Like many makeup addicts, I have a ton of makeup, several foundations, tinted moisturizers, mascaras, makeup palettes, and countless number of lipsticks! But, to be honest, I own far more skin care products.
As a young girl watching my mom apply egg yolk to her face regularly and removing her makeup with Pond’s Cold Cream (which she still uses to this day!), I learned the importance of taking care of my skin. The better my complexion, the less makeup I need. On many occasions, I skip foundation and just apply bronzer, mascara, and lipstick.
Healthy, beautiful skin starts from the inside out. I’m more concerned about what I put in my body than what I put on it. Three years ago, I was inspired to become a vegan after ready Kim Snyder’s book, The Beauty Detox Solution. Switching to a more raw food diet, had given my once dull skin a new radiant life! You don’t have to go full vegan, but I would suggest to try the following:
DAIRY FREE DIET
If you find it hard to eliminate dairy, try to at least limit the amount of dairy you consume by 50%. Before I became vegan, I used to consume large amounts of dairy, especially, cheese…LOTS of cheese. Since I’ve stopped eating dairy, my body no longer produces excess mucus which can result in breakouts (which I used to get along the jaw line and cheeks).
CONSUME MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
While I made the personal choice to eliminate meat, you don’t have to. But you should try to limit the intake of animal meat for health reasons. Consuming more plant-based foods will gradually improve the way your skin and hair looks and feels. I try to consume more raw vegetables than cooked, because the heat from cooking can eliminate the large amounts of anti-oxidants, calcium, iron, and vitamins that are super beneficial for a healthy, glowing complexion. I always start each morning with either a green smoothie (containing spinach, kale, beet greens, celery, romaine lettuce, lemon, and apple) or a beet juice (containing beets, spinach, carrots, blueberries and lemon).
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Dehydrated skin is dull and dry. While this tip is a no brainer and always on the top list for clear skin, many of us do not drink enough water. I admit that I have to find ways to remember to consume more water, especially during the colder seasons. So far, keeping a water carafe on my nightstand and carrying a lovely glass water bottle works well. Tip: You can increase your water intake by eating raw vegetables, fruits and by drinking tea.
The only sugar we should consume is the natural sugar that comes from the fruits we eat. Any other sugar, even brown, can be toxic not only to complexion, but also to our bodies (e.g. body fat and diabetes).
Coming Soon: Part Two – The Daily Regimen