Our skin is our largest organ and since it is the only organ that we can actually see, it is so easy to forget that it is an organ at all. Skin is sensual and emotional, a major aspect of how we experience life. Our skin’s appearance is an involuntary communicator to others without us saying a word. Our skin is also extremely “talkative” about what is going on inside our body by the skin’s ailments that we sometimes encounter, yet how do we really know what our skin is actually saying?
Our skin gives us hints on the balance or imbalance inside our body, and all we truly desire is to have it look smooth, clear, soft, and vibrant. Unless we are in sync, it is really like two people screaming at each other in different languages. The key is to allow our skin to do its job fully, which is to protect us from environmental harm. Let’s stop fighting our skin and learn to support its natural innate function so that we can have the beautiful healthy skin that we desire.
Here are 6 tips to promote vibrant skin from head to toe…
1. Emotions & Our Skin
My mother gave me the book Heal Your Body–The Mental Causes For Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way To Overcome Them by Louise Hay years ago and I am so grateful! This book explains the connection of how our emotions effect our body and how they show up. It also provides affirmations for each ailment to help you create a high vibrational shift from what caused the ailment to begin with.
I’ll give you a very recent example. A few weeks ago I experienced a lot of stress and along with it came a lot of anger. Even though I was doing my best to continue to eat well and exercise along with taking my dance classes which is always a great emotional release, I developed a sty on my eye. Seriously NOT CUTE and I’ve never had one before.
I looked up the emotional cause of a sty in Heal Your Body and it stated, “Looking at life through angry eyes. Angry at someone.” This was exactly what was going on with me!!!!! I had built up so much unexpressed anger that it showed up on my eye. This helped me realize the forgiveness work that I had to do for myself and the other person. The affirmation for a sty is “I choose to see everyone and everything with joy and love.”
Here are more examples from Heal Your Body relating to emotions and skin…
Acne–Not accepting the self. Dislike of the self.–“I am a Divine expression of life. I love and accept myself where I am right now.”
Pimples/Blackheads–Small outbursts of anger.–“I calm my thoughts and I am serene.”
Whiteheads–Hiding ugliness.–“I accept myself as beautiful and loved.”
Eczema–Breath-taking antagonism. Mental eruptions.–“Harmony and peace, love and joy surround me and indwell me. I am safe and secure.”
2. Detox, Digestion & Diet
Healthy digestion and elimination has everything to do with beautiful skin! Even if you know someone who eats poorly and still has great skin, their diet lacking rich nutrients will affect their body negatively in other ways that you may not know of. Eating a diet high in alkaline forming foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables as well as specific grains such as quinoa and amaranth (organic preferably and here is why) greatly improve your overall health and your skin. Drinking alkaline forming beverages such as herbal teas, lemon water, and of course plenty of water creates a more alkaline body. This healing alkaline environment promotes the innate ability of our body to heal itself. It just needs help providing the right conditions. Here is a detailed list of alkaline and acid forming foods.
Eating a predominately alkaline diet also naturally detoxes the body. When we have acne or other skin aliments our skin is trying to rid the body of toxins by any means necessary. Steering clear of packaged and processed foods means that you will have to make more of your meals from scratch, yet eating simple whole organic foods is truly what nature intended.
3. Health & Hormones
Our hormones play a huge role with our body and of course our skin. I believe that the rise in acne and skin ailments in adults is due to processed foods and the use of plastic in everything. Plastic is the perfect example of “bad estrogens” that we come in contact with every day. These “bad estrogens” create hormonal imbalance as well as acne. Hormonal acne usually appears along the chin and jawline.
One supplement that I’ve been using to help rid the body of bad estrogens for the past few months is EstroBlock Pro which is a highly concentrated DIM supplement that also contains vitamin E and wasabi root. Estroblock Pro aids with hormonal balance and weight management.
4. Acknowledging the Influence of Media & Makeup
Having beautiful vibrant skin naturally without layers of foundation, concealer, highlighters, bronzers, and blushes is possible. For starters we must first really take into account that our perception of what skin should look like is tweaked because of media. Between makeup and airbrushing we don’t see enough of what natural healthy skin looks like on a daily basis. Comparing our natural skin to skin layered in makeup with airbrushing everyday is emotionally taxing.
What has helped me create a new perspective with my own skin has been simplifying my skin care regimen and fussing less about it as well as taking the One Week Makeup-Free Challenge. Not wearing even natural or mineral makeup allows your skin to breath and heal. Going makeup free for a week has helped me feel more comfortable with wearing less makeup in general because I feel better about how I look without it. It’s not the easiest transition, but it is a peace filled afterwards.
5. Soap-Free, pH Balance & Simple Skin Care
While working in cosmetic retail, skin care was my absolute favorite! I was always thrilled when representatives from different lines came in to teach us about their products, the ingredients, and what make them so unique. I wanted to learn as much as I could. The organic brands of course interested me the most, but I learned from every representative as much as I could regardless.
The ritual of cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize, and protect was the norm for a daily skin care regimen before I had the realization that maybe that was an overkill. Over the years I’ve weaned myself off the long system of skin care. I personally like to keep it super simple now by oil cleansing with oils high in linoleic acid (an acne prone skin angel) as well as weekly herbal steaming. You can also read more on chemical free skin care in this series.
One of the most important aspects of healthy beautiful skin is pH balance. The use of soaps on our skin completely disrupts our skin’s pH and the protective acid mantle. Once this imbalance happens we can develop skin issues. Read about The Importance of pH Balance in Beauty Products for more information.
Using soap even on our body has this same effect. You can easily create an all natural body wash with rhassoul clay.
One of my favorite all natural body washes is 100% Pure Hydrating Body Wash. There are 17 naturally scented foaming body washes to choose from and they are pH balanced and most importantly soap-free. (They discontinued this “body wash” and replaced it with a “shower gel” which contains saponified coconut oil. I’m so sad about this, but thanks to one of my readers for bringing this to my attention. If you can find the original which I reviewed here anywhere go for it!)
6. The Chinese Face Chart
The Chinese Face Chart is absolutely incredible! It is the perfect way to understand what areas of our body may be experiencing imbalance based upon where our skin ailments appear on our face. If you have puffy bags or dark circles under your eyes, your kidneys are experiencing imbalance. Supporting your kidney health through diet, nutrition, herbs and plenty of water will not only aid your beauty but your health in a big way. Seeing a holistic health practitioner who understands this chart and how to support your health is even better. Approaching skin care and our health from a multifaceted system is the key to having desirable radiant beautiful skin.
Once we stop fighting our skin with harsh cleansers, suffocating it with chemicals and heavy makeup, along with taking our emotions and overall health into great consideration, our skin and our beautiful desires for it will finally be in sync.
(Images by hayhouse.com, turbocharged.us.com, estroblock.com, thestudioacademy.co.uk, moutainroseherbs.com & doctoroz.com)