Happy Saturday / Sunday Friends!
I focus my attention a lot on how to temporarily tweak my outer appearance through using the magic of make up, hairspray, good lighting and good angles. Recently, though, I’ve been curious about what I can do to effect more long term and sustained change on my external appearance through the way I treat my body internally. Wait, what? Why? Well, basically, I’m having this very unwelcome zit flare up. I have pretty clear skin for most of the year, and then for a few months all these blemishes show up for a family vacation on my chin and my chest, which is not only not cute but also moderately uncomfortable. Listen, I’m 23 and I’ve done my time in teenage acne prison and I’m not messing around anymore. This acne has gotta quit. It’s not fair.
As I’m thinking of ways to win the war on acne, my colleague / health guru suggests I take a more holistic approach. Instead of only focusing on what I can put on my skin to fix it, I should also tweak certain eating, drinking and living habits. It only makes perfect sense, since everything in the body is connected – I mean the skin is an organ (our biggest!) in a system of organs, a part in a whole. So, here are my five new habits for the month and I’ll document the changes I notice!
- No eating processed sugar (by far, the HARDEST part)
- Drink 2 liters of water a day
- Take two Omega-3 fatty acid supplements per day
- Do 30 minutes / day of any activity that requires movement + stretching
- Some salicylic acid treatment
Does anyone want to join me on a month long health kick? Obviously it doesn’t have to have the same rules – it should definitely be tailored to your body / concerns. I just figure it’s more fun to do this with friends. Let me know if you want to be healthy buddies with me!
Cheers and here’s to a healthy (hydrated, sugar-free, active, omega 3’d, acne-free) 30 days!