It cannot be stressed enough: good skin is essential to good makeup. More than that, your face is a reflection of what is going on in your body. A few years ago I made some drastic changes in my diet. While I believe that everything should be consumed in moderation, some things, like vegetables, should be included in our diets more than others (far easier said than done). There was a time when I could not imagine not having some form of bread, cereal, or cow’s milk for breakfast. I believe my (panicked) reaction was, “But what am I supposed to eat?!” You have to create a diet that works for you or it will. not. work. After about 8 years researching food and what it does to us, I came across Kimberly Snyder, a clinical nutritionist, and her book The Beauty Detox Solution. While I follow some of her principles, that lifestyle in general is not for me. One thing I swear by, however, is her Glowing Green Smoothie.
I started drinking a GGS first thing in the morning starting November 2011. Snyder claims that if we eat balancing foods, they will continually cleanse our bodies on a daily basis. While I have no definitive proof because I do not strictly follow her plan, I can tell you this without hesitation: my life and my skin have been transformed.
When I started drinking a GGS most mornings and began to eat clean 80% of the time, things started to change. My nose was less runny; I had more energy; and most of all, my skin, which has A L W A Y S battled acne, completely cleared.
Snyder notes that when you first start a clean diet, toxins that have built up in your system will start to exit the body in different ways for different people. This is what happened to me:
Don’t worry, it only lasted about a week. These photos were taken in November 2011, just out of the shower with no product on my skin, and in natural light…as is this one, but taken today:
I hope you’ll consider what’s going into your body, because, clearly, it can show up on your face. Let me reiterate: I eat cookies, drink wine, and have a bit of an obsession with dark chocolate. But balanced with way more vegetables at every meal, my skin is much happier.