In a recent interview with Jaime Lee, from Zen Living Magazine, we talked about how Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Early Aging + other skin issues are signs that there is an imbalance somewhere in the body, mind, or emotions, and that these visible signs are a message from your body that dealing with them is past due..
Often times, we are given many messages about body imbalances before they show up on our skin, but we may miss these messages because they're so subtle.
In my own experience, it was over-thinking or repression instead of honoring my feelings + needs that led to my outbreak. In this video, I share what I did to heal, what signs I ignored along the way that could have prevented it, as well as a pic of my outbreak (be prepared! It's bad).
Experiencing such a visible message from the body can be upsetting, embarrassing + annoying to deal with, not to mention it actually adds to a lower sense of self-esteem and even lesser ability to accept + love ourselves as we are. But it's also reassuring, because now we have a sign post and can do something about it.
After healing my own skin, and sharing the information with others, I discovered I have a knack for figuring out what causes these skin issues in each person, and have insight into how to heal them, rather than covering them or treating the symptoms.
If you're going through this, I want to help.
I've started a facebook group to create a private space to support you, listen to you, answer your questions + share information to help you heal your skin + what's creating it in the first place.
If this speaks to you, please Join Me!
ps - enJOY the video!
Mainstream media + medicine are finallyyyyyy spreading the word about what us peeps in alternative wellness have known for years.
SUN IS GOOD FOR YOU!
and necessary for your health + well-being.
So, with all this good news in mind, I'm so excited to bring you a body serum that helps protect + boost the benefits while you're getting some sun, and prevents UV damage, as well.
100% Fresh-pressed, Antioxidant, Botanical Oils from Cherry Kernel, Rose Hips, Cocoa + Shea Butters, Virgin Coconut Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn, Calendula, Blueberry + Raspberry, Turmeric, Rosewood, and Nature's #1 Antioxidant, Astaxanthin. Apply before + after sun exposure to help your skin adjust to the sun's rays and nourish it's innate healing + protective response.
FUN SUN FACTS
We evolved as a species for millions of years under radiant + nourishing rays of the sun. Blocking it out has created some unanticipated issues. One of them is a serious deficiency of Vitamin D.
You need to get that D!
We now know that Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin. And hormones have an enormous impact on how your body functions. The benefits of vitamin D can be obtained by increasing exposure to sunlight and including vitamin D rich foods into your diet like fish, cod liver oil, milk, and eggs. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also good sources of vitamin D.
Although you can get Vitamin D through food + supplements, the most effective is when it is synthesized naturally by the body through sun exposure.
Responsible time in the sun:
* boosts vitality + energy levels
* keeps your immune system working efficiently
* supports bone density, preventing osteoporosis, arthritis + tooth strength
* helps your intestines absorb nutrients
* supports the strength of your muscles
* reduces blood pressure
* lowers cholesterol
* reduces stress + tension
* reduces respiratory infections
* cleanses your blood + blood vessels
* improves cardiovascular strength by providing a protective lining for the blood vessels
* reduces cancer risk
* increases oxygen content in your blood
* relieves aches + pains from muscle spasms
* aids in insulin secretion (to maintain healthy weight)
* improves mood + fights depression
* improves overall skin health by reducing wrinkles
* makes skin soft, strong, and smooth
That's A LOT! And all really important things for your well-being + long term health.
So, now you're probably wondering "what's this talk about reducing wrinkles + smoothing skin?"
This is where responsible sun exposure comes in.
The key is in appropriate exposure for your skin + feeding your skin all the other nutrients it needs to help the sun help you.
* Honor your skin's natural protection. The skin’s outer layer is a thin coating of oils that provides natural anti-bacterial, anti-wrinkle, and sun-screen protection. Moisturizing the skin with essential oil serums and botanical oils, as well as dry brushing, regenerates the skin's top layer, supports the collagen, and feeds the skin’s immunity.
* Sun yourself wisely. Start SLOWLY but surely, and start in the spring so that you may create a protective tan with phased in exposure. Developing a melanin-rich base tan in the spring prevents sunburn in the summer. Far more effective than sunscreen, melanin stays in our skin long after the sun has gone down + doesn't wash off in the pool or ocean.
* Give up synthetic sunscreens. Sunscreens made from synthetic ingredients block the UVB Rays which cause sunburn. Sunburn is the barometer our skin uses to alert us of how we're adapting to the sun's rays, which should be gradual. Most sunscreens only block UVB rays, the rays that cause sunburn, but not UVA rays. Over the long run, people wearing synthetic sunscreens unknowingly overexpose their skin to UV radiation that causes the skin issues we want to avoid (UVA-too much sun) and keeps us from experiencing the healthy benefits (UVB-perfect balance of sun exposure).
* Ensure the health of your sun exposure with UV protective + repairing antioxidant botanical oils.
For unbelievably soft, protected Summer Skin, check out Solar Therapy in the shop, in 2 sizes, here:
... I really love the sun.
I also really dig you :)
Our skin. It’s the barrier between our inner and outer worlds, and when in harmony, is an indication of health, vitality & longevity. When skin issues arise, it’s an indicator that one or more areas of our life are out of balance.
Here are a few ways to keep your body, mind & spirit in balance, for healthy, harmonious skin that radiates from within:
You may have heard it before: health begins in the gut. Proper digestion and balanced gut flora are responsible for absorption, conversion and production of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates & essential fatty acids that provide the building blocks to nourish our cells, give us energy, create our hormones & detoxify our organs. Poor digestion or lack of proper nutrients can cause toxicity and inflammation, malnutrition, hormone imbalance or liver congestion, and show up on our skin as Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Wrinkles, Dry Skin, and more. Keep your digestion & nutrition in tip-top shape by healing gut issues, supplementing with fermented foods or probiotics, and eating a high vegetable diet with moderate protein from pastured and grass fed meats, wild caught fish, healthy fats like coconut, flax, hemp and avocado, and low glycemic carbohydrates such as squash, pumpkin, and sweet potato.
Not only is our skin a reflection of our inner health, but so is the space we inhabit. It’s a reflection of how we regard ourselves and the world. From over-consumption, to toxic household and toiletry products, to chemical laden furniture and functional items, the products we use and surround ourselves with on a daily basis have a great effect on our wellbeing. Raise your home vibes by decluttering your space, replacing toxic household items with eco-friendly products, adding plants for better oxygen and air filtering, and supporting companies who share your values. This works both ways. A high vibe environment is refreshing to hang out in, and that reflects back at you whenever you’re in it!
Prolonged cardio exercise has been debunked, but it is important to move your body regularly. Things like stretching morning and evening, a 30 minute brisk walk 5 days a week, jumping on a rebounder, or even gardening or yard work. Essentially, anything can be good exercise if it loosens up your limbs or gets your heart rate up to 60-85% of your maximum heart rate, and you do it for 30-ish minutes a few times or more a week.
Getting done everything on our to-do list can seem like a thankless job. When it comes to getting the thanks you deserve, the best person to give it to you is you. So, go ahead. Give yourself some love. Start a nightly hot-bath-and-a-cup-of-tea ritual. Crochet yourself some comfy socks. Go to bed at 8pm sometimes. Learn to say no, and be ok with it (you’re allowed). You getting the picture? The point is, slow down and concentrate on yourself, and during that time let everything else go. Little tweaks like this can have massive effects on your sense of self-worth, your energy level, your digestion (yep) and your stress management.
It’s natural to want to reduce or eliminate the stressors in our lives. But, how much can we truly cut out before it’s just plain old avoidance? Life is always happening. So, instead of avoiding stress, learn to adapt to it. Self-worth and acceptance play big here. When we’re comfortable with who we are (would you believe spell check wants me to say “whom” there? No, I say! See how easy that is…), we’re less apt to feel unstable or threatened when the poop hits the fan. We tend to see the world around us as a safe place, and the people in it as generally pretty swell. How we see the world depends greatly on how we feel about ourselves. To get your stress adaptation mojo working, set the tone for each day with a 10 minute meditation session, practice self-hypnosis with daily mantras, and get to work on those self-love rituals.
While breathing happens automatically, most of us habitually breathe shallow. This deprives us of brain and energy boosting oxygen, negates detoxification through the lungs, and fails to stimulate lymph flow. Mindful, deep breathing restores these functions, as well as slows heart rate and lowers cortisol levels (stress hormone), keeping us calm yet energized, and able to take life as it comes.
Which helps with our mindset. Which gives us self-worth. Which gives us energy to move well. Which helps with digestion and assimilation of nutrients. And all of which work together, holistically, to balance body, mind & spirit, radiating outward as the healthy, glowing barrier between our inner and outer worlds. Our skin.
Detox doesn't have to be strict, serious, or smell like a medicine chest. It can be blissful. It can leave the scent of juniper, geranium, bergamot or lemongrass lingering in the air. It can uplift, soothe, and heal. Wipe the slate clean. Bring you back to you. The Whole You.
Just a few minutes a day, or even just a few minutes a week, take a little time to yourself to connect, unwind, and release. To free your skin & your mind from whatever doesn't serve it.
A warm soak. A steamy aromatherapy shower. Just a little self love.
Be present. Give yourself your full attention.
And down the drain, let everything else go.
Making skin & body care by hand is extremely gratifying. Experiencing the textures & scents of the gorgeous botanicals the Earth gives us fills my heart & senses, not to mention the peace of mind knowing every step along the crafting process, the products I make for you, my friends & family, and myself, are all natural, non toxic, effective, and a joy to use.
It doesn't get any better than that 😘
Hi, I'm Toni. I like to come here and muse a bit about skin health +
self love, as well as share skin care recipes + information about the ingredients I use to make my products.
I'm the Founder + Formulator here at NATURALLOGIC, a formally educated Holistic Nutritionist, Herbalist, Reiki Channel, Holistic Coach + Mentor.