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Journal / Wellness
Renew Your Routine: Spring Lifestyle Adjustments for a Glowing Complexion
A nontoxic skincare routine is crucial for a glowing complexion. But what about our other daily habits that impact our skin’s health? Diet, quality of sleep, and daily movement play a major role in our skin’s regeneration process. These three factors alone can mean the difference between a fresh, glowing complexion or a dull and tired one.
With spring right around the corner, it’s a great time to clean up our lifestyle habits to help put our best face forward. These simple adjustments can give your skin a major reset as we head into the new season.
Hydrating Skin from the Inside Out
Keeping up with your daily water intake is imperative towards maintaining a dewy glow. Drinking a lot of water is everyone’s favorite skincare secret, but we also love these little enhancements as well...
Try starting your morning with a warm glass of water with lemon. Lemon is packed with vitamin C which helps to fight acne and detoxify the body.
Need an afternoon pick me up without the stimulation of caffeine? Turmeric lattes aide in fighting inflammation and give us a quick antioxidant boost. Antioxidants help to prevent the skin from free radical damage and environmental pollutants.
Everyone’s favorite green drink, matcha, is packed full of antioxidants as well. This superfood drink gives you an extra anti-aging push while aiding in the body's natural detoxification processes.
Still need more? Elevate your hydration game with our Hydrating Floral Essence. This refreshing mist of moisture is the perfect hydration boost - packed with hyper-hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, this essence is like a tall glass of water for your thirsty skin.
A Diet for Glow
Our Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil is the ultime skin nutrition. It’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin with each application - but taking care of your skin doesn’t stop there! A well-balanced and nutrient dense diet is crucial for skin health.
Our skin needs Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in order to have a healthy barrier, but our bodies don’t produce these fats on their own. This means we need to get these essential nutrients via our food! Try adding foods such as olive oil, avocados, and salmon to plump the skin and aide with overall hydration.
Additionally, incorporating zinc into your diet will help with inflammation, redness, and has been shown to reduce acne. You can do this by consuming pumpkin seeds, walnuts or blueberries.
Our favorite radiance-booster, Beta Carotene, is found in orange, yellow and red fruits and vegetables. Your body transforms this plant pigment into vitamin A. These work as powerful antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals which contribute to visible signs of aging. Beta Carotene also helps you to retain moisture and protect against sun damage. Our advice? Eat all the sweet potatoes, carrots, and yellow peppers you can find!
So, you supplement your skincare routine with our Clarifying Mask. But do you supplement your diet? Just like a face mask, supplements can take your entire routine to the next level. Although they can’t replace a healthy diet, they certainly serve their purpose in our spring roundup for glowing skin.
Evening primrose oil is an amazing topical ingredient for soothing the skin and healing acne. We love it so much we use it in our clarifying mask! But did you know it can also be taken as an ingestible? Evening primrose oil is an excellent source of Omega-6 fatty acid, making it a great addition for overall skin health. The supplement has been linked to healing issues such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
CBD supplements have been given a ton of attention recently, and for good reason! Starting your day with CBD drops can promote relaxation and relieve stress and anxiety. When we get stressed our cortisol spikes, leading to inflammation and dull, tired skin. Try adding a few drops of CBD oil to your lemon water for the ultimate morning ritual. We love the Plant People Drops.
Adaptogens have been used for thousands of years as beauty supplements in the Eastern world. They help your body regulate stress and normalize cortisol levels which in turn result in a beaming complexion. Our favorite adaptogen supplements come from the brand MOONJUICE. Not only do they make non-GMO and vegan supplements, but they have tons of amazing recipes right on their website! We highly recommend their SuperYOU supplement, with a blend of four adaptogenic herbs.
The term beauty sleep is no joke when it comes to skin health. Cell regeneration and turnover can increase as much as three times while you sleep. Meanwhile, lack of sleep spikes cortisol, the stress hormone, which can trigger inflammation within the body that can show up directly on the face. Getting into a bedtime routine can really improve the overall quality of your sleep and your skin. Try implementing practices such as meditation, taking electronics out of the bedroom, and aromatherapy. Rub a little bit of our Aromatic Bedtime Treatment on your temples to prepare yourself for a restful night.
Plus, invest in your bedding! Around the world, cotton is one of the most chemically treated crops. These toxins can remain in the finished products and eventually be absorbed into our skin while we sleep. Since we spend almost a third of our day in bed, it is essential that our bedding is nontoxic! We love these Coyuchi Organic Cotton Sheets for some serious clean beauty sleep.
Lastly, keep your electronics out of your bedroom! The blue light from your phone not only damages your skin, but also suppresses your body’s ability to produce melatonin. This can severely disrupt our body’s natural sleep cycles. If you’re like us, you most likely rely on your smartphone to get you out of bed in the morning. Try an alarm clock instead. We love the Philips Wake Up Light Alarm Clock. This alarm simulates sunrise and helps you to wake up gradually. You will get out of bed feeling rested and ready to take on the day!
Do you have other tips and tricks for maximizing your daily routine in order to put your best face forward? We love hearing from you! Send us your favorite wellness tips and tricks to head into the new season!
Yoga & Meditation
One of the best ways to keep motivated on a healthy track and check in with yourself daily is a yoga or meditation session. This can include either taking a class at a local studio, or going through an at-home yoga flow. It's so important to both your physical and mental well being to give yourself the space to practice everyday.
Of course, this lifestyle adjustment will show on your skin as well. A daily yoga practice can drastically influence and rejuvenate your skin. It flushes out and eliminates toxins from the boody, regulates the digestive system and maintains proper blood circulation through poses and breath work. Not to mention, mindful movements and meditation help to relax the body and reduce stress...and we all know that stress is the ultimate beauty betrayor.