Welcome back to the Good Stuff! When we tell ya, beauty comes from within, you best believe it. Contrary to popular belief, skincare is not just about what products you use — it’s about how you take care of yourself and nurture your soul. What are you reading or watching that fills you up with positivity? What activities are you doing outside of work that feed your spirit? Are you taking time to care for yourself, your skincare, or well-ness wise? Are you drinking water and feeding your body fueling foods? All of these things nourish your inside and reflect on the outside! Literally! We all know stress is one of the major causes of wrinkles and breakouts so it’s safe to say that the glowy skin you’re looking to achieve is not only a reflection of how you take care of yourself physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

Because of that, my morning skincare routine is an all-natural, from-the-inside-out approach that actually works and doesn’t require you to spend hundreds of dollars on beauty products. I feel like, as women, we are bombarded with so many ideas that we need to buy certain products, and I don’t want to contribute to that at all, so my first tip is:

Get enough sleep! This affects your skin big time. No more tired eyes and puffiness — aim for 7-8 hours, even if this means you have to start forcing yourself to bed earlier.

Less makeup is more makeup. Wear it because you want to, not because you feel like you have to for the sake of others. It’s so important to let your skin breathe too. Embrace your natural features! They’re beautiful!

Wear your sunscreen! Not to sound like your mom… but this is so important. Find a mineral-based sunscreen and wear it every day. For my girlies who like wearing makeup, I suggest using tinted sunscreen to replace your everyday foundation.

Always wash your face before bed — no matter how tired you are, make it a habit to get up and wash your face.

Find a good skincare regime that works for you, and stick to it! Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, or sensitive skin, all you need is a cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and nighttime retinol. Contrary to mainstream belief, expensive skincare doesn’t always mean better. I love the Ordinary’s skincare line — due to its transparency and affordability. While you’re doing your skincare, look at yourself in the mirror and repeat any positive affirmations to boost your mood, mindset and confidence. Bonus point if you’re wearing one of our waffle robes.

Take vitamin supplements (yes, they do work!). I recommend taking omega-3 fish oil (or vegan omega-3 oil), zinc picolinate to reduce any acne inflammation, DIM estrogen balance to synthesize hormones properly in the liver and increase bile production for proper digestion, vitamin d3 for strengthening muscles, vitamin c, vitamin b12, turmeric vitamin, and a live probiotics vitamin to facilitate digestion.

Replace your coffee with green tea! I know this will be a hard pill to swallow for some of you, but this is one of the best decisions I've ever made for my skin. Once I learned that coffee dehydrates, significantly increases inflammation, and increases cortisol (the stress hormone) leading to dry skin and breakouts, I looked into alternatives and turned to green tea. Now, I start every morning with a cup of green tea. There are a lot of brands on the market. But, I personally love Pique life’s sun goddess matcha because it’s 100% organic, ceremonial-grade, quadrupleeee toxin screened, and comes in a box filled with the most convenient little individual packets. I drink matcha daily for my skincare because it is high in EGCGs (a type of catechin), which firms and brightens skin. Catechins also help curb sugar and hunger cravings — and as you may or may not know, sugar is one of the leading causes of blemishes and breakouts, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. Matcha is also really high in chlorophyll which has antioxidant properties that reduce puffiness, reverse skin damage from UVs, and supports skin clarity. Which brings me to my final tip…

Change your diet. Diet and skin health are closely linked, so your gut health will reflect on your skin! So be sure to drink plenty of water, eat lots of dark leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, arugula, broccoli, cucumber, onions, cauliflower, fresh garlic, asparagus), and plenty of sour enzyme fruits (blackberries, lemon, lime, papaya, oranges, melon). Everyone processes food differently, but I encourage you to pay close attention to how your skin reacts to you eating dairy, meat, refined sugars, omega-6 fats because they have all been linked to impact or irritate existing skin problems.

I love that you’re committed to your glow-up just as much as we are committed to providing you with the tools to make it happen. Keep on shining bright — and come on back to the Good Stuff anytime. We love having you here,

‘Til next time, Zoë

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December 28, 2022