What’s the secret to your clear skin? How is your hair so thick and silky? How are your nails so long?
The hard truth: you can put all the overpriced cleansers, creams, and toners on your skin. However, none of it will do much but drain your bank account. 99% of your hair, skin, and nail health starts in your microbiome. Our comprehensive approach begins in the kitchen, not Sephora.
Here are you five commandments for clear skin, thick hair, and strong, healthy nails:
1. Hydration Station
Water, Water, Water. Want plump, tight, wrinkle-free skin? Hydrate. Water accounts for 70% of our cell’s mass, making water essential to its proper structure. Just like a raisin shrivels when dehydrated, so does the skin. Remember, not all water is created equal. Filtered water is best!
Add lemon, lime or Apple Cider Vinegar to your 12 oz’s of room temp water when you wake, this will jump-start your liver and assist your bowel movements. If you’re not eliminating through the bowels, the body will reduce through the skin, which will cause more breakouts.
Exercise (this could include yoga) for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. Movement oxygenates the blood and increases blood flow.
Acupuncture is a workout for your nervous system and is unmatched by any other method. When the needles are administered to the specific acupressure points, the body perceives the puncture site as a microtrauma, and then acts accordingly. There is an influx of red blood cells for nutrient-rich blood, white blood cells for immune support and fighting off any foreign invaders (in this case, the needle is the supposed invader) and fibroblasts, which are the building blocks of collagen. All three of these are sent to the areas affected (where the needles are), which is why acupuncture is so wonderful for circulation.
Dry brushing is an ancient practice to cleanse the pores and assists with lymphatic drainage. Yes, dry brushing helps buff away dead skin. Even better is that it aids in overall detoxification, reduction of fluid retention, improved circulation, improved skin tone, reduction of cellulite, increased immunity, and improved lymph flow, which is your body’s own internal immune system.
Adaptogens bring balance to every system in the body, skin included. Anything that can contribute to stress may disrupt your hormones and lead to an outbreak.
Probiotics are essential. They help to repopulate the gut with good bacteria which in turn helps to alleviate acne breakouts, increase hair and nail growth, energize and balance your mood and much more. Having a sufficient level of beneficial bacteria is one of the most critical signs of optimal health. Not only do probiotics assist with digestive function and keeping other harmful bacteria at bay, but they also help the body absorb B-vitamins (which are essential for energy, healthy nerves, skin, and hair).
Collagen! Healthy skin needs collagen for firmness and radiance. Collagen production naturally declines as we age. Yet if you nourish and consume high-quality collagen sources, you can begin to defy the classic aging process. Supplying us the glow of our dreams, supplementing with collagen feels like a health and beauty no-brainer. We LOVE Vitalproteins!
4. Quit the skin-damaging foods.
Unfortunately, just like buying an expensive cream won’t necessarily fix all your beauty woes, nor will eating a standard American diet, which is so beautifully referred to as “SAD.” First, try cutting out the usual culprits such as sugar, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and processed foods to eliminate inflammation. To dive deeper into your sensitivities or intolerances, we recommend partaking in the appropriate diagnostic lab’s test and review with Dr. Lana to discover any other foods that may be causing inflammation to your microbiome.
5. Rest and Reset.
Get your Zzzz’s! According to TCM’s circadian clock, the body has a strict schedule of self-care. Each of our organs have a specific time frame when they work most efficiently. If your circadian rhythm is feeling “off,” the whole body suffers as various processes are not necessarily in sync. Optimizing your circadian rhythm optimizes your glow!
Meditate! Stress has become a regular part of our daily lives, and consequently, our beauty routines. With high levels of stress, you are more prone to experience acne, wrinkles, dry skin, and even hair loss and weight gain. Instead of always reaching for a topical treatment, take your skin’s health one step further with meditation—the practice of calming your mind to reduce stress and regulate pesky cortisol levels.
Note: Everyones epidermis is different. We suggest seeking out a skin care specialist that you trust for specific questions on topical recommendations. If you’re interested in Dr. Lana’s personal skincare routine, click here.
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