You drool when you see it: Skin as flawless as a pearl. As smooth as a buttery truffle. As fresh and sprightly as the morning dawn. As crystal clear as the waters of Sardinia. As glowing and radiant as the golden afternoon sun.
You groan when you see it: The baskets and bins overflowing with half-empty serums, lotions and potions which brought about yawn-worthy results and now only serve to collect dust. The bottle of facial wash in your shower – the one you wanted to love so badly – that you rush to finish because it is so unremarkable. The painful breakouts along your jawline that appear to be procreating. The eye bags you wish you could crawl inside of for a long, cradling nap. The dimpled flesh you masterfully hide under your beach towel.
Relax in your seat and breathe a sigh of relief, for I’ve done all of the dirty work and trampled through the maze of experimentation so you don’t have to. Continue reading for the only skincare article you’ll need to fancy for quite some time.
Let Us Begin Where the Skin Problems Begin
Your skin is an organ and a walking billboard showcasing the truth about your state of health. It’s not just for decoration, though we often treat it as merely that.
Although there are hall-of-fame-worthy products available to facilitate your skin endeavors (which I am recommending), an integrative approach is foundational. I am delivering precisely that.
In this article, I’ll be individually addressing the most common skin complaints readers often share with me. Let us begin…
Skin Concern: My skin is as dry as a bone!
If your skin is cracked and crying out for moisture, you must stop interfering by sudsing and splashing in body washes formulated with harsh detergents, artificial dyes and sulfates.
Facial Cleansing Products For Dry Skin:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
I thread my praises of coconut oil throughout the fabric of my beauty and wellness content. Rich in Omega-9, it makes for a brilliant makeup remover, moisturizer, anti-fungal, among countless other vanity- and wellness-related functions. To learn more, read my article Coconut Oil: A Fountain of Wellness In a Jar.
As of late, I have had immense success with this brand.
skyn ICELAND Pure Cloud Cleanser
The skyn ICELAND brand was created to address stress-related skin concerns. And, it is brilliant at doing exactly that. Made with shea and cocoa butters, the cloud cleanser is emollient, has a softly whipped texture, a mild fresh scent and is packaged with a muslin cloth.
If you have never employed the delicate yet effective exfoliating action of a muslin cloth, you’re unknowingly depriving your skin of a simple wonder. Muslin cloths rival any other exfoliating brush, cloth or sponge I’ve ever found – eradicating any trace of the dreadful flakes that dry skin sufferers know all too well.
Body Cleansing Products for Dry Skin:
Nubian Heritage Soaps
Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Soap
The Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver soap variety smells wickedly sexy – aromatic, mildly sweet and fruity with a hint of musk.
It is moisturizing, comforting and drenches your skin in neem oil – an oil famously used in Indian culture to calm, nurture and soothe. The lather is creamy and silky, but leaves no trace of yucky residue. It has turned my shower time into a sensorial mecca.
Raw Shea Butter Soap
This anti-aging and emollient soap has a mild scent, and is crafted with frankincense and myrrh. I most recommend it for eczema and cold-weather sufferers.
Hyaluronic Acid: A Miracle For Dry Skin
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, and is a fame-worthy youth preserver. It has the astonishing capacity to draw like a magnet, and then hold, copious amounts of moisture. In fact, one gram can hold onto five or six liters of water. Hyaluronic acid isn’t playing around.
The most stellar news? It is impressively gentle and has a rejuvenating effect on even the most sensitive, blemish- and irritation-prone skins. No one need be deprived of the plumping, moisture-binding benefits of this magical substance.
Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Cosmedica Skincare
This is the purest hyaluronic acid product available. Apply it to clean skin, prior to moisturizing. It holds a shocking level of moisture.
From head-to-toe, marula oil is addictive and non-irritating. Cold-pressed, lightweight and easily absorbed, it is a magic eraser for chapped and thirsty hands, face, lips and feet. And, truly, its application feels like a luxury. I often blend it with my favorite essential oils.
Skin Concern: I have acne, but treatments make my skin angry.
Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser
A couple of washes with this acne-fighter, along with the enlistment of beauty acids (read below), knocks my breakouts to their knees every time. It is the most effective pimple-slaying cleanser I’ve ever washed with (and I’ve washed with more than I feel comfortable listing).
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque
Never underestimate the power of french clay. This product is a fountain of beauty in a jar, and works fabulously as either a facial or spot treatment.
Silkia Camellia Oil
Japanese camellia oil brings a swarm of skin-healing benefits, but I most appreciate its ability to promote clarity while also calming and comforting. It isn’t a heavy oil, so it won’t leave a thick veil of grease behind. I have relied on it intermittently for years to bring comfort to my skin after applying harsh blemish-clearing treatments. Not quite as emollient as marula oil, it is most effective for acne scarring.
The Silkia brand is of the most heavenly quality.
Skin Concern: My skin texture is bumpy and struggling.
Behold the Beauty Acids
Never underestimate the capacity of beauty acids. Whether in a cleanser, a cream or an intensive peel, discovering the right marriage and frequency of acids can wave a magic wand over your skin texture.
Juice Beauty Brightening Gel Cleanser
Made with lemon, apple and sugar-cane hydroxy acids, this product has become my most beloved cleanser. My oily-to-combination and adept-to-congestion skin bows in exaltation for it. It removes every trace of makeup and reveals a newly-refined skin texture with every use.
Arcona The Solution
This concoction of glycolic acid, quercetin and pure essential oils is astounding, and I consider it one of the most transformative products I’ve ever slid across my flesh. Glide it onto your congested, unevenly textured facial skin before bedtime, and awaken with luminous, smooth and lit-from-within skin in the morning. It is brilliant at “de-gunking” any and all levels of congestive funk.
I warn you: You may develop an irrational crush on your own silly face.
For more incredible mask and facial peels which employ the mighty engine of beauty acids, read here.
LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub
This sea salt polishing body bar smells the way a blood orange mimosa tastes – with a splash or two of jasmine tea for goodness’ sake. It leaves your body as smooth as glass, and is perfect for scrubbing away roughness around the heels.
Skin Concern: My eyes appear as though they hath not seen sleep in a century.
If the skin around your eyes has an ever-growing population of lines, if you appear as though you were engaged in a late-night bar brawl and took a sucker-punch to the eyeball or as though you’re being beckoned to nap inside of those heavy bags, read on.
The Eye Area & Digestive Stress Connection
Digestive issues and fatigue reveal themselves in the eye area. If you’re not breaking your food down properly, if your liver is overloaded with toxins and if your adrenal glands are pumping out too much or too little cortisol, your eye area is destined to visibly beg for a break.
(Note: I’m in the process of creating an article on healthy digestion, and will update with link soon.)
skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
I recently had a three a.m. alarm alert for a flight from Nashville to New York. I was flying in for an important work-related event, and appearing as though I’d been the victim of a late-night bar brawl was not permissible. I needed help.
Luckily, I had this award-winning treatment in my arsenal; it was a shockingly effective face-saver.
A transdermal gel patch infused with Gingko Biloba, healing oils and flower extracts, it is 10-minute cooling, soothing and, thus, a most pampering pleasure. It sent my eye sadness – dehydration, puffiness and swelling – to its death bed.
Skin Concern: I work out and eat clean, so why am I still plagued with cellulite?
Cellulite is not a stubborn ‘type’ of fat. In fact, it has nothing whatsoever to do with being lean and physically fit. Cellulite is simply this: unhappy fascial connective tissue unevenly blockading, grappling and – ultimately – distorting the appearance of your body fat. This distortion is visible on the skin and is often associated with being overweight or out-of-shape, but it is never the fault of fat. In fact, there is no chemical difference between fat that appears smooth and fat that appears to have survived a hail storm.
You can perform all of the squats and lunges, you can run until sweat drips from your brow, but your cellulite will persist until you employ an army of connective tissue healers.
If cellulite is a problem for you, please read my three-part interview series with Ashley Black, Best-Selling Author of “The Cellulite Myth: It’s Not Fat, It’s Fascia” and Inventor of the FasciaBlaster – the only device I’ve ever found to transform bumps and lumps to smooth as glass.
And, guess what? On the journey to conquering cellulite, you just may get a surprise token gift of a better functioning body with decreased pain and increased range of motion. Because it all comes from the same place…
Hall of Fame Skin-Loving Supplements
Why Omega Fatty Acids Matter
The standard western diet is not well-acquainted with healthy fats. This is tragic because the brain is a fatty organ – boasting at almost 60 percent capacity. It also happens to be our most valuable (though under appreciated) beauty tool – responsible for creating all of the cell membranes in our bodies. If the brain isn’t receiving an ideal balance of omega fatty acids, depression, fatigue and skin issues – along with a bounty of other malfunctions – ensue.
Evening Primrose Oil
Native Americans have used Evening Primrose Oil for centuries. Rich in omega-6 fatty acids, it is powerfully anti-inflammatory and brilliant for optimal hormone function, which results in increased skin clarity, density and radiance. Hormonal imbalances reveal themselves in our appearance – in a myriad of ways ranging from hair shedding, thinning eyebrows, cystic acne, poor body fat distribution and many other unpleasantries.
No woman, young or old, is immune to hormonal frustrations. Our toxic diets and environments are constant endocrine system disruptors.
To learn more about Evening Primrose Oil for hormonal health, read this.
Parent Essential Oils
Parent Essential Oils are not widely known, but are far superior to fish oils. They are never rancid, there is low risk of allergic reaction and they serve to oxygenate the cells while conquering inflammation. This formula is a sublime balance of omega- three, six and nine, performing wonders for the skin, mood and energy levels.
Astaxanthin is a mighty antioxidant, and is my summertime beauty secret. If you’re fair-skinned and not loving it, allow me to enlighten you.
Hint: Astaxanthin is solely responsible for flamingos donning their gorgeous shade of rosiness. Since I’ve previously declared my love for it, proceed to read here.
Zinc deficiency is widespread. This is important to note because it plays a number of powerful roles in the biochemistry of our bodies – from immunity to hormonal function to mood to collagen production. It is necessary for more than 100 unique enzyme systems in the body, and is a manufacturer of proteins.
As a result, supplementation with zinc often has a magical way of rewriting an array of skin-related sob stories. Individuals consistently report the eradication of acne, the diminishing of stretch marks and lightening fast post-surgical wound healing.
Note: Zinc interplays with other minerals (such as copper), so begin my supplementing gently. Extreme supplementation poses the risk of further imbalances.
I’ve written many professions of love and appreciation for MSM, so I’ll spare readers another. MSM is made of sulphur, and is a skin and hair salvager. Read this article for all of the juicy, vanity-loving details.
Remember: the line between beauty and wellness is an illusion. It all begins in the same place: within. This means keeping everything – from our internal plumbing to our external canvas – clean.
Have a Love Affair With Thy Liver
The time has come to have a love affair with your liver, for it works tirelessly every moment of every day. It endures such abuse, and that abuse reveals itself on your skin. Liver-loving foods such as apples and lemons must become staples in your diet. But, first we must evacuate the intruders.
This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, but I most recommend Dr. Hulda Clarke’s liver flush.
I’ll be awaiting your love letters…
Essential Oils for Every Skin Concern
Check out my three-part series on essential oils. The beauty and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils. are infinite and invaluable.
*Below is a great info graphic created by ThankYourSkin.com:
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