#betterskin Challenge – Final Update 

Hi guys!

Last we left off on the #betterskin Challenge – week 4 – I really didn’t feel like I was where I wanted to be. You know why?

Because good skin isn’t made overnight or errrr, even in 4 weeks! It takes time, diligence – perseverance! But the patience pays off, I promise you!


So here we are, week 6. But woah woah woah… let’s rewind it for a minute and talk about the changes I’ve implemented over the past few weeks in an effort to help my skin…

  1. Drinking more water
  2. Supplementing with Stress Care
  3. Adding dandelion root tea (daily)
  4. Adding a homemade face scrub to my beauty routine (2 x a week)
  5. Upping my dietary fats (daily)
  6. And keeping it all up for 6 weeks!

 

I know it can be hard to tell, but I can feel the difference in my skin. It is much, much less dry. My skin tone is brighter and I have a more even skin tone. I am proud of the changes that I’ve made to my routine, especially drinking more water and just practicing some extra acts of self care, like drinking tea and doing my homemade face scrub!

What I learned from doing this challenge is that there really is no secret to good skin. And like most of the rewards in this world, it is earned – not given! That means I can’t give up the great changes I’ve made and expect great results – I need to keep up with my routine.

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So what am I gonna keep – and what’s getting kicked? Well – I wouldn’t say I’m kicking anything – but I am going to make a couple of adjustments. I love a good homemade face scrub, but if I can find a great natural one at the health food store, I’ll make the swap. It saves me time, which is precious to me, and I’ll also get to feel like I’m pampering myself more.

I’m also going to switch up my nightly tea – I love dandelion root, but I think Holy Basil and Chamomile are also great options that help to regulate cortisol levels as opposed to focusing on the liver detoxification route.

I believe the same thing I did when I started this challenge – that great skin is made mostly from the inside out! If you want better skin, start with your nutrition – and make the tweaks necessary along the way for you to reach your goal.

Thanks for following along!

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#betterskin challenge – Week 4

Oh my goddddd WHYYYYY. 

That’s what I thought the other day when I saw my face. Another huge breakout. Why?! These past couple of weeks I have been so diligent!

And then I remembered: the other night… all the fun – all the food! And how I accidentally ate dairy (dun dun dunnnn). In my defense, the restaurant I went to with my sister was new territory for me, so I wasn’t familiar with the menu. I should have said something to the waitress about my dairy sensitivity, but I didn’t. Amateur move.

The next morning (I kid you not) I wake up with huge welt-like blemishes on my face. A lot of people, when they eat something they are sensitive or allergic to, experience gastrointestinal problems. I get a little of that, but most of the consequence for me is inflammation, and acne.

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Knowing I had this post coming up, I felt so let down. I wanted to be at a better place by now – (hello – it’s called the #betterskin challenge!) but it looked like that wasn’t in the cards for me.

So I had to give myself a little peptalk. Like what’s up girl, this is not the time to get discouraged! I have formed some really awesome habits, and I know if I hang in there I am going to get the results I’m working for.

So here’s the deal – I was going to do this challenge for 4 weeks – but I really think it deserves one more week. The groundwork is there, I just need a little more time for the inflammation to come down and for these blemishes to heal.

That being said, I won’t be doing adding anything else to my routine – I feel at this point it is pretty well rounded, and I’m happy with the habits I established! Especially the one last week of upping the fat. My skin is more supple and moisturized than it’s ever been this especially dry time of year!

I hope you guys will join me next week for the final update!

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#betterskin Challenge – Week 3

Hey Strong Babes!

Thanks for joining me for another #betterskin Challenge update!

Who ever thought that making small changes could be so tough? These past couple of weeks have helped me realize that new habits are hard to make – I feel like I underestimated what an undertaking this would be.

To recap, I’ve worked towards making four small changes so far to my routine:

  • Getting my 8 glasses of water a day
  • Taking Himalaya’s Stresscare Daily
  • Doing a homemade face scrub 2x times per week (coffee, coconut sugar, coconut oil)
  • Drinking Dandelion Root Tea every night

 

The first three on the list are going well. I have picked up steam in terms of meeting my water intake goals, which I found difficulty with during the last update! On the flip side, drinking dandelion root tea every night is something I kinda flopped on. Determined not to quit, I will give it another go this week!

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Since I’m still working on perfecting components of my skin routine, I am just going ahead and making one change this week. Now you guys know I am all about healing my skin working from the inside out, and this week is not going to be any different.

This week, I’m going to start adding some extra FATS to my diet! Fats actually have a really important role in supporting really glowy, supple skin. The reason for this is simple – fat is an important building block for every cell in the body, and your skin cells are no exception! If you want to have healthy skin, build healthy skin cells!

To qualify this goal a little better, my plan is to have a handful of high fat nuts or 1/2 an avocado every morning for breakfast. This morning the avocado went right in my smoothie – I love the creamy, rich consistency it adds to a smoothie!

I know that healthy skin is made from the inside out, but that being said it is still important for me to use good quality skincare products. I have tried what feels like thousands of products and brands looking for the perfect lotion, body wash, etc. Finally I am happy with what I’m using!

 

 

I love Live Clean. Their products are amazing quality, paraben and pthalate free, eco friendly, and cruelty free. They also smell great, work amazing, and are completely affordable! And just FYI, this is not a sponsored post. I actually just love this product and want to share it with all of you.

When I buy their products I pretty much always go for the coconut milk scented ones – the other scents are lovely but this one makes me feel like I’m on a beach somewhere. I’m so glad I finally found something that meets my needs – and my budget.

Do you guys have any “musts” in your skin routine? I’d love to hear about it!

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#betterskin Challenge – Week 2 

You know how sometimes things get worse, before they get better? That’s me right now.

I got my period this week, and the week before I always get a nasty, hormonally driven breakout. The big blemishes that hurt – those are what I have to deal with this time of month. Ugh!

But let me speak on a positive note – I do think the changes I made last week have helped me make some progress. To recap: my plan last week was to focus on regulating cortisol (via Himalaya StressCare supplement) and to up my water intake to 8 glasses a day.

Taking the stress care has been no problem, but upping my water intake was a lot harder than I thought it would be! This has always been somewhat of a struggle for me. I love warm beverages like coffee and tea, and would naturally reach for those before a tall glass of water.

But I have noticed that my skin is much less dry – almost drastically so – than it was before. My face used to itch and flake if I didn’t put lotion or oil on right after I washed my face – and today I noticed I don’t get the same discomfort, after only one week no less!

It’s crazy to think that I would be in such a state of dehydration that my skin should suffer, but unfortunately this may have been the case.

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Either way, I am ready to keep moving forward!

This week I’m implementing something with liver support in mind. Now I know what you might be thinking: Jen, what the heck does your liver have to do with your skin? Well actually, your skin and your liver are both major detox organs. So when your liver is overburdened, your skin has to take on extra work in terms of detoxification. Your liver and your skin are more closely linked than you think, and symptoms of an unhealthy liver can show up in the skin first!

That being said, the handy tool I’m adding to my toolbox this week is Traditional Medicinals Organic Dandelion Root Tea. Dandelion root tea supports the liver with detoxification, so I’m going to add one cup of this to my nightly regimen! I love having tea at night, so this should be an easy habit to implement.

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I also wanted to add something fun this week – something that felt like pampering. I don’t do much to my face outside of my routine of removing my makeup with facewash and toning afterwards. So this week, I’m adding to my regimen a really thorough face scrub twice a week.

Truthfully though, I find a lot of store bought ones to be expensive and lacking in quality. So why not make my own? I found a few different easy to make ones, but I think I’m going to try a coffee grounds, coarse sugar, and coconut oil one at home. The coffee grounds are supposed to stimulate circulation towards the surface of the skin, leaving a healthier glow. I guess we’ll see!

That’s all for this week – wish me luck friends!

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#betterskin Challenge – Week 1

You know those New Years Resolutions that you seem to make every year, yet somehow they never make it on the to-do list? Me too. Working on improving my skin has been a reoccurring goal for me – yet I’ve never attempted it with any sort of plan or focus.

But today, that’s all gonna change. Today, I’m ready.

That’s right: My skin is a dehydrated, picked over, oily/dry combo of a mess – and with all due respect to myself – I’m ready to do something about it!

In fairness to myself, my skin is not the worst it’s ever been. In my teenage days I had acne that absolutely ravaged my face. Although that has subsided, I still get blemishes and breakouts on my face, neck, and shoulders.

I get comments all the time on social media about how my skin is perfect – trust me, it’s not! Makeup, contour, and natural lighting go a long ways. But we all know it’s what’s underneath that really matters, and I’m ready for truly healthy skin. Not skin that just looks healthy. And true to my values, I will be basing this mostly on healing my skin with nutrients that work from the inside out – with a few fun exceptions.

Today begins the  #betterskin challenge, and here’s how it’s mapped out: each week I am going to introduce two new strategies to help improve my skin. I’ll tell you what they are, and later update you on how they worked. I’m going to build upon the two I start this week by adding two more next week, etc etc, until we get to the end of 4 weeks.

Ready?

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So here’s my starting point. I have blemishes, blotchy tone, and puffy eyelids. It’s hard to tell, but my skin is also extremely dry – especially this time of year and on towards winter.

Week 1 Strategies:

Drink more water. Yes, I dragged you all the way through this post to tell you I’m going to implement the most boring strategy ever. Sorry! But the importance of healthy skin and water cannot be undervalued. I’m also horrible (yes, even as a wellness professional) at staying on top of my water intake.

I downloaded an app called “Daily Water” to help me out with this. I love having a visual cue as a reminder of where I’m at for water intake, and this app also allows you to set reminders. I did cruise other apps, but some counted drinking beverages such as coffee towards your daily water intake (ummmm, I wish).  Just know that there are options, but this one is free, simple, and I’m going to use it.

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Secondly, when it comes to skin it is really important to keep your stress levels under control. Cortisol is a powerful hormone, and it effects other hormones, and this can lead to serious breakouts. So I’ve decided to add a new supplement to my regime, which is Himalaya Stress Care. The main ingredient is ashwagandha, but there are other stress supportive ingredients in the formula as well. I’ll be taking a daily dose to help me regulate cortisol levels and keep breakouts under control.

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I’ll be updating on this series every Friday, so meet me here next Friday for the week 2 post and updates on how week 1 went!

#betterskin , here I come!

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