"Eating This Is One of the Worst Things You Can Do for Your Skin"

When you eat these foods, they can increase insulin resistance, which can cause your pores to secrete a greasy substance called sebum. Avoid it to help make your skin problems disappear…

It's not something most people want to talk about…

But when your skin doesn't look its best, it can affect you emotionally and cause stress.

Imagine for just a moment that you're about to deal with a high-pressure, nerve-wracking social situation. Now imagine that you're not pleased with the appearance of your skin.

Sound familiar? Ever happen to you?

Most everyone has probably been there before. And anyone who's ever experienced it knows how it's a surefire way to ruin your mood… and it can deflate your already tenuous confidence and self-esteem.

In fact, I have plenty of personal experience. I struggled when I was growing up with less-than-desirable skin well into my 20s and early 30s.

I only wish that back when I was younger, I would have known about the simple strategies that can improve the overall look of skin… simple strategies I'll be sharing with you coming up.

But first…

Why Can Skin Be so Misunderstood?

With less-than-desirable skin affecting about 85 percent of Americans at some time in their lives, it's little wonder why it's one area where people are looking for a solution.

Just go on the Internet and you'll find thousands and thousands of hits for the latest "miracle treatments."

I'm okay with some of the topical approaches, but…

Are You Being Misguided and Deceived?

Diet affects Skin Condition
Many so-called experts will tell you that diet has nothing to do with the condition of your skin. It's become more and more apparent to me that this is very poor advice…

What most so-called experts will tell you is that diet has nothing to do with your skin. Well, I believe it has become more and more apparent that your diet has everything to do with it.

And research suggests that grains and sugars are two of the primary reasons why many suffer from sensitive skin.

So the obvious question is… why don't experts typically tell you that diet can have a major influence on the condition of your skin?

The bottom line… no one is going to get rich from advising you to eat a smart diet to enhance the look of your skin… except YOU, when you decide to stop throwing your money away on expensive products that rarely, if ever, work.

So, what can you do to potentially improve your skin? Let's start with my…

13 Natural Strategies to Improve Your Skin

When looking for ways to help you get healthier-looking skin, I strongly believe it's important to focus on the underlying reasons which can contribute to less-than-desirable skin.

To that end, the chart below outlines my natural strategies for helping you do just that. Some of the strategies will require a bit more detail… which I'll get into later on.

13 Natural Strategies to Improve Your Skin

  1. Avoid eating grain carbohydrates, especially wheat – Bread, cereal, pasta, rice, potatoes and corn can cause surges in insulin production. Instead, eat vegetable carbs because your body can typically digest them more easily. This is true even for whole grains.
  2. Consider a gluten-free diet – Particularly if you suffer from gluten intolerance, a gluten-free diet can potentially help you avoid toxins being pushed through your skin due to the intolerance.
  3. Eliminate/Reduce sugar in your diet – Like grains, sugar (particularly refined sugar) causes an insulin spike which can lead to less-than-desirable skin.
  4. Establish the proper balance of gut bacteria – Eating fermented foods and/or taking a high-quality probiotic supplement can promote a healthy balance of gut flora and support your immune system.
  5. Drink plenty of fresh, pure water – Hydrating your body facilitates cell growth and regeneration, elimination of wastes and helps remove dead skin cells. Hydration can enhance your skin tone as well.
  6. Choose raw milk over pasteurized – Better yet, due to the iodine found even in raw milk, it may be best to temporarily eliminate all milk in the interest of healthier-looking skin.
  7. Eliminate ALL sodas, juice and energy drinks – These drinks are often loaded with sugar, artificial flavoring, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and artificial colors (dyes). As far as juices, eat the fruit in moderation instead.
  8. Eat for your Nutritional Type (NT) – Knowing your NT will help you determine the ideal amount of carbohydrates you should be eating and help you fine-tune each meal to just what's right for you.
  9. Optimize your vitamin D levels – Vitamin D is crucial for establishing a healthy immune system and to help promote healthy-looking skin.
  10. Reduce your stress – Research suggests that changes in skin often correlate with increased stress.
  11. Exercise regularly – Getting plenty of high-intensity exercise helps your body flush out toxins, including those in the pores of your skin. The more you sweat, the more you flush unwanted contaminants out of your pores.
  12. Get a good night's rest – Your body's time for rejuvenating is at night while you sleep. And this applies to your skin as well, as it can help promote a cleaner, clearer complexion.
  13. Naturally cleanse and moisturize your skin – Avoid toxic skin care products with risky chemical ingredients. They can cause more skin problems than they solve.

I only wish these natural strategies were well-known when I could have used some skin help during my 20s and 30s. But if you diligently apply them, you might avoid the frustrations I suffered. Maybe you're still not convinced? Well, let me take you deeper into some of these key strategies to paint a clearer picture for you.

The Importance of Avoiding Grains and Sugar

Organic Grains contribute to unhealthy skin
Even if you eat high-quality organic whole wheat bread, it's still the type of carbohydrate that could contribute to unhealthy-looking skin.

So, what's the big deal about eating refined carbohydrates and sugars? Why do they often lead to less-than-desirable skin?

First off, I'm here to tell you that even if you eat healthy grains… like a high-quality organic whole wheat bread for example… it's still a potential trip up for your skin because it's still a carbohydrate.

Let me explain…

If you are predisposed to developing less-than-desirable skin, and are eating a diet that is causing your insulin levels and associated insulin growth factors to rise, then you will most likely continue to have less-than-optimal skin.

These conditions are often set in motion because when you eat refined carbohydrates and sugar, you can increase insulin resistance, which can cause your pores to secrete a greasy substance called sebum.

So, the simple solution is to radically reduce the amount of sugar and grain carbohydrates you consume that cause your body to make more insulin. This includes food items such as… bread, cereal, pasta, rice, potatoes and corn.

In fact, I recommend you replace sugars and grain carbohydrates with vegetable carbohydrates according to your Nutritional Type (NT). Vegetable carbs metabolize slowly and tend to not cause spikes in your insulin production.

Nutritional Typing and Your Skin

Nutritional Type for Healthy Skin
One of the most important steps you can take for more youthful-looking skin is to learn your Nutritional Type and eat foods according to it.

You may be wondering what your Nutritional Type (NT) has to do with the condition of your skin.

Well, just like the car you drive, I believe that your body was designed for a certain type of fuel… that is, a certain correct blend of the right food types. The further you deviate from this ideal, the less optimally your body may run.

I believe one of the most important steps you should take not only for your overall health, but for healthier-looking skin as well, is to learn your Nutritional Type and eat according to it.

How does this work with grains and sugars?

If you've been a visitor to my site, you're probably already aware how you belong to one of three general Nutritional Types – Protein, Carb or Mixed.

Even if your Nutritional Type is “Carb,” it's important to remember that not all carbs are created equal. Simple carbs are sugars such as those found in…

  • Candy
  • Sodas
  • Baked Goods

Your body prefers carbs found in vegetables over carbs in grains. This is because the digestion of vegetable carbs slows the breakdown to simple sugars like glucose, and also decreases insulin levels. Conversely, grain carbs increase insulin levels. That's why avoiding most grains should help promote healthier-looking skin.

Knowing your Nutritional Type will help you determine the ideal amount of carbohydrates you should be eating with each meal.

By learning to analyze your reactions to the foods you eat, you can begin to fine-tune each meal to the rations of proteins, fat and carbs that are just right for you.

It's my firm belief that if you incorporate these dietary changes, not only will your skin improve, your overall complexion could become more radiant and youthful-looking.

So, don't underestimate the importance of eating specifically for your Nutritional Type to enhance the look of your skin.

Why Even Raw Milk May Affect Your Skin

Drink Grass-Fed Raw Milk
If you drink milk, I highly recommend you choose raw, grass-fed organic milk over pasteurized… it's less likely to affect your skin. But you still might want to temporarily give up all dairy to see whether it has any impact on your skin or not.

There's another source of food that has been shown to potentially affect your skin… and that's milk.

Now, you probably know that I'm an advocate of raw milk for its vast nutritional benefits in general. However, I need to caution you here. Milk contains an element that could affect your skin.

That element is iodine and several studies document this relationship… as farmers often feed their cows iodine-fortified feed to prevent infection.

Therefore, if you drink milk, I highly recommend you choose raw, grass-fed organic milk over pasteurized. This is regardless of whether you are happy with your skin or not. Since raw milk naturally contains iodine but at healthier levels, it's less likely to affect your skin.

But I believe the potential still exists for even raw grass-fed organic milk to affect your skin. So, I recommend that you eliminate all milk and dairy products from your diet at least temporarily, to see how it might be affecting your skin.

Now, you may be saying to yourself, "how can I give up all these foods, some of which I enjoy very much, for the rest of my life?"

Well, the answer is quite simple. I believe you only have to change your dietary practices until you are happy with the look of your skin and then you can slowly reintroduce these foods back into your diet.

However, there are other concerns I have with grains, too much sugar and pasteurized dairy products for overall health. But that's too much to go into right now. You can check out my site if you want to learn more about why I feel many of these foods should be totally eliminated or significantly reduced from your diet… regardless of the condition of your skin.

Don't Underestimate the Stress Factor

After your diet, another major factor that can potentially affect your skin is stress.

Stress can potentially affect your entire body, including the condition of your skin. That's why it is so important to have an effective tool to help you deal with stress before it becomes overwhelming.

Recent studies substantiate the hypothesis that stress can affect your skin. One study involving college students found a potential connection between the look of skin and stress from final exams.

The results of the study suggest that…

  • There is a potential link between stress and skin…
  • Participants who had the greatest increases in stress also had the greatest changes to the look of their skin…
  • Emotional stress from external sources may have a significant influence on skin…

While it's often argued that stress associated with sensitive skin is an effect of the less-than-desirable skin itself rather than the cause of it… The researchers emphasized that the evidence from their study suggests otherwise… that the increased stress affects skin instead of the reverse relationship.

So, what are some ways to better reduce stress in your life?

Well, here are a few tips…

Stress-Busters for Healthier-Looking Skin

Adequate Sleep decrease Stress
Getting adequate rest and a good night's sleep can be essential for decreasing stress and promoting healthy, radiant-looking skin.

There are a variety of ways you can reduce your stress levels to help promote clean, clear skin.

Here are a few simple stress-busting steps you can take…

  • Just breathe – You can actually take control of your breathing in an intentional way, and harness the benefits of relaxation and stress reduction.
  • Exercise – Working out on a regular basis can be a great stress-reliever and can have an overall calming effect.
  • Get some sleep – Getting a good night's rest, is an essential foundation for lower stress levels during the day. Plus, quality sleep patterns could decrease your stress levels and lead to healthier-looking skin.
  • Don't worry, be happy – Research has shown that optimists tend to have lower stress levels than pessimists. Emotional stress from external sources may have a significant influence on skin.
  • Find a natural tool – To take your stress reduction to another level, finding and using an effective tool will greatly help. I recommend the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). You can find more info on this powerful tool on my site.

Reducing your stress level is just another element I recommend in your overall plan to promote clean, clear and healthy-looking skin.

Tips on How to Nurture and Build a Strong Foundation for Your Skin

Harsh Skin Care Products
Many of today's skin care products are nothing more than concoctions of harsh chemicals, which can cause serious irritation and redness, and even prevent your skin from improving.

In my opinion, what you put on your skin is as important as what you put in your body.

Many of today's skin products and cosmetics are nothing more than a concoction of harsh chemicals, which can irritate your skin and cause more problems than they attempt to solve. Some of these chemicals can cause serious irritation and redness, and may even prevent your skin from improving.

Skin damage from these harsh chemicals doesn't always involve pain or immediate visible change. It can often go unnoticed for quite a while. But cumulative actions you can begin taking as soon as possible, can help over time.

Here are some tips and simple things I recommend you do to take a proactive approach in nurturing your skin and building a solid foundation for natural skin care…

  • Avoid or minimize damage from hot water and chlorine – Although taking hot baths and showers may seem like they're health-promoting and relaxing, your skin may disagree – especially if you have chlorinated water. Adjust your water temperature to be a bit cooler, limit your showers to once a day and decrease your soak time in the tub.
  • Be sure to remove your makeup before retiring for the evening – It's a really bad idea to flop into bed, leaving makeup – not to mention environmental grime – on your face while you sleep. Take a couple minutes to remove it, and you'll find your face looking and feeling fresher.
  • Use sunscreen – When in the sun for extended periods of time, use a high-quality sunscreen with safe and effective ingredients like my Natural Sunscreen.
  • Limit exfoliation to twice per week – Exfoliation refreshes your skin's surfaces and brightens your appearance as it removes dead cells from the surface of your skin. But if you exfoliate too often or too aggressively, you risk damaging living cells.
  • Apply skin care products to warm skin – This helps your skin appear healthier and maximizes absorption. If your skin is cold, use a warm towel to warm your skin.
  • Never pull or rub your skin – Apply skin care products gently, and lightly tap for a few moments to help your skin absorb them. Rubbing stretches your skin and can promote sagging and wrinkles.
  • Use gentle and safe skin care products (organic strongly preferred) – Your skin absorbs much of what you put on it. Don't risk compromising your health by using potential poisons.

One thing to remember with all of this is don't expect changes overnight. Even if you start today putting into practice all my recommendations above, you need to be patient and not feel discouraged if there's a lack of progress tomorrow.

It may take months to really notice any changes. Keep in mind, it took years to get where you are today… so, show patience when expecting changes and improvements.

And I think one of the most important practices you should follow if you use any skin care products, is to make sure they are organic… and more importantly USDA Certified Organic.

Why USDA Certified Organic Is Second to None

USDA Certified Organic

It's vitally important to use only ingredients that promote your healthy appearance without doing any potential harm.

You eat organic foods to avoid many of the chemicals in over-processed foods. Now you can do the same for your skin. This is important because what you apply to your skin can be easily absorbed.

And that's why I insist on and strongly recommend you avoid any skin care formula that is not USDA Certified Organic.

It just doesn't make sense to compromise in any way, shape or form when it comes to nurturing your skin. Why cut any corners when USDA Certified Organic skin care formulas are available?

"Certified Organic" means agricultural products are…

  • Grown and processed per the USDA's national organic standards
  • Certified by USDA-accredited state or private certification organizations
  • Extensively scrutinized against set standards by certifying agents, and qualified inspectors conduct annual onsite inspections of organic operations

The bottom line… there is a specific process – and a price tag – to becoming certified.

In my opinion, some manufacturers of skin care products don't go far enough with their so-called organic products. For example, some skirt the organic issue by only certifying their formulas to COPA (California Organic Products Act) levels.

At least companies who are certified to COPA levels are making sure that at least 75 percent of the ingredients in their formulas are organic. But I have to ask, "Why not go all the way and not have any non-organic ingredients in your formula? Wouldn't that be better for your skin?"

And that's what USDA Certified Organic does… and that's why my entire line of skin care products is USDA Certified Organic.

When my team set out to find special formulas to help folks improve the look of their skin, there was only one way to go. If it didn't have the highest organic certification level, I wasn't interested.

So here's what my team and I came up with…

Thousand Year-Old Herb to the Rescue

Neem Tree
For thousands of years, the neem tree has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to help your body in a variety of ways… including being an effective agent in helping to nurture your skin.

There are many very good certified organic ingredients available that promise to help improve the look of your skin. But I truly wanted something unique, with a long history of successfully helping people promote healthy-looking skin.

And I found just the ingredient I was looking for in an herb called "neem." So, what is neem?

Neem has been around for thousands of years with widely documented benefits in India's traditional practice (Ayurveda). The neem tree (L. Azadirachta indica) is a relative of the Mahogany tree.

Traditional Ayurvedic folklore claims that neem has the incredible ability to help your body in a number of ways.

The highest concentrations of the most important neem ingredients are found in the seeds and oil. But the bark and leaves also contain important ingredients in lesser amounts.

Specifically for skin, neem has been used for its soothing properties, typically in…

  • Soaps…
  • Shampoos, and…
  • As creams to help “calm” the skin

Plus, the use of neem as a nurturing skin formula is not just based on folklore. Research suggests that neem can be a very effective agent in helping to improve the appearance of skin.

How These Formulas Go Beyond Standard Cleansers and Moisturizers

With my Organic Neem Moisturizer, Daily Facial Cleanser, and Spot Treatment formulas, you now can take advantage of 100% organic ingredients to help soothe skin.

These neem-based formulas go beyond the standard cleansers and moisturizers, even some of the organic ones.

Here's a handy chart that shows many of the key certified organic ingredients found in the three rejuvenating formulas…

Organic Nutrients Benefits* Organic Neem Moisturizer? Daily Facial Cleanser? Spot Treatment?
Neem Seed Oil and/or Extract Helps reduce the appearance of redness.
Willow Bark Extract Helps calm and soothe skin.
Aloe Vera Juice Contains essential amino acids that work together to promote healthy looking skin.
Green Tea Leaf Extract Hydrates, moisturizes and replenishes skin.    
Jojoba Oil Known to help control the appearance of wrinkles and work with sensitive skin.  
Rose Distillate Nourishes the skin.    
Shea and Cupuacu Butters Provide superior active moisturizers and promote skin softness and smoothness    
Coconut and Sunflower Oils Help rejuvenate skin and contain beneficial amounts of non-GMO lecithin (sunflower).    
Sweet Orange and Lemon Peel Oils Provide antioxidants.    
Chamomile Helps to soothe skin with bioflavonoids: apigenin, luteolin and quercetin.    
Sesame Oil Helps cleanse skin and its aromatherapy ingredient is known for soothing.    
Glycerin Promotes moisturizing and smoothing of skin.  
Xanthan or Guar Gum Provides natural thickening and stabilizing agent.

Please keep in mind that all of the ingredients described above are USDA Certified Organic… nothing less would be acceptable in my opinion… and I would recommend you demand the same as well.

Why the Seeds and Oil Are One of the Best Ways to Maximize Benefits

Like anything else, skin care formulas are not all created equal.

I mentioned an important point earlier about how the highest concentrations of neem ingredients are found in the seeds and oil. This is key because not all manufacturers go the extra mile in their processing to use the seeds and oils. It's often a much less expensive and complex process to just use the neem bark and leaves.

Well, with the manufacturer my team selected for Organic Daily Facial Cleanser, Organic Neem Moisturizer and Spot Treatment, there was simply no compromise on this. I only wanted a manufacturer who could ensure the seeds and oil were effectively used… to help optimize the neem skin care benefits. Neem can:

  • Reduce the appearance of redness
  • Help soothe your skin
  • Promote a glowing, beautiful-looking appearance

I can't stress enough the importance of a high-quality manufacturer who uses neem seeds and oil as part of the formula. And that's exactly what you'll get with my Organic Daily Facial Cleanser, Organic Neem Moisturizer, and Spot Treatment… no compromises to help your skin.

But there remains one step in nourishing your skin many people regard as unimportant – when in fact it is a…

Critical Step in Total Skin Care

Toning is essential for removing dirt, make-up and oil that your cleanser just might miss.

If you have oily or combination skin, you should include toning in your morning and evening routines. It's your opportunity to reduce oils and contaminants that can block your pores… potentially leading to dull, less-than-optimal looking skin.

My purifying Organic Chamomile Toner helps to gently remove the extra “stuff” from your skin that your cleanser can miss.

Here are six key ingredients in Organic Chamomile Toner that can help leave your skin with a fresh and tingly sensation…

  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – High in potassium and contains over 90 different nourishing substances to help smooth and soften skin texture.
  • Organic Lavender Oil – A widely-used essential oil with a sweet-floral aroma that supports skin rejuvenation.
  • Organic Aloe Powder – Contains over 130 compounds and 34 amino acids that work synergistically to help enhance your skin's beauty.
  • Organic Chamomile Extract – Helps soothe your skin with active bioflavonoids: apigenin, luteolin and quercetin.
  • Organic Rosemary – One of the world's most relaxing herbs which can control the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Organic Calendula Extract – Promotes skin rejuvenation and widely used to moisturize and soften your skin.

With these extraordinary, skin-nourishing organic ingredients, I'm sure you agree that Organic Chamomile Toner is a key element to be seriously considered as part of your daily skin care routine.

3-Step Solution That Easily Fits Into Your Daily Routine

Well, my Daily Facial Cleanser, Organic Neem Moisturizer and Organic Chamomile Toner formulas can easily become part of your daily skin care regimen. Plus, the Spot Treatment can quickly be applied as needed.

Organic Cotton Balls

Organic Daily Facial Cleanser

Use morning and night to remove makeup, dirt and other impurities from your face. Rinse thoroughly.
Organic Cotton Rounds

Organic Chamomile Toner

Use morning and evening to help remove oils and contaminants that can block your pores. For best results, apply just after cleansing.
Organic Cotton Swabs

Organic Neem Moisturizer

Use as a daily moisturizer to help soothe skin. Apply a small amount to your face for gentle moisturizing as needed. Can be applied underneath makeup. For best results, apply morning and night.

And with Spot Treatment, apply the gel to target specific areas of your skin on an as needed basis… reapply as often as necessary.

So, you can see how these special formulas can easily fit into your daily skin care routine.

You Too Can Have Healthy, More Beautiful-Looking Skin

Why would you want anything less than clear, clean skin?

The answer is simply… you shouldn't have to deal with anything less than healthy-looking skin. Just follow my 13 natural strategies outlined above and I believe you will start to see overall improvement in a short amount of time.

I only wish that back when I was younger, I would have known about these simple strategies.

Well, you now have this information at your fingertips and can even go a step further with my 3-Step Facial Kit for Sensitive Skin… with Organic Daily Facial Cleanser, Organic Chamomile Toner and Organic Neem Moisturizer solutions to help nurture your skin.

If you're serious about improving your skin, these formulas are very reasonably priced and are worth their weight in gold.

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So, order today… and take your skin care to the next level.

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