In our experience, these following changes made the biggest difference in those looking for healthier skin:
#1 Detox Your Diet: First cut the soda. The excess sugar, caffeine, phosphoric acid and caramel color all inhibit the liver and kidneys’ natural ability to detox. Where do the toxins go if our ability to filter them out is hindered? Answer: Everywhere, eventually using our skin as its own escape route. If you’ve already cut the soda, (GREAT JOB!), then your first step would be to cut processed foods.
Second, add chlorophyll. Chlorophyll, often called the “building block of life,” comes in all forms of green food and supports the body’s natural detoxifying systems. In addition to being anti-carcinogenic, a good source of magnesium and a treatment for halitosis (stinky breath), chlorophyll is a wound-healing antiseptic. BINGO! The list of benefits is long, so we’ll just stick to the skin-care benefits. Ingesting chlorophyll on a regular basis will help contribute to the regeneration of our tissues at the molecular and cellular level. No more hocus-pocus inspired dreams of stealing youth from the neighborhood children, just take in some chlorophyll. Link here: Liquid Chlorophyll – what I use.
#2 Detox Your Medicine Cabinet: We know that finding a skin-care routine that agrees with you is a bit like playing the skin-care lottery. It is a matter of experimentation, of trial and error. Many of us even hesitate to try something new for fear that one of the ingredients will cause a bad reaction. (And none of us want to introduce our best selves with a face full of a bad reaction.) But there’s a smart way to go about this: Check the ingredients and remember KISS: Keep it simple, smarty ;)
Watch out for a long list of chemicals. It is expected to have a few, but a paragraph long ingredient list is usually a bad sign. Look for soaps with cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil as a main ingredient, (the first on the list!) which is rich in antioxidants and revitalizing skin nutrients. Aim for soaps made with essential oils rather than fragrances and keep an eye out for food allergen-free products. (Yes, soaps made with almond oil can cause an allergic reaction if you’re highly nut-sensitive.)
A few ingredients you will find in natural soaps:
Citric Acid: A natural preservative that naturally occurs in citrus fruits and was first isolated in 1784 by the chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele, who crystallized it from lemon juice. You WILL find this in soap bars made for sensitive skin as it helps to normalize and balance PH levels in the soap. This is a good thing!
“Saponified oils of…” Sodium hydroxide or “lye” and potassium hydroxide are manmade oxidizers that when mixed with fat, create soap. You cannot have soap without these ingredients. Once the lye is mixed with a fat, it can also be labeled as “saponified oils of…”
Sodium Isethionate: a fairly mild, manmade surfactant found in Dove soap
Sodium Palm Kernelate: A surfactant made by mixing palm oil with an oxidizer. While palm kernel is perfectly natural, it is good to avoid because of sustainability and environmental issues: very difficult to source responsibly.
Every ingredient in a Remedy Naturals skin care product has a purpose. Whether delivering essential moisture, creating luxe lather, encouraging resilience, or adding an aromatherapeutic experience, each ingredient is carefully selected for its particular benefits and its interaction with the mind and body.
It is for this reason that Remedy Naturals came to be. Chemical based moisturizers, while claiming to benefit the skin, can actually be quite harsh, and with long term use, even drying. Fortunately, Remedy Naturals creates products that, with long term use, can IMPROVE the health of your skin to help showcase your natural beauty.