Simple Tips for Healthy Skin

I've always been interested in skincare and recently started incorporating a more natural and internal approach to my daily regimen. After seeing results and improvements after a few weeks, I finally truly understand and firmly believe that healthy and beautiful skin comes from within.

After many frustrating trials of experimenting with various products (goodbye Clairisonic!) that sometimes worked but mostly backfired, I'm really happy to have learned a few simple tips that really do make a big difference. My skincare goals now are maintenance and prevention. I will admit it takes discipline, patience and commitment to start good habits for your skin. But trust me, it'll be worth it in the long run. Plus, you will probably save a lot of time and money on expensive products that have good marketing but really aren't that good for you.

It's never too late to start now, and it's better to start earlier than later. After all, you only have one face in your life, darling! So take good care of it and make it a top priority.

► Mineral Makeup: I'm at a stage now where I care more about good natural skin that glows, rather than having to cover it up with a lot of makeup. When I do wear makeup, I make sure that it's natural and not full of chemicals and parabens that are harsh on my skin. I got rid of all my foundations and fully switched over to mineral makeup. I like that mineral makeup sits on your skin rather than sinks into it which is gentler. I particularly love the Jane Iredale line and their pressed powder for its coverage, SPF protection and weightless feel.

► Sunscreen: I've always known about the importance of protecting your skin from UV rays, but never found a sunscreen for my face that worked until I discovered the mineral sunscreen collection by Coola. I really like that it is all natural and has a nice smooth matte finish. I love this stuff! For my body, I use a spray sunscreen by Sun Bum that is my go to for sun protection. It's nourishing (vitamin E enriched), easy to apply and has a nice scent that reminds me of the beach.

► Supplements: Nutrition is such an essential foundation to healthy skin and supplements play a key role in achieving that natural glow. I take a daily dose of vitamin C and omega-3 supplements, which have anti-aging, anti-inflammation and good health benefits overall. I also take extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil in capsule form which does wonders for skin and hair. Another essential supplement I started taking are anti-aging capsules from Bend Skincare that was recommended to me by my knowledgeable facialist. It's full of powerful ingredients that help to increase skin resistance to UV damage. 

► Collagen: I learned that women start to decrease collagen production in their mid-twenties (ugh!) and cell turnover slows down. I started incorporating powdered collagen from withinUs which helped to strengthen my hair and achieve smoother skin. It's also great for reducing joint pain. 

► Hydration: I make a good effort to drink as much water (with lemon!) as I can everyday to keep my skin hydrated. Lemon water is incredibly beneficial. It heals, detoxes and its alkalizing effects help to boost your immunity, energy and even kick start your metabolism. However, even though our skin is the largest organ in our body, it's also the last organ to receive it internally. So, it's important to avoid dehydration and negate water intake. I avoid consuming caffeine and alcohol, which I've found has always led to irritated and dry skin the next day.

Sleep with a Humidifier: Getting a good night of sleep is vital! It's also an important time for skin regeneration and cell production. Maximize your beauty sleep by using a humidifier. It not only helps to clean the air, but add moisture to it. Plus, it's nice waking up to hydrated skin. I purchased a small portable humidifier from HoMedics which is great especially for traveling and preventing the drying effects of air conditioning.

I hope that these tips are helpful and inspire you to start adding them into your daily regimen. If you have any questions or want to share your own tips, I'd love to hear from you!