Sharing some of my natural skincare secrets, because freckles are impossible to cover with make-up! But seriously, a lot of beauty products are loaded with parabens and chemical toxins that disrupt hormone levels and harm the reproductive system. Natural skincare is essential! Here are a few tips for naturally healthy glowing skin:
In Chinese Medicine, skin health is a reflection of the internal health of the body. Therefore when I treat skin issues, I address the skin externally and also treat the body internally to get to the root of the problem. Most skin problems are caused by imbalances with hormones, digestion, inflammation, and stress. Acupuncture and herbal medicine works to correct imbalances, reduce stress, support detoxification, increase circulation, and strengthen the body's organ systems.
Diet and nutrition is very important. In general, it's helpful to avoid foods that wreck your gut and cause inflammation in the body, like sugar, dairy, gluten, processed foods, coffee, alcohol. Eat lots of colorful fruits and veggies so you are getting a wide range of antioxidants to protect, repair, and nourish the skin. Add to your diet healthy fats like avocado, nuts, and seeds to restore moisture and elasticity to the skin. Also drink lots of water throughout the day to keep the skin hydrated.
As for topically, my skincare routine is simple and consists of a gentle cleanser, rosewater, and facial oil (I make my own blends of plant oils and essential oils). I love doing a daily facial gua sha massage to promote qi and blood circulation in the skin, decrease puffiness, contour the face, and boost skin radiance. I also do facial acupuncture to boost collagen, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, address trouble spots, and enhance skin tone.
Natural beauty is really inside out!