At True Botanicals, we’re all about taking a holistic approach to skincare. Your lifestyle choices like what you eat, how much you drink, and how you deal with stress can help (or hurt) your skin’s overall vibrance and health.
Read on to learn how Facial Therapist Noelle’s Clear collection and lifestyle choices help overcome blemishes and improve her skin’s health.
You’ve probably heard that dairy, gluten, and sugar can play a huge role in whether or not we have clear skin. Not only can these food groups cause inflammation and indigestion, but they can also affect our hormones – which lead to a spike in breakouts. It’s not only what we eat but what we drink. Alcohol and too much caffeine can cause dehydration. When your body is dehydrated, the last place it’s going to send water is to your skin … which can cause fine lines and wrinkles!
2. Keep a Skincare Journal
Journaling is a simple way to track lifestyle choices and how they affect your skin. Start by writing all the food and drinks you eat daily, making note of how they make you feel after consuming. Do you feel energized? Sluggish? Bloated? Next, ask yourself “How’s my skin feeling today?” and write that down.
By keeping track daily, you can start singling out what’s causing those annoying breakouts. My skincare journal helped me figure out that I break out with soft cheeses like brie, but tend to be fine with hard cheeses (unless I eat in excess). Sometimes, you’ll find foods that don’t agree with your skin that don’t fall under the gluten, dairy, or sugar categories – like chickpeas and hummus for myself.
If you like to indulge in alcohol, journaling is a great way to find out what types of alcohol makes your skin more upset than others. You may find you need to swap your whiskey for a glass of red wine for clearer skin.
3. Sweat it out!
Sweating is one of the main functions of our skin. It is an essential part of detoxification for the body. By getting in 30 minutes of sweat daily, you’re able to rid yourself of impurities lodged in your pores and toxins out of your body. Sweating doesn’t have to be an intense HIIT workout – a brisk walk, yoga, hot bath, or sauna will also do the trick!
Sleep is such a wonderful time for mind and body. There is a reason that we need to sleep each night – this is the time our bodies combat inflammation, repair damages, increase our blood flow (skin’s nutrients), and build collagen. When we get restful sleep, our skin barrier will be able to heal itself more efficiently and can more effectively combat breakouts.
5. Natural Biocompatible Skincare
Use skincare products with ingredients that are biocompatible – meaning, your skin recognizes them and knows how to use them. Biocompatible ingredients are small-molecule and never disrupt the skin barrier. When your skin barrier is strong and can use all the potent benefits of natural biocompatible ingredients, it can best fight off blemishes.
The Clear collection by True Botanicals is formulated with natural biocompatible ingredients that combat blemishes, such as Black Willow Bark Extract – often known as nature’s salicylic acid. Natural biocompatible ingredients mean these products will never strip your skin, but instead, balance oil production and provide natural antibacterials and antioxidants to reveal clearer, more even-toned skin.