Why People Compliment My Skin

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“Wow, you have such beautiful skin!”

I hear this so often, and what may come as a surprise is that I expend energy on my skin.  My skin started out with good genetics, I admit.  My mother had beautiful skin and my sister has beautiful skin.

However, post menopause, I noticed a dramatic change in my skin elasticity and some spots showing up seemingly out of nowhere.  It was so dramatic that it was alarming for me.

So I did what I always tend to naturally do, research.  Like crazy.  I’m a fierce researcher and don’t stop until I find answers.

I scoured the internet, asked tons of people, spent hours with nutrition experts discussing collagen, hormones and skin, and then set about experimenting on myself.

I purchases facial massagers, used creams and scrubs from various companies, tried peptide creams, alpha hydroxy serums, intensive vitamin C serums, all kinds of exfoliators, steams, herbal preparations, balms, needle rollers, Korean rice cleansers, you name it.

Four things made the biggest difference for me, personally.  I’m going to share them with you here and now, and hope I’ve saved you some time and frustration.

Exfoliation:

I learned from a Dr. Lancer who is a dermatologist to the rich and famous, that exfoliation is the number one thing that he recommends.

It must be done daily, and it must be done all the way down the neck, over the shoulders, and across the decollete.  There are various price levels of products you can use, but the most important thing is that they don’t tear the skin and they’re effective but not damaging.

You can pay top dollar if that is your pleasure, but I am an avid believer in practicality and wealth generating activities, so I like to be cautious with any product that eventually ends up down the drain.  I’d rather save large sums of money and have them working for me, rather than flowing directly into the septic system.

I do, however ,treat myself well.  I won’t put hormone disrupting chemicals on my face.

So I invest in a high quality exfoliant that is not top of the line, but is wonderful, great for my skin and a pleasure to use.  Then I purchase some lower end, natural as possible products, and I alternate.

I absolutely adore Dermalogica products, and especially love the Thermofoliant with it’s warming action.  This scrub is vitamin packed, and truly gets all of the surface skin scrubbed thoroughly.  My face feels amazing and looks amazing when I use it.

Here’s the time-saving link to get some:

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant

Collagen:

When I started digging into skincare, I learned more about collagen than I knew existed.   I had no idea previously that it was the foundation for plump, glowing skin.

I tried to encourage collagen production in my skin with rice powder and exfoliants, with no noticeable good results.  All it did was make my skin drier.

A small venture into hormone treatments, I quickly realized that my priority is health coupled with longevity, and decided after research that I have a personal aversion to ingesting hormones.  If I had to do it, of course I would, but I am fortunate at this time to have choice about it.  My motto is to do the least damage with the most benefits first.

Then there were months of simmering whole chickens in my crockpot, making  bone broth, freezing it in individual containers and have a cup a day.  Tedious, time consuming and messy ordeal that it was, I had to find other resources. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the most fantastic and direct way to get deliciously organic, healthy collagen.  But as an entrepreneur, I simply don’t have time to make it constantly, so I do it occasionally.

These days I also keep the boxed bone broth, celiac safe and gluten free  whenever I make soup, and I have at least two scoops of collagen powder a day or more.

Here’s the kicker on collagen powder.  It does double duty, so it’s the smartest thing ever. It is also supporting my bones and joints.  I was diagnosed with osteopenia, and happy that I’d been using collagen powder for months already because it really does support bone health.  Mostly, for me, if I missed taking it, my joints would ache (autoimmune challenges over here) and my face wouldn’t be so bright and fresh.  There was an unmistakable difference in the appearance of my face.  The first time I noticed this and put it together, I suddenly remembered that I’d forgotten my collagen powder for two days!

When I can handle two things with one product or solution, I am a ridiculously happy camper.  In fact, as a super busy mom, wife, and business owner, everything I add to my life must save me time and energy or it’s out.

I did lots of the dirty work comparing brands, trying them out on myself, and checking my budget. Trading time for money was not, sadly going to make my life smoother when it came to simmering whole chickens. I tried so many different brands of collagen powder, some in smaller containers, some larger, some with peptides, some not.  Some had other supplements in them, some tasted awful, some ended up all clumpy in my coffee.

Due to the fabulous liquid organic vitamin I take daily, I didn’t need the more expensive powders with supplements in them. Also, I wanted something that had no aftertaste and no flavor so that I could add it to anything.

I found one I adore and I use two containers of it a month.  I had it put on autoship with Amazon (another awesome timesaver for me with a long list of products that I need every month) so I never have to take the time to order it, and I love this stuff.  It goes in my tea, my morning coffee, my hot chocolate, my soup, and my yogurt.

Here’s the one I highly recommend, and it is celiac safe:

Collagen Peptides Powder (16oz) | Grass-Fed, Certified Paleo Friendly, Non-Gmo and Gluten Free – Unflavored

In case you’re wondering what I do for daily vitamins with my celiac tummy, this is that liquid, vegetable packed supplement both my husband and I take daily.  It tastes decent (husby actually loves it), gives me so much energy, and is truly easy to digest.  Again, I keep trying things until I get the best solution, and I’ve had some seriously nasty liquid supplements that I had to hold my nose to choke down and that left me with stomach upset.

I’ve done the work for you here:

LiquiVive Liquid Vitamins

Sleep:

Now this is a tough one.  You can’t get it out of a bottle, and you can’t make up for it if you forget to take it.

Without sleep, I look like I’m hurting these days.  And I am!  I’m a morning person, and I must get to bed at a reasonable hour if I’m going to have any energy for anything the next day.

Sometimes I am just wired and it’s difficult for me to fall asleep especially since I live with two night owls.  So I’ve devised ways to soothe my nerves at night, routines that quiet my mind and support relaxation.

I’ve tried many types of calming herbal tea, but here are two of my favorites, and you can find one of these in a lovely mug on my bedside table every single night.  I sip them while massaging my feet and hands with a rich lotion, and say my gratitudes for the day.

Both of these taste divine:

Sweet Dreams

For an extra treat, I have some Tulsi Sweet Rose

And if the quiet is lacking, I use ear plugs, a sleep mask, and make sure the mattress pad is on for warmth in the winter, and there are no night lights or digital lights shining.

I even have a free app on my iphone with nature sounds, so when I’m really needing soothing I play ocean waves. Search for apps with nature sounds and find one you love.

Self Massage

This may sound odd to some, but my extensive background (decades) in yoga training included some practices that aren’t taught in mainstream yoga.  One of those practices is daily self massage of the lymph nodes, scalp, feet, entire body actually.

It is deeply relaxing, takes minutes,  and supports the release of toxins from the body.  It also helps the glands function properly, and keeps the skin healthy. I highly recommend this practice to my students learning to love themselves, honor their bodies, and do pleasure practices daily.

So daily massage of my face is a must now.  It makes a big difference in stress levels and in production of natural oils. It feels amazing and is so deeply nurturing.

I attribute yoga with much of my body’s preservation and better health at my age, and recommend it to everyone as proactive healthcare.

These four basics are my foundation for beautiful skin and feeling good, which for me results in glowing skin.  I have many more practices and products that I use, but I think these are the bottom line for me. some time I’ll write about aromatherapy and what I make at home.

I hope you found this article useful and helpful.

Would love to hear your skincare basics that you feel really work!

Here’s to beauty, inside and out!

Goddess Oceana

www.goddessoceana.com

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