It seems like that is one of those coveted things I've noticed many ladies want and one of the reasons the search for the perfect foundation continues for many. I'm so glad that many of you have found and love using adorned with Grace's mineral foundation to help achieve your goal of smooth and clear-looking skin.
However, wouldn't it be great to just not wear makeup at all? To wake up in the morning and be like, "Wow, my skin sure glows! I think I could just skip the foundie and blush this morning!" when you look in the mirror? Well, there are a few things that I've found from personal experience and in my own search for perfect skin that I know definitely help.
Here is my list:
1. Water: Surely you all knew that would be my first! Hydration is very important and they say to figure out your needed amount, take what you weigh (let's say its 150 pounds) and divide that in half (so 75) and to drink that amount in ounces. So seventy-five ounces would be equivalent to about 9-10 cups of water and that would be your minimum to drink for the day.
An easy way to see how hydrated you are is to do the Pinch Test. Take the skin on your hand and literally pinch it and see how quickly it springs back. If it doesn't spring back *immediately* you need some water! I've done this test on patients before and I've had some that did not spring back for as long as 7-8 seconds--which is a long time if you see it--and they were definitely needing more water!
2. Eating right: Sadly, this is one that is hard for me as one of my weaknesses is sugar especially from yummy temptations such as cookies (call me the Cookie Monster!), or ANY processed/refined sweets and candies. I notice that when I eat highly sugary treats, my breakouts seem to increase.
I know for a fact that when you have sugar, especially refined white sugar, it wrecks havoc on your immune system. Did you know that an average soda will have about 6-12 teaspoons of sugar! And I believe that if you have about twenty-four teaspoons of sugar in a 24 hour period, you have killed all your white blood cells. And since some breakouts are bacteria related (why many ladies do not like powder with cornstarch as they believe it can "feed" the bacteria), I imagine that is why I seem to break out more often when I indulge in the sugar too much.
Of course, some ladies may be lucky in this and not notice anything at all since we have different chemistries but its worth the experiment if you aren't one of them to see if it might be the culprit.
So what should you feed your skin? I bet most of you already know the answer to this: more fruits, vegetables, and nuts! This is because they just contain most of the healthiest minerals and vitamins that our skin needs to be its best.
Here is a basic list of some of the most important nutrients, what it helps with, and foods you can find it in:
Vitamin A: (Skin repair/acne control) Low-fat diary products, spinach, carrots, apricots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and yellow fruits and veggies.
Vitamin C: (Collagen production/Counteract sun damage) Greens/dark leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, pineapples, and tomatoes
Vitamin E: (Wrinkle prevention/Counteract sun damage) Greens/dark leafy vegetables, avocadoes, nuts, seeds, olives, and wheat germ
Selenium: (Antioxidant/Cancer prevention) Garlic, whole wheat bread, Brazil nuts, wheat germ, eggs, and brown rice
Biotin: (Hair, nail, & skin production) Eggs, nuts, wheat germ, oatmeal, and rice bran
Zinc: (Controls oil production/acne control) Eggs, whole grains, and legumes
Essential Fatty Acids: (Skin lubricant & protection) Walnuts, flaxseed oil, and extra virgin olive oil
Sounds like you could make some fresh salads, smoothies, or creative sandwiches with some of those ingredients! So let's get to cooking and see if we can eat our way to beautiful skin!
3. Cleansing, Exfoliating, & Moisturizing: Again, this may not be everyone's solution, but my previously oily, acne-prone skin--now normal!-- has done *awesome* with the Oil Cleansing Method (Click on this link for more info). As with the makeup I make for adorned with Grace, I like to use the most basic, natural ingredients as possible on my face. I actually only use my beloved Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to take off makeup and cleanse my face and my skin has never looked better. I use so much for beauty and cooking I buy in bulk at Nutiva.com so check it out there if you are interested.
Exfoliating is my mother's beauty secret that she passed on to me. Sadly, my supplier did discontinue my extremely popular facial microfiber washcloths but if you look on eBay or other online shops if you do a Google search, you might find some that are comparable. (Here is one at drugstore.com.) But getting rid of dull, old skin cells gently will expose the brighter, smoother layer of skin and you'll find your makeup applies even more smoothly. Fine lines also seem to be erased as well as old blemish scars fading faster! I speak this from experience not as a promo; obviously, I no longer have a product at awG to promote nor another product anywhere that I am getting compensated for, lol...
In the meantime, in conjunction with this blog post, how about we run a Blog Coupon Code on two very popular products from awG that can give your skin a quick "pick-me up" since it does take a while for the nutrition to kick in, lol...
Use Coupon Code "HEALTHYSKIN" to get 7% off until next Tuesday, August 17 for our Smoothing Powder (any tint) and Blushes/Blush Sets**. You MUST use this Coupon Code to qualify for the discount and cannot honor any orders made without the discount code.
We've also added back per request our Entire Collection of Shimmer Blushes + a FREE Premium Small Dual Fiber brush that qualifies for the 7% off discount!!! But it's only under this special BLOG ONLY LINK.
**LE Shimmer Blushes not included in discount code. Sorry!