for acne & eczema
I’ve always struggled with acne and eczema. I’ve found a few tricks that calm inflammation. Here are three ways I achieve clearer, more hydrated skin:
- HEALTHY OILS Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, fish oil and flaxseed oil: I try to consume a couple tablespoons of good fats and a day. I often get dry eyes and add these oils to my plant-based diet, which tends to be lower in fats. I figure just like plants, we each need something a little different. Some plants need more water, some plants need more shade. My skin loves the extra moisture these oil provide.
2. LOWER DAIRY CONSUMPTION
I have lactose intolerant tendencies. When I started to track my rashes and acne, I realized dairy played a large part. For years my body has been telling me what it likes, I just had to listen closely. It’s not surprising because dairy is linked to inflammation. If dairy messes with my skin, I can only wonder what the rest of my organs look like. Stick with it, and it will pay off. Usually my body takes at least one month to adjust. Though I cut out dairy, I didn’t have to give up my creamy dishes or desserts. There are so many options! Soy, oat, cashew, almond, coconut milk. In my opinion, Oatly has the creamiest non-dairy milk, but their products can be hard to find. For yogurts, I avoid processed sugars and love So Delicious’s plain yogurt available at most supermarkets I’ve been to.
3. 64 OUNCES OF WATER OR TEA
We all know water is good. Inarguable. But I couldn’t get myself in the habit of constantly drinking water. I began to spice up my life (literally) with teas. I love Celestial’s Apple Cinnamon. It tastes like apple pie and has licorice root, which is a natural sweetener without the sugar! Another new find is Sweet Honeydew Green Tea, for my honeydew lovers. I get both from my local supermarket. Mmmm. My mindset shifted. Similar to how we shower daily, we need to shower our internal organs daily. This single analogy has encouraged me to drink a a large glass of water first thing in the morning.