Skin Boosting Self-Care Rituals
I first started to learn about the link between skin health and the food we eat when I was 16. I had been struggling with acne for quite some time and I didn’t know how to fix it. I tried everything from facials to expensive skincare products and nothing seemed to do the trick. It wasn’t until I picked up a book called “Glow” at my local bookstore that I realized I could make a positive impact on my skin by cleaning up my diet. I consider a healthy diet, along with regular skincare to be a major part of my self care routine. I love using the Burt’s Bee’s Sensitive Skin line because it’s gentle, affordable and easy so use. Below I share some of my favorite skincare rituals that I try to incorporate into my daily routine. This post is in partnership with Burt’s Bee’s.
Never ever go to bed without taking off your makeup. I love to use Burt’s Bee’s Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Towelettes to remove any makeup or dirt that might have accumulated on my skin during the day.
Drink your water! I aim for almost a gallon a day. I know it might sound like a lot, but as soon as I started to drink more water each day my skin became so much more clear and even toned.
Facial massage! This is one of my favorite self-care practices. All you need is a light oil and your hands. Using my knuckles I massage my jawline in circular motions, using my fingers I massage my forehead and the space between my eyebrows in an upward motion.
Weekly face masks. I try to carve out 20 minutes each week to give myself a mini facial. I start by cleansing my skin and then applying a clarifying mask like this one from Burt’s Bee’s. Once the mask is dry I will remove it with a warm wash cloth.
Use an organic cotton cloth to remove facial cleanser to slough off dead skin cells.
Start every morning with a 32 oz glass of water before anything else. I like the keep my water cup right next to my bed so that I can start hydrating as soon as I wake up.
Some foods contain nutrients that protect our skin cells from harmful free radicals and the sun’s rays. These nutrients can also increase cell turnover and help build strong cell walls that keep our skin looking youthful. Below I share some of my favorite foods to keep my skin glowing.
Skin Boosting foods
Wild Salmon - Wild salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids which helps to reinforce yours skin’s barrier and keep moisture in. Its also has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure.
Walnuts - Walnuts are also rich in skin protecting omega-3 fatty acids.
Blueberries - Blueberries are full of protective antioxidants.
Olive Oil - Olive oil contains polyphenols that protect your skin against damaging free radicals.
Kale - Kale is rich in vitamin A, an antioxidant that promotes skin cell turnover.
Avocado - Avocados are abundant in healthy fats, vitamins A and E and glutathione, all of which help to develop and maintain healthy cells.
Tomatoes - Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is a phytochemical that protects the skin from sun damage by eliminating free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays.
Sweet Potatoes - Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A and antioxidants.
Citrus - Lemons, limes, oranges and other citrus fruits contain antioxidants and vitamin C and E, which can help fight wrinkles.