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5 Resolutions for Healthier Skin

Happy 2016, everyone!

I love the start of a new year.  Having a clean slate makes it seem so much easier to start with some healthy habits.  Some of my resolutions this year include spending more time with my horse, taking a daily walk, and keeping my desk organized.

Here are a few simple resolutions you can make for happier, healthier skin this year.

1. Wash your face every night before you go to sleep.  

Seriously, this is the most simple thing you can do for the long term healthy of your skin.  Even if you don't wear makeup (and doubly so if you do), you should give your skin a quick cleansing every night before your head hits the pillow.  Remove the dirt, oil, pollution and such that's built up on your skin throughout the day.

You'll notice a huge difference in your skin within just a few days.  And, if aging is a concern of yours, know that washing your face every night is the simplest anti-aging treatment there is.

2.  Exfoliate regularly.

Exfoliating removes excess dead skin cells and debris that like to pile up on the surface of your skin.  Regular exfoliating is super healthy for your skin.  Exfoliate and your skin will look brighter and feel softer, be less prone to breakouts, less dry and more able to absorb moisturizers.  And, again, it's a great anti-aging treatment.

OTC scrubs can be a bit harsh, especially if they contain walnut or almond shell.  Instead, use a product with microbeads or make your own exfoliant (of course!)  Some of my absolute favs are this super simple oatmeal scrub and this creamy pumpkin "peel."  You can also make your own "microdermabrasion" scrub, rather than buying an expensive one.  All good stuff!

But don't just stop at the face!  If you have dry, ashy, or scaly skin elsewhere on your body that doesn't go away with lotions or creams, that's a good sign you need more exfoliation.  Try a simple sugar scrub for your hands, feet and body (I especially love this Coffee Sugar Scrub.)  Super smooth and soft!

And, if you're not really all that into going DIY with your skin care products and would rather purchase them, may I humbly suggest you try some of my products?  They're handcrafted here on the farm and are so good for your skin.  I've got 100% natural Milkshake Facial Polish that is to die for and ultra-rich sugar scrubs that will exfoliate and moisturize all at once.

3.  Drink more water.

Did you know that most people are chronically mildly dehydrated?  Even mild dehydration keeps your body from working the way it should, and can cause headaches, stomach aches, and a general lack of energy.

Dehydration shows on your skin, too.  It can make your skin look and feel dry and crepe-papery.  It can also make your skin look dull, tired, and sallow.

Make sure you're replenishing the water your body uses every day.  Getting your 8 full glasses of water every day not only makes your skin brighter and smoother, it will also make you feel amazing.  Once you're fully hydrated you will notice a difference in your energy levels, I guarantee!

4.  Eat more fruits and veggies.

Want a brighter, vibrant complexion?  Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Studies have proven that eating a variety of fruits and veggies every day literally changes your skin tone for the better -- making it brighter, more vibrant, youthful and healthy.

I have first-hand experience on how what we eat changes our skin.  Many years ago, as a brand new mom, I literally turned my then 7 month old son orange by feeding him too many pureed carrots.  My pediatrician spotted it right away, and once I replaced some of the carrots with spinach and peas, the color faded.  But it was an amazing lesson on how we are what we eat!

I really like juicing -- it's an easy way to get more fruits and veggies into the daily diet.  My favorite "recipe" right now is an orange, apple, carrot, celery, fresh ginger, and a bit of grapefruit.    

5.  Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.   

I never appreciated a good moisturizer until I got a bit older.  Now, I slather it on everywhere, everyday.

Moisturizer not only gives your skin some added hydration, but it can help replace your skin's natural oils and acts as a protective barrier between your skin and the outside world.  Find a moisturizer you love and use it every day.  And don't forget about the skin on your body!

Maybe for the New Year you'd like to try making your own lotions and moisturizers.  You can start off really simply: rub a bit of organic coconut oil onto your skin after your shower.  It's a great natural moisturizer.

For the face, grapeseed or argan oil makes a wonderful night serum.  Massage a few drops into your skin right after cleansing and before bed.  Your skin will look super dewy in the morning (and it helps prevent aging while you sleep).

If you're ready to move up to making "real" lotion, consider joining me and I'll show you how!  I have a Handmade Lotions and Creams class scheduled early 2016.  If you can't make it to that one, you can schedule a private workshop instead and I'll bring the class to you.

I hope these resolutions help you on your natural skin care journey.  Here's to a very Happy and Healthy 2016!

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