I believe we all know the importance of good skincare in order to keep our skin healthy and youthful. There are so many things you can do externally, but skincare from the inside is just as important. So what does it look like to take care of your skin from the inside? Let’s dive in!
Hydrating your skin from the inside out doesn’t just mean drinking water. A lot of people are under the misconception that just drinking water is enough. The reality is that even if you are drinking a gallon of a water a day, you may still be dehydrated. Why? Your body needs certain minerals to absorb water. We used to get these minerals by drinking from natural springs and rivers, or through living a more outdoor focused life, but because we no longer have access to this, these minerals may be deficient in our bodies. You can make homemade electrolytes by simply placing a pinch of salt (sea or Himalayan) and a squeeze of lemon in your water or by purchasing electrolytes or trace minerals. When purchasing electrolytes you want to look for ones that are low in sugar, additives and dyes.
By this point, we should all know the importance of having healthy fats be a key part of our daily diet. Not only does it help to keep you full and satiated, but it also feeds your brain, protects the gut and keeps your skin hydrated and plump. Sources of good fat are ghee, wild caught tuna and salmon, extra virigin olive oil, avocado, nuts, coconut, and grass-fed butter. Try adding a spoon of ghee or coconut butter to your coffee or tea in the morning or drizzling olive oil over your for before eating.
When it comes to your herb and adaptogen cabinet there are so many amazing herbs that encourage collagen production and give your skin love from the inside out. Here are a few of my favorites...
Pearl Powder: Pearl powder has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is believed that those who consume pearl powder regularly will have porcelain-like skin. Pearls are high in calcium, over 30 trace minerals (including magnesium and potassium), antioxidants and amino acids (building blocks of protein). Try adding 1/4 teaspoon to your morning beverage to reap the benefits.
He Shou Wu: Another amazing Chinese herb. This herb strengthens the blood, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It has powerful anti-aging properties and encourages the production of collagen. In Daoist tradition it was used to reverse signs of aging.
Tocos: Vitamin E helps to protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Tocos is a bioavailable form of vitamin E and is made from rice bran solubles. Vitamin E is essential for connective tissue and skin health.
Tremella Mushroom: Tremella, which goes by many names, but is most commonly known as silver ear mushroom or snow fungus, belongs to the jelly fungus family and has been used in TCM as far back as 200 AD. This beautiful mushroom helps to hydrate the skin from the inside
out. It is also known to nourish the kidneys, heart, brain, stomach, and acts as a tonic for the immune system. This fungus has a unique polysaccharide compound that helps your body to hold onto hydration. It can hold up to 500 times its weight in water.
I am a big believer that our outside appearance reflects our internal health. By adding a few of these things to your daily practice, you should start to notice plumper, healthier and more glowing skin. Because it can be hard to take all of these things individually, I created a recipe that you can add to your morning ritual to boost your glow.
Good Skin Matcha Tonic
1/2 cup plant-based milk
1 cup hot water
1 tbsp. ghee or coconut butter
1 tsp. White Dragon Matcha
1 tsp. Tocos
1/2 tsp. each tremella & He Shou Wu
1/4 tsp. Pearl powder
1 tsp sweetener of choice (I love raw honey or monk fruit sweetener)
Place all ingredients into a blend and blend on high for 30 seconds until frothy.
Note: SKIN BONUS! Matcha is also a beauty food. Because it is loaded with chlorophyll, it helps to oxygenate your blood which in turn will give your skin a beautify rosy hue.