Winter-ize Youself!

Did you know that your skin is also a reflection of the inside of your body? To ensure healthy, vibrant skin on the outside, it is important to take proper care of your insides! The appearance of your skin is considered a reflection of the internal health of your body. If you have healthy insides, you will have healthy-looking skin. Red, irritated, and acne prone skin are often signs that you are experiencing internal inflammation. Luckily, there daily choices you can make to ensure you are supporting the generation of clear and vibrant skin:
  • Eat more dandelions. Not only a Chinese herb, dandelions are also a delicious plant to add to your salads. The roots are a little bitter, but they aid in digestion and detoxification, and help balance blood sugar. Check out these dandelion recipes for inspiration.
  • Drink green tea. Get your caffeine fix in addition to helping out your skin. With anti-inflammatory properties, green tea can help soothe the damage done over the summer by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
  • Go fishing. Or, if you’re short on time, buy some fresh fish from your local market. Not all oil is bad for you, and certain fish – especially salmon, tuna, and anchovies have oils that are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Those fatty acids help you produce good oils for your skin, can help reduce acne, and can also help reduce and prevent damage done from the sun. Adding more fish to your diet is the best way to ingest your Omega-3s, but they also come in supplement form.
  • Not into fish? Flaxseed is your friend. Also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, and even on popcorn! By helping to keep moisture in your skin, flaxseed reduces the appearance of wrinkles and keeps your skin looking fresh.
  • Just say No to refined sugars. Are you prone to acne and a stubbornly red complexion? Then avoid sugar! Sugar, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol increase inflammation in the body, which contributes to irritation and redness in the skin. In addition, sugar impacts the hormonal imbalance in your body, making it a big No if you are suffering from hormonal acne.
  • Exercise is your friend. Did you know that cardio is one of the best ways to detoxify your body? Exercise not only increases the cellular turnover by boosting metabolism, but also assists in elimination of waste and toxins, which otherwise take a toll on your skin.
  • Take inventory on what you apply to your skin. Are you familiar with all the ingredients in your skin cream and makeup? The majority of topical products on the market do not need to be FDA approved, and are often packed with carcinogens and irritants. Remember, your skin is the largest organ in your body, and anything you put on your skin will end up in your body. Since everyone’s skin needs differ, be patient with your complexion while you experiment with different natural products until you find a good fit for you. I recommend, use, and carry products by Nefeli since they uses Chinese herbal ingredients for healing the skin, rather than manufactured chemical compounds.
  • Make an appointment with a Chinese Medicine Practitioner. Acupuncturists and herbalists are trained to create customized herbal formulas and treatment plans to cater to the needs of your skin in particular. If you are suffering from acne, eczema, rosacea, minor infections, or recurrent skin rashes, you may need additional support to experience relief. Schedule a complimentary medical evaluation with one of our expert practitioners today!

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