Put a boost in your beauty step - here’s how to get smoother skin & shinier hair.
Photography, Collin Gaudett
Beauty Director, Brodine, Judy Inc.
Fashion Editor, Michelle Paiano, Judy Inc.
On wake-up, our bodies go into combat with environmental pollutants and toxins—and our beauty is in instant battle to survive. Minerals in tap water dull hair, pollutants can dry out skin, and carbon monoxide and ozone can damage your complexion's protective barrier and lead to aging, redness, and irritation.
The good news is a few small changes to your diet and beauty care routine can give your hair and skin a detoxifying beauty boost.
Detoxify Your Diet
Although there's no proof fasting or expensive detox pills or drinks improve your looks, your diet does affect your skin. New evidence shows changing the way you eat can help clear up acne, keep your skin firm.
- Protein sources count "Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry, and meat may contribute to skin irritations" says Katie Rodan, MD, a dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay area. "My patients who eat those less frequently—or at least choose grain-fed beef and poultry and organic dairy—often notice their skin looks better.”
- Cut back on sugar. Refined sugar causes a process called glycation, which can damage the collagen and elastin that keep skin firm and youthful, according to pharmacist and homeopath Margo Marrone, owner of the Organic Pharmacy.
- Eat for alkalinity. Cleansing your body from the inside out is as simple as they type of food you select to eat. Kimberly Snyder, a Los Angeles nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution, says she sees a big improvement in her clients' skin and hair when they eat more alkaline-forming foods, such as parsley, almonds, kale, pears, lemons, and apples. "If your body is too acidic, which can happen when your diet is unbalanced, it leaches the alkaline minerals, such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, that allow us to have strong, healthy bones, teeth, and hair," Snyder explains.
Cut back on wheat
For decades we have been told that we should be eating 2-3 serves of whole grains every day.
But the consumption of grains is the driving force behind almost all of the chronic and many skin conditions people are suffering from according to Ross Bridgeford the creator of Live Energized (liveenergized.com)
There is irrefutable scientific evidence to suggest that grains cause inflammation, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, brain conditions such as depression and Alzheimer’s, IBS and chronic digestive issues, fatigue conditions such as Fibromyalgia, skin conditions and more.
So let’s start cracking and get the wheat out of our life.
Clarify Your Complexion
Conquering the inside and partnering this with revitalizing your skin on the outside. "As the sun gets stronger, the skin naturally thickens with more oil and dead skin—a feature called hardening—so late spring is an ideal time to begin the deep-cleaning process," Dr. Gross says.
Exfoliate body every week.
Dr. Rodan suggests doing the deed weekly to slough away the dead skin cells that dull your full body. Island Joy – Bahamian Berry Sugar Scrub creates a beautiful skin surface and hydrated finish.
- Detox with chelators. "Our skin absorbs heavy toxins daily, that can diminish the health and beauty of skin," Dr. Gross says. A serum with chelators, such as Double Happiness – Restore: Face Oil Potion, counteracts these effects. "Chelators are a class of ingredients that detoxify existing buildup and prevent new damage," Dr. Gross explains.
- Keep skin pure. Once you've got a clean slate, so to speak, maintain it by applying a moisturizer with pure natural ingredients and antioxidants, such as Kapuluan Coconut – Cold Pressed Raw Organic Coconut Oil Jar, every morning. The antioxidants neutralize free radicals that damage skin, according to Dr. Rodan.
Revive Your Hair
Thanks to harsh shifts in weather, whether it be too much sun or harsh cold, hair can look dull and dry, according to Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in New York City. Strands also grow more slowly during to slight seasonal fluctuations in our hormone levels, so you may trim less frequently, leaving more damage. So let’s here are some great tips to keep your locks glossy and gorgeous.
- Exfoliate your scalp. Clear the way for healthier hair by using an exfoliating scalp with a 5 minute brushing to remove dead skin cells. “Dead skin can build up around hair follicles, just like they do on your face," Cunnane Phillips explains.
- Remove residue & hydrate. After a good brushing to exfoliate off dead skin, clear off residue with by wash your locks with, Graydon Skincare – Matcha Mint Shampoo, then hydrate with Kapuluan Coconut – Cold Pressed Raw Organic Coconut Oil Tube. Hydration is key, so once a month leave the Kapuluan conditioner in, wrap your locks with an organic cotton hair scarf and sleep over.
- Prevent mineral buildup. Tap water often contains minerals that can build up on your hair, according to Dr. Gross. If you have hard water (find out at water.usgs.gov/owq), Cunnane Phillips recommends a water-softening filter, like Jonathan Product Beauty Water Shower Purification System ($95; jonathanproduct.com). Another option: Switch to a conditioner that is pure to prevent mineral buildup. Try, Kapuluan Coconut – Cold Pressed Raw Organic Coconut Oil Tube which also prevents damage, making it a great conditioner to use through all seasons.