Yes, that is I in the photo. Baby skin is radiant, plump, soft, healthy, and vibrant. You just want to adore it, kiss it, touch it, and envy it before it is destroyed. Sun exposure (including tanning, and sun burns), refined diet, sugar, alcohol, lack of sleep, lack of essential fatty acids, decreased hydration, makeup, stress, and harsh cleansers including soap all contribute to damage reflected in our mirrors.
During my teens and young adult years I had cystic acne. Alcohol, benzoyl peroxide and Retin-A, along with tetracycline were my weapons before Accutane. Accutane was my “cure”. All these years of abuse both topically and internally have taken a toll on my skin and gastrointestinal system affecting my microbiome and tight cell junctions contributing to leaky gut. In my forties, as I became self-conscience of scaring and fear of wrinkles, I paid top dollar for chemical peels, laser treatments, and once again Tretinoin or topical Vitamin A.
I am wiser now and wish to share some clinical pearls of wisdom with you regarding skincare. Four years ago, I began my path to embrace nutritional and herbal medicine to heal from within. I am now ready to stop putting harmful chemicals on my skin. What a blessing it was to discover SophytoPRO from Ortho Molecular Products. The clinically proven botanicals are researched, developed, and harvested in the United Kingdom. Camelina seeds, honey propolis, shea butter, hazelnut oil, green and white tea, red grapes, ginseng, schizandra, astragalus, quillaja extract, bakuchiol extract and sea buckthorn are some of their pure exceptional hero ingredients.
The blue Pure Daily System is lovely for me. A 3-step system comprised of cleanser, antioxidant serum and moisturizer. The difference is noticeable, that I let my skin shine through rather then covering it up with makeup. The red Skin Restore System is the anti-aging acne product using organic botanical prebiotics. A body moisturizer is available and soon to release an eye serum.
The secret is protecting the acid mantle of the epidermis. Mild acidity less < 5 pH is essential to help skin appear brighter, encourage new skin cell growth, reduce wrinkle depth which translates to less fine lines and crows feet, help reduce enlarged pores and less irritation and dryness.
Visit my nutrition consults page and let’s set up a time to chat about how you can look awesome too. Subtle changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a huge impact on healthy skin tone and structure. Together we can develop a plan to slow down the aging process both internally and externally.