You’re getting ready for this date tonight. Or a job interview tomorrow morning. Or your friend’s wedding, or maybe a college reunion this weekend. You got a spiffy new outfit and your hair looks decent, but your skin is trash. A mega zit decided to camp out on your chin and a few others on your forehead. Or maybe your skin is so dry and flaky it resembles your aunt’s Thanksgiving pie crust. Before you melt into a complete tantrum, learn some tips that will help prevent this agony in the future.
Your skin regenerates approximately every 28 days. I know this isn’t the most hopeful thing you’ve heard today but it is a good sign. If you start eating a little cleaner and take a few supplements you’ll feel more confident for that next event.
Here’s the list:
1) A multivitamin. Yes, it sounds too simple. Go out to Whole Foods or pull up an online page and get yourself a good quality multivitamin. Centrum or One-A-Day won’t cut it. A lot of brands use synthetic fillers and artificial colors in their formulas. Garden of Life is a great place to start. Using a multivitamin every day for a whole month will help fill some of those nutrient gaps in your diet.
2) Greens. The darker the better. If you can’t eat them, drink them. They will help improve your skin’s elasticity, combat excess oil production and acne, hydrate and give you a youthful glow.
3) Apple cider vinegar. Buy it organic. Dilute 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of lukewarm water with 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Drink it every morning on an empty stomach, 20 mins before breakfast. This elixir will detoxify your blood and clear your acne, your age spots, rashes, and itchiness.
4) Milk Thistle. Find it in a supplement form here. This plant detoxes the liver and promotes healthy cell regeneration. A distressed liver can’t properly filter blood or break down toxins. When the liver is congested it will often send toxins up through the pores of the skin.
5) Turmeric. Drink it in a dairy-free turmeric latte like this one or use it in a face mask. This root is antiseptic, which means it can control all the bacteria on the skin. It’s also anti-inflammatory, can reduce puffiness, lighten dark spots and fight fine lines and wrinkles. For even better absorption of turmeric, use it in combination with a little black pepper.
6) Basil. Buy it fresh and add it to that can of pasta. Or on top of that frozen pizza. Hide it in your smoothie. Make fresh basil pesto. Get creative, the options are endless. This herb has powerful anti-aging properties and is a good source of vitamin K, which is known for speeding up skin healing and reducing dark circles.
7) Nuts. Great sources of Omega-3s which are important for cellular regeneration. Walnuts in particular, are full of antioxidants and stay fresh the longest. If you opt out for almonds, cashews, pistachios or peanuts, stay away from too much salt. Five large nuts or a handful of small ones per day will do the trick.
8) Green Tea. Always chose a responsibly sourced, organic option to avoid metal contamination. High in antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and slow down aging. Green tea will stimulate micro-circulation and improve skin tone. Mix it with other flavors such as jasmine or peach.
9) Witch Hazel. Use it topically on the face. Make sure you purchase an alcohol-free option. Use it as a toner to balance the skin’s pH levels. Your acne, dry skin, psoriasis or eczema will improve.
10) Water. You thought I’d leave this one out? THIS IS THE MECCA OF ALL SOLUTIONS. Drink every time you leave the restroom to trick yourself into remembering. Get a water bottle with a built-in timer if it helps. Download the Plant Nanny App to get you started. You’re better off peeing your toxins than having them seep through your pores. Water will alkalize both your skin and your blood. Don’t take it for granted.