Hello my NC Beauties,
We’ve gotten through the first month of 2016 and boy has it been quite the adventure so far. I don’t know about you but some of the more common themes I’ve seen come across my social media and email feeds have been “new year, new you” or “start this new year off with a clean slate” or “a fresh start to the new year.” I agree that the new year is a great reason to start things off anew and we all know the list of new year resolutions can go on and on, but let’s face it, sometimes it can all get overwhelming.
While I think starting off the new year with goals is great, I like to take a little bit of a different approach and keep it simple. I’ve seen a lot of things come across about diets, cleanses and detoxes and it got me thinking…is all of it really necessary?! I decided to take a little time to read and investigate. I’ll spare you the gory details but wow, Google really has some crazy stuff to be discovered.
I realized that most “experts” came to the conclusion that cleaning is something your body does naturally and that your skin is a direct reflection of what you put in, remember the old saying, “you are what you eat”. While juicing, teas and adhering to special diets can help the detox/cleansing process, the most important thing you can do for yourself is eat healthy throughout the year. Think about it, is a one-week juice cleanse really going to rid your body of toxins in such a short amount of time? Everyone’s needs vary and I’m a wholehearted believer that a good nutritionist can help you get back on track and create a great plan that addresses individual issues. So my simple conclusion, treat everyday like it’s the beginning of a new year and feed your body well.
During this process I decided that this year I would really focus on eating foods that were not only good for my health but I would focus on those that were especially good for my skin…and put all of what I read to the test. I also realized that doing this meant I had to make sure I was as disciplined about what I put on the outside, my skincare routine, as I was about what I put inside. With my list of what I call “skin foods” ingrained in my head I moved onto my skincare routine. I’ve raved about the benefits of exfoliation but NC’s Facial Detox Exfoliating Mask is the foundation of my skincare routine and I’ve used it twice a week for years. You see, in order for your skin to absorb any other product you need to make sure it’s ready to do so and this little miracle worker does exactly that, it gives your skin that fresh start on a weekly basis. French green clay is the secret and it has been used for centuries; it literally “drinks” oils, toxic substances and impurities from your skin while tightening your pores, toning your skin, exfoliating your skin cells and reducing inflammation. Quite the multi-tasker!
Every great skincare routine needs a great foundation and that’s what our Facial Detox Exfoliating Mask is. Now that I have my health and beauty resolutions in order, I can move onto the more important resolutions like finding ways to make this world a better place. I’m taking baby steps and starting with healthy skin care and my new studio. That said, I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start and that you find pleasure in doing the little things that help you feel good, look good and be good!
Need a little “cheat sheet” to get you started? Here’s a slideshow of 24 food recommendations from Los Angeles dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD and author of Feed Your Face: