November is National Healthy Skin Month! It’s perfect timing because as the weather changes, you might be thinking more about your skin and what it needs to stay warm, supple and radiant, despite the colder temperatures.

Skin Facts

  1. The skin is your largest organ — measuring in at 21 square feet and weighing 9 pounds.
  2. There are 5 different types of receptors in your skin that respond to touch and pain.
  3. Your skin sheds 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells every minute!
  4. Your skin renews itself every 28 days.
  5. The thickness of skin varies, with the thickest on the soles of your feet, and thinnest on your eyelids.

With the amount of skin we have and the important way it relates to our overall health, we need to take care of it and make sure we are keeping our skin healthy.

Holistic Healthy Skin Tips

I asked Jackie Caldwell, a nutritionist and owner of Grain Free Wellness, to share her tips for healthy skin.

When we think about skin care, many people just worry about what they are putting on their skin, but we need to change that and think about taking care of our skin from the inside out!

The kinds of foods and drinks that you ingest have a lot to do with the health of your hair, skin and nails.  If you are eating a diet high in processed foods it will show up in your skin.  You most definitely need to be using products that are non-toxic on your skin too, so you are taking care of your skin on the inside and outside.

Here are three things you can start today to improve the health of your skin:

  1. Drink more water!   

Water is probably the best thing you can do for your skin, as it cleanses toxins and plumps up cells.  If you are dehydrated, it will show up in your skin and you will think you need lotion when you actually need water! Good rule of thumb for how much water you should drink every day is to take your body weight and divide it by two.  Whatever that number is will be how many ounces of water you should drink a day.  Start drinking water!

  1. Drink a cup of bone broth every day.  

Bone Broth is one of the best things you can ingest for your hair, skin and nails.  It is full of gelatin, collagen, and amino acids that all help strengthen and keep your skin healthy.  Bone broth is easy to make at home, but if you can’t do that then I would recommend Bona Fide bone broth.  You can find it in the frozen section at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and Sprouts.  It’s the closest thing to homemade that I have found. Warm up a cup of broth today!

Click on the picture to download Jackie’s Beef Bone Broth Recipe.

  1. Make sure you are using non-toxic skin care on your skin.  

There is an App called EWG Healthy Living.  It is a free app and you can input products and it will tell you how the products score as far as allergies, cancer concerns and chemicals in the product.  Shop for organic skin care products just the same as you would fruits and vegetables.

I also asked Marlie King, a holistic aesthetician and owner of Fit for a King, to share her holistic healthy skin tips. To care for skin from the outside, Marlie recommends:

  1. Clean daily with an ingredient-friendly product for your skin type. If you wear makeup, always remove it before sleeping.
  2. Moisturize daily–especially important in the winter because of the dry air.  

To care for skin from the inside, Marlie suggests:

  1. Get adequate sleep.  
  2. Eat plenty of winter fruits and vegetables.  
  3. Remember while you’re celebrating the holidays, alcohol depletes the skin of oxygen and moisture as well as the liver and too much sugar will increase inflammation.  Live and celebrate with moderation for a more beautiful (or handsome) glow.

Our skin is deeply impacted by what we put on it and by what we put inside our bodies. Because our skin is permeable, our whole body health can be impacted by what we put on our skin. We need to take care of our skin from the outside with clean organic soaps, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, and makeup. But we also need to care for it from the inside with water, a good diet with bone broth and fruits and veggies, and sleep.

Remember to make small changes. Instead of throwing out all your soaps and lotions right now, choose to replace each with a healthier brand when you get to the end of your current bottle. The next time soap goes on your shopping list, make sure to look up a brand to buy ranks healthier on the EWG scale.

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