Genetics! You just gotta do the best with what you have right…

For as long as I can remember I have encountered an assortment of skin problems and issues. As a teenager and throughout my 20’s my skin was nothing but trouble. I had horrible acne and I was put on all sorts of lotions, potions and medications, the contraceptive pill and eventually Roaccutane. Oh the glamour of my teen years!

For Roaccutane you need to sign a government agreement saying if you are to get knocked up you are on your own and to expect a 90% chance of birth defects in bambino’s…that’s how potent Roacutane is… Its toxic destructive stuff!! I get a little mad that I was put on it and at such a young age.

Taking Rocacutane certainly cleared up my skin, well it was probably the Contraceptive Pill that did it. My teenage hormones finally got some discipline. What they really needed was some love…aaaww!

Throughout my 20’s the minute I ever stopped taking the Pill my skin was in all sorts again. Hello, hormones left to their own devices. They didn’t know how to support themselves.

In my mid 20’s I started getting interested in Natural Health and becoming aware of the things our bodies will do to tell us they are not happy. I studied Naturopathy and became particularly interested in natural skincare.

My focus these days in on health as a whole, and how that can be reflected in your skin and overall wellbeing.  Here are some significant things that may help your skin and general health:

Getting hormones sorted, easier said than done. A fertility specialist or a Naturopath can help. Most of us know when an imbalance is occurring.
Vitex / Chaste Berry– a herb to help balance hormones.
Shatavari – an Ayurvedic herb to balance hormones and nourish the reproductive organs.
Dong Quai – can help regulate female hormones.

Adaptogen Herbs – Medicinal Mushrooms, Ashwaganda, Gynostemma, Astragalus

Blood Cleansing & Purifying herbs – Burdock & Manjista herbs

MSM (organic sulphur) – Sulphur is found in all cells in the body. The body uses it for collagen synthesis, forming skin, blood vessels, hair and nails. It’s main benefit is to keep cells, skin and blood vessels elastic, which is the attribute of youth. That is why organic sulphur is often regarded as the beauty mineral. It keeps cell walls permeable so that nutrients can freely flow into the cells and wastes and toxins can easily be neutralized.

Omega Oils – Preferably Omega 3’s as they are anti-inflammatory, whilst too much Omega 6 can promote inflammation and inhibit the metabolising of Omega 3. 6 supports the skin more however.

Zinc – heals and repairs skin, vital for collagen production which gives strength and elasticity to the skin.

Lots of good clean water. No brainer.

Protein. Preferably a vegetable variety. Protein is essential for rebuilding every cell in our body.

Detoxifying supplements such as Spirulina, Wheatgrass, Barley Grass (anything with high levels of chlorophyll / green plant pigment). Chlorophyl and Apple Cider Vinegar.

Warm lemon water each morning. It flushes toxins from the liver, alkalines the body and kick starts the metabolism.

Getting your gut healthy, think prebiotics & probiotics, digestive enzymes, fermented foods (The Beauty Chef’s Inner Beauty Glow is good for all this). Your hormones are metabolised in the gut and 70% of your immunity stems from there.

Discontinuing any obsession with having a PLASTIC water bottle. The BPA chemical used in most plastic bottles is A MASSIVE hormone disruptor. It seeps from the plastic bottle into your water. Especially if you are reusing bottles over and over, they get hot throughout the day, disintegrate a little, you refill it, you drink it…..yuk.

Natural / organic skincare. More importantly, adding nutrition and feeding your skin through your skincare.

Diet and Food. Eat clean, real foods. Stay away from sugar (try Stevia instead), processed foods, white stuff, alcohol and stimulants like coffee and commercial chocolate. There are loads of great quality unrefined raw, organic cacao chocolates now days.  I would cut out ALL dairy too and use rice, oat and nut milks as an alternative.

Yoga. For me this has been essential to my physical, emotional and mental health.

Panchakarma – an Ayurvedic purification program. This was essential in helping me. I did a recent blog on this that you might be interested in. Read Panchakarma Post

Being happy! Crazy but this can be tricky. The mind plays tricks on us ALL the time. From the minute you wake up. Instilling a positive, grateful, loving frame of mind for as many minutes of the day that you can is a must to lifting your spirits.

Something to think about..

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