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Did you know that the body’s largest organ is the skin? And what an important organ it is. Skin does more than keep our insides from falling out.
Our skin is a waterproof, insulating defense against temperature extremes, harmful chemicals, dangerous sunlight and infection. Exposure to all of those things ages the skin as we get older, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and rough patches.
I’m not trying to hide my age. Rather, I rejoice in my journey of 62 years. However, I’ve learned to care for my skin as part of my overall health practice. Embracing a plant based lifestyle four years ago made me realize that true skin care begins within with adequate hydration and skin nourishing foods.
People ask me what products I use, to care for my skin. I’m happy to share.
Here is my daily routine for healthy skin, with the actual products that I use and links to those products.
Healthy Skin Begins Within
I’d be remiss if I didn’t begin with the most important practice for healthy skin. What we put into our bodies shows up on our skin. I experienced a lifetime of rashes and skin irritations because of a gluten intolerance. A poor diet contributes to a host of skin disorders and conditions. For a glowing complexion, start with these tips.
Our bodies need water to survive. And it is critical for healthy skin. Eight glasses of water is a good guide, just don’t guzzle it down. The body quickly eliminates excess water. Instead, sip on water throughout the day, allowing it to be absorbed more slowly. Fill a large water bottle, keep it nearby, and have a goal of emptying it a couple of times during the day. Hydrating the body goes a long way toward keeping the skin healthy and supple, which helps to combat dryness and aging.
Herbal teas count as water intake and the herbs deliver their own benefits to the body. To nourish the skin, try drinking these herbal teas: dandelion, burdock, calendula, comfrey, lavender and rose.
Limit coffee and alcohol. Both dehydrate the body, and the skin, contributing to aging the skin’s appearance.
Fruits such as watermelon and vegetables such as cucumber have a hydrating effect on the body and therefore the skin. Add these healing foods to your diet and experience a difference in your skin’s appearance: celery, root vegetables, avocado, almonds, red and yellow bell peppers, berries, walnuts, hemp seeds and flax seeds.
Skin Repairing Supplements
In addition to the foods and herbs listed above, I’ve seen tremendous benefits from taking these two supplements daily.
Horsetail Grass – the silica in this herb is key to the formation of collagen, a vital skin building block that is essential for strength and elasticity. As we age, the body naturally produces less collagen, resulting in common signs of aging such as sagging skin and wrinkles. Stiff joints are a sign that the body is producing less collagen. Horsetail grass soothes those aching, inflamed joints as well.
Organic Plant Collagen Builder – this vegan collagen supplement supports healthy hair, skin and nails. Most collagen supplements contain beef. I’m thrilled with this plant based brand from MyKind Organics.
An additional benefits from taking these two supplements…my eyelashes are so healthy and full.
My Morning Routine
Because of my evening routine the night before, my morning one is simple.
Filorga Micellar Solution
First, I cleanse and tone my face with Filorga Micellar Solution.
This gentle, fragrance free solution removes makeup and soil without over drying the skin. It’s enriched with moisturizers and 50 anti-aging ingredients that actually help to build up collagen. Apply the solution to a cotton ball and smooth over face, eyelids and throat. No need to rinse. Just let it dry.
Smartr Skin Eye Treatment
Then I apply Eye Treatment from Smartr Skin over my entire face. I LOVE the products from Smartr Skin. See why in my review. This lightweight, de-ionized water based lotion absorbs easily and quickly into the skin. I use it exclusively in the morning, over my entire face. Eye Treatment Lotion is unscented and rich with superior anti-aging ingredients such as aloe vera gel, hydrolyzed rice bran protein, and extracts of grape, cucumber, pineapple, passion flower and lemon.
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And finally, before applying makeup, I use a SPF 50 sunscreen on my face if I’m going to be outside at all. This Coppertone for Sensitive Skin is currently perfect for me. When I run out of this tube, I’ll explore other sunscreen options.
I discovered BOOM Makeup by Cindy Jacob, for pro-age women over 50, four years ago. I love their natural, simplified products. Rather than covering the face, BOOM products add a healthy glow to the skin with lightweight cream moisturizer, color and highlighter.
The BOOM Trio includes Glo, a colorless, protective, nourishing moisturizer in stick form. I primarily use this product when I travel. The trio of sticks make packing my makeup so easy.
BOOMSTICK Color, in sheer berry, that is perfect for all skin tones. This is a multipurpose product that goes on the cheeks, forehead, lips, brows, sides of neck…anywhere you want a touch of color. Cindy’s intention is to mimic the beautiful flush a woman gets when she’s joyful…or aroused…or joyfully aroused!
BOOMSTICK Glimmer goes on last. This pearlescent glimmer is applied on brows, upper cheekbones, bottom lip, shoulders, collarbones…anywhere you want a bit of shine and highlight.
It takes me about five minutes to apply this ultra-nourishing makeup. BOOM is only available on their website. They frequently run specials and carry additional high quality products. Plus they are SO encouraging to women.
My Evening Routine
No matter how late it is, or how tired I am, I faithfully follow this night time routine before bed.
Bioderma Foaming Gel Cleanser
I wash my face with a gentle foaming micellar gel cleanser, this one from Bioderma. This highly moisturizing, fragrance free cleanser is designed for sensitive skin. It leaves mine looking and feeling fresh and so soft.
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel
Next I apply a traditional favorite, Witch Hazel from Dickinson’s. Read about why witch hazel is a great choice for the skin. I love the way it tightens my pores.
Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum
After the witch hazel dries, I apply this amazing Vitamin C Serum, from Smartr Skin.
This luxurious enriched serum smooths easily onto the skin of the face, neck and chest. Just a few drops is all that it takes. It contains skin supporting ingredients such as aloe, vitamins C and E, MSM, botanical hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, jojoba oil and horsetail, dandelion and geranium extracts.
The hyaluronic acid helps create new collagen, restoring the elasticity and structure of skin damaged over the years by the sun and harsh elements in the environment. I’ve seen noticeable improvements in my skin’s texture since using Smartr Skin’s Vitamin C Serum.
Smartr Skin Jade Roller & Gua Sha Facial Tool
This is my newest addition to my evening routine. The jade roller helps to reduce under eye puffiness and promotes lymphatic fluid drainage. The cool stone rollers refresh and restore the skin without the use of chemicals.
And the gua sha tool gently stretches and tones the skin, increases blood flow and relaxes tense muscles in the face, neck and shoulders. Watch a tutorial video at the end of the post, for instructions on using both of these amazing tools.
I use the tools after I apply the vitamin C serum. The jade roller and gua sha help the serum to move deeply into my skin. This additional practice only takes a few minutes to complete.
Sometimes, as I’m watching Netflix, I use my DIY coconut oil serum with the jade roller and gua sha tool for an extended time. My face literally glows and feels so tingly!
Smartr Skin Moisturizer
This rich formula hydrates the skin, locking in moisture for a healthy, glowing complexion without clogging pores. Great for all skin types, the moisturizer repairs sunspots, eases dry patches and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet and fine lines.
The superior ingredients in Smartr Skin Moisturizer include sweet almond oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, aloe vera gel, and extracts of avocado, carrot root, cucumber, ginseng root and linden tree leaf.
This lotion feels so luxurious and my skin drinks it up.
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DIY Coconut Oil Serum
Finally, I apply my own concoction, this DIY serum, to my lips. I rub this soothing serum onto my upper chest and arms as well. Although I now use the products above on my face, this simple to make serum is amazing and very nourishing to the skin.
My Daily Routine for Healthy Skin
There it is, my daily routine for vibrant, healthy skin. This is exactly what I do, step by step, and the precise products that I currently use. These products last for two months to nine months and of course the jade roller and gua sha tool should last indefinitely.
Am I worth this time and effort?
Yes. My morning and evening routines make me feel good and I love seeing the way my skin responds to this higher level of pampering. Plus these little routines send messages to my body that it’s either time to wake up and enter joyously into the day. Or, it’s time to enter into a calm, relaxed state and prepare for sleep.
Do you have a daily routine for healthy skin? If not, I hope this information is helpful. And please, if you have any questions about these routines or any of the products, ask in the comments below!
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