Skin Supplements: Beauty From The Inside Out

There are many amazing tricks to enhance external beauty, but let’s face it, unless you take care of your skin none of it will matter. Great skin can make you look absolutely gorgeous while a dull complexion can make you look lifeless and distressed. It makes all the difference! The skin is the largest organ of the body, which means that everything you put on it goes straight into your blood stream and vice versa. If what you’re putting into your body directly affects your skin don’t you want to step up your skincare regimen and create optimum results? Beauty comes from the inside out without a doubt!
Just like you take supplements for eye health, heart health and immunity support among other things, you also need to take supplements for your skin. With the proper supplements you can completely transform your skin! Benefits of the correct supplements include aiding in skin repair, preventing fine lines and wrinkles, slowing the aging process, treating sun damage, purifying acne prone complexions, and stimulating hair growth and strengthening nails.
Below are a few of my favorite and most highly recommended supplements to take daily for youthful, radiant and truly healthy skin.
Biotin
Stimulates hair growth
Strengthens nail plate and increases thickness
Creates vibrant skin
Fish oils/Omega 3,6,9
Promotes healthy inflammation response (inflammation is the deeply rooted problem of many skin conditions)
Helps with acne/clears skin
Balances hormones which are the cause of many breakouts
It’s natural source of fatty acids help with dry skin working from the inside out.
Contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which regulates oil production helping to prevent acne, hydrates the skin, and prevents fine line and wrinkles by slowing the aging process
Prevents sun damage
Activated Charcoal
Absorbs toxins from the body (100-200 times its weight in toxins)
Removes heavy metals
Can be used externally to disinfect the skin, cure poisonous bites, treat acne, rashes , and trap dirt and oil
Panthenol
Moisturizing to the skin from the inside out
Plumps the skin
Smoothes wrinkles
Anti-aging
Repairs tissues at a cellular level for optimum skin health
Vitamin E
Increases blood circulation -which brings blood supply to hair follicles and helps it grow faster
Helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles
Fights against free radical absorption (free radicals result in damaged skin)
Can be used externally to aid in the healing any type of skin lesion or provide an extraordinary scar remedy.

Oil 101

Oil as skincare craze has been on the radar for some time now, but most people are uninformed about the differences and benefits of the variety of oils available to us. As a holistic skin therapist and organic beauty expert, I base my philosophy on the belief that because the skin is our largest organ it should be treated as purely as possible. I am accustomed to the shock and awe on my clients’ faces when I recommend that they switch to a skin and beauty routine, centered around the use of different types of pure and simple oils. Most commonly, they have the misconception that it will clog their pores, cause breakouts, make their complexion greasy, and that it won’t moisturize as effectively as heavier lotions and creams.
Using the correct oils as part of your skincare regimen is a game changer for beauties of all skin types (even the most sensitive!) Of course, there are good oils and bad oils for your skin and health; I advise wholeheartedly that you stay far away from mineral oil! I don’t care what the label tells you about how “amazing” a product is, if mineral oil is listed as an ingredient, do not buy it. We have five layers of skin and the first three are dead; Mineral oil does nothing beneficial for your skin, as it just sits on the very top layer preventing water loss (it doesn’t penetrate any deeper). Mineral oil is filled with toxins; Do you know what you use to gas up your car? Petroleum, also known as mineral oil!
Only pure ingredients derived from nature will actually penetrate the skin and make a difference on cellular level- a little food for thought! When you know which oils to use, the improvement in your skin is nothing short of magical. The best part: Most oils have multiple uses- You can use them as a daily moisturizer, remedy for problematic/acne prone skin, anti-aging purposes, healing remedies (they are amazing for scars and wound-care ), detoxification, or for relaxation (pampering massage) just to name a few! There is an undeniable difference in my clients’ skin when they switch to these simple and pure products. Below I have listed a few of my absolute favorites along with their extraordinary health benefits so that you can choose which oil fits your needs the best. Did I mention you can find them at any health-food store? Enjoy and soak up the love:
Coconut oil:
Best for: Dehydrated/ dry skin or hair
Benefits:
Natural sun protection- SPF 4
“Natures chapstick”
Amazing hair treatment-stimulates hair growth and mends split ends
All over body lotion- skin food and ultimate hydration for dry or dehydrated skin
Eye makeup remover – even water-proof mascara!
Great for skin conditions such as; psoriasis
Natural lubricant ( great for those prone to yeast infections or bacterial infections- it’s highly soothing and anti-microbial /anti-bacterial 
Jojoba oil:
Best for: All skin types; even sensitive or problematic/acne prone skin
Benefits:
Mimics skins natural sebum ( oil)- absorbs beautifully and doesn’t stay greasy
Great pre-cleanse – unclogs pores and removes dirt and makeup (apply to skin with cotton pad, rinse and follow with your daily cleanser )
All over body lotion for sensitive skin
Deep conditioning treatment for hair
Calming after sun moisturizer/after shave
Beautiful carrier oil – add divine scents to it (any essential oil blends) 
Grape-seed oil:
Best for: Mature/aging, acne/ problematic, or red/inflamed skin types
Benefits:
Is so anti-aging that it protects from free radicals and cellular level damage
Skin and tissue repair
Mild astringent and natural antiseptic -amazing for acne or inflamed skin
Great source of essential fatty acids and vitamin E- terrific scar remedy !
Increases circulation – helps with spider veins & varicose veins
Acne
Anti inflammatory
Hemorrhoid remedy
If you suffer from couperose (dilated capillaries or blood vessels) add a little rose and neroli essential oils to the grape seed oil – magical!
Sesame oil:
Best for: Mature/ aging skin types, detoxification, or massage
Benefits:
Includes antioxidant called sesamol- helps with fine lines and wrinkles
Amazing for detoxification because some of your body’s toxins are soluble in oil and this oil will rid your body of toxins by trapping them! ( massage into your skin before your shower or bath every day)
Great for wounds and its antibacterial properties
Amazing for massage oil- stimulating and healing (especially Ayurvedic massage ) 
What is your favorite oil skincare remedy? 

Goddess Rituals: Detox Baths by Megan Alexandra

The human body is primarily composed of water and salt! Even our blood is a perfect mixture solution of these elements. Doesn’t it sound intriguingly pleasant to soak in what your body is naturally made of and create an incomparable detoxification for your skin, body, mind, and spirit?
Lets begin with the huge misconception about salt: We are told to lower our salt intake because it causes high blood pressure, heart disease, weight gain, bloating, stroke, etc, but the truth is we cannot live without this glorious earth given element. However, there is a difference between unrefined salt and table salt.
In its natural form salt contains 84 essential minerals and no toxins or pollutants. Unfortunately, after our man-made refining process occurs, all the trace minerals and beneficial ingredients are eliminated turning it into a heavily toxic ingredient for our bodies.
On the other hand, unrefined salt is one of the most beneficial elements for our health- physically, mentally and spiritually. By bathing in it, you can create virtually one of the most powerful detoxifications for your body as a whole; by aiding in the healing of physical ailments as well as deep emotional release and spiritual clarity.
Unrefined salts contains minerals such as: magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, zinc, calcium, chloride, iodide and bromide, all of which work harmoniously to nourish our bodies.
• Has a heightening effect on your vibrational energy
• Mental clarity
• Relaxation and stress relief
• Soothes insomnia
• Helps removal of toxins and heavy metals accumulated in the body
• Muscle recovery- eases muscle cramps
• Digestive aid and safe mild laxative
• Normalizes blood pressure
• Alkalizes your body
• Increases bone strength
• Heightens libido
• Relief for headaches
• Relief from menstrual pain
• Highly anti–inflammatory.
If that is not enough to convince you, here is more food for thought: our blood has a crystallized structure component. This means that unrefined salt metabolizes at a cellular level, making it pretty much the healthiest ingredient for your body!
My favorite unrefined salt Is Himalayan sea salt/crystal salt- it is the purest salt available on earth. This sacred salt has been around for over 250 million years and its unique cellular structure is capable of actually storing vibrational energy!
Below are two divine detox bath rituals which will help you get in touch with your inner goddess while soothing and repairing any health troubles you may be experiencing presently.
Tip: Remember to hydrate your body while taking these baths!
Beginning Cleansing Bath Ritual:
This first detox salt bath ritual is less intense, yet extremely effective. I recommend you practice this detox bath ritual for two weeks before moving on to the second one. This particular detox bath will help prepare your body physically and emotionally for the heightened intensity of the second detox bath ritual.
Start with one 8oz box of baking soda and 5-7 drops of tea tree oil for the first two weeks. Use only these ingredients to thoroughly cleanse and alkalize your body. Remember, your breath is natures tool at any given moment. This first set of baths are where you learn and practice to silence your mind and get in touch with your inner self and spirit. Look inward, breathe deeply and rhythmically, and either say your affirmations, listen to calm meditation/Shamanic healing music, or sound vibrations. I love to light some incense or candles to get the energy flowing. This ritual should be done for 20-30 min twice per week.
Goddess Water of Life:
When you’re ready to move into the deeper detox healing bath ritual, add three cups of pure Himalayan salt into your bath water. This should be done for 20-30 min 2x per week.
The water plus the pure crystallized salt is your “goddess water of life,” often called Sole. It will bring your body profound vibrational energy for at least twenty-four hours. Soaking for 20-30 min is equal to a 2-3 day fast! Try this on the next full moon on March 5th for powerful healing results!
Don’t use any toxic lotions or products after your baths, only pure natural oils to moisturize your skin.
Add essential oils of your choice such as lavender, sage, rose, rosemary, tea tree, and/or a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba for added moisture.
Flower essences can be used as well. They work on the emotional wellbeing and spiritual imbalances. Receive the beautiful energy and powerful vibrations of flowers. These are different from essential oils and other herbal remedies and tinctures, so please don’t get them mixed up. There is a large array of flower essences to choose from based on whatever emotional or spiritual blocks you’re experiencing at the time. Lilac is my flower essence of choice lately because it’s beautiful qualities help release the old and freely welcome the new. Holding onto the past is something I found through my spiritual growth to be a significant struggle for me and has unfortunately manifested into physical pain and disease. These baths changed my life!
Healing takes time, so be patient with yourself and do not rush the process. In order to receive a truly transformational detox experience you need to be open to healing physically, mentally, and emotionally. You are connected to this earth and it’s vibrational energy with every cell in your body. You are here to fulfill a divine purpose and you will get there. These baths will help you to reveal your true essence, your inner goddess, and your purest spirit. Take 20 min out of your busy life, to give this gift to yourself , nurture you and rid yourself of negative energy inside and out. Your body is your temple in this life, my goddesses, so remember- You are allowed to love you. Let the bathing begin!

Spring Cleaning : Beyond the Label by Megan Alexandra

 

Spring is a time of renewal and growth where we burn through our old obstacles so that we can bloom into a better version of ourselves. Cleaning out old gunk, giving away clothes we no longer need, training for bathing suit season and, don’t forget, switching our skincare regimen to the purest products possible.
There are so many high-end beauty products on the market, but which ones should we choose? Is it worth it to buy a $200 eye-cream to fight aging? Or an acne regimen kit that costs a fortune to cure problematic skin? The key is to look beyond the label; Instead of looking at what the label tells you the product does for your skin, take a look at the ingredients. Just by the ingredients you can learn what a product truly does to benefit or destroy your skin and health.
Below is a list of beneficial ingredients along with ingredients to avoid at all costs. When reading the label keep in mind that the ingredients listed first are the most predominant and potent in the product. The ingredients at the end of the list are very minimal and usually there are just traces of them in the product (don’t be fooled, even traces of toxic ingredients can be detrimental for your health and beauty). Remember, your skin needs to be treated as purely as possible, as it is your largest bodily organ. Hello Spring and hello gorgeous!
Ingredients for flawless, radiant, and healthy skin:
Aloe Vera
Acts as a humectant which binds moisture to the skin
Natural antiseptic and antibiotic
Contains phytochemicals for skin + hair health
Creates a natural glowing effect to skin
Contains 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 200 active enzymes
Cures and heals the skin from inflammation, burns, and wounds
Essential oil /blends
Can slow aging and help all skin types to create a flawless complexion
Can reduce acne breakouts
Slow sebum production
Help with psoriasis or eczema
Tighten the skin
Reduce the appearance of scars
Soothe and heal cuts and burns
Help with broken capillaries (couperose)
Help lighten the appearance of sun spots
Encourage new cell growth
Carrier Oils
(Such as jojoba, coconut, grape-seed, sesame, olive, or almond oil)
Benefits all skin types
Carrier oil necessary for essential oil blends
AHA’s
(Derived from natural fruit extracts)
Bilberry, sugarcane, maple cane, orange, lemon, grapefruit, raspberry, and kiwi
Magical, natural chemical exfoliants to exfoliate dead skin cells
Slows aging
Increases cell renewal
Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
Creates smoother, radiant, and healthier complexions
Green Earth Clay
(French Green Clay or Calcium Bentonite Clay)
One of nature’s strongest antiseptics
Draws out toxins and impurities – great for deep cleansing the skin
Heals wounds
Draws out poison from insect bites and aids in healing
Anti-inflammatory
Aids in healing tissues at a cellular level
Heals acne/problem prone skin
Raw Honey
Its natural enzymes keep skin clear
Highly moisturizing
Fights bacteria and fungus
Slows aging
Contains phytonutrients and antioxidants
Aids in healing scars and tissue regeneration
Anti-inflammatory
Soothes redness and irritation
Toxic Ingredients To Avoid :
Mineral Oil
Made from petroleum to produce gasoline
Toxic and is a carcinogenic
Clogs pores creating risk for breakouts
Contributes to body contamination
Parabens
(Methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben)
Most widely used preservative In products
Although they reduce bacteria and fungus from your products, they are chemicals being absorbed into your skin
Slightly mimics estrogen which can lead to breast cancer
Sulfates
(Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS)
Common in-toothpaste, soaps, detergents, and shampoos
Toxic when applied to the skin
Eye and skin irritant
Can cause cancer or mutations
Organ and reproductive toxicant
Dries out the skin
F,D & C Color + Pigments
Synthetic colors contain heavy metal salts
Deposits toxins in the skin
Skin irritant
Carcinogenic
Can cause death and oxygen depletion