In my mid-twenties, I suffered form adult acne. At a time when most people had already gone through their bout of zit creams and dermatologist appointments, I was just beginning mine.
The major causes of my acne ended up being lactose intolerance, and as I slowly transitioned off of dairy, I saw not only my skin improve, but my digestion, energy and moods.
Food sensitivities and allergies can often be the cause of skin issues from eczema to acne. If you’ve been suffering from recurring skin conditions and haven’t considered the food you’re eating to be a factor, it might be a good time to start doing that. Reducing or eliminating certain trigger foods from your diet could potentially save you tons of money on medications and creams and benefit you physically and emotionally as well.
As I began learning about the harmful chemicals in many beauty and acne treatment products out there, I immediately started to refresh my medicine cabinet with brands that not only good for my skin on the outside, but for my body on the inside. Whatever you put on your skin, doesn’t just hang out there. It gets absorbed into your bloodstream, so it’s important to use non-toxic products where you can.
Yes, many cleaner, non-toxic, natural products might cost you a little more, but there are also products that you probably already own that won’t set you back more than a couple of dollars. And these products have given me as well as many others out there better results than some of the top skincare brands.
The great thing is you’ll find these right in your kitchen…
In addition to the ton of benefits you can get from including coconut oil in your diet such as improved fat burning potential, more energy, improved heart health and better brain function, it is also one of the best eye makeup removers out there. Simply put a bit on a cotton ball and swipe across eye lids to remove even the most difficult makeup. I like to use it after I wash my face and then simple wipe off any excess oil with a tissue or cloth. Coconut oil is also an amazing leave-in hair conditioning treatment and skin moisturizer. For your hair, simply leave in for 30 minutes and wash out with shampoo. Like any other product, I would definitely test out coconut oil on a small part of your skin before slathering it all over your body incase of any reactions.
BRAND I LOVE: Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Talk about an all around winner. The benefits of raw apple cider vinegar are endless. Including raw ACV in your diet has been proven to ease digestive issues such as heart burn and stomach upset, improve circulation, help detoxify the liver, aid in weight loss, help fight yeast infections, balance blood sugar and more. You can include raw apple cider vinegar in your diet by having a teaspoon in a glass of water before meals or use it in salad dressings in place of other vinegars. The uses for raw ACV don’t stop there though. It’s also an amazing facial toner that helps to fight acne and balance out skins pH. Create a diluted solution of 4-5 parts raw ACV to 1 part filtered water. Wash and dry face. Apply some to a cotton ball and swipe across face right and let air dry. Continue reading