Glowing skin: You want it. I want it. Everybody wants it! There's something about being healthy, happy and rested that makes you look amazing (especially compared to the rest of the sleep-deprived, malnourished, grouchy-from-constipation masses.) This is the kind of glow that no toxic face peels or fancy pants gold-laced creams can buy you. The kind of glow we're all chasing is the kind that comes from way deep on down and radiates not just from our skin, eyes, and hair but from our being. You know what I'm saying?
But how do we get this elusive glow going, aside from resting more and stressing less? Easy peasy, my friends. Easy peasy indeed. To get that kinda glow, yes we need water, greens, and sunshine -- but we also need to give these things a try:
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1. Eliminate effectively.
Doesn't "effective elimination" sound fancy? What I'm really talking about -- pooping regularly -- isn't particularly glamourous, but it is oh-so important. Besides the fact that it's essential for your health, it's impossible to glow from the inside out when you're full of sh*t. When you're constipated, your body tries to remove those toxins through other organ systems (since your colon is out of commission). Before you know it, your skin starts looking like crap.
Unfortunately, our cultural habits are not conducive to good poops -- in fact, 63 million Americans are currently constipated. Not only are very few of us eating enough fibre and drinking enough water, but we're also not adopting the best -- ahem -- position for effective elimination. In the natural pooping position (squatting), the colon is relaxed and primed to do what it does best. When we're sitting up straight on the toilet? Not so much.
In case you're not in the mood to trade your modern plumbing for an all-natural hole-in-the-ground approach, I highly recommend the Squatty Potty. It's a stool that help you squat over the bowl, relaxing and supporting your colon. The result is that you have less straining, less constipation, and more complete elimination. Plus... who doesn't love saying "Squatty Potty?" It's hilarious!
More constipation tips + resources:
- Poo More With Plants and Apples
- Chronicles of a Poop-erstar
- Call Me Bowel Betty
- 7 Ways to Reduce Constipation
- Squatty Potty - USA
- Squatty Potty - Canada
2. Cut the caffeine.
Caffeine may make you feel (temporarily) energized, but trust me -- it's not helping your skin. Caffeine affects a whole host of hormones in our bodies like adrenaline, cortisol, adenosine and dopamine, leading to adrenal imbalances, jitteriness and low energy. One of the telltale signs of adrenal fatigue is pale, sagging skin and loss of colour in the lips, and relying on coffee is the quickest road to adrenal fatigue town. That's a place nobody wants to visit, folks.
Luckily, ditching the morning java is a lot easier when you're swapping in a new delicious treat. Instead of swinging by Starbucks on the way to the office, try whipping up one of these delicious bevvies instead:
- Herbal Mocha Latte
- Patsy's UnCoffee Recipe
- Stress-Busting Latte
- Jaclyn's Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Morning Choco-Latte
3. Eat more (good) fat.
First off, can we have a little moment of gratitude and maybe even a round of applause for the fact that low-fat diets are no longer in style? I don't know about you, but I am thrilled to pieces that the days of rice cakes and non-stick pans are over and done with. And you know what? If your skin could talk, it'd be cheering, too.
Here's the thing about fat (the natural, good kinds, like coconut oil, ghee and olive oil -- we're not talking Crisco here): It keeps your skin happy, healthy and moisturized, whether you're slathering on some coconut oil and lavender essential oil after a bath or chowing down on some awesome omega-3s. The quickest way to flakey, dry skin is to deprive your body of the fat it needs.
Learn more about fat:
4. Ditch the skin care products.
"But Meghan," I hear you asking, "How will using fewer beauty care products make me more beautiful?" I don't know if you've checked out the ingredients lists on your favourite night cream, day cream, eye cream, foundation, concealer, powder, blush, eyeliner, mascara or lipstick lately (just to name a few), but I am willing to bet they're either A) unknown (because many companies won't reveal their ingredients lists) or B) full of a bunch of toxic, chemical nonsense. And toxic chemical nonsense does not lead to beautiful skin, no matter what the commercials say.
Here's the thing: Our skin is not an impenetrable fortress. It absorbs what we slather on it -- just think for a minute about those "fast-absorbing" moisturizing lotions and you'll know what I mean. When we put toxic gunk onto our skin, our bodies absorb it. Even if that brightening cream makes your skin look temporarily brighter, it's doing nothing for your glow.
So what do you do instead? Check out these resources:
- EWG's Cosmetics Database (great for researching cosmetic ingredients)
- Skin Deep: Why I Made The Switch
- Inside My Makeup Bag: Detoxing Beauty Care
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5. Jump for joy.
Having glowing, beautiful skin isn't all about nutrition and digestion and skincare -- it's also about joy. When we feel happy and vibrant on the inside, it shines through, no matter what may be happening on the surface. So spend less time putting on makeup and more time living life with the ones you love! Happiness, the kind that comes from deep on down is the most powerful glow-making beauty nutrient of all.