I had the privilege of interviewing a fellow health coach who specializes in holistic skin care. Lizzie is an ACE certified trainer and coaches women to eat for boundless energy and glowing skin in her practice Lizzie May Wellness…check her out here!
This is part one of a two part interview going over the top mistakes, questions, and solutions for the best skin of your life!
What is the number one mistake women make with their skin?
In my opinion, the number one mistake women make with their skin is focusing on topical solutions rather than addressing the internal causes of skin conditions. I meet so many women who spend a fortune on products to fix persistent acne, yet they eat junk food, live on diet soda, are stressed beyond belief, and their hormones are completely out of whack. You can’t fix your outward appearance without fixing your health. I truly believe that radiant, blemish free skin is best achieved by internal means. Topical treatments can definitely enhance the skin’s appearance but they’re not nearly as important or sustainable as clean eating, stress reduction, hormonal balance, and proper sleep.
Will regular facials really make that much of a difference for my skin?
I do find value in facials and I think they are especially beneficial because you are taking time out for yourself to relax and be pampered. Stress wreaks havoc on the skin, so anything that you can do in the area of self-care is a positive in my book. One of my favorite elements of facials is facial massage. Facial massage improves the health of the skin, increases lymph and blood flow, removes toxins, softens wrinkles, and results in glowing skin. If you are going to get a facial, make sure to find an aesthetician who gives facial massage as part of the treatment. I also am a huge fan of at-home facials and DIY facial massage, which is an easy, more affordable option than weekly facials. I personally do the Tanaka facial massage on myself and I simply follow along with this youtube video. As for at home facials, I like this how-to guide.
What’s your favorite moisturizer for dry skin?
Weleda Skinfood, hands down. It’s super thick but my skin has been clearer than ever since I started using it and it hydrates better than any moisturizer I have found. It’s especially great for long flights! Due to the thick texture, it takes a little bit of time to sink into the skin, but it leaves you with the softest skin of your life. Refinery29 just wrote an article about it if you want to learn more.
What’s your favorite cleanser for dry skin? Combo skin? Oily Skin?
I’m a huge fan of the oil cleansing method for all skin types. When following the oil cleansing method, I recommend that you use less castor oil if you have dry skin and follow the recommended ratios (on the linked guide) for your respective skin type. Out of everyone I have recommended this method to, only one woman experienced a week-long “purging period,” and then her skin cleared up without future problems. I like to add lavender and frankincense essential oils to my oil cleansing mixture for extra benefit as they are calming, anti-bacterial, and they have a very uplifting scent.
What are your make up suggestions for tinted moisturizers and/or cover ups?
I love Jane Iredale products: they’re cruelty free, non-comodegenic, and they always exclude parabens and phenoxyethanol.
Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream is one of my favorites.
Another brand I really like is Vapour, especially their Atmosphere soft focus foundation.
W3LL People’s Narcissist foundation concealer stick is another favorite.
Mineral Fusion makes a great concealer. It covers dark circles, blemishes and discoloration as well as anything I’ve found at Sephora. It’s free of gluten, parabens, artificial colors, fragrances, and talc. It’s also hypo-allergenic and hasn’t caused breakouts on myself or anyone I have recommended it to.
As for primers, my favorite brand is 100% Pure.
Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!!!!!