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A Winter Skincare Regime For A Natural, Healthy Glow

 Photo by  Lauren Edith Andersen  - Clothes by  Stella Carakasi  - Styling by Lauren Andersen and Samantha Nobles-Block @radishandfig - Jewelry by  Banana Republic  

Photo by Lauren Edith Andersen - Clothes by Stella Carakasi - Styling by Lauren Andersen and Samantha Nobles-Block @radishandfig - Jewelry by Banana Republic 

I think skin health is important to all women. I know it is extremely important to me. That’s why I do my best to achieve glowing skin from the inside out on a daily basis. Just like we focus on keeping our bodies fit and healthy, we also need to focus on keeping our skin balanced and radiant. Of course good nutrition plays a major role, but so do other factors such as stress management, reducing our exposure to toxins and using the right products. In this post, I am going to share with you my personal natural beauty tips for a healthy winter glow:

*Eat plant foods – aim for at least half of your meal plate to consist of organic vegetables in all colors of the rainbow. The fiber from plant foods helps to keep your intestines clean and waste removal efficient. The vitamins and minerals plant foods contain are also important for gorgeous skin, especially vitamins A, C and E as well as the mineral Zinc. The antioxidants that give fresh produce their vibrant color help to combat free radicals in the body that can damage skin cells and create premature aging. 

*Embrace fat – fat is an essential part of our diet. Without fat we won’t feel satiated (leading us to crave sugar which definitely isn’t going to give you a goddess like glow), we can’t make sex hormones (leading us to imbalances and potential breakouts), and we won’t glow (the membrane of every cell in the body is comprised of fat, including skin cells). Plus, your body won’t be able to absorb those beneficial fat-soluble vitamins A and E if you don’t have enough fat in your diet.      

*Hydrate – your skin is going to look depleted if you don’t drink enough water throughout the day. You can hydrate by drinking pure spring or reverse osmosis filtered water with lemon for added vitamin C, bone broth (made with bones from grass fed animals) based soups, organic herbal teas and eating organic veggies and fruits (especially drinking fresh made veggie juice). Bone broth is extremely beneficial for skin health as it contains high levels of minerals and amino acids, particularly collagen and gelatin (no need for Botox here!). Hot tip: I have been using Manuka honey on my face as a mask to help hydrate my skin this winter. 

*Use natural skincare products that are organic and safe for use. After all, our skin is the body’s largest organ and is highly absorbent, meaning what you put on it ends up in your blood stream. As some people like to say, “only put on your skin what you would eat”. You can research high quality products on the Environmental Working Group’s website Skin Deep.