4 Steps To Healthy Skin
About a year ago I created a guide for 4 Steps to Healthy Skin. You can download it HERE.
I wanted to bring it back out again because I truly believe that these steps can be a game changer for your skin. Step one was definitely the hardest for me, so I would like to walk you through it!
Let's get into step one!...
It is time to remove all of those intense active, exfoliating solutions from your daily routine including: Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Retinol, etc. These are not bad ingredients and they do serve a purpose, but they should not be a part of your routine daily use.
The daily use of exfoliants breaks down the skin barrier over time. Picture this! The skin barrier is a conveyor belt for the cell communication that goes on in our skin. If the conveyor belt has a big hole in it, pieces of information get dropped. When information gets dropped (like hey I need some nourishment over here!), it can lead to many issues manifested as dry skin, inflammation, acne, etc.
I was sooo hesitant to do this first step because I felt like these ingredients were the main thing keeping my skin from breaking out worse than it already was.
Our minds play the craziest tricks on us sometimes.. Why would I continue to do something that I knew wasn't working in order to avoid the very thing that was still happening to me????!!
If your skin isn't where you want it to be, it's probably time to make some changes. It will take time to repair the skin barrier, so don't stress if you don't see immediate results.
Quick intermission for a Storytime
*this is a true story!
My husband is my honest critic and he is also extremely stubborn. He outright refused to change his skincare routine (a very popular acne treatment line) that he had diligently used since high school. He did this even though he continued to have routine breakouts. Finally an opportunity presented itself for a trade & he reluctantly agreed to make the switch to my skincare. It took about 2-3 weeks and then the results spoke for themselves. Not only is his skin clear, his pores shrunk and his skin looks more elastic and smooth. Even his friends noticed the difference!
Don't get me wrong..
The moral of the story is not to leave your skin untreated! I highly recommend switching to a natural/gentle approach that strengthens your skin barrier and leads to long lasting results.
If you are confused about what you should be using, please reach out! I have worked endlessly to find natural solutions that still deliver results. My products fade hyperpigmentation naturally, fade wrinkles naturally, and it's the best skincare when pregnant. In short, they are safe. I am also a small company so my products are priced at a budget friendly price.
How do I get in touch? Just comment on this blog! I am happy to give you some more direction that is specific to your needs.
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!