7 tips for your best skin yet

7 tips to help you get your best skin yet, just in time for warm weather where you'll wanna be showing off more of it.

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This past fall and winter, it seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t quite get my skin to cooperate. No matter how many masks or scrubs, eventually my face and body would start breaking out again. It wasn’t until I tried to really better understand my problem areas and the root causes that I was able to make leeway. To save y’all from all the trouble I went through, I’ve put together a list of my top tips to get your skin glowing, just in time for the season where you’ll be showing the most of it.

7 TIPS FOR YOUR BEST SKIN

1. hydrate

I’d say this is arguably one of the most important things you can do if you want to have great looking skin. Water is super crucial to the balance of your body’s systems, especially because we’re up to 65% H20! Fluids help to transport nutrients in your cells, flush out the gross waste, and keep your skin from getting dry and dehydrated. If you’re not fueling yourself properly (with at least 50 ounces a day), you can’t expect your organs to be working their best to keep you looking and feeling good, right?! smartwater® has been my go to for hydration lately, because the added electrolytes really taste like I’m adding something back into my body!

2. cut dairy

I don’t wanna be that person who always talks about being non-dairy, but when I cut it from my diet, it was like my skin did a full-on glow up. I’d been using an acne map to try to target my breakouts, and most were linked to poor gut health, which is no surprise!! Dairy is a known inflammatory, meaning it totally screws with your gut (and then shows on your face). It’s also pretty full of hormones, which makes sense when you consider dairy products are harvested from pregnant cows. The natural sugars (glucose) in milk can definitely mess with your skin if you’re sensitive too. I know how good cheese is (try to find a good vegan ricotta, I dare you), but give yourself a break and see if you notice a difference.

3. moisturize

It seems a lot of people view moisturizing as an optional step, but it really shouldn’t be. Not only can doing so regularly help with dryness (duhh), but it also can also combat oily skin! I know it seems counter-intuitive to put lotion onto skin that’s slick, but your face usually becomes oily as a response of not enough moisture. While you might feel clean every time you shower or use a face wash, you’ve stripped the natural oils, so you need to put them back! Plus, freshly washed skin has pores that are open, so they’re more likely to be properly moisturized. I use a body oil, but find what works best for you and your skin sensitivity.

skin4. eat flax seeds

These tiny seeds are super nutrient dense. They’re one of the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which not only help fight inflammation and heart disease, but manage the oil production in skin, protect from sun damage, and prevent premature aging. Flaxseeds are also high in B-vitamins, and can totally help reduce dryness and flakiness in skin (like you get with eczema). I’ve kinda been obsessed with these guys lately, and throw them in everything from smoothies to cookies to overnight oats.

5. use sunscreen

I know a sun-kissed glow is such a lust-worthy look, but skin cancer definitely isn’t. With our ozone layer thinning, the sun is just gonna get harsher and harsher on your skin. Making sure to use an SPF of at least 30 will help to fight premature, wrinkled skin, prevent skin damage, and help to protect you from skin cancer! I’m sure no matter how much sun screen you use, you’ll still get a little bronzed, but there’s no shame in self tanner these days.

6. dry brush

This is basically exactly as it sounds. You take a bristled brush (you want it to be firm but still soft) and brush your skin’s surface, directing the strokes toward your heart. This helps to stimulate your body’s lymphatic system, eliminating cell waste. It also helps to exfoliate, increases circulation, and can help reduce cellulite!! Dry brushing is best done before a shower, so you can wash away any dry skin you exfoliate. You’ll wanna be pink, but don’t brush so hard your skin is crazy red! (and make sure you follow #3 after!!)

7. change pillowcase

Y’all, how many times have you gone out partying with friends, or come home from a long day at work, and just passed out without tending to your skincare routine? Don’t even lie and say never. If it’s happened multiple times though, just imagine how much sweat, makeup, and overall grime has accumulated on your pillowcase! Gross, right?! By changing it regularly, you keep all the nasty stuff on your pillow (and sheets in general) from clogging up your pores, which will definitely help you sleep better at night.

I grabbed my smartwater at Target in the bottled beverage section; click here to see if your local Target store carries it in house!

24 Comments

  1. Cait April 20, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    great ideas friend- and love smart water too!

  2. Shannon April 20, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Such great tips!! I LOVE flax seeds & throw them on everything. I really need to start drinking more water – especially with all the wine I drink!! – so this post was a perfect reminder 😉 x

    http://champagneatshannons.com

  3. Monika April 20, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Great ideas and tips! Some are a no brainer, but it’s funny how most of us forget those anyway! 🙂

  4. lea April 20, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Great article. I will try to cut out the cheese for good. I have never been a milk drinker for years but cheese is my guilty pleasure. Also the dry brushing seems like a good idea. How often would you recommend it?

  5. Nicole Elliott ~ Client April 20, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Great tips!! It’s so crazy how much how our skin looks doesn’t have to do with what we put on it, but what else we’re putting in and on our bodies! Drinking enough water is HUGE for sure!

  6. Torey April 20, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Such great tips! ✨

  7. lizinlosangeles April 20, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Great tips. The hardest for me is cutting dairy 🙁

  8. Chloé Arnold (@ChloeBArnold) April 20, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Okay, I now feel the need to buy flax seeds and change my pillow case! Ha I know hydrating is important, as is moisturizing- but I always forget about the pillow case and flax seeds would never have crossed my mind! Thank you!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com April 20, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      you don’t even realize how much it’s messing with your skin till it’s gone! x

  9. KenyaRae April 20, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Good post! I’ve actually cut coffee ☕️ and it my skin has really truly been clearing up

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com April 20, 2017 / 10:31 pm

      I’m not a huge coffee drinker anymore, but I can def see how cutting caffeine could help! x

  10. jeeyoung | life + style April 20, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I need to cut back on coffee for sure. Smart water is my fave!

  11. allieatmistyle April 20, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    I am in the process of trying to give up dairy! Easier said than done… but I am trying!

    http://www.mi-style.net

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com April 20, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      soo much easier said than done. it def helps to kinda phase out all dairy products in your house and replace them with vegan counterparts! x

  12. Chelsea April 21, 2017 / 3:45 am

    You can’t have too much water! I love using a dry brush… it feels so good and massaging while you use it and so clean and refreshed after!

  13. Maria Nguyen April 21, 2017 / 5:53 am

    These tips are so amazing! Didn’t even know about the tip about seeds- it’s the first time I’ve heard about that. Thank you for sharing.

    Maria
    http://www.atlasofmind.com

  14. mammascookinggf April 21, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Great reminders! Way too often I’m guilty of going to bed without doing my skincare routine.

  15. Chasa Fulkerson April 21, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Great tips! I really really need to drink more water and start taking better care of my face with a routine. My pores are so bad. Sometimes my face is oily and sometimes it is dry. (sigh) I have got to find out what works for my face. I just never know where to begin.

  16. Brittany_WMSB April 22, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    These are all wonderful tips! And I loooove smart water, so that will be easy! I forget how important it is to wash my pillow case cases sometimes. I bought them at Target to protect from allergens and stuff, but I need to remember to throw them in the wash when I was the pillow cases.

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