My Skin + Hair Care Routine
I have always been a skin care and beauty product junkie. I was always willing to try the latest and greatest skin care and hair products and was drawn to marketing gimmicks like pretty packaging, glass bottles, droppers, etc… But I can now say that there a few staples that I fully love, and no longer feel pressured to go to Sephora or Ulta to buy beauty products packed full of synthetics, chemicals, dyes and irritants that are tested on animals, packaged in plastic and cost a ridiculous amount of money.
Instead, my skin care routine is based on health, not beauty! The most important parts of my routine are my plant based diet and high quality drinking water. I have thrived on an organic plant based diet since 2015 and am confident that it shows from the inside out. After years of struggling with weight gain, liver disease, auto immune disease, acne, oily skin, discolored eye whites, thin hair, and dry skin, I am so in love with my healthy, thriving body and proud of my supple skin and long thick hair.
I believe a plant based diet, hydrating properly, and a lot of self love can do way more than most of us realize. Your skin will always struggle to appear glowing and supple unless the food and drink you are putting into your body are living. Living foods are full of naturally occurring water and our bodies happen to be made up of more than 70% water. Therefore, Diet and water will always be key to the skin, hair, nails and body you desire.
My Skin Care Routine
I keep my skincare routine simple with natural, organic products. The largest contributors to my healthy skin are hydrating with high quality, healing water, and not wearing makeup. I have been a makeup lover since I was a little girl, but I always secretly struggled with how my complexion looked without makeup. For years, I longed to be able to leave the house feeling confident enough without makeup covering my freckles and red splotches but never felt brave enough, until recently. I made the decision to stop wearing makeup on a daily basis to allow my skin to breathe, to heal. And it worked. Without toxins soaking into my face every day, my complexion has become clear, red splotches no longer grace my cheeks, and a little self love for my natural, bare face went a long way. I never thought the day would come when I preferred how I looked without makeup, but that day has come.
*If you choose to wear makeup, I strongly urge you to look into what ingredients are in your cosmetics and if they were tested on animals. Ditch the chemicals and animal testing and opt for natural, clean beauty products. The skin on our faces is extremely sensitive and your makeup may not be as harmless as it seems. It’s also extremely important to remove your makeup and cleanse your face every day, especially before you go to sleep at night.
Skin Products I use daily after cleansing with 6.0 pH water:
Oil Pulling 101
Oil pulling, also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health. Two of the biggest benefits to oil pulling are how simple it is to do and how easily it can be incorporated into your daily regimen. Additionally, it requires just one ingredient that can be found right in your kitchen, so there's no need to buy anything.
Traditionally, sesame oil has been used for oil pulling, but other types of oil can be used as well. For example, coconut oil possesses strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can be especially useful for oil pulling. Olive oil is another popular choice thanks to its ability to fight inflammation (16Trusted Source, 17Trusted Source). To get started, set aside just 20 minutes each day for oil pulling and use the extra time to multitask around home, all while improving your oral hygiene.
Oil pulling has been shown to promote...
Cavity + gingivitis prevention
Stronger teeth and gums
Less jaw pain
Alleviation of common sleep problems + sinus issues
Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (Reports have even shown improvement in chronic acne, psoriasis and eczema)
So how do you oil pull?
Measure one tablespoon of oil (I do more because I love the taste so much!), such as coconut (my oil of choice), sesame or olive oil.
Swish it around in your mouth for 15–20 minutes, being careful not to swallow any.
Spit the oil into a trash can once you're done. Avoid spitting it into the sink or toilet, as this can cause a buildup of oil, which may lead to clogging.
Rinse your mouth well using water before eating or drinking anything.
Repeat these steps a few times per week or up to three times daily. You may also want to work your way up, starting with swishing for just 5 minutes and increasing the duration until you're able to do it for a full 15–20 minutes.
For best results, most recommend doing this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, although you can adapt based on your personal preferences
Long Hair Don’t Care
One of the best things I’ve ever done for my hair was DITCH! THE! BLOW DRYER!!!!! After not blow drying my hair for nearly a year, my hair had grown close to 12 inches (not including what was cut off at regular trims). Let me back up and start by saying that I have always struggled with hair that didn’t seem to grow, was uncomfortably thin, fried, damaged, ridden with split ends and heavy with synthetic products. I started blow drying and flat ironing my hair every single day at the age of 14 up until I was 26. I frequently highlighted my hair with bleach at cheap salons and used any products that smelled good, careless about what was in those products. After college, I experimented with hair extensions of every kind, which left me with momentary happiness, but as soon as the extensions came out, my hair would be even more thin than it was before. I was 27 years old when I finally made the most simple, but most effective decision for my hair. I stopped blow drying and heat styling and saw the most hair growth I had ever experienced in my entire life. I finally embraced my curly, wavy texture and let my hair air-dry, resulting in beautiful, long, bouncy, soft, wavy textured hair.
Tips for Healthy Hair and Fast Growth:
Cut the heat and air dry your locks.
heat causes damage to our hair. Due to high heat and/or applying the direct heat for too long, the hair can permanently lose integrity, leaving your strands limp and lifeless. In more severe cases, the hair is singed, breaks off, and falls out.
heat styling tools like blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons use unnecessary electricity, making your carbon foot print larger with every hair styling session. Unplug those heat tools and watch your hair transform like never before. Embrace your hair’s natural texture by letting your hair air dry.
Use Natural Products, Beware of Unusual Chemicals, Cheaper doesn’t = better
Top stylists shared their list of the worst hair products that should be avoided at all costs, and some may give you a real shock.
Silicone-Based Products: Silicone coats the hair shaft for a sleek shiny finish, but it prevents the real nutrients from conditioners to penetrate the hair shaft
Alcohol-Based Products: Alcohol is a very drying ingredient for the hair
Cheap Shampoo: some brands strip color and remove hair’s natural oils with high quantities of sulfates and other lathering ingredients. If you do choose a drugstore shampoo, look for one that’s low in sulfates and contains moisturizing components.
Protein-Based Conditioners: Too much or only protein will eventually make the hair lose its natural elasticity and will cause hair to snap while brushing and styling.” Overusing protein on hair can lead to straw-like strands, especially on hair that’s already damaged
Plastic Brushes: they have a tendency to break the hairs
Zinc Pyrithione and Coal Tar: These ingredients are the most common active properties in dandruff-fighting shampoos, but Greyl warns that they can be incredibly harsh on the scalp and surrounding skin.
Heat Protectants: For people styling their hair at home, using a heat protectant can do the opposite of what it’s supposed to. If sprayed before using a flat or curling iron, it can almost ‘cook’ the hair and cause it to break off
Products with Parabens: Since parabens are used to kill bacteria in water-based solutions, they inherently have some toxicity to human cells and can be absorbed through the skin
If you’re like most humans, your diet probably is not giving you all the necessary vitamins and nutrients you need to thrive. Supplements can provide missing amino acids in the hair follicle to promote a healthy follicle and subsequent hair growth. I am a big supporter of hair supplements, because it makes sense to help your hair health from the inside out. I use a few different kinds of hair/skin/nail supplements and frequently switch it up often so my body doesn’t get used to any specific one. *You’ll see a few prenatal vitamins in this list, that is because prenatal vitamins provide essential amino acids that aid in hair and nail growth. (Click to shop)