5 Acne Fighters That Totally Transformed My Skin

5 Acne Fighters That Totally Transformed My Skin

Acne sucks. I think this is one universal truth that will never change.

Trust me, I know.  

I used to face horrendous, cystic acne all over my jawline, body and face every morning. This was painful, embarrassing and most of all, a nuisance. It was horrible for my self esteem and held me back from doing even the most basic things, like making new friends, going grocery shopping or booking jobs.

Honestly, a good skincare routine has changed everything!

Here are the 5 acne fighters that have totally transformed my skin:

Supplements have been a huge part of my win in my battle against acne, so they deserve to be mentioned first. Supplements have been the foundation of keeping my acne at bay.

The reason that most conventional treatments for acne and skin issues don’t work is that they fail to treat the real issue: your insides. Steroids, anti-biotics and even heavy duty prescription medications skip over the one thing that truly does need to change and for your new, clear skin to stick: Your body needs to be in balance.

Who knew that the true key to combating my skin issues – especially my cystic acne – for good was getting passed by every time I went to the pharmacy for a new skin Rx? The last thing I was missing was herbs and supplements, which have truly been the big game changer for me. If I take my supplements, I barely have to worry about a small blemish around that time of the month. If I miss my supplements, I DO see the same symptoms that I used to have. Bumps pop up. Pores get clogged. Cysts form. Not pretty.

Most female acne is hormonal, and to treat hormonal acne you need to deal with the root cause – your estrogen levels!

One of my favorite and most useful herbs for combating my skin issues has been the supplement DIM, which acts as an estrogen regulator. It balances the estrogens in your body, straightening out your hormones and allowing your skin to stop freaking out. DIM has now become widely known on the Internet as one of the better treatments of hormonal acne, and it has helped many of my friends, family and clients. DIM supplements are an excellent option for women with acne who have high estrogen and low testosterone. These women are typically estrogen dominant. One example is women on synthetic birth control. DIM supplements will work at reducing side effects of the birth control, and getting your libido back. I take 4 DIM pills a day and am totally acne-free!

Some of my other favorites are vitamin D, vitex, fish oils and evening primrose oil.

Serums

I know this may seem counter-intuitive to what they tell you, but you do NOT want to use harsh products when tackling your acne. When you’re fighting acne, ALWAYS avoid products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and sulfates. Why? Well, you really don’t want extra, unnecessary inflammation if you want your skin to heal! These products are SUPER harsh, stripping the skin of natural pH it needs to stay balanced and often leaving skin red or raw – on TOP of not addressing the problem.

The next step in the foundation of my good skin is to find yourself a good, organic serum that addresses the cause of acne, so that you are not only healing your acne now, but you are preventing future acne. The Detox Repair Serum was formulated to do just that!

This vitamin enriched serum is an effective blemish-fighting acne treatment to minimize pimples, zits, and help prevent future breakouts. How? This serum is specifically formulated with the highest level of french green clay and activated charcoal. Effectively fights blemishes, reduces acne, and helps keep skin free of new breakouts. Healing, organic vitamins are designed to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores while zinc oxide, a natural mineral, provides oil control by absorbing excess sebum.

The result is clearer skin that lasts. Don’t just take my word for it! A recent reviewer said this:

“I have tried SO many different acne solutions and am BLOWN AWAY by this product. I wanted to get away from my harsh acne cream due to all of the chemicals that irritated my face. I tried a bunch of other products, but nothing worked. I finally came across this and will never turn back! No smell, no irritating essential oils, no dangerous ingredients and the serum actually works to prevent and heal breakouts! Highly recommend!” June, 27

The best part about these serums is that they are essential oil free. Essential oils can irritate skin over time because our body’s become sensitive to the concentrated ingredients. The Detox Repair serum is also scent-free, so you don’t have to worry about if the smell will irritate your delicate palette or your skin.

Use as an oil cleanser as well as a morning and nighttime serum! Simply apply to face as instructed and remove makeup with a wet or dry washcloth. Can additionally be used as a body oil.

Soft Water 

Hard water had done a number on my skin, but it took me months to identify this as one of the main culprits! You’ll know you have hard water in your shower if you experience any of these symptoms after showering: dry skin, itchiness, flakiness, a filminess or dry hair and scalp.

Hard water is high in alkaline (pH), and also contains high levels of minerals like magnesium, calcium and iron. This clogs and irritates your skin.

The remedy is switching to a soft water filter for your showerhead. You can grab this one from Culligan for under $30! Soft water helps your body clear toxins, fight infections and oh yeah – it won’t take 10 minutes to wash product out of your hair! Check if you have hard water in your area at: www.theorganiclifeblog.com/hardwater

Skip The Dehydrators 

I haven’t drank a drop of alcohol at all for a few months now (post on this coming soon!) and other than my health, I have surpsingly seen the most difference in my SKIN!

Cutting out caffeine and alcohol – especially hard alcohol – will truly help you win the war against your acne. If you’re not too inspired by plain old water, try adding some fresh lemon or berries and organic honey for flavor and drink at LEAST 8 cups of water and 4 cups of caffeine-free tea per day.

Caffeine (when ingested) can cause disruption to your guts, which is where the start of your clear skin truly begins. Caffeine also messes with your hormones, namely your stress hormone, which is a huge disruption to your oil production. On top of that, it’s a diuretic, adding a super dehydrating affect that I think we can all agree we’d like to skip.

But don’t worry – You can literally drink your way to amazing skin! Try replacing coffee with teas specifically designed to help you wean off. Teeccino, an herbal coffee alternative that tastes JUST like coffee (I swear!) is my favorite, but you can just make your own drink at home with some fresh herbs like mint, cacao or lavender flowers and warm milk, cinnamon, honey and turmeric.

Masks

Like a good serum, a good face mask fights the very CAUSE of acne, not just the surface skin disruptions. I invented one for just this purpose, and have used it for over 4 years every time I see a little bump creep in, usually around that time of the month. Forbes actually featured this mask this year – a true highlight. My organic face mask works great to simultaneously exfoliate and moisturize your skin. Incorporate this mask into your skin routine 2-3 times a week for the best results. Your skin will be glowing, refreshed, and happy! Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

To Do:

  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Mix together thoroughly with a wooden spoon
  3. Add water and mix thoroughly until it is a muddy consistency
  4. Apply to face, neck and décolletage using a fan or makeup brush
  5. Allow to dry for 10-15 mins
  6. Remove while still damp

Voila! A perfect complexion is yours!

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Organic Eye Treatments That Actually Work

Organic Eye Treatments That Actually Work

Say goodbye to bags, dark circles and tired eyes and hello to a fresh, gorgeous, youthful face!

The skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on your face, and it ages 36% faster than the rest of your skin. Crazy, right?! That’s why it’s so important treat it with the TLC it truly deserves! Insert these green beauty eye creams you might not be using — but should be. They target a ton of issues, so you’re left looking younger, bright-eyed and wide awake!

Genetix Cellular Recovery Serum – $45

A top choice for it’s high performance and value. If you need to fake a full night’s sleep, pat on this lightweight serum before bed! With patented anti-aging melatonin, skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and intense organic vitamins A, C, D & E, this pro-collagen amplifier to help you look like a well-rested version of yourself. Cellular Recovery super serum smooths and targets fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. Use code STAYWEIRD for 25% off. Great for every skin type!

Skin Owl Eye+ – $46

This gel is lightweight, and efficient. Periwinkle and licorice ensure that deep penetration transforms crepe-paper skin into healthy, resilient, and firm skin around your eyes. Cucumber depuffs. Aloe smooths and silkens.

OLO Vitamin E Eye Balm – $49

A powerful blend of Vitamin E, organic Shea Butter, Pomegranate and Sea Kelp, this luxurious, intensely rich eye balm helps to smooth, firm and provide continuous hydration day and night

100% Pure Organic Cucumber Juice Eye Cream – $49

Made with 95% organic ingredients, this cream is packed full of antioxidants to reduce signs of aging. Very light and performs well! Great for reducing puffiness and hydrating.

Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Cream – $65

Made with a high concentrations of Vitamin E and omega fatty acids in Argan Oil, coupled with North Atlantic Sea Fennel and White and Green Tea, help to: enhance moisture retention while boosting collagen production, stimulate microcirculation to decrease puffiness and dark circles, soothe and relax muscles around the eyes.

Laurel Eye Balm – $79

This balm features a whole plant blend of Bilberry, Fennel, Licorice, and Nettle to reduce puffiness, inflammation, fluid retention, and dark circles. An indulgent, exotic, floral blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Helichrysum are included to soothe and brighten.

Josh Rosebrook Oculus – $75

Oculus Formula is an oil-based treatment that uses moisturizing carrier oils and a high amount of herbal infusions to address the specific needs of your under eye area. These herbs work together in powerful synergy to transform your skin at the cellular level.

Odacite Ultra Effective Eye Cream – $95

Organic pomegranate extract contains powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals and help to counter the aging effects of overexposure to the sun. Tocopherol restores youthful elasticity. Hyaluronic Acid plumps fine lines and wrinkles.

Shiva Rose Eye Cream – $95

Sacred sandalwood creates new cells, diminishing lines and opening the third eye. This balm is activated by azurite crystals and calming blue chamomile, blue tansy, rooibos, lavender, pomegranate for nourishment to the delicate areas around eyes.

Loving Lately: Products, Practices + Places

Loving Lately: Products, Practices + Places

I haven’t done a Loving Lately post in a really long time. They actually used to be some of my favorite parts of this blog, since it totally delights me when I get to give you guys a real glimpse into my day-to-day life.

I love sharing things that I feel are bringing my health/fitness/beauty/life game to a whole new level 🙂

Here are the products, places and practices I’m really digging at the moment:

PRODUCTS:

-.21 BRIGHTENING SERUM by C. Lavie is incredible! Seriously, I am in love! The signature ingredient—Siberian larch—brightens and evens skin tone by regulating the skin’s melatonin production and by reducing inflammation.

By stimulating collagen production, it also boosts the skin’s elasticity and suppleness. I apply it every night before bed and right in the morning when I wake up. Lately I’ve also been mixing in a little hyalauronic acid + retinol serum.

Together, this combination puts it over the top. It brightens, tightens and has drastically reduced acne scars, wrinkles, under eye bags and fine lines – all concerns I’ve been trying to tackle (without success) for years!

Great for summer time to deal with sun-inflamed skin or redness, but seriously – if you battle any of the above, get yourself this stellar combo of skincare superheroes. You won’t regret it!

-I swear I’ve never felt more confident or more like ME  before – all thanks to Genetix. I am SO excited about this summer and will never go a day without breaking out this sexy little bottle. Find out why 🙂

Matchaaaaaa! Although I can’t really tolerate caffeine in it’s traditional form (coffee), matcha has been an incredible way to incorporate a little energy boost into my diet without the crash or craziness. I just put tiny tiny little amounts into my tea, and I get the clarity without the caffeination.

Obsessed with this Malaya Body Oil in Citrus &  Bloom! Check out my other Malaya obsessions [here] and [here]. It makes my skin SO soft and smells amazing! Plus, totally organic 🙂

PRACTICES:

Speaking of amazing skin, I am STILL obsessed with drinking butterfly blue pea tea, which I enjoy in some way, shape or form daily.

Not only does it look gorgeous (totally ‘gram-worthy), butterfly pea tea is full of antioxidants and anti-infllamtory properties has been proven to heal and brighten skin. Plus – it’s delicious – especially with some organic honey and cinnamon!

It also has pain relieving properties, which I need lately because I KILLED my legs during a workout a few days ago and boy am I in bad shape – haha!

OUTDOOR YOGA: I feel COMPLETELY different when I do yoga outside than I do when I do yoga inside. There is a definite connectedness to nature that gets stifled when you are indoors.

Since I am originally from the east coast, anytime I can exercise or do an activity outdoors, I always get excited. The weather has been all around perfect lately, so I have been spending at least 30 mins a day outdoors stretching, practicing kriya and meditating. It’s so inspiring and endlessly beautiful. I feel like there are so many places to explore here in San Diego! I never get tired of it!

If you want to explore Kriya yoga (the yoga that I practice), I highly recommend checking out this book, which got me started on my path and has been an invaluable part of my life ever since. It’s a very relaxing, chill, mindset and breath-focused practice, which is great for beginners or those looking to explore different types of yoga that are less well-known but still very effective.

BLUE VERVAIN + SKULLCAP have been my go-to tinctures lately.

Some of the benefits of blue vervain include its ability to stimulate the liver, soothe the nervous system, detoxify the body, reduce depression and stress, eliminate pain, lower inflammation, protect the immune system, and it helps with coughs and colds!

I use skullcap to reduce anxiety and soothe the nervous system. It also helps to treat diabetes, help with weight loss, prevent certain cancers, lower inflammation, balance hormones and aid sleep issues. Seriously one of my OG favorite plants!

PLACES:

I actually left the house the other day (I know – it’s a miracle!) to go to the Most Admired CEO Awards, held by San Diego Business Journal. It was awesome! I was nominated! It felt so great to go as a Finalist and connect with some of the most powerful people in SD. I also came home with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the California State Senate for my work in the private health sector. 

I actually really love awards shows like this, since they connect some of the best and most hardworking people in one room 🙂 (They also help me to tackle my social anxiety, which is still VERY real most times.)

-Speaking of overcoming anxieties, healing and learning new life practices, have you signed up for The Organic Life Natural Cures Retreat?

Our debut retreat is being held this November on the paradise island of Huahine. The island equivalent of the Garden of Eden, Huahine is an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields.

Beyond its lush landscapes and bright blooms, Huahine is also a culturally preserved sanctuary with sacred temples hidden throughout dense vegetation. Undoubtedly, this island will leave you spellbound.

I just got back last month, and i am forever changed. I can’t even begin to explain how much more calm and clear I feel. I’ve been able to work on so much more with so much less effort and time. I am able to let things go much more easily. I am focused on goals, which truly seem to revolve exclusively around helping others.This has brought me an unwavering peace to my soul and my actions that I’ve NEVER had before in all my life.

I cannot wait for you to experience this.  

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The 5 Best Skincare Tips of All Time

The 5 Best Skincare Tips of All Time

We all know at least one woman with seemingly perfect skin.

Every time you see her flawless face, you think, Seriously, how does she do it?

Here’s the thing: Her secret is simple — she has flawless skin because she’s nailed the best daily routine.

Another secret? So can you.

Here’s how!

USE AN ORGANIC FACE OIL

The difference between conventional and organic face oils are night and day.

Organic oils are made with the most pure ingredients. Rich with vitamins and antioxidants, organic formulas can be effective in restoring skin, preventing damage, tackling wrinkles or healing acne.

I started using Malaya’s Rejuvenating Face Serum a few months ago, and I am about to purchase my second bottle! Definitely a stand-out for me. Anti-inflammatory and rich Siberian Cedar Nut Oil is blended with Gardenia Absolute’s antioxidant and collagen-synthesizing properties to nourish skin, keeping it healthy and balanced.

This harmonious fusion of bioactive essences, solar charged herbal extracts and nourishing omega fatty acid rich oils quickly absorb into skin. Teeming with ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, this 100% natural elixir is both youth promoting and suitable for problematic skin. My combination skin loves this oil. It’s both soothing and moisturizing. I use a jade roller (more on this awesome tool below!) to gently massage the serum into my skin every morning and the results have been miraculous!

I first started using this serum during a period of extreme discomfort in my skin – and now I know I’ll never stop! I began during a period of time when I’d wake up with dry patches that made me want to go straight back to bed. Wearing makeup (sometimes even talking!) was impossible because of the dryness. Within just a few weeks of using this face serum (and doing some other tips mentioned in this article!), and my skin was massively improving. I visibly looked much less dehydrated. I also use it on my lips as a moisturizer and it works wonders.

After a full month of using it, my skin looks totally on point! Clear, moisturized and dewey. I don’t need makeup at all now, and my skin feels really balanced! Mission accomplished!

MOISTURIZE YOUR BODY – LIKE THIS:

I don’t know about you, but no one in my family exactly made moisturizing a priority, so by the time I started this must-have ritual in my twenties, I had a lot of catching up to do! Dermatologists say that the best time to apply moisturizer is immediately following a bath or shower. This can fight cellulite, dry skin, wrinkles, sagging skin, discoloration and more! After the shower is my favorite time to do it, too!

Here’s a pro tip: While you’re drying off, pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it, and leave a little water on the skin. Lock in the moisture by applying an organic body oil, like Malaya’s Body Oil in Woods, to still-damp skin.

Woods has become my newest body oil obsession! An intoxicating blend of precious botanicals like fan-favorites Bergamot, Sandalwood, and Bulgarian Rose, I apply this every morning after my shower and directly after my bath at night. It smells amazing! Totally up my alley. This luxurious oil erupts in a breathtaking bouquet that is both woodsy and feminine. Great for you – or even a favorite man in your life! I also adore the Citrus blend by Malaya. 

COLLAGEN COLLAGEN COLLAGEN

Is it the morning? K, then I’m probably sipping away on a smoothie.

I live and die by the smoothie.

I’ve made a smoothie every morning (and most of the time – before bed at night) for the last 6 years. You could say it’s my most predictable habit. I make them fresh and I’m not normally big on powders. They either taste like a gross protein powder or they’re too grainy for me. In other words, I notice them, and usually stay far, far away.

Not anymore!

Now you can drink your way to great skin – simply!

Vital Proteins Beauty Greens has been in every smoothie I’ve made for the last season, and I don’t know where my skin would be without this delicious blend! Not only is it yummy, this powder has the ability to help your skin AND your joints like no other supplement I know of! After using it for just a week, I noticed that my skin had a glow to it, my nails were coming in stronger and my hair had a beautiful shine.

A study that was recently published proves that oral collagen peptide supplementation significantly increased skin hydration after just 8 weeks of intake!! Nutrition is a key factor influencing skin health and consequently its appearance. Add Moon Juice’s Beauty Dust to give this an extra boost! This will also allow your face and body oils to work much better!

TONE UP

Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt that has accumulated in clogged pores. Cleopatra was believed to have used it as a part of her beauty regime, and for generations, rose has been used by women across the world to enhance their beauty.

Due to the astringent like properties it possesses, rose water helps clean pores and tone the skin. Applying rose water after steaming tightens capillaries, reduces redness and blotchiness.

I gently spray this organic rose water on my face every single morning, after showers, baths and to refresh throughout the day. Rose water hydrates, revitalizes and moisturizes the skin, and makes it smooth.

FACIAL MASSAGE

Facial massage can help rejuvenate the skin to make it glow and feel completely refreshed. A good facial massage increase the blood supply to the face, giving it a healthy, noticeable glow. It also helps relieve tension from the facial muscles. There are so many promising advantages!

Massage can help increase muscle tone, strength and tighten muscles, giving you a “natural face lift”. It can visibly slow down the aging process and achieve younger looking and healthier skin. It is also used to relieve stress, migraine headache, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and sinus congestion, among many other health benefits.

I use my gua sha massage tool gently on my face once a day and my jade roller 2-4 times a week.  Stimulating the face muscles with regular massage helps to bring oxygen to that area—which is a natural form of anti aging skin care in itself. However the length of time for a facial massage required depends on your skin type.

For oily and acne-prone skin, it’s best to keep it to under 10 minutes. If skin has a normal to dry complexion, no longer than 20 minutes is necessary (too much stimulation may lead to breakouts). Also, be sure to clean your massage tools before every application with a gentle organic soap.