only nature provides. By eating synthetically made food, toxins and unhealthy flora build up in your gut and intestines. An unhealthy gut leads to unhealthy skin.
“Your gut is made up of trillions of bacteria that affect your overall health. An overwhelming presence of bad bacteria can lead to numerous health issues from a slow metabolism all the away to more serious issues like Crohn’s disease. Probiotics will help you overcome these issues by providing balance to your gut which will help solve many of skin and health issues.” – Silver Fern Brand
While taking probiotics and working to improve your gut health, it’s vital that you avoid these foods in your diet.
The life cycle of a skin cell is 28 days. On the day that a skin cell is produced, it starts to move its way up from the bottom layer of the skin to the skins surface. As it reaches the surface of the skin, the skin cell dies, and should naturally slough off around day 28. However, not everyone’s skin cells slough off as they are meant to. This is especially true as we age.
When dead skin cells start to build up on the surface of the skin, skin becomes very dull and the texture of your skin can look rough and bumpy. Exfoliating weekly helps to remove the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, causing your skin to be much smoother and brighter looking. For exfoliating, I recommend our Sacred Botanicals: Hibiscus Facial Exfoliant.
For more information on exfoliation, please read my recent blog post: Why You Should Never Skip Exfoliation in Your Skin Care Routine
Get Your Lymph System Flowing
Your lymphatic system is the drainage system of your body that is part of your immune system. It manufactures and carries white blood cells, which protect the body against foreign invaders, like pathogens and bacteria. The lymphatic system is also responsible for removing cellular waste, as well as cleansing, detoxifying and maintaining fluid levels within the body.
The lymphatic system is located directly below the skin’s surface. In fact, if you place a nickel on the back of your hand and let it sit there, you’re touch your lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is the only system in the body that doesn’t run automatically. What does that mean? Well, you know how your blood circulates and your breathe automatically whether you’re conscious or not? Your lymphatic system does not do this. It needs to be stimulated in order to work properly. When it is not working properly, lymph fluid becomes stagnant and toxins begin building up, causing the skin to potentially suffer from acne, eczema, rosacea, loss of elasticity, premature aging… the list goes on. When lymph is properly flowing, the skin will be left glowing.
How do we get lymph moving? Through regular holistic facials that involve lymphatic massage, facial cupping, dry brushing, guasha and regular movement (walking, rebounding, etc.). I will be writing more about the lymphatic system as well as these lymph moving tools in some upcoming blog posts.
My entire life, I’ve always loved my sleep. When I’m sleep deprived, I notice a huge difference in both my skin and my emotional health. There’s a reason why sleep is often referred to as beauty sleep, and you should never, ever sacrifice sleep for anything (except during the newborn phase of motherhood of course).
Our skin and body repair themselves while we sleep. Skin cells regenerate, circulation improves and oxygen flow increases. Lack of sleep lowers circulation and oxygen flow within the body. Poor circulation and decreased oxygen flow lead to pale, washed out skin, dark circles under the eyes and premature aging.
Fall in Love with Facial Oils (even if you have acne)
Facial oils are more concentrated than cream or lotions, so you only need a tiny amount each day to see results. Personally, I haven’t used a traditional skin moisturizer since before launching the R Devine Skin Care line. I only use oils to moisturize my skin. Certain organic oils, such as jojoba oil and hemp seed oil, closely mimic our skins natural oils, helping the skin to balance out, and encouraging the skin to function properly.
Oils also contain smaller molecules than water-based creams and lotions. When you apply oil to the skin, these smaller molecules can actually dive deeper into the skin, treating lower layers of skin cells, and in turn, making them much healthier as they reach the visible surface of the skin.
R Devine Skin Care has three different facial oils and an oil-based beauty balm. Sacred Calm works wonders for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin conditions, such as rosacea. Sacred Balance is a really effective facial oil that is ideal for oily and acne-prone skin types, while keeping the skin well moisturized. Sacred Light is really rich in antioxidants and is great for sun-damaged, mature skin. Sacred Glow is a beautiful oil-based beauty balm that is ideal for people with dry, mature skin whose skin needs a little more moisture than an oil may provide.
Wash Your Face EVERY Night
In our busy, fast-paced, modern lives, I understand what a chore it is some nights to have to wash your face, when you just want to get to sleep. Throughout the day dirt, pollution and bacteria accumulate on the skin. Knowing that your skin repairs itself while you sleep, it’s vital to clean your skin of these contaminents and feed it nourishing ingredients to aid and encourage that healthy function while you sleep.
For those of you who wear makeup, it’s even more important that you wash your face EVERY night. Leaving makeup on while you sleep can clog your pores, cause dryness and flakiness, and also lead to bumpy rashes around the eye area and even eye infections for those with sensitive eyes.
Easier said than done, I know! Stress is big contributor to adult acne and other skin conditions, as it lowers the immune system, enabling the bacteria that causes acne to leave the liver and head straight for the skins surface, wreaking havoc inside the body.
I’m sure those of you who suffer from skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis notice that your skin gets worse during periods of stress. When you experience stress, your body produces cortisol and other hormones, which activate your oil glands, producing more oil. Unfortunately, skin conditions end up causing more stress, as they negatively impact your self esteem. It becomes a very vicious cycle.
Reducing stress as much as possible is really important for healthy skin. Exercise, plenty of sleep, downtime, deep-breathing exercises and meditation are all great ways to help reduce stress.
Apply Sunscreen Daily
The sun is the number one enemy of the skin and the main cause of premature aging. In fact, 80% of the sun damage that occurs within our skin happens before we reach the age of 18. In order to protect our skin from further damage, it is vital to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
When searching for sunscreen, make sure to look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (in cream form, not powder) as the active ingredients. These two ingredients are the only safe active sunscreen ingredients. Other active ingredients found in conventional brand sunscreens can be toxic and carcinogenic.
For more information on safe sunscreen and sun protection, check our the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreen.
Eat Your Fruit and Veggies
Eating a healthy diet, full of fruits and vegetables, provides your body with the essential vitamins and nutrients that your skin loves.
Vitamin C is especially wonderful for the skin. Vitamin C reduces inflammation and irritation, and also boosts collagen production within the skin, slowing down the signs of premature aging. It is vital that you get your Vitamin C internally though, as the majority of Vitamin C serums and lotions on the market have lost their vitamin C by the time they make it to your skin.
Eating fruits that are high in antioxidants really benefit the skin. Antioxidants protect the skin by limiting the production of free radical damage, which can damage skin cells. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can improve your health and the appearance of your skin.
Lastly, fruits and vegetables help to kill the bacteria that cause skin conditions, like acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.