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How to Reduce Skin Redness on Your Face

Skincare seems to be a topic that comes up over and over for me, even though my focus with content is often more about nutrition, fitness and positivity–and I get it!

Keeping my facial complexion looking healthy, clear and vibrant has been a focus of mine since I first got my monthly cycle (age 12). For years I struggled with cystic acne (you can read all about that experience and what helped me here). But in the last 5 years, I have been acne-free (HECK YEAH MAN) and that’s been a liberating feeling.

What’s left on my skin present-day is some acne-scarring and occasional cheek redness that fluctuates with my time of the month, my diet, my sleep quality, my alcohol intake and overall stress levels. It took me a long time to learn that health in general (your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body) is TRULY affected by every aspect of your human experience.

Emotional State’s Impact on Skin

This includes your emotions, beliefs, thoughts, stress, unhealed trauma, skincare ingredients, diet quality, etc. Might seem totally quacky that your beliefs about yourself can manifest themselves elsewhere in your body. You don’t have to take my word for it. There’s heaps of science and anecdotal info to reinforce this, just check out the Heal Documentary.

You can’t neglect any aspect of that and expect to be perfectly healthy. Also–perfectionism won’t necessarily serve you either. The key is to GAIN MORE AWARENESS surrounding your thoughts, choices and habits.

Okay, okay, so back to skin redness. Most people are probably looking for a quick fix. Been there! Though healing your skin doesn’t happen overnight, there are some things you can do now that will immediately start helping you.

Your Skin is Largely Your Diet

Multiple things to point out here:

-When your body is not effectively eliminating (kidneys, liver, etc.), it does so through your skin

-If your diet is crappy and full of processed, inflammatory foods, your skin is going to reflect that

-Drinking a lot of water goes a long way! (I use this Berkey Filter for all my drinking water)

-Cutting out (or minimizing) common inflammatory foods can help a whole bunch. Gluten, dairy, soy, corn, egg (for some people) and highly processed oils would all fall into this category.

Makeup Wearers, Clean it Up!

Redness is an indicator that inflammation is happening, which is your body’s response to damage or imbalance. Wearing toxic makeup is like putting gasoline on that fire. The sooner you can swap out your current drug-store foundations, concealers, etc., the sooner your skin will have a chance to get on the healing train.

My personal favorites are made by a company called Mineral Fusion. Not only are they accessible (you can buy them online and in your local Whole Foods, Sprouts, or other health food store, but they are EWG Verified (Environment Working Group), an organization that reveals information on the toxicity of many makeup/skincare/food brands. They even have an app. It’s a great resource for looking up different products you currently use or are considering purchasing.

The two most important ones (since they go directly onto your skin) that I would swap to are their Pressed Powder Foundation and their Concealer Powder if you’re looking for more natural coverage.

There have been a few times when traveling that I chose to use other makeup because I didn’t have my trusty clean options on hand. I noticed that my skin was more red, irritated, slightly itchy and just unhappy when I took my makeup off each night). Those instances were a good reminder that the quality of your makeup does matter.

Keep Your Facial Hygiene Pure

Just like makeup, most generic skincare cleansers, toners and moisturizers are rife with chemicals, preservatives and skin irritants. Luckily, there are a lot of cool brands out there that have created clean, organic, nourishing  skin care products that are sure to help you reduce your facial redness.

A few of my staple favorites are Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Bar Soap and Now Foods Jojoba Oil.

Doesn’t Non-Toxic Makeup & Skincare Cost More?

Here’s the thing, if you’ve ever shopped for makeup or perfume at a department store like Macy’s, Dillard’s, Saks, etc., you’ve probably noticed that it’s SO expensive. The biggest kicker is that the ingredients in those products are absolute dog crap. Seriously. You can’t even pronounce them. They’re not clean, they’re toxic and they don’t improve the true health of your skin. It’s actually amazing to me that places like that still sell. *steps off soap box*

That said, non-toxic skincare when compared to those options is actually significantly cheaper AND it actually helps your skin look more youthful and dewy, without any chemically-laden crud.

If you are used to buying makeup at a drug store and pay less than $10 for foundation, this may be a step-up money wise for you. But it’s one thing to wear makeup everyday just to cover things up. It’s another to invest in a product that will be helping improve your skin and not just mask the redness. That’s the difference I see between the two.

Also, I don’t spend money on heels, handbags, jewelry, etc. My “girly money” goes towards clean skincare and cosmetics. That’s where my priority lies. If you have had nagging skin issues your whole life, you can probably relate that this is a no-brainer.

 

Have any trusty ways to naturally improve your skin? Share below!

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Review

This is a review of Garden of Life’s Dr. Formulated Probiotics.

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve likely noticed that I sing the praises of this brand as much as I breathe. Okay, okay……not that much. But, I am a believer in what this brand does. I use their products daily and have been a lucky beneficiary of the health benefits they provide.

I was lucky enough to tour & hang out in their headquarters earlier this year in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and was blown away by the people, the passionate minds behind these products, and their commitment to quality.

Garden of Life teamed up with renowned Dr. David Perlmutter to create this line of products health that hone in on the mothership of all absorption: your digestive system. These probiotic supplements are unparalleled in the world of probies. They even ship them cold so that they retain their longevity.

Blah, blah, blah, right? Maybe some of you just want to hear the answer to: “Why do I need to take these and what are they going to do for my body?”

The short answer:

Probiotics will help you become healthier, get leaner, have clearer skin, sustain more energy and absorb more of the good food you’re eating. Better absorption means more health. I’ve lived it.

The longer answer: (I’ll offer this up because it left a lasting impression on me (something I learned from one of many lectures at the Garden of Life headquarters):

“Probiotics” is not JUST a buzz word. Your body NEEDS them to function optimally.

-The standard American diet, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. have diminished our bodies’ good bacteria population in the gut. The effect on human health is profound.

-Supplementing the diet with probiotics is key is returning this good bacteria population back to a point where the digestive system can assimilate, absorb and process nutrients as it’s supposed to.

-“At Garden of Life, we are greens, we are probiotics. It’s who are are.” -Sherri Gunn, Garden of Life.

-“So much more can be done with health & prevention.” -Dawn Jarvis, Garden of Life.

-There are trillions of microbial organisms in your body. You help the good microbes thrive by eating a rich, whole food based diet that limits processed foods.

-A natural, whole food diet without pesticides, GMOs helps heal the gut.

-Good bacteria in the gut helps protect against the bad bacteria. So, we need the good bacteria.

-Digestive health is responsible for absorption of all of the food we eat, which contributes to our overall vitality. That’s why gut health is such a focus.

If you made it this far reading this post, I am here giving you a virtual hug. Thank you. I know it’s a lot.

But, I say all of this to say: probiotics can REALLY help you in myriad of ways. I am a huge proponent of them. I use them and I feel a difference when I do.

Thanks for supporting ROO! Here’s to our health–cheers!

Organity Skin Care Moisturizer Giveaway!

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Organity Skin Care Giveaway!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Organity:

  • “BEAUTIFUL RESULTS WITHOUT EXPOSING YOUR SKIN TO HARMFUL CHEMICALS – Our USDA certification guarantees you absolutely no GMO ingredients, no SLS, no SLES, no Petroleum or Petrolatum, No Mineral Oil, No Phenoxyethanol and it’s Paraben free! Instead, we use organic and natural ingredients, (including Orange Peel Essence – a superb natural toner) giving it a light, citrus scent, which fades quickly
  • FANTASTIC VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY – We don’t use any inexpensive additives or fillers (like water) so every single trace of our natural skin moisturizer nourishes, revitalizes and improves your skin. And because we don’t use fillers, you only need to apply a VERY SMALL AMOUNT to your face – A LITTLE REALLY DOES GO A LONG WAY! Many of our customers use it as both a day and a night cream, so you don’t even need to buy different types!
  • HAVE BEAUTIFUL, RADIANT SKIN, WHILE REDUCING FINE LINES AND WRINKLES – Our luxurious, organic face moisturizer absorbs deep in to your skin improving elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Our organic face cream is proven to hydrate your skin, leaving your face with a REFRESHED, BEAUTIFUL and GLOWING RADIANCE! We’ve hand-selected the finest premium organic, super hydrating and anti-aging ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. Our moisturizing cream includes Aloe Vera (used for thousands of year, helps maintain and return your skins elasticity), Coconut (improves moisture in your skin), Shea Butter (helps prevent premature wrinkles and fine lines), Grape Seed Oil (antioxidant, which helps skin repair and fights off free radicals), Jojoba Seed Oil (reduces skin aging and helps keep moisture in your skin), Lavender Oil (helps renew skin cells), Safflower Seed Oil (powerful skin cleanser and softens your skin), Citrus Aurantium (helps grow new skin cells and tissue), Cocoa Butter (contains minerals helping skin cell renewal and slowing aging) and Chamomilla Recutita (antioxidant and softens your skin)
  • PERFECT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES AND ALL AGES – Apply just a small amount of our natural facial moisturizer after cleansing and it absorbs quickly, leaving you with SOFT, SMOOTH, YOUTHFUL SKIN and no oily residue. Our certified organic ingredients make it a perfect choice for men, women and children. Because our all natural moisturizer does not contain chemicals, it is suitable for dry, normal, oily and sensitive skin types and even if you have acne prone skin or other complaints.
  • MADE IN THE USA AND CRUELTY-FREE, GUARANTEEING YOU QUALITY AND PEACE-OF-MIND – Organity natural skin care moisturizer is completely cruelty-free, CERTIFIED USDA ORGANIC and is manufactured to strict-standards in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). We are committed to supporting American Industry and insist on excellent quality, which is why ALL of our beauty products are made here in the USA. We NEVER import inferior products. Indulge your skin with the moisturizer it deserves!

Indications

Suitable for dry, normal, oily or sensitive skin types as it contains only natural, USDA certified organic ingredients. Can be used by those with acne prone skin or other troublesome skin complaints to ease symptoms. Helps rejuvenate dehydrated and dry skin, promotes elasticity, can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Ingredients
*CO=CERTIFIED ORGANIC *CO Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *CO Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, *CO Beeswax, *CO Lecithin, *CO Carnauba Wax, *CO Coconut Acid, *CO Shea Butter, *CO Palm Butter, *CO Cocoa Seed Butter, *CO Soybean Oil, *CO Grape Seed Oil, *CO Jojoba Seed Oil, *CO Glycerin, *CO Lavender Oil, *CO Safflower Seed Oil, *CO Citrus Aurantium, *CO Olive Fruit Oil, *CO Guar Gum, *CO Sunflower Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, *CO Alcohol, *CO Willow Bark Extract, *CO Oat Kernel Extract, *CO Witch Hazel Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, *CO Pogostemon Cablin Oil, *CO Tea Tree Leaf Oil, *CO Wintergreen Leaf Oil, *CO Olive Fruit Extract, Citric Acid.

Tips for use:

  • Always ensure you cleanse your face thoroughly before using Organity Moisturizer – if you apply moisturizer without cleansing, it will not absorb properly and just sit on the surface
  • Exfoliate about 3 times per week – as we age, we don’t shed skin as effectively and the buildup of dead skin cells can lead to a dull, lackluster appearance. Exfoliating not only removes dead skin, it also helps your Organity Moisturizer to absorb much better and gives it a chance to be far more effective
  • Always remove makeup and moisturize before going to bed – if makeup is left on overnight, it not only clogs your pores, but also causes unnecessary exposure to oxidative stress and free radicals, all of which leads to premature aging and fine lines. Take an extra few minutes to clean your face and apply Organity Moisturizer – you’ll definitely feel the difference in the morning!”

My Thoughts:

This rich concoction is dense! No more watery facial creams that feel like they only temporarily quench the skin. Every ingredient is intensely moisturizing–and you can feel that as soon as you apply it. Only a small amount was needed to completely cover and moisturize my entire face & neck.

I love that there are no-nonsense ingredients (of course!) and I love that it acts as a pre-makeup skin primer: it serves as both a barrier to the environment and a quenching layer for the makeup to be applied to. I’m very happy with the quality of this Organity moisturizer, its staying power and how it leaves my skin feeling: moisturized, dewy, glowing and healthy!

Giveaway!

Organity wants to get this moisturizer into your hands!

To enter this giveaway:

-“Like” Run On Organic on Facebook

-Comment and share your motivation to use organic skin care!